Tropical Cyclone Steve

27 February - 9 March 2000

Summary

Tropical Cyclone Steve was first identified as a tropical low to the east of Willis Island on 25 February 2000. The cyclone crossed the Queensland coast as a Category 2 system on 27 February to the north of Cairns. Steve weakened slowly over land and was downgraded to a tropical low on 28 February. The low continued to track westward and on 28 February re-intensified to tropical cyclone strength over the Gulf of Carpentaria, re-crossing the coast north of Port McArthur on 1 March as a category 1.

Ex- Steve low maintained a strong low to middle level circulation as it crossed the base of the Top End of the Northern Territory.

The low moved just south of the Joseph Bonaparte Gulf into the Kimberley region of West Australia and reformed once again into a tropical cyclone just west of Broome on 5 March. Steve moved in a west southwest direction parallel to the Pilbara coast and deepened to 975 hPa during 6 March. It crossed the Pilbara coast near Mardie around midnight on 6 March. Steve then moved southwest overland across the west Pilbara before moving out to sea north of Carnarvon in the early hours of 8 March. It moved southwest out to sea from Carnarvon during 8 March as a Category 1 cyclone before slowly recurving to the southeast during the 9 March. It crossed the west coast to the east of Denham about midnight 9 March then increased in speed as it moved southeast across the Murchison and Goldfields and became extra-tropical. It reached the south coast, east of Esperance, late on 11 March and then continued a southeast track across the Bight.

Track and intensity

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Best Track of Tropical Cyclone Steve