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CYCLONE LARRY SIX YEARS ON

20 Mar

JUST LARRIED! NEAR MUNDOO AIRSTRIP INNISFAIL MARCH 2006

THE WEATHER HAS KEPT US ALL ON OUR TOES THE PAST FEW DAYS, WITH THE MONSOON DUMPING HUGE AMOUNTS OF RAIN ON EFFINCUE, AND A TROPICAL LOW IN THE GULF OF CARPENTARIA GENERATING SOME TESTING CONDITIONS.

SO YOU COULD BE FORGIVEN FOR NOT REMEMBERING THAT TODAY, MARCH 20, IS THE SIXTH ANNIVERSARY OF CYCLONE LARRY.

LARRY RACED ACROSS THE CORAL SEA & WAS A CAT 5 JUST BEFORE LANDFALL (BOM)

WE’D KNOWN LARRY WAS COMING FOR THE BEST PART OF A WEEK SO THERE WAS PLENTY OF TIME FOR PREPARATION. BUT THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME IN MANY YEARS THAT A SEVERE CYCLONE THREATENED FNQ’S LARGER POPULATION CENTRES. AND WE’D ALL SEEN THE DISASTROUS RESPONSE TO HURRICANE KATRINA IN THE U.S THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

LARRY WAS ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL CYCLONES EVER TO HIT AUSTRALIA. IT MADE LANDFALL NEAR THE JOHNSTONE RIVER MOUTH AND LEFT A TRAIL OF DESTRUCTION ACROSS QUEENSLAND, HITTING FARMERS ESPECIALLY HARD.

SATELLITE IMAGE AS LARRY MAKES LANDFALL (BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY)

ON THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY, ABC FAR NORTH RAN A FIVE PART RADIO DOCUMENTARY CALLED REMEMBERING LARRY. IT TRACES LARRY TO ITS ORIGINS IN THE EASTERN CORAL SEA, CHRONICLES THE DAMAGE IT DID, AND BEARS WITNESS TO THE INSPIRING DETERMINATION OF FNQ FOLK TO REBUILD & RECOVER.

RADIO ACE SUZANNE GIBSON & I MADE THE SERIES & WE’VE HAD MANY REQUESTS TO PUT IT ONLINE. SO HERE IT IS. THE THEME MUSIC IS A SONG CALLED HEY RAIN, WRITTEN BY BILL SCOTT AND PERFORMED BY PENNY DAVIS & ROGER ILOT.

REMEMBERING LARRY EPISODE 1: TROUBLE BREWING OUT IN THE CORAL SEA

REMEMBERING LARRY EPISODE 2: WE’VE HAD A BIT OF A BLOW

REMEMBERING LARRY EPISODE 3: WHERE THE HELL DO YOU START

REMEMBERING LARRY EPISODE 4: AND IT WON’T BE LIKE THIS TOMORROW

REMBERING LARRY EPISODE 5: “REMEMBERING LARRY”

 

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Posted by on March 20, 2012 in Coral Sea, cyclones, EFFINCUE, far north Queensland, tropical weather & climate

 

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