1971–72 Australian region cyclone season

1971–72 Australian region cyclone season
1971-1972 Australian cyclone season summary.jpg
Season summary map
Seasonal boundaries
First system formed20 October 1971
Last system dissipated3 June 1972
Strongest storm
NameEmily
 • Maximum winds170 km/h (105 mph)
(10-minute sustained)
 • Lowest pressure942 hPa (mbar)
Seasonal statistics
Tropical lows18
Tropical cyclones18
Severe tropical cyclones10
Total fatalitiesUnknown
Total damageUnknown
Related articles
Australian region tropical cyclone seasons
1969–70, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1973–74

The 1971–72 Australian region cyclone season was a very active tropical cyclone season.

Systems

Tropical Cyclone Rhoda

Category 2 tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone south.svg Rhoda 1971 track.png
DurationOctober 20 – October 26
Peak intensity100 km/h (60 mph) (10-min)  980 hPa (mbar)

Tropical Cyclone Rhoda existed from October 20 to October 26.

Tropical Cyclone Kitty

Category 1 tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Tropical depression (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone south.svg Kitty 1971 track.png
DurationDecember 2 – December 5
Peak intensity65 km/h (40 mph) (10-min)  1000 hPa (mbar)

Kitty existed from 2 to 5 December 1971 in the Arafura Sea

Severe Tropical Cyclone Sally

Category 4 severe tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Category 3 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone south.svg Sally 1971 track.png
DurationDecember 3 – December 11
Peak intensity165 km/h (105 mph) (10-min)  950 hPa (mbar)

Sally, 3 to 13 December 1971 crossed coast near Broome, Western Australia.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Althea

Category 4 severe tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Category 2 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
Cyclone Althea satellite 23 December.jpg Althea 1971 track.png
DurationDecember 19 – December 29
Peak intensity165 km/h (105 mph) (10-min)  952 hPa (mbar)

Tropical Cyclone Althea was a Category 4 cyclone when it hit the coast some 50 km north of Magnetic Island and Townsville in North Queensland on December 24, 1971.[1] Althea produced peak gust wind speeds between 123 and 145 miles per hour (197 and 233 km/h). Three people died and property damage was estimated at A$115 million loss (1990 value). On Magnetic Island 90% of the houses were damaged or destroyed.[2] In Townsville houses were lifted from their foundations and most trees stripped of foliage. Althea was also notable at the time, as it had struck a major city.

Although there was a dangerous storm surge associated with TC Althea (between 2.8 and 3.6 metres) little flooding occurred because the cyclone made landfall on a low tide. However, the combination of storm surge and wave action demolished The Strand sea wall and houses in low-lying areas were inundated with up to 0.6 metres of water.

Tropical Cyclone Bronwyn

Category 1 tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone south.svg Bronwyn 1972 track.png
DurationJanuary 2 – January 12
Peak intensity65 km/h (40 mph) (10-min)  993 hPa (mbar)

Bronwyn, 3 to 12 January 1972 in Gulf of Carpentaria

Tropical Cyclone Carlotta

Category 2 tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Category 1 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone south.svg Carlotta 1972 track.png
DurationJanuary 5 – January 11 (Crossed 160°E)
Peak intensity105 km/h (65 mph) (10-min)  976 hPa (mbar)

Carlotta, 5 to 21 January 1972 well off Queensland

Tropical Cyclone Wendy

Category 2 tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Category 1 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone south.svg Wendy 1972 track.png
DurationFebruary 6 (Crossed 160°E) – February 9
Peak intensity115 km/h (70 mph) (10-min)  976 hPa (mbar)

Wendy, 30 January to 9 February 1972 very intense off Queensland, possible pressure as low as 890hPa.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Daisy

Category 3 severe tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Category 2 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
Cyclone Daisy (1972) on Cato Island.png Daisy 1972 track.png
DurationFebruary 6 – February 14
Peak intensity150 km/h (90 mph) (10-min)  959 hPa (mbar)

Daisy, 7 to 14 February 1972 off Queensland, caused some flooding near Brisbane

Severe Tropical Cyclone Tessie-Gigi

Category 3 severe tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Category 2 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone south.svg Tessie-Gigi 1972 track.png
DurationFebruary 20 – February 27 (Crossed 80°E)
Peak intensity155 km/h (95 mph) (10-min)  950 hPa (mbar)

Tessie, 20 to 27 February 1972 in central Indian Ocean

Severe Tropical Cyclone Vicky

Category 3 severe tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Category 2 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone south.svg Vicky 1972 track.png
DurationFebruary 24 – March 4
Peak intensity140 km/h (85 mph) (10-min)  961 hPa (mbar)

Vicky, 24 February to 4 March 1972 crossed Western Australian coast at Cockatoo Island.

Tropical Cyclone Angela

Category 1 tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone south.svg Angela 1972 track.png
DurationFebruary 29 – March 3
Peak intensity65 km/h (40 mph) (10-min)  994 hPa (mbar)

Angela, 29 February to 3 March 1972 near Cocos Island and Christmas Island

Tropical Cyclone Belinda

Category 2 tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone south.svg Belinda 1972 track.png
DurationMarch 20 – March 29
Peak intensity100 km/h (60 mph) (10-min)  980 hPa (mbar)

Belinda, 20 to 30 March 1972 near Christmas Island

Severe Tropical Cyclone Emily

Category 4 severe tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Category 3 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone south.svg Emily 1972 track.png
DurationMarch 27 – April 2
Peak intensity170 km/h (105 mph) (10-min)  942 hPa (mbar)

Emily, 27 March to 4 April 1972 off Queensland, eight lives lost at sea

Severe Tropical Cyclone Carol

Category 3 severe tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Category 1 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone south.svg Carol 1972 track.png
DurationApril 6 – April 14
Peak intensity130 km/h (80 mph) (10-min)  965 hPa (mbar)

Carol, 6 to 14 April 1972 in the central Indian Ocean.

Tropical Cyclone Faith

Category 1 tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone south.svg Faith 1972 track.png
DurationApril 10 – April 24
Peak intensity75 km/h (45 mph) (10-min)  990 hPa (mbar)

Faith, 11 to 23 April 1972 in Torres Strait and Coral Sea off Queensland

Severe Tropical Cyclone Gail

Category 4 severe tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Category 3 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone south.svg Gail 1972 track.png
DurationApril 11 – April 14 (Crossed 160°E)
Peak intensity170 km/h (105 mph) (10-min)  945 hPa (mbar)

Gail, 11 to 18 April 1972 well off Queensland

Severe Tropical Cyclone Hannah

Category 3 severe tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Category 1 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone south.svg Hannah 1972 track.png
DurationMay 8 – May 11
Peak intensity130 km/h (80 mph) (10-min)  970 hPa (mbar)

Hannah, 8 to 11 May near Papua New Guinea

Severe Tropical Cyclone Ida

Category 3 severe tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Category 1 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone south.svg Aus Ida 1972 track.png
DurationMay 30 – May 31 (Crossed 160°E)
Peak intensity120 km/h (75 mph) (10-min)  970 hPa (mbar)

Ida, 30 May to 3 June 1972 near Solomon Islands causing $70 million damage.

See also

  • Atlantic hurricane seasons: 1971, 1972
  • Eastern Pacific hurricane seasons: 1971, 1972
  • Western Pacific typhoon seasons: 1971, 1972
  • North Indian Ocean cyclone seasons: 1971, 1972

References

  1. ^ "Severe Tropical Cyclone Althea. Summary". Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 2011-03-05.
  2. ^ "Severe Tropical Cyclone Althea. Summary". Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 2011-02-02.

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