The tropical cyclone season runs from 1 November to 30 April. The Bureau of Meteorology has issued its Tropical Cyclone Outlook for 2015-16.
The Bureau's Queensland Regional Director, Mr. Bruce Gunn, said that with a strong El Niño event underway in the Pacific Ocean the outlook is for the Coral Sea is for a less active than average season, however it was still crucial for residents in cyclone prone areas to be prepared.
"Severe tropical cyclones have occurred and made landfall in similar seasons before, and they will do so again in the future. A single cyclone can be disastrous if it makes landfall in a populated area," Mr. Gunn said.
"Hazards to coastal communities associated with tropical cyclones include storm tide inundation, dangerous surf, destructive winds, and very heavy rainfall. Flooding rain can extend well inland with the remnants of even the weakest of cyclones."
Areas which have not experienced a significant cyclone for many years should remain vigilant every cyclone season. This was highlighted by the impact of severe tropical cyclone Marcia on the northern Capricorn coast in February.
Preparations can be as simple as cleaning up and securing loose items around the home, trimming trees and preparing an emergency kit that includes a portable battery operated radio. This includes securing all items outside such as your boat, caravan or trailer. Further information from the Queensland Government regarding preparation for tropical cyclones and other natural disasters can be found here.
Summary of the Tropical Cyclone Outlook for the Coral Sea
There is a 73% chance of a below average number (27% chance of an above average number) of tropical cyclones in the Coral Sea (average number is four). About one-quarter of the tropical cyclones in the Coral Sea region cross the coast. Outlook accuracy in this region is low.
- National tropical cyclone seasonal outlook www.bom.gov.au/climate/ahead/tc.shtml
- Tropical cyclone warnings and information www.bom.gov.au/weather/cyclone
- Household emergency plans and other preparation information http://www.qld.gov.au/emergency/dealing-disasters/prepare-for-disasters.html
- General information about tropical cyclones www.bom.gov.au/cyclone/about/
- Updates on the El Niño Southern Oscillation www.bom.gov.au/climate/enso