First cyclone of the season on the cards as tropical low develops

Sarah IsonNorth West Telegraph
Pictured: Tropical Cyclone Joyce as it moved into Broome in January 2018.
Camera IconPictured: Tropical Cyclone Joyce as it moved into Broome in January 2018. Credit: Broome Advertiser, Jakeb Waddell Broome Advertiser

The North West could experience its first cyclone as a tropical low developing off the Northern Territory’s Arafura Sea is expected to travel to the Kimberley in the next few days.

The weak tropical low currently moving across NT coast is not predicted to develop into a cyclone until it crosses to the Western Region on Thursday or Friday.

The weather system is expected to track parallel to the Kimberley and Pilbara coast, with a small chance it may move further south in following days.

Bureau of Meteorology spokesman Neil Bennett said the Bureau were tracking the weather system and “were reasonably confident something is going to happen with this one”.

“Usually we start to see activity late December around the North West coast area,” he said.

“In the last month or so we haven’t seen a hint of anything.”

When asked about the expected impact of the first cyclone for the year, Mr Bennett said it could go either way.

“For some, the first of the season doesn’t make an impact,” he said.

“Other times it can be a real rip snorter.”

The tropical cyclone season runs from November through to April, with cyclones occurring in the later part of the season usually more intense as sea surface temperatures warm.

Mr Bennett said the Bureau would begin issuing posts on its website and social media channels from today or tomorrow to keep people abreast of developments.

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