1976–77 Australian region cyclone season

1976–77 Australian region cyclone season
1976-1977 Australian cyclone season summary.jpg
Season summary map
Seasonal boundaries
First system formed15 December 1976
Last system dissipated3 May 1977
Strongest storm
NameTed
 • Maximum winds185 km/h (115 mph)
(10-minute sustained)
 • Lowest pressure950 hPa (mbar)
Seasonal statistics
Tropical lows13
Tropical cyclones13
Severe tropical cyclones6
Total fatalitiesUnknown
Total damageUnknown
Related articles
Australian region tropical cyclone seasons
1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1978–79

The 1976–77 Australian region cyclone season was a slightly above average tropical cyclone season.

Systems

Tropical Cyclone Harry

Category 2 tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Tropical storm (SSHWS)
HarryDecember181976.gif Harry 1976 track.png
Duration15 December – 21 December
Peak intensity100 km/h (65 mph) (10-min)  985 hPa (mbar)

Harry formed on 15 December near the Sunda Strait, and moved west-southwest through its existence. Its maximum intensity was reached as the cyclone passed north of the Cocos-Keeling Islands. The system then weakened and dissipated well east of Madagascar.[1]

Severe Tropical Cyclone Ted

Category 4 severe tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Category 3 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
TedDecember191976.gif Ted 1976 track.png
Duration15 December – 20 December
Peak intensity185 km/h (115 mph) (10-min)  945 hPa (mbar)

Ted made landfall in Queensland on 19 December 1976. The storm killed 2 people and left $49 million in damage.[2]

Severe Tropical Cyclone Irene

Category 3 severe tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Category 2 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone south.svg Irene 1977 track.png
Duration6 January – 13 January
Peak intensity150 km/h (90 mph) (10-min)  970 hPa (mbar)

Tropical Cyclone June

Category 1 tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone south.svg June 1977 track.png
Duration16 January – 19 January (Crossed 160°E)
Peak intensity65 km/h (40 mph) (10-min)  994 hPa (mbar)

Tropical Cyclone Keith

Category 1 tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone south.svg Keith 1977 track.png
Duration29 January – 1 February
Peak intensity85 km/h (50 mph) (10-min)  992 hPa (mbar)

Tropical Cyclone Lily

Category 1 tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone south.svg Lily 1977 track.png
Duration8 February – 12 February
Peak intensity65 km/h (40 mph) (10-min)  996 hPa (mbar)

Tropical Cyclone Miles

Category 1 tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone south.svg Miles 1977 track.png
Duration9 February – 13 February
Peak intensity75 km/h (45 mph) (10-min)  994 hPa (mbar)

Tropical Cyclone Nancy

Category 1 tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone south.svg Nancy 1977 track.png
Duration12 February – 13 February
Peak intensity75 km/h (45 mph) (10-min)  998 hPa (mbar)

Severe Tropical Cyclone Jack-Io

Category 3 severe tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Category 1 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
JackIoFebruary221977.gif Jack-Io 1977 track.png
Duration13 February 13 – 20 February (Crossed 80°E)
Peak intensity130 km/h (80 mph) (10-min)  975 hPa (mbar)

Severe Tropical Cyclone Karen

Category 3 severe tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Category 2 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone south.svg Karen 1977 track.png
Duration2 March – 9 March
Peak intensity150 km/h (90 mph) (10-min)  970 hPa (mbar)

Tropical Cyclone Otto

Category 1 tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone south.svg Otto 1977 track.png
Duration6 March – 10 March
Peak intensity85 km/h (50 mph) (10-min)  984 hPa (mbar)

Otto made landfall near Bowen, Queensland in March 1977. The storm caused minimal wind damage but caused extensive beach erosion.[3]

Severe Tropical Cyclone Leo

Category 4 severe tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Category 2 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
LeoMarch271977.gif Leo 1977 track.png
Duration24 March – 28 March
Peak intensity165 km/h (105 mph) (10-min)  955 hPa (mbar)

Leo affected Port Hedland around March 1977.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Verna

Category 3 severe tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Category 1 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
VernaMarch291977.gif Verna 1977 track.png
Duration28 April – 3 May
Peak intensity130 km/h (80 mph) (10-min)  973 hPa (mbar)

See also

  • Atlantic hurricane seasons: 1976, 1977
  • Eastern Pacific hurricane seasons: 1976, 1977
  • Western Pacific typhoon seasons: 1976, 1977
  • North Indian Ocean cyclone seasons: 1976, 1977

References

  1. ^ Dick DeAngelis (March 1977). "Hurricane Alley". Mariners Weather Log. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 21 (2): 92.
  2. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20071015185237/http://www.ema.gov.au/ema/emadisasters.nsf/54273a46a9c753b3ca256d0900180220/6f607788bb439cbfca256d3300057bbc?OpenDocument
  3. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20060909075352/http://www.ema.gov.au/ema/emadisasters.nsf/54273a46a9c753b3ca256d0900180220/d77e2c313a5f5ba0ca256d33000580cf?OpenDocument

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