Cyclone

Cyclone

Cyclone

An atmospheric system characterized by the rapid inward circulation of air masses about a low-pressure centre, usually accompanied by stormy, often destructive weather. A tropical cyclone is defined as sustaining gale force winds of at least 63 km per hour and if the sustained wind force is at least 118 km per hour it is defined as a severe tropical cyclone. The severity of a cyclone is described in terms of categories ranging from 1 to 5, related to the strength of maximum winds.

Cyclones rotate clockwise in the southern hemisphere and anti-clockwise in the northern hemisphere.

Image: Cyclone Larry, Australian Red Cross

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Name Category Location Date
Cyclone Cyclone Marcia 2015 Cyclone Queensland 20/02/2015 view resource
Cyclone Cyclone - Cyclone Ita, Far North Queensland, 2014 Cyclone Queensland 11/04/2014 view resource
Cyclone Cyclone Oswald, Queensland & New South Wales 2013 Cyclone Queensland, New South Wales 21/01/2013 view resource
Cyclone Cyclone Yasi, Queensland 2011 Cyclone Queensland 03/02/2011 view resource
Cyclone Cyclone George, Port Hedland, Western Australia 2007 Cyclone Western Australia 03/03/2007 view resource
Cyclone Cyclone Larry, North Queensland 2006 Cyclone Queensland 20/03/2006 view resource
Cyclone Cyclone Tessi, Townsville, Queensland 2000 Cyclone Queensland 02/04/2000 view resource
Cyclone Cyclone Steve, Queensland 2000 Cyclone Queensland 27/02/2000 view resource
Cyclone Cyclone Vance, Western Australia 1999 Cyclone Western Australia 18/03/1999 view resource
Cyclone Cyclone Justin, North Queensland 1997 Cyclone Queensland 06/03/1997 view resource
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Research

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Title Author Date Format Type
A Document (Mal)adapting to tropical cyclone risk: the case of "Tempestuous Tracy" Li G 2009 link Journal articles view resource
A Document A Facebook study from 'Cyclone Yasi Update' Taylor M, Wells G, Howell G & Raphael B 2012 link Journal articles view resource
A Document A whirlwind response: Tropical Cyclone Yasi a success story for Australian EMS Noble N. 2011 link Journal articles view resource
A Document About tropical cyclones Bureau of Meteorology 2012 link Websites view resource
A Document Assessing the impacts of tropical cyclones Arthur C, Scholfield A & Cechet R 2008 link Journal articles view resource
A Document AUSLAN Cyclone Videos Cairns City Council 2013 link Websites view resource
A Document Benefits and costs of provision of post-cyclone emergency services in Cairns Dobes L, Scheufele G & Bennett J 2012 link Reports view resource
A Document Big Blow Up North: A history of cyclones in Australia's Northern Territory Murphy K, University Planning Authority 1984 link Reports view resource
A Briefing Pack Briefing pack: Cyclone Larry 2006 Australian Emergency Management Institute 2006 application/pdf Briefing Packs view resource
A Briefing Pack Briefing pack: Cyclone Tracy 1974 Australian Emergency Management Institute 1974 application/pdf Briefing Packs view resource
A Briefing Pack Briefing pack: Cyclone Yasi 2011 Australian Emergency Management Institute 2011 application/pdf Briefing Packs view resource
A Case Study Cairns Base and Private Hospitals: The evacuation before Cyclone Yasi Wilkie L 2013 application/pdf Case Studies view resource
A Document Canadian Hurricane Centre Environment Canada 2012 link Websites view resource
A Document Case Study: Adaptation Lessons from Cyclone Tracy Part II: Institutional response and Indigenous experiences of Cyclone Tracy Haynes K, Bird DK, Carson D, Larkin S and Mason M. Report to National Climate Change Adaptation 2011 link Case Studies view resource
A Document Climate Education: Cyclones Bureau of Meteorology 2012 link Websites view resource