Severe Tropical Cyclone Rosita

17 - 21 April 2000


Tropical Cyclone Rosita was one of the most severe tropical cyclones to cross the west Kimberley coast in the last 100 years. It crossed the coast as a category 5 cyclone 40 kilometres south of Broome at 0100 WST 20 April. Rosita was a small but very powerful cyclone. It's region of very destructive winds passed south of Broome by only 15 kilometres or so. After crossing the coast it moved southeast across the north of the Great Sandy desert passing across the community of Balgo Hills around 2200 WST 20 April approximately 700 kilometres inland. It was estimated to be still a category 1 cyclone and caused some damage to trees and property.

For more details see the TC Rosita Report (pdf)

Track and intensity

All times in WST - subtract 8 hours to convert to UTC.

Best Track of Severe Tropical Cyclone Rosita