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bobFor a couple of days this week it looked as if a tropical depression might come ashore in far north Queensland. It had formed out over the Coral Sea, and we watched closely as it drew closer and got organised.

As things turned out, it did become a cyclone – and in accordance with the long-established Bureau of Meteorology convention of choosing names boy-girl-boy-girl in alphabetical order, this one was given the name Dylan.

Now was that choice inspired by Dylan Thomas, or Dylan from Beverly Hills 90210? Our music guru Tony Hillier is convinced the cyclone was named for Bob Dylan, giving the weather bureau credit for what he calls an “inspired choice” – inspiring Tony to present Bob Dylan songs with a weather flavour.


The convention of giving proper names to cyclones was started by a pioneer of meteorology in Australia – Clement Wragge.


A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall from The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan 1963

High Water from Love And Theft 1991

Shelter From The Storm from Blood On The Tracks 1975

Hurricane from Desire 1976

TONY HILLIER CASTTony Hillier is one of Australia’s leading music journalists and a musician of long standing here in far north Queensland. His informed and insightful coverage of music features in The Weekend Australian and Rhythms magazine

Tony Hillier’s World of Music is also available as a podcast. Search for Tony Hillier on your podcast app or in the iTunes store. And you can stay in touch with the FNQ music scene with Tony at

You can hear Tony on ABC Far North each Friday at 445pm.

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