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Tropical Cyclone continues to brew in the Coral Sea

 

As Tropical Low 90P, currently located 1160km ENE of Cairns, continues its journey, our attention is squarely focused on its potential evolution into Tropical Cyclone Kirrily. Expected to strengthen over the next 48-72 hours, Kirrily could become a significant weather event by Sunday or Monday. For businesses and local governments, understanding and preparing for such events is crucial.


GEFS tracks

GEFS Ensemble tracks. Image via Tropical Tidbits 

 

Kirrily will continue to drift in a west-southwesterly direction into the eastern Coral Sea, with further intensification expected during this period, likely reaching severe category next week. Significant doubt about its movement exists beyond the next several days, with forecasting predictions varying between a westerly and southeasterly trajectory post-Monday.

This system is being watched closely, particularly by those in North Queensland, with many nervous residents bracing for the worst. While Kirrily isn’t expected to hit Cairns or surrounding areas, continued heavy rainfall from the recent monsoon, hot on the tail from the devastation left behind by Tropical Cyclone Jasper, has residents rightly on edge.

 

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ECMWF Ensemble Storm Tracks. Gif via WXCharts

 

With such uncertainty regarding this system, let’s look at the current situation:

  • Development: Tropical Cyclone Kirrily is expected to form over the weekend or early next week.
  • Intensity: Likely to escalate to a severe category by mid next week.
  • Path: Potentially crossing the Queensland coastline between Wednesday and Friday, moving southeast towards New Zealand thereafter.

 

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One potential scenario has severe TC Kirrily impacting the Whitsunday region of Qld. Image via Windy.com

 

There are also factors making predictions uncertain at this time:

  • Directional Influence: Competing atmospheric conditions are creating uncertainty in Kirrily's path. A high near Fiji and an upper trough near New Zealand will attempt to drag Kirrily to the southeast, while a mid-level ridge across inland Australia will try and drag Kirrily west onto the Queensland coast.
  • Forecast Split: Predictions vary between a westerly and southeasterly trajectory post-Monday.

While a direct impact on Cairns or surrounding areas is not anticipated, the combination of Kirrily's trajectory and recent heavy rainfall post-Tropical Cyclone Jasper raises concerns. Local governments and communities are advised to stay alert.

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Potential steering mechanisms for Tropical Cyclone Kirrily. Image via WeatherWatch

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