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Saturday, 20 March 2010

Hurricane update - 20 March (2)

Tropical cyclone Ului is approaching the coastline of Queensland as I type (1520 GMT). I was fascinated if horrified to read the continual updates from the weather station at Hamilton Island, just off Proserpine, which reported winds of 172 km/h (that's 107 mph), with gusts to 202 km/h (126 mph). The 0900 GMT forecast from JTWC was miles out with regards to strength: they were talking about sustained winds of 60 mph with gusts of 80 mph.

The last update, from 15 minutes ago, showed winds abating (I suppose 80 mph is less bad than 107 mph) at Hamilton Island, but beginning to pick up at Proserpine, 25 miles to the east on the mainland. It is an interesting demonstration how localised a phenomenon a tropical cyclone is.

1 comment:

  1. My goodness Guido, when Mary and I were doing the trip from Cairns to Sydney we stopped at Fraser Island...Thankfully it was a glorious beautiful warm calm day or two when we were there !! Would not have liked it one little bit today...Hope not too much damage has been done.
    Love Sybil x