Cyclone Raquel Forms As Earliest Big Storm Recorded Off Australia’s North-East


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Tropical Cyclone Raquel has formed in the south-west Pacific near the Solomon Islands, triggering the earliest cyclone warning on record issued for the Queensland zone.

“Certainly it’s a unique scenario,” Jess Carey, a spokesman from the bureau’s Queensland office, said….

Tropical Cyclone Raquel has formed in the south-west Pacific near the Solomon Islands, triggering the earliest cyclone warning on record issued for the Queensland zone.

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“Certainly it’s a unique scenario,” Jess Carey, a spokesman from the bureau’s Queensland office, said. “Since we’ve been tracking cyclones with satellite-based technology, we haven’t seen one in July.”

The storm became a category 1 cyclone early on Wednesday morning and had a central pressure of 999 hPa about 410 km north of the Solomon Islands’ capital of Honiara as of just before 5am, AEST, the Bureau of Meteorology said. It is forecast to strengthen to a category 2 system on Thursday.

“The cyclone is moving southwest at about 16 km per hour and should gradually intensify over the next 24 hours as it approaches the Solomon Islands,” the bureau said in a statement. “The system will remain very far offshore and does not pose a threat to the Queensland coast.”

The official cyclone season runs from November 1-April 30. Any cyclone after May or before October is considered unusual.

The Queensland region has recorded a June event – Cyclone Ida, back in late May and early June of 1972 – and there was also a July cyclone off the west coast of Australia in 1996.

Mr Casey said the storm was carrying winds of about 130km/h, and since it comes in the second half of the year, will become the earliest recorded in any season for the zone.

While the storm is forecast to remain far from the Queensland coast, it is “certainly not good news for the Solomon Islands”, Mr Casey said.

“We’ve also heard some reports of pretty strong winds in Papua New Guinea,” he said. “It’s affecting quite a wide area.”

Also of note is that a typhoon – as such storms are described in the north-west Pacific basin – is also taking shape to the north of Cyclone Raquel.

“There’s almost an identical system forming on the other side of the equator,” Mr Casey said. “It’s sort of a pigeon pair of cyclones – so it’s an interesting scenario we’ve got at the moment.”

El Nino watch

One consequence of the cyclones in the western Pacific is that they may contribute to strengthening the El Nino now taking hold in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific.

“It’s plausible, it could happen,” Mr Casey said.

“You’ve got quite a significant El Nino brewing at the moment for us,” he said. “What effect does a cyclone have on how the El Nino plays out for the rest of the year, probably we’ll be able to answer that in December or January.”

Cyclone Raquel is likely to trigger westward wind bursts that would reinforce the reversal of the easterly trade winds, shifting more heat to the west as is typical during El Nino events.

The previous mid-year event off north-eastern Australia – 1972’s Cyclone Ida – came prior to a powerful El Nino event forming later that year.

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