Anyone who lives or vacations in the tropics knows that the weather is usually warm with gentle breezes and occasional thunderstorms. It seems surprising that these quaint conditions can turn into a ferocious storm that can potentially disrupt the lives of millions of people. How does this happen? As low-level winds flow into the disturbance, they evaporate water from the ocean surface.
At the time, Marcus was a Category 4 storm with mph winds. The first Category 5 storm of is Tropical Cyclone Marcuswhich intensified to a low-end Cat 5 with mph winds at 18Z 2 pm EDT March 21, with a central pressure estimated at mb.
Marcus is located well offshore of the northwest coast of Australia, and is not expected to bring any direct impacts to land areas as it curves southwards, roughly parallel to the west coast of Australia.
Satellite loops show a large storm with impressive organization, an eyewall with very cold cloud tops, and a mile diameter eye. The storm is now headed into cooler waters, and has probably peaked in strength. Cyclone Marcus putting on a brilliant display today becoming a category 5 equivalent hurricane with winds sustained at kts, some eye candy out in open ocean is always nice!
Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Center.
Inthere were just three Cat 5s globally. This was the lowest total sinceand well below the unusually active years of -when eight or nine Category 5s appeared each year. Surveying the damage around Darwin: Widespread power outages, including my place.
Marcus brought a wind gust of 81 mph kph to Darwin, which was the highest gust from a tropical cyclone measured there since Tropical Cyclone Tracy devastated the city on Christmas Day in Marcus is the first Category 5 tropical cyclone in the South Indian Ocean since Tropical Cyclone Ernie, which intensified to a Category 5 storm with mph winds northwest of Australia in April Tropical Cyclone Fantala of mph winds is the strongest cyclone ever observed in the South Indian Ocean.
Fantala is also the all-time intensity record holder for the entire Indian Ocean, since it tops the record holder for the North Indian Ocean, Super Cyclonic Storm Gonu of June peak 1-minute winds of mph. Note, though, that some consider Tropical Cyclone Monica of mph winds tied as the strongest Indian Ocean Basin storm on record.
Definitions vary on the boundary of the Indian Ocean, though, and Monica reached peak strength north of Australia in the Arafura Sea, which is considered by several sources, including the CIA World Factbookto be part of the western Pacific Ocean, not the Indian Ocean.
Visible image of Tropical Cyclone Fantala collected at Z 6: The north tip of Madagascar can be seen at bottom. At the time, Fantala was the strongest tropical cyclone ever observed in the Indian Ocean, with winds estimated at mph. There have been two deadly South Indian Ocean tropical cyclones thus far in Last week, Tropical Storm Eliakim brought 65 mph winds and torrential rains to Madagascar on March 16 — 17, killing The deadliest tropical cyclone thus far in was Tropical Cyclone Ava, which hit Madagascar on January 5 as a Category 2 storm with mph winds, leaving 73 people dead or missing.
This story does not necessarily represent the position of our parent company, IBM.On occasion, tropical cyclones may undergo a process known as rapid deepening, a period in which the minimum sea-level pressure of a tropical cyclone decreases by 42mb in a hour period.
In order for rapid deepening to occur, several conditions must . A new paper suggests there is an “unprecedentedly” low number of tropical cyclones around Australia at the moment. (How much should we spend to avoid this dreadful outcome I wonder?) I am a little skeptical of how we can be so sure of the cyclone activity in, say, the year AD.
But. Nov 27, · Cyclones that form in the southern hemisphere by australia rotate clockwise, while those 4 oct whether they are called a hurricane, typhoon, cyclone or . Nov 22, · Weather Underground provides information about tropical storms and hurricanes for locations worldwide.
Use hurricane tracking maps, 5-day forecasts, computer models and satellite imagery to track. Severe wind is a general description of high-wind conditions that occur during severe thunderstorms, cyclones (in tropical areas), extensive deep low pressure systems and tornadoes.
These are often described as gale-force or storm-force winds in weather reports. Feb 01, · Orson was one of the most powerful tropical cyclones to affect the West Australian coast.
It crossed the coast on 23 April at Cape Preston, 70km west of Karratha. Five hours earlier the eye of the cyclone passed over North Rankin gas platform where the minimum pressure recorded was hPa, the lowest ever in an Australian cyclone.