FollowupID: 762112 Submitted:
Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 13:45
Ron N posted:
The cyclone season starts November 1st, but it's uncommon to get a cyclone in November. It has happened, but it's not common.
W.A. usually gets between 2 and 7 cyclones a year that affect most of the Northern part of W.A., with the heaviest impacts being between Broome
A mild cyclone usually brings a lot of rain and road closures, a severe cyclone means a lot of destructive damage.
The W.A. cyclone season just gone was an average season with 5 cyclones. Heidi was the 1st on 11/01/12, and Lua, the last, on 13/03/12 - and the most destructive to hit Australia
Fortunately, Lua hit areas that were relatively uninhabited, so the damage bill was less than usual.
The forecast for 2012/2013 cyclone season won't be issued by BOM until October 2012, but the Americans are talking about a mild El Nino effect in the Pacific, which usually means only a moderate cyclone season for Australia