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Severity and Categories

Cyclone+s are categorised according to their strength. There are 5 categories: Category 1 is the weakest and Category 5 is the strongest.

Category Wind Gusts Ocean Swells Damage
1 Up to 125km/hr
Gales
1.2 – 1.6m Slight damage
Trees and farmland damaged.
2 126 – 169km/hr
Destructive
1.7 – 2.5m Significant Damage
Minor house damage. Severe damage to signs and trees. Heavy damage to crops
3 170 – 224km/hr
Very Destructive
2.6 – 3.7m Structural damage
House roofs and most likely power failures
4 225 – 279km/hr
Very Destructive
3.8 – 5.4m Significant roofing and structural damage
Airborne debris, widespread power failure
5 Winds above 280km/hr
Very Destructive
More than 5.5m Almost total destruction and extremely dangerous
Houses flattened, cars over turned

Every cyclone has an ‘eye’

The eye is in the centre of the cyclone and can vary in size, from 10 kilometres to 100 kilometres, depending on the severity of the storm.

Do not be fooled by the eye!

Due to the least amount of air pressure in the eye, it produces clear weather with light wind, no clouds, no rain and some sunshine. But, the storm is not over yet.

This is only the middle of the storm. Depending on the wind gusts, the eye may pass in a few minutes or in a few hours.

You are always advised to stay indoors during the passing of the eye of the storm, because the cyclone will continue. Always listen for the official word that the cyclone has passed and when it is safe to leave your shelter.

When going outside, be aware of fallen powerlines, debris and damage left behind after the cyclone.

Did you know?

  1. The average life of a cyclone is 1 week.
  2. After the eye passes, and the other side of the cyclone hits, the wind blows with equal strength but in the opposite direction.
  3. Tropical Cyclones, from the Southern Hemisphere spin clockwise, and Hurricanes and Typhoons in the Northern Hemisphere spin anti-clockwise.
  4. Cyclone Tracy was Australia’s most destructive cyclone.
  5. Cyclones are assigned names, which are picked from a list.

Names of cyclones

Introduction

This page provides a listing of 104 names that are used for tropical cyclones in the Australian Region. There is a single list of names that are used by all of the Bureau of Meteorology Tropical Cyclone Warning Centres (TCWC). This single list was introduced for the start of the 2008/09 season, replacing the three lists that existed previously.

The name of a new tropical cyclone is usually selected from this list of names. If a named cyclone moves into the Australian region from another country's zone of responsibility, the name assigned by that other country will be retained. The names are normally chosen in sequence, when the list is exhausted, we return to the start of the list.

Introduction

This page provides a listing of 104 names that are used for tropical cyclones in the Australian Region. There is a single list of names that are used by all of the Bureau of Meteorology Tropical Cyclone Warning Centres (TCWC). This single list was introduced for the start of the 2008/09 season, replacing the three lists that existed previously.

The name of a new tropical cyclone is usually selected from this list of names. If a named cyclone moves into the Australian region from another country's zone of responsibility, the name assigned by that other country will be retained. The names are normally chosen in sequence, when the list is exhausted, we return to the start of the list.

Names

First name for the 2016-17 season is highlighted

  Australian Region Names (Pronunciation in brackets)
A Anika Anthony Alessia Alfred Ann
  (ah-ni-ka) (an-thuh-nee) (ah-les-ee-uh) (al-fred) (an)
B Billy Bianca Bruce Blanche Blake
  (bil-ee) (bee-ahng-kuh) (broos) (blanch) (bleyk)
C Charlotte Courtney Catherine Caleb Claudia
  (shahr-luht) (kawrt-nee) (kath-rin) (kei-luhb) (klaw-dee-uh)
D Dominic Dianne Dylan Debbie Damien
  (dom-uh-nik) (dai-an) (dil-uhn) (deb-ee) (dei-mee-uhn)
E Ellie Errol Edna Ernie Esther
  (el-ee) (er-uhl) (ed-nuh) (ur-nee) (es-ter)
F Freddy Fina Fletcher Frances Ferdinand
  (fred-ee) (fee-nuh) (flech-er) (fran-sis) (fur-din-and)
G Gabrielle Grant Gillian Greg Gretel
  (gab-ree-el) (grant) (jil-ee-uhn) (greg) (gre-tuhl)
H Herman Hayley Hadi Hilda Harold
  (hur-muhn) (hei-lee) (hah-dee) (hil-duh) (har-uhld)
I Ilsa Iggy Ivana Irving Imogen
  (il-suh) (ig-ee) (ee-vah-nuh) (ur-ving) (im-uh-jen)
J Jasper Jenna Jack Joyce Joshua
  (jas-per) (jen-uh) (jak) (jois) (josh-oo-uh)
K Kirrily Koji Kate Kelvin Kimi
  (kier-uh-lee) (koh-jee) (keit) (kel-vin) (kim-ee)
L Lincoln Luana Laszlo Linda Lucas
  (ling-kuhn) (loo-ah-nuh) (laz-loh) (lin-duh) (loo-kuhs)
M Megan Mitchell Mingzhu Marcus Marian
  (mee-guhn) (mich-uhl) (mingzoo) (mahr-kuhs) (mar-ee-uhn)
N Neville Narelle Nathan Nora Noah
  (nev-uhl) (nuh-rel) (nei-thuhn) (nawr-uh) (noh-uh)
O Olga Oran Olwyn* Owen Odette
  (ol-guh) (aw-ran) (ol-win) (oh-uhn) (oh-det)
PQ Paul Peta Quincey Penny Paddy
  (pawl) (pee-tuh) (kwin-see) (pen-ee) (pad-ee)
R Robyn Riordan Raquel Riley Ruby
  (rob-in) (rier-duhn) (rah-kel) (rai-lee) (roo-bee)
S Sean Sandra Stan Savannah Seth
  (shawn) (san-druh) (stan) (suh-van-uh) (seth)
T Tasha Tim Tatiana Trevor Tiffany
  (tash-uh) (tim) (ta-tee-ah-nuh) (trev-er) (tif-uh-nee)
UV Vince Victoria Uriah Veronica Vernon
  (vins) (vik-tawr-ee-uh) (yoo-rai-uh) (vuh-ron-i-kuh) (vur-nuhn)
WXYZ Zelia Zane Yvette Wallace
  (ziel-ee-uh) (zein) (ee-vet) (wol-is)  


* Cyclone names marked for replacement

US-based site with listings of names from regions elsewhere in the world.

Requests by the public for tropical cyclone names

Important Note: All cyclone names are submitted to the World Meteorological Organization Regional Tropical Cyclone Committee for the SE Pacific for final approval. This committee can (and often does) reject or adjust names that are submitted to it and may substitute their own name. The reason for this decision may be:

  • Ambiguity or difficulty of pronunciation
  • Preference of a more common spelling
  • Similarity to other names on the Australian or other country’s list
  • Similarity to the name of a recent cyclones
  • Inappropriate meaning of the name as a word in another language of the Region

The Bureau of Meteorology receives many requests from the public to name Tropical Cyclones after themselves, friends, etc. The Bureau is unable to grant all these requests as they far out-number the number of Tropical Cyclones that occur in the Australian region.

The Bureau will only accept requests received in writing (not e-mail). The request cannot be immediately granted but the name will be added to a supplementary list. When a name is retired of similar gender and initial, a name can be included from this supplementary list (subject to checks to ensure it is not on the Southern Hemisphere retired name list or offensive in any of the languages of our international neighbours.)

Due to popular demand some letters in the supplementary list have at least two names listed for a particular gender. The following will therefore be CLOSED to new requests until further notice:

  • Male: A, B, D, F, J, L, R, S, T, WXYZ
  • Female: A, G, K, L, M, PQ, R, S, WXYZ

Note that it can take many decades for a suitable slot to become available, then a further 10-20 years for the names to cycle through, so it is likely to be well over 50 years before your requested name is allocated to a cyclone.