The Bureau of Meteorology has issued its Tropical Cyclone Season Outlook for Australia today, reminding communities in northern regions to prepare now for the coming wet season.
The overall outlook is for near average tropical cyclone activity. The Tropical Cyclone Season Outlook uses sea surface temperature data and the Southern Oscillation Index to give an indication of what the coming season may bring. The current climate state is ‘neutral’, meaning there is neither a La Niña nor an El Niño acting to increase or decrease tropical cyclone activity around Australia.
More than a century of weather observations show that around 11 tropical cyclones form in the Australian region during a typical wet season. Around half of these have at least some impact on coastal regions, mainly affecting Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland.
The 2013-14 Tropical Cyclone Season Outlook is available on the Bureau’s website at:http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/ahead/tc.shtml