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Tropical Cyclone Zane (23P) Expected to Dissipate Today

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May 2nd, 2013 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Zane (23P) – May 1st, 2013

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Track of Tropical Storm Zane (23P) - May 1st, 2013 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TC 23P

Tropical Cyclone Zane (23P) will dissipate below warning threshold in the next 12 hours due to poor conditions and will further unravel as it interacts with the Cape York Peninsula.

Due to the overall poor organization of the system and forecast unfavorable upper-level environment, this is the final warning on this system by the JTWC, although the system will be closely monitored for signs of regeneration.

Tropical Cyclone Zane (23P) Slows Slightly

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May 1st, 2013 Category: Tropical Cyclones

Tropical Storm Zane (23P) – April 30th, 2013

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Track of Tropical Storm Zane (23P) - April 30th, 2013 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TC 23P

Tropical Cyclone Zane (23P), located approximately 218 nm northeast of Cairns, Australia, has tracked westward at 05 knots over the past six hours. Maximum significant wave height is 35 feet.

Animated infrared satellite imagery indicates the system has slowed and begun a slight turn equatorward during the past 12 hours. Dvorak assessments are in good agreement and confirm a relatively steady intensity during the past 15 hours.

Tropical Cyclone Oswald (11P) Forms by Cape York Peninsula, Australia – January 22nd, 2013

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January 22nd, 2013 Category: Image of the day, Tropical Storms

Tropical Cyclone Oswald (11P) – January 21st, 2013

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Track of Tropical Cyclone Oswald (11P) - January 21st, 2013 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TC 11P

On 17 January, TCWC Darwin reported that a tropical low had formed near the coast of Northern Australia. The system intensified into a category one tropical cyclone on 21 January (click here for previous images).

Tropical Cyclone Oswald (11P), located approximately 155 nm east-northeast of Mornington Island, Australia, has tracked east- northeastward at 05 knots over the past six hours. The initial position is based on radar imagery with good confidence.  In the full image, the outline of the Cape York Peninsula can be observed in grey, through the convection, due to the use of the Chelys Satellite Rapid Response System (SRRS) “borders” feature.

Over the past twelve hours, animated infrared (IR) satellite imagery has depicted slight weakening of deep convection near the center. However, IR imagery continues to show an extensive area of deep convection displaced to the north. The initial intensity is assessed at 35 knots

Radar imagery depicts weak convective banding associated with the broad low-level circulation center (LLCC). Recent observations from Kowanyama, approximately 20 nm southwest of the center, indicate sustained surface winds of only 15 to 20 knots with gusts as high as 30 knots.

TC 11P is forecast to track east-northeastward through TAU 12 and is expected to dissipate by TAU 12. The remnants of the system should turn southward to southwestward in response to a building high to the south and are not forecast to track over the Coral Sea. Dynamic guidance is in good agreement on turning the system southward over land but differs on the timing and degree of the turn. Due to the broad nature of the LLCC and the spread in model solutions, there is low confidence in the JTWC forecast track.

Fire Danger Moderate to High as Hot, Dry Conditions Persist in Queensland, Australia

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December 21st, 2012 Category: Fires

Australia – December 19th, 2012

As more hot and dry weather and light to moderate winds are expected in Queensland, Australia, officials maintain the fire danger warning level at moderate to  high. Here, fires can be seen on the Cape York Peninsula, near the top edge, and near the Coral Sea coast, particularly towards the lower right.

Fires in Queensland, Australia and Area of Convection Over Gulf of Carpentaria – December 12th, 2012

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December 12th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Australia – December 12th, 2012

Fires in Queensland, Australia, just south of the base of the Cape York Peninsula and southeast of the Gulf of Carpentaria, release plumes of smoke that blow in a slightly curved shape towards the south-southwest.

Also visible here is the use of the Chelys Satellite Rapid Response System (SRRS) “borders” feature, which allows users to download images with countries’ outlines superimposed over cloudcover. Although an area of convection hangs over the southeastern shores of the Gulf of Carpentaria, the Queensland shoreline can be seen thanks to this feature.

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