Here we go again

The one on the right’s the one we’re interested in.

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It’ll be a few days before we find out whether that little beauty out in the Coral Sea will make landfall or fizzle out like a damp squib. If it does come in, we could be in the zone. So I’ll be keeping the BoM website up for regular checks of its track. The forecast suggests that as of Wednesday it will start to move in a southwesterly direction. Towards us, then…

So far, it’s just a Tropical Low, with only moderate likelihood of developing into a cyclone, but even a Tropical Low brings with it strong winds and lashing rain. I’ll be moving the potted trees back into the lee of the house to protect them from being knocked over, and generally moving loose things under cover. The other preparations are still in place, our kit is ready from last year.

The other one is already engaged with the Top End, and because it’s already a Category 1, has been named: Tropical Cyclone Lam. The Gulf of Carpentaria is seeing some dirty weather right around now, and as it has the potential to go up to a Category 4, they’re battening down the hatches up there.

It’s late in the season, but not unheard of for cyclones to make landfall at this time of year. I’ll keep you posted, but I’m forecasting ≈ /// ≈ (That’s wind, rain and more wind…)



27 thoughts on “Here we go again

  1. Well, you wanted some rain! The trouble with weather is that it is either feast or famine, no middle way. I’ll keep everything crossed for you.

    • katechiconi says:

      We’ve been getting a steady supply of rain the last couple of weeks, which is a sign the monsoon front has finally developed (better late than never). This is just the normal cyclone activity brewing up, so don’t cross too much until that baby gets a whole lot closer. We’re just taking sensible precautions for now.

  2. tialys says:

    Pretty colours though! You could probably design a quilt based on a weather map Kate 🙂

  3. kymlucas says:

    If it’s any consolation, it’s been very cold here –
    negative 31 F at night with the wind chill.

  4. Well you can’t trust the weather no more !! I do hope it is only rain you’ll get, no one is please with a cyclone ! I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

  5. EllaDee says:

    We were discussing those retro color combos only yesterday! I’m hoping for damp squib for you 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      Yeah, me too… the front of the house faces towards the sea, about 1km away across the canefield and then the mangroves, and our bedroom windows would need taping if something big comes along…

  6. Nanette says:

    Although a long way from you, we’re waiting too….it’s meant to hit the coast at Coolangatta tomorrow, and it’ll throw lots of wind and rain inland. There’s meant to be a king tide as well, so although not as fierce as what you’ll get, there’ll be a river surge and flash flooding, and lots of heavy rain in the catchment. It’s already overcast and showery. I’ve tied down everything that can blow around, mown the lawn, organised the chooks wet weather shelter and brought in lots of kitty litty…so I’m ready. Will be thinking of you as I watch the BoM too 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s now been upgraded to a Cat 1 by the time it hits the coast at Gladstone/Bundy tomorrow. We are still outside the track; all the dangerous weather is south of St Lawrence. So far, so good! Sounds like you’re ready for the backlash, fingers crossed you get no damage.

  7. Kirsten says:

    Liking this post seems wrong as I don’t want you to get blown away, so I won’t. I guess if it does hit you will find out of there are any little leaks in the house.

    • katechiconi says:

      I don’t think we’ll get blown away, but it’s been upgraded already to a Tropical Cyclone instead of just a Low, will be Category 2 when it makes landfall, and we’re about 30km north of the gale zone, so there WILL be some heavy weather around here…

  8. Nanette says:

    It’s ramping up Kate, satellite images show you’ll get a bit of a hit…already bad weather here from the trough running ahead of the cyclone. I’m not looking forward to the high winds predicted tomorrow, but am battened down and as ready as I can be. Be safe and dry…I really hope you don’t have a leaky roof, what a way to find out, in the middle of a cyclone!

    • katechiconi says:

      We already have low, boiling grey clouds and a fair bit of wind. The roof’s fairly new, so we’re crossing our fingers too! They’re sandbagging shops in the flood zone of the CBD already. Half an hour to the next bulletin.

  9. kymlucas says:

    Crossing my fingers that weather proves to be only the inconvenience we think it will be.

  10. wombatquilts says:

    Hope you guys are all okay. We were bitterly disappointed that the cricket was cancelled because of this darn cyclone. Very inconsiderate of it. BTW posted your pressie on Friday.

    • katechiconi says:

      I know, cancelling the cricket was unconscionable! Anyone would think there was a spot of bad weather around…. Seriously, it was a bad few hours back there, but it’s all good now up here apart from appalling heat and humidity. Woo hoo! An exciting parcel coming in the mail, my favourite thing! BTW, I don’t believe you’ve shared your exact birthday date, so I think you’d better cough that up so I can reciprocate!

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