My thoughts are with FNQ friends. Stay safe folks.
Cyclone Yasi details:
- 500km wide
- 200km eye
- 7m storm surge expected
- 1000m rainfall expected
- Landfall just south or Cairns expected, 1am on Thursday 3 Feb 11
- Maximum winds to 115 knots near the centre.
- Winds above 64 knots within 30 nautical miles in northern semi-circle and within 50 nautical miles in southern semi-circle with phenomenal seas.
- Winds above 48 knots within 90 nautical miles in northern semi-circle and within 130 nautical miles in southern semi-circle with very rough to high seas and heavy swell
- Winds above 34 knots within 190 nautical miles in northern semi-circle and within 280 nautical miles in southern semi-circle with rough to very rough seas and moderate to heavy swell.
Here are some selected forecast diagrams and charts, all derived from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology unless otherwise credited.
|Pressure chart - 0800 Wed 2 Feb 11|
|Pressure chart - 0200 Thursday 3 Feb 11|
|Sea Level pressure chart prognosis|
|National weather radar as at 01/02/11 21:40|
|Satellite photo - NASA Modis Rapid Response|
|Enhanced satellite image. Source www.goes.noaa.gove|
This is another example of an extreme weather event - of which scientists such as Graeme Pearman (ex CSIRO), Barrie Pittock (ex CSIRO) and David Karoly (University of Melbourne) have been warning will increase in both frequency and severity, due to climate change.
This is more evidence that we need a fund for addressing the catastrophic effects of climate change - such as floods, bushfires and cyclones, rather than just a one year "flood levy" just announced by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
- Cyclone Yasi - Greenlivingpedia
- Cyclone Yasi Evacuations: 'Don't Bother To Pack Bags': Bligh, Brisbane times
- Tropical cyclones explained - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
- Video of Tropical Cyclone Yasi - Satellite & Radar Timelapse