The system dropped 210.8 mm (8.30 in) of rainfall on at Karratha Airport, giving it its wettest February day on record and its second-wettest day overall. The 2015–16 Australian region cyclone season was the least active tropical cyclone season since reliable records started during 1969, with only three named tropical cyclones developing in the region. Category 1 strength hurricane-force winds formed around 9:30 am AWST the same day, near Rowley Shoales where Stan was 100 km south of the island. Large swells developed ahead of Ex-TC Winston on the Queensland coast with significant wave heights of 3-5m and wave period of around 15 seconds. The first noted as it developed within a monsoon trough to the northwest of Christmas Island during 23 September, but was not expected to develop any further as it moved southwards towards the Australian territory. [20], On 1 March, BoM started monitoring a weak tropical low to the south of Java, Indonesia. Despite the tropical origins of the system, the thick cloud cover over the area also resulted in records for the coldest February maximum temperatures being broken. On 16 December, TCWC Perth mentioned that a tropical low may develop northwest of Christmas Island. [15] TCWC Perth continued monitoring the system until 7 January when the tropical low was located over the border of East Pilbara and North Interior. The low proceeded to move westwards across the southern parts of Papua New Guinea during 22 April before emerging over the northeast Arafura Sea, 500 km (310 mi) north of Nhulunbuy during 23 April. The system persisted as a tropical low while tracking west-southwestwards across the Timor Sea and into the Indian Ocean, passing very close to the Kimberley coast in the process. Animation of the progress of all cyclones in the Australian region in the season 2016-17. [10] By 23 December, the BoM had downgraded Yvette to a tropical low as dry air began to be wrap into the centre. Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology Western Australia. The season only had 2 storms that did not make it to cyclone status, a record low number in the Australian basin. [44] The Darwin River Dam spillway was topped to ease potential flooding, and additional staff were allocated at local hospitals. [citation needed], During 27 November, a tropical low developed within the northern Coral Sea, to the southwest of the Solomon Islands. 2 cyclones in total for Northern region with 1 possibly severe. These temperatures were in stark contrast to the eastern states of Australia, which were experiencing a major heatwave during the same time. Later that day the system passed about 100 km (62 mi) to the northwest of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, before conditions became favorable for further development as the system moved away from the islands. [14] The tropical low meandered southwards as it was over in favourable conditions. The 2016–17 season opened with a tropical system in the Western Region on 23 September, just more than a month before the official start of the season. The 2016-17 Australian region cyclone season was a slightly above average season that lasted from October 2016 to May 2017. Tropical Cyclone Seasonal Outlook for Northwest Australia. The most respected name in gardening tools and insect screening. The tropical low remained slow-moving near the southern Gulf of Carpentaria coast for a number of days before moving over open waters on 19 February. [6][7] This low activity was partially attributed to the 2014-16 El Niño event, which caused systems to be displaced eastwards into the South Pacific tropical cyclone basin. Australia's Bureau of Meteorology hasn't named this system in the Indian Ocean (referring to it simply as Tropical Low 02U), but the US military's Joint Typhoon Warning Center is calling it Tropical Cyclone 03. [82], On 7 January, a tropical low developed just off the northern Queensland coast, although the system weakened to a low-pressure during the next day. [14][15] Over the next couple of days, the system gradually deepened further as it moved west-northwest inland and passed near Daly Waters and Katherine. In the Mackay region, the system brought 635 mm (25 in) of rainfall to Mt Jukes in 24 hours, and 986 mm (39 in) to Clarke Range in 48 hours. On 26 December, 05U was embedded within a monsoon, giving a potential of intensifying into a tropical cyclone. [17] The system was last noted on 2 January while it was located over the Simpson Desert in Queensland, as it was not clear if the low continued towards the east coast or another system had developed. The system was downgraded to a tropical low at about 17:00 UTC, and began to accelerate while making a gradual transition to a southeasterly course. In 2016, Cyclone Winston killed 44 people and destroyed tens of thousands of homes in the country. [4] Over the next couple of days, the system moved south-westwards and gradually developed further as it moved into the Timor Sea, where it reached its peak intensity with 10-minute sustained winds of 55 km/h (35 mph) and a minimum pressure of 995 hPa (29.38 inHg). [9] On 20 December, TCWC Jakarta issued an advisory as the low was inside their area of responsibility, as it was located about 567 km (352 mi) south-southwest of Tanjung Karang. [6][7] Soon after, the JTWC declared the system as a tropical storm and designated it as 02S. The most respected name in gardening tools and insect screening. [14] The system was given a "moderate" chance of strengthening into a tropical cyclone during the next day,[81] however the system remained over land while moving southwest and did not develop further. 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Australia - description: Cyclone Stan was the first storm to form this season and was considered category 3 -----=----- Severe Tropical Cyclone Uriah. Tropical Low 06U was first noted during 18 December while it was located in the Arafura Sea, about 260 km (160 mi) to the northwest of Darwin in the Northern Territory. From Bureau of Meteorology, www.bom.gov.au Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology Western Australia. Cyclone Trevor made landfall as … [19], On 23 January, a tropical low persisted over in the western area of the Gulf of Carpentaria. [14], On 1 July, as the 2015–16 tropical cyclone year opened, the newly named Tropical Cyclone Raquel moved southwestward into the Australian region. Over the next couple of days, the system meandered around 160°E and moved through the Solomon Islands, before it was last noted on 5 July. 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[21] During the next day, the JTWC began issuing advisories, classifying it as 03S as it moved over water. Although expected to steer clear of the Coral Sea, some experts hoped that widespread cloudiness from the developing system would result in cooler ocean temperatures across the region, negating an ongoing coral bleaching event in the Great Barrier Reef. [39] The JTWC, meanwhile, assessed a peak with 1-minute sustained winds of 95 km/h (60 mph). [61], On the morning of 5 April local time, the Bureau of Meteorology began monitoring a developing tropical low located in the Indian Ocean, approximately 710 km (440 mi) east of Christmas Island. After Tatiana dissipated four tropical lows occurred in the region before the season ended on 30 April, including the remnant tropical low of Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston. [18] After eventually moving into TCWC Perth's area of responsibility by 9 January, the low was designated as 10U as it was moving over land. [1][14][24] The system subsequently moved back into the Australian region during 4 July, as it moved through the Solomon Islands. Wild weather described as a "cyclone" is expected to hit South Australia this afternoon, with flood watches in place across the state. The United States' Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) and other national meteorological services, including Météo-France, also monitored the basin during the season. South Australia The tropical low gradually intensified while moving north towards Groote Eylandt before turning back towards the southeast. Stan subsequently made landfall on Western Australia and impacted various commodities including oil, natural gas and iron ore. [18] The system was located within a favorable environment for further development and was forecast to develop into a tropical cyclone over the next couple of days, as it moved southwards towards the coast of Western Australia. [27] TCWC Perth later classified it as a weak tropical low with the identifier of 06U. Stan subsequently made landfall on Western Australia and impacted various commodities including oil, natural gas, and iron ore. [59] The majority of these fatalities resulted from the remnant low pressure system rather than the cyclone itself. Over the next couple of days, the system meandered around 160°E and moved through the Solomon Islands, before it was last noted on 5 July. [79] On 9 December, a tropical low developed within the monsoon trough and moved slowly westwards. 08U was subsequently declared a Category 1 tropical cyclone on 29 January and was named Stan by the BoM. [9] Remaining quasi-stationary under strong wind shear, convection from Yvette soon weakened; simultaneously, the storm started to move southeastwards. The most powerful cyclone ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere ravaged Fiji on 20–21 February 2016, leaving 44 dead, nearly 130 injured and 45 hospitalized. [17], On 7 January, a weak tropical low had developed within a monsoonal trough of low pressure over the Cape York Peninsula, before moving into the Gulf of Carpentaria. Cyclone Winston in 2016 was the last category five cyclone to hit Fiji. [53] The river later peaked at 8.8 m (29 ft), flooding hundreds of properties in the Rockhampton area. [2] The Northern Territory, which was defined as being between as being 125°E and 142.5°E, had a 56% chance of an above-average season. [53] South of Mackay, the Plane Creek Sugar Mill in Sarina recorded at least 1,300 mm (51 in) of rainfall. Coffin Bay received 75.8mm of rain, The Nullarbor received 62.4mm, and Port Lincoln received 49.6mm of rainfall. [20][21] The system was located within a favorable environment for further development, with the low-level circulation center gradually consolidating, while deep atmospheric convection wrapped into the system. Tropical cyclones and subtropical cyclones are named by various warning centers to provide ease of communication between forecasters and the general public regarding forecasts, watches, and warnings. [74] After moving into unfavourable environments such as high shear, TCWC Perth issued its final bulletin during 15 November. [41] Passing close but ultimately west of Darwin, officials opened three public shelters and urged citizens to shelter in place as conditions deteriorated. During 26 February, Winston entered the basin as an extratropical cyclone, whilst the JTWC classified it as a subtropical cyclone;[37][38][39] ultimately, it made landfall over Queensland as a tropical low and quickly degenerated into a trough, on 3 March.[40][41][42][43]. [34] TCWC Darwin began issuing advisories on the tropical low at 00:00 UTC on 4 March. 11 Sep 2016 Originally published 31 Aug 2016. [33][34] During 14 February a weak tropical low lied in an area of marginal conditions for further develop near Christmas Island. [16] Despite unfavourable atmospheric conditions in the area, 09U persisted, tracking slowly eastward until it was last noted early on 15 January, located about 900 km (560 mi) to the east of Christmas Island. This is a table of all the storms that formed in the 2016–17 Australian region cyclone season. The names are intended to reduce confusion in the event of concurrent storms in the same basin.Generally once storms produce sustained wind speeds of more than 33 knots (61 km/h; 38 … With the official season running from November 1 to April 30 each year, an average of ten cyclones typically develop over Australian waters with around six making landfall, and on average, the … However, the system was not mentioned again in their next advisory. [62] The cyclone was assigned the name Ernie – the seventh cyclone and sixth named storm of the season. The system subsequently developed further and was named Uriah during 13 February, before it moved out of the region during the following day. [71], On 9 November, TCWC Perth started to monitor another tropical low. [2] The BoM issued a seasonal forecast for both the Western and Eastern South Pacific. [53] Debbie made landfall on the Queensland coast near Airlie Beach at 02:40 UTC on 28 March as a strong Category 4 system.