Here we go again…

It’s that time of year in the tropics.

Well, to be strictly accurate, it’s rather late in the year for this sort of thing. I’m talking about Tropical Cyclones. But yes, we’re on alert again. There’s already an active system off the coast of Western Australia, Tropical Cyclone Caleb. So if ours develops, it’ll probably begin with D…

image © Accuweather

This is what the low pressure system off our coast is currently looking like. It’s not yet an official Tropical Low, the stage before Tropical Cyclone. Yet. However, Higgins Storm Chasing reckons we’ve got a 75% chance of the thing converting to something nasty by Sunday.

If you want to read more on this story, go here. Higgins Storm Chasing have an excellent record of accurate reporting, photographing and predicting some of our more energetic weather events. The coastal strip between Cairns and Mackay is involved, and although the Bureau of Meteorology hasn’t yet issued the official warning, we’re paying close attention, and I’ll be hooking up the caravan to power and firing up the ‘van fridge tomorrow in case we lose power in the house and have to transfer food to the ‘van fridge, which can run on LPG, or propane. Time also to hit the supermarket and lay in some groceries and emergency supplies, fill some water jerrycans, etc. Last time this happened, Cyclone Marcia reached Category 5, and was 150km off our coast, and then it abruptly turned left and made landfall just north of Rockhampton instead.

I hadn’t counted on babysitting the Dowager’s cat during a major weather event, but she’ll just have to put up with it. She’s vocal enough at the best of times, but I’m really not looking forward to the incessant yowling and complaining because she can’t go out…

If you could cross your fingers that the low either deteriorates or passes north or south of us, that would be appreciated. I’d rather the former; that way no-one gets clobbered.


It’s beginning to appear that we may escape the wind. Not the rain, however, widespread flooding is on the cards for most of northern Queensland.  The image below is the 8 day rainfall forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology. I think I need to find some sandbags…


80 thoughts on “Here we go again…

  1. tialys says:

    I’ve got my fingers crossed – but I’ll have to uncross them from time to time otherwise I won’t get anything done 😉 Good luck with the cat too =^..^=

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s one of those scenarios where you wish the weather gods would hurry up and decide if you’re getting a large serve of wind and rain, or if it’s going somewhere else… We’ll see what tomorrow brings.

  2. Thimberlina says:

    I’ve got everything crossed here for you too 😀

  3. Fingers crossed and hoping it doesn’t come to fruition. Good to be prepared though. For us, it’s been 3 weeks of storms, hail, torrential rain and a leaking garage with a mouldy roof and a non-planned water feature in our hall. Now awaiting an insurance evaluation, fun and games. Rain, bugger off – to mid-west country NSW where they are desperate, not to you of course. Good luck.

  4. Serious Weather potential, and a visiting cat to make things interesting 🤔
    NIMBYism kicked in as I read… we don’t want or need anymore Weather Events, just a little ray of sunshine, and some more rain next month, later, after ANZAC day.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’d sort of hoped the Windy Season had passed, end of March is usually safe. No such luck. Still hoping that Higgins are being a bit pessimistic, but that’s a big fat low out there…

  5. Be careful, stay safe. Hugs.

  6. knitnkwilt says:

    Take care! Glad you know the drill. Every area has its weather/geological challenges, I think. Fingers crossed for you.

  7. Fingers crossed. Sending strong deep breaths blowing it away from you. Good luck. put your head phones on so you don’t have to listen to your house guest.

  8. May the storm gods bestow all that water where it’s most needed and may the Dowager’s cat find herself in need of a very long nap. Happy finger healing to you!

    • katechiconi says:

      I’d love to be able to forward all the unwanted water to the drought lands… As for Puss, she can take what comes, just as we will. She’s undemanding, just very vocal!

  9. Emma says:

    Oh dear, that would explain all the rain. I hope that it doesn’t get too serious where you are (actually I hope that it just dies down completely, that’d be great!). And I also hope we don’t get flooded too bad in Brisbane this year 😞

    • katechiconi says:

      I reckon you should be reasonably safe; it’s supposed to stay well north of the Tropic of Capricorn. I saw this evening that the BoM have finally sat up and taken notice. There’s a forecast for worsening conditions on Sunday, with a 50% chance of the Low turning into a cyclone. Happy days…

  10. claire93 says:

    batten down the hatches!

  11. dayphoto says:

    Fingers, toes, arms, legs, and eyes all crossed! I hope it dies or veers off into the wide open sea.

  12. craftycreeky says:

    Fingers crossed! Keep safe :-/

    • katechiconi says:

      We’ll take the decision whether to bale out or hunker down later today. Either way, there’ll probably be a period of ‘radio silence’ either because we’re travelling or because the power is out. Better get the deep cycle batteries charged!

  13. kathyreeves says:

    Oh my goodness! Keep safe, and we’ll pray!

  14. I grew up in Florida so I know this dance well. Dad was police so he always had to stay behind if we evacuated. In retrospect I have much pride in my mother for dealing with this year after year, alone, with two kids and cats and birds and whatever scaly oddity I had at the time.

  15. Fingers and toes crossed. So your cyclones are more like a hurricane or typhoon rather than a land tornado. I went through a typhoon in Taiwan when the eye came over the island. Never saw anything like it! Water coming right through closed window. It’s like insurance when you make ready. If you have everything necessary, you won’t need it but if you blow it off, heaven help you. I’ll hope for the best for all. Especially the cat. 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      Hurricanes or typhoons are northern hemisphere, down here they’re cyclones. But yeah, same same. 90 mph winds, horizontal rain, roofs blown off. We bought a new generator today, one which can keep the big stuff going and back up the deep cycle battery in the caravan. As you say, being prepared is the best insurance 🙂

  16. Yikes, Big Weather Stuff going on there 😦 But you seem very very organised, which is precisely what I would have expected from you! Take extra care.

    • katechiconi says:

      We thought for a while we would be able to escape the Big Wind, but the damn thing is turning gradually south. Still, as you say, we’re prepared. Big generator, deep cycle battery on charge, fridge full and plenty of water 🙂

  17. manicmumdays says:

    I hope it crosses near us and settles above the Dam to fill ‘er right up! 🙂

  18. Kate, I’m holding my breath and crossing fingers, too. Having witnessed flooding up close for the first time this year, I can relate to the angst. Your weather is far more severe than anything we’ve ever seen here. I guess you have to be prepared and take it hour by hour at this point. Nature’s going to decide. How nice to have the van as backup for supplies and light. Great planning on your part.

  19. nettyg says:

    I see she’s officially a cyclone now…..hi there Debbie! Looks like she’s going to sit out to sea for awhile, shame, she’ll get tougher and you might get quite a lashing. Hold tight, good you have Lizzie for back-up.

    • katechiconi says:

      Yup, she’s firing on all cylinders now, and by the time she comes ashore it looks like Cat 4. We’re back on high alert and tying down everything that moves. Generator’s ready, fridge is stocked. It looks like Monday afternoon/evening for landfall. I’m glued to Higgins and the BoM!

  20. nettyg says:

    Love Higgins!!

  21. Jule says:

    Fingers crossed here – hope you’ll stay safe.

    • katechiconi says:

      The wind’s rising already, a good 24 hours before the cyclone’s due to arrive. We’ll be safe, I’m sure, but I think sadly some damage is inevitable given how close it’s going to pass… Never mind, it’s only Stuff.

  22. nettyg says:

    Are you evacuating?

    • katechiconi says:

      Nope. We’re battened down, the generator and caravan are ready in case the house power goes out, and there’s not much at ground level in the house that’ll suffer if we do get flooding in the street. We’re looking at crunch time around 10pm…

  23. nettyg says:

    Hang onto your bootstraps, be safe. Thinking of you down here x

  24. nettyg says:

    Yep, no fun up that way, and wouldn’t want to be on one of the islands.

    • katechiconi says:

      No indeed. The hanging around is beginning to get on my nerves. Debbie is Too Slow. They’re now saying tomorrow morning before she hits. Grrr… We’ve a wet and windy night, but that’s about it.

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