Elaine Meinel Supkis
Another great cyclone hitting Australia! Even over restricted waters, the minute these cyclones hit the ocean, they shoot up from a catagory 1 to a 5 in less than three days! This is what the new weather systems mean, global warming is no joke. Simultaneously, there is record cold in the opposite end of Australia in New South Wales!
Cyclone Monica threatens the NT
By David Grant
April 23, 2006 17:26 EST
Tropical Cyclone Monica, moving in a west/northwest direction for the most of Sunday, is threatening communities of northeast Arnhem land. As of 1pm Sunday, Severe Cyclone Monica was generating winds of up to 320 km/hr, with winds gusting up to 120km/hr in the northeast of the Top End. As of Sunday afternoon, the Tropical Cyclones eye was also a staggering 37km in diametre. In the 24 hours to 9am Sunday, the highest rainfalls in Arnhem land were recorded at Gove knocking up 64mm and Yirrkala Tropical Gardens with 56mm. Monica also continues to bring heavy rain to Cape York Peninsula with 215mm recorded at Lockhart River to 9am Sunday. Rainfall totals along the upper NT should increase on Monica approaching the coast. Presently it is too early to predict the position and timing of a coastal impact. However the category 5 cyclone is forecasted to track parallel to the upper NT coastline, prior to its expected crossing of the coastline late Monday.
Record April cold snap in NSW
By David Grant
April 23, 2006 17:19 EST
Cold and dry southerly winds in the wake of a cold front in tandom with a clear overnight sky, were again the primary forces in dropping temperatures to record April lows around NSW. Temperatures were up to 12 degrees below average across the state on Sunday morning , with 38 locations measuring monthly record lows. Around Sydney these included, Badgerys Creek and Richmond experiencing minimums of 0 degrees, 11 and 12 below average respectively. For Sydney in general there were no records broken, however it was the coldest overnight minimum since October last year. On Monday and Tuesday, NSW will continue to experience below average minimums. These below average temperatures, will not be as widespread as previous nights as the southerly winds weaken. By Wednesday, winds will tend a more northerly direction delivering warmer overnight minimums, closer to average.
Here is doppler radar showing a perfect eye and perfect circle and it is partially over land. The cyclone is so powerful, the fact that one quarter of the storm is over land is meaningless.
Monica is now over Australia's Wessel Islands, making Monica a far worse hurricane than anything seen in the Atlantic last summer. At 892 mb, Monica is stronger than the dreaded hurricanes Katrina and Rita ever were, never mind at landfall. The symmetry seen is Monica is flawless and it is rare to every see a tropical system look so well-defined.
If it weren't so deadly, it is a thing of wonder. In the Gulf of Mexico which is like a huge bathtub, hurricanes can look just as pretty but this is over land! The places being hit are not heavily populated but important industries lie in this destructive monster's path.
ALCAN Inc, the world's second-largest aluminum producer, halted production at its alumina refining site in Gove, northern Australia over the weekend, because Tropical Cyclone Monica threatened the safety of workers and equipment.
Production at the refinery was shut down as Monica gained strength to become a category 5 storm, Montreal-based Alcan said on Saturday. Production will resume as soon as it's "safe to do so," Alcan said.
Alcan moved to a "stage 3" alert, which involves shutting down the plant, after putting the plant on "stage 2" alert on Friday. Monica was in the Gulf of Carpentaria and was moving northwest toward the Arnhem Land coast, where Gove is, the Australian meteorology bureau said on Saturday.
World oil prices were affected by the previous two cyclones because they struck at oil fields. This one can wander whither she will and it will take a while to expend her tremendous energy. The Alcan factory closing may be a tad longer than merely during the cyclone's passage. If the winds at the center hit, the entire complex might have to be rebuilt. This will raise the cost of many things starting with soft drinks. Alcan makes many of the containers, just for example.
Sustained winds of over 200 mph are astonishing. This is like one big, fat tornado. If a wind of 200 mph hits for one or two minutes, it can be very destructive, one or two HOURS means scouring most structures to the ground. If something this ferocious hits any major city, it just might not be habitable afterwards and not just like New Orleans, due to flooding from a nearby lake.
Hurricane Andrew pretty much wiped out the section of Florida it hit and the winds were less than 200 mph.
The Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico are superhot this last winter and into summer. We are sitting ducks.