1982–83 Australian region cyclone season

1982–83 Australian region cyclone season
1982-1983 Australian cyclone season summary.jpg
Season summary map
Seasonal boundaries
First system formed2 January 1983
Last system dissipated2 May 1983
Strongest storm
 • Maximum winds205 km/h (125 mph)
(10-minute sustained)
 • Lowest pressure935 hPa (mbar)
Seasonal statistics
Tropical lows7
Tropical cyclones7
Severe tropical cyclones6
Total fatalitiesUnknown
Total damageUnknown
Related articles
Australian region tropical cyclone seasons
1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85

The 1982–83 Australian region cyclone season was the third-latest starting Australian season on record, only behind 1987 and 2020. Was a below average tropical cyclone season. It officially started on 1 November 1982, and officially ended on 30 April 1983.


Severe Tropical Cyclone Jane

Category 4 severe tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Category 2 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
Jane Jan 9 1983 0649Z.png Jane 1983 track.png
Duration2 January – 10 January
Peak intensity165 km/h (105 mph) (10-min)  947 hPa (mbar)

Jane formed on January 2, 1983, near Indonesia. The storm moved southward where it reached Category 1 status on the same day. Jane did a small loop before continuing south-eastward. Jane reached Category 4 status before making landfall east of Port Hedland, Western Australia. Jane then dissipated after January 10.[1]

Tropical Cyclone Des

Category 1 tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Des Jan 18 1983 0458Z.png Des 1983 track.png
Duration14 January – 23 January
Peak intensity65 km/h (40 mph) (10-min)  994 hPa (mbar)

A tropical depression developed within a monsoon trough east-northeast of Cairns, Queensland, on 14 January. Des moved east-southeastward and strengthened gradually. Later, the storm tracked generally northward, until curving eastward and dissipating on 23 January.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Elinor

Category 5 severe tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Category 3 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
Elinor Feb 22 1983 0438Z.png Elinor 1983 track.png
Duration10 February – 4 March
Peak intensity205 km/h (125 mph) (10-min)  935 hPa (mbar)

In March 1983, Cyclone Elinor made landfall in Queensland, wrecking two yachts.[2]

Severe Tropical Cyclone Ken

Category 3 severe tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Ken Mar 2 1983 0624Z.png Ken 1983 track.png
Duration28 February – 6 March
Peak intensity120 km/h (75 mph) (10-min)  970 hPa (mbar)

Ken formed on February 28, 1983, several hundred miles north of Australia. The storm briefly reached Category 3 status before making landfall in the sparsely populated area. The storm dissipated well inland by March 6.[3]

Severe Tropical Cyclone Lena

Category 3 severe tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Category 1 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
Lena Apr 6 1983 0742Z.png Lena 1983 track.png
Duration2 April – 9 April
Peak intensity120 km/h (75 mph) (10-min)  980 hPa (mbar)

Lena formed off the coast of Indonesia on April 3, 1983. The storm reached Category 2 status before making landfall at Port Hedland, Australia. The storm dissipated on April 9.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Naomi

Category 3 severe tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Category 2 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone south.svg Naomi 1983 track.png
Duration21 April – 2 May
Peak intensity150 km/h (90 mph) (10-min)  960 hPa (mbar)

A tropical low developed near the western edge of the Australia region basin on 21 April. After strengthening into Cyclone Naomi, the system headed southeastward for much of its duration. By 30 April, Naomi doubled-back and moved northwestward, but dissipated on 2 May.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Monty

Category 3 severe tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone south.svg Monty 1983 track.png
Duration22 April – 29 April
Peak intensity120 km/h (75 mph) (10-min)  975 hPa (mbar)

The final cyclone of the season, Monty, developed from a weak tropical low on 22 April. Moving generally southward, Monty dissipated on 29 April.

See also

  • Atlantic hurricane seasons: 1982, 1983,
  • Eastern Pacific hurricane seasons: 1982, 1983
  • Western Pacific typhoon seasons: 1982, 1983
  • North Indian Ocean cyclone seasons: 1982, 1983


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Central Coastal Qld, Cyclone (incl Storm Surge)". Archived from the original on 2007-10-11. Retrieved 2013-04-23.
  3. ^ [2]

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