Cyclone Season 2012

It’s that time of year again!!

What is a cyclone?

A tropical cyclone is a severe low pressure system which develops over tropical oceans and produces strong winds and heavy rain.

The winds circulate in a clockwise motion in the southern hemisphere and a counter clockwise movement in the northern hemisphere. Winds can reach up to 280km/h!

The core or eye of a cyclone is always warmer that it’s surroundings.


Western Australia’s cyclone season lasts approximately six months; from 1st November to 30th April.


On the west coast cyclones run from Shark Bay north and east, the whole north coast of Northern Territory, and on the east coast, from Brisbane north.

Between Exmouth and Broome, has the highest rate of tropical cyclones in all of Australia.

For all cyclone updates and information:

For information on how to prepare for a cyclone and safety during a cyclone. Please check out the DFES website.

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