THAT BASTARD LARRY – 10 YEARS ON

  I’ll be up early this Sunday – not something I usually do – but it’s the 10th anniversary of a life-changing event. So I’ll spend a quiet hour before dawn remembering cyclone Larry. One of the most powerful cyclones ever to make landfall in […]

GET READY CAIRNS – WET SEASON IS ON THE WAY

You’re looking at a pretty typical wet season weather chart. That blue line of dots and dashes across the top of Australia represents the monsoon. It’s a line of unstable weather that shifts, with the seasons, north and south of the equator. During the Australian […]

THOSE OLD TREES COULD HELP PREDICT FUTURE FLOODS AND DROUGHTS

Some of the trees in far north Queensland are very old, perhaps going back hundreds of years. A James Cook University study getting underway on the Atherton Tablelands hopes those trees can tell us more about the weather over the past 400 years and help […]

RED EYED GREEN TREE FROG

THE WET SEASON IS COMING – AND OUR WILDLIFE CAN’T WAIT!

The long hot dry season is coming to an end. The wet season is not far off. The signs are all there. Afternoon storms building up on the Atherton Tablelands and Cape York Peninsula. In Cairns and along the east coast, the south-east trade wind […]

CYCLONE LARRY SIX YEARS ON – IT STILL SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY

The wet season weather has had us on our toes the past few days, with the monsoon dumping huge amounts of rain, while a tropical low in the Gulf of Carpentaria may generate some testing conditions. That would keep you busy, and may explain you […]

CYCLONE YASI – ONE YEAR ON

We are rememberng cyclone Yasi today, a year after it roared ashore in the Cassowary Coast region. Its central pressure of 930 hpa and 300 km/h peak wind gusts made it a marginal category five system. In other words, it could have been worse – […]