Upgrades to the Norfolk Island Tropical Cyclone Warning Service

Scheduled Release Date: 20 December 2012

The Bureau of Meteorology has upgraded the Norfolk Island tropical cyclone warning service to match that provided in other remote islands around Australia. 

NSW Regional Director Barry Hanstrum said that "Norfolk Island would now benefit from tropical cyclone warnings with a user friendly visual track map.

"The maps clearly and simply illustrate the expected severity and range of likely tracks of a tropical cyclone affecting Norfolk Island, as well as providing a detailed forecast.

"As Norfolk Island lies within the New Zealand meteorological zone of responsibility for tropical cyclones the map will be produced using the track data provided to the Bureau by the Meteorological Service of New Zealand.

"As well as the track map, the warning will include action statements from Emergency Management Norfolk Island," said Mr Hanstrum.

Sample Norfolk Island tropical cyclone track map

On average Norfolk Island is impacted by a significant tropical cyclone every two to three years, but almost every year the remote island feels some effects from tropical cyclones in the region.

The Bureau's NSW Regional Forecasting Centre issues the public weather forecasts for Norfolk Island as well as the forecasts for the airport on the island.

This upgrade required a formal handover of responsibility from New Zealand to Australia, confirmed at the World Meteorological Organisation Meeting in Samoa in April 2012.

For further information go to www.bom.gov.au/cyclone/index.shtml for details about Tropical Cyclone Warning Services.

For more information about the track map, go to www.bom.gov.au/cyclone/about/warnings/map.shtml for an explanation of the features and an example.