TC Claudia - first Australian Category 3 of 2019/20

Australia has just seen its first Category three (Severe) Tropical Cyclone of the 2019/20 season. As a Low Pressure system it tracked over Darwin, before forming into Tropical Cyclone Claudia near the north Kimberley coast late on 11th January 2020.

Figure 1: Satellite view of STC Claudia as at 2020-01-13 06:00 UTC. Himawari-8 imagery courtesy of Japan Meteorological Agency

It developed into a Category 3 three cyclone, with winds wind estimated to exceed 118 km/hr. Luckily it continued to track west into the Indian Ocean, with Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) closer to the Australian mainland recording lower wind speeds - at Adele Island (AWS 200735) the peak wind speed was 65 km/hr (12 Jan 2020, 0700 hrs) and at Rowley Shoals (AWS 200713) the peak wind speed was 72 km/hr (12 Jan 2020, 1600 hrs).

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