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#1410600 - 03/03/2017 18:46 Tropical Cyclone Blanche (96S) Arafura Sea - March 2017
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PRIORITY
TROPICAL CYCLONE WATCH

TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 1
Issued at 4:45 pm ACST on Friday 03 March 2017
Headline:
Tropical Cyclone Watch issued for Croker Island to Cape Fourcroy

Areas Affected:
Warning Zone
None.

Watch Zone
Croker Island to Cape Fourcroy.

Cancelled Zone
None.

Details of Tropical Low at 3:30 pm ACST:
Intensity: Tropical Low, sustained winds near the centre of 30 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 85 kilometres per hour.

Location: within 85 kilometres of 7.9 degrees South 132.8 degrees East, estimated to be 360 kilometres north of Croker Island and 545 kilometres north northeast of Darwin.

Movement: west at 11 kilometres per hour.

A Tropical Low is slowly developing in the Arafura Sea. The low is expected to move towards the south or southwest during the weekend and may form into a tropical cyclone to the north of the Tiwi Islands on Sunday.

Hazards:
GALES are not expected in coastal areas within the next 24 hours, however gales could develop over coastal and island communities between Croker Island on Cobourg Peninsula and Cape Fourcroy on the Tiwi Islands during Sunday.

Recommended Action:
NTES advises communities under Watch:

- Finalise your emergency kit preparations;

- Clear your premises of potential wind borne missiles;

- Commence home shelter preparations, or decide NOW where you will shelter;

- If your present accommodation is not to code, or you re unsure, you should arrange to shelter with friends, family or in a public shelter or strong building;

- Do not move to shelter until advised by local authorities.

Further advice on cyclone emergencies is available at www.securent.nt.gov.au

Please ensure that friends, family and neighbours have heard and understood this message, particularly new arrivals to the area.

Next Advice:
The next advice will be issued by 11:00 pm ACST Friday 03 March.
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#1410602 - 03/03/2017 18:53 Re: Tropical Cyclone Blanche (96S) Arafura Sea - March 2017 [Re: Mick10]
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....and at the exact opposite end of Aus another "cyclone" might be spawned off NSW tomorrow morning?

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#1410619 - 03/03/2017 19:39 Re: Tropical Cyclone Blanche (96S) Arafura Sea - March 2017 [Re: Petros]
JimmyGray Offline
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Originally Posted By: Petros
....and at the exact opposite end of Aus another "cyclone" might be spawned off NSW tomorrow morning?

And probably looks better on sat map TBH

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#1410639 - 03/03/2017 22:20 Re: Tropical Cyclone Blanche (96S) Arafura Sea - March 2017 [Re: Mick10]
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Some good storm activity in Darwin at the moment!


Balcony Chase by Thijs Bors, on Flickr
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#1410645 - 03/03/2017 22:53 Re: Tropical Cyclone Blanche (96S) Arafura Sea - March 2017 [Re: Mick10]
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Haha fancy seeing you on WZ Thijs!! Great shot one shot!!!

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#1410649 - 03/03/2017 23:09 Re: Tropical Cyclone Blanche (96S) Arafura Sea - March 2017 [Re: Mick10]
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Nice one Thijs!
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#1410655 - 04/03/2017 01:07 Re: Tropical Cyclone Blanche (96S) Arafura Sea - March 2017 [Re: Mick10]
darwindix Offline
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Registered: 12/03/2016
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Loc: Jingili Darwin
Yeah loveing the electrical storms after 2 days of oppressive humidity, the calm before the storm?Locally there is a big difference between ec and gfs. Not sure which I prefer as I work for local govt in parks and I am not looking forward to spending 3 months on a chainsaw and feeding a woodchiper.But I am a severe weather sicko like the rest of us.

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#1410656 - 04/03/2017 01:11 Re: Tropical Cyclone Blanche (96S) Arafura Sea - March 2017 [Re: Mick10]
JimmyGray Offline
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Loc: Palmerston NT
Latest advice ... has become slow moving

PRIORITY
TROPICAL CYCLONE WATCH
TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 2
Issued at 10:43 pm ACST on Friday 03 March 2017
Headline:
Tropical Cyclone Watch issued for Croker Island to Cape Fourcroy
Areas Affected:
Warning Zone
None.
Watch Zone
Croker Island to Cape Fourcroy.
Cancelled Zone
None.
Details of Tropical Low at 9:30 pm ACST:
Intensity: Tropical Low, sustained winds near the centre of 35 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 85 kilometres per hour.
Location: within 85 kilometres of 8.1 degrees South 132.6 degrees East, estimated to be 340 kilometres north of Croker Island and 515 kilometres north northeast of Darwin.
Movement: slow moving.

A Tropical Low is slowly developing in the Arafura Sea. The low is expected to move towards the south or southwest during the weekend and may form into a tropical cyclone near the Tiwi Islands on Sunday.
Hazards:
GALES are not expected in coastal areas within the next 24 hours, however gales could develop over coastal and island communities between Croker Island, near the Cobourg Peninsula, and Cape Fourcroy on the Tiwi Islands during Sunday.

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#1410696 - 04/03/2017 12:43 Re: Tropical Cyclone Blanche (96S) Arafura Sea - March 2017 [Re: Mick10]
JimmyGray Offline
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Loc: Palmerston NT
Calm before the storm here... very souply outside tho.
Latest advice is we now have a warning and Darwin is now under a watch

TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST
TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING
TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 4
Issued at 11:07 am ACST on Saturday 04 March 2017
Headline:
Cyclone Warrning issued for the Tiwi Islands, Watch extended to WA border, includes Darwin.
Areas Affected:
Warning Zone
Croker Island to Cape Fourcroy.
Watch Zone
Point Stuart to WA/NT Border, including Darwin and Wadeye.
Cancelled Zone
None.
Details of Tropical Low at 9:30 am ACST:
Intensity: Tropical Low, sustained winds near the centre of 45 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 85 kilometres per hour.
Location: within 55 kilometres of 9.5 degrees South 132.6 degrees East, estimated to be 300 kilometres northeast of Milikapiti and 375 kilometres north northeast of Darwin.
Movement: south at 12 kilometres per hour.

A tropical low is developing in the Arafura Sea and may form into a tropical cyclone near the Tiwi Islands early on Sunday. The system is expected to track in a southwesterly direction and move closer to Darwin during Sunday. The cyclone may intensify further during Sunday night or Monday as it move towards the south or southwest across the Timor Sea. The tropical cyclone may cross the north Kimberley coast later on Monday.
Hazards:
GALES with gusts to 110 kilometres per hour may develop between Croker Island and Cape Fourcroy early on Sunday.

GALES may extend south between Point Stuart and the NT/WA border, including Darwin and Wadeye later on Sunday and Monday.

A STORM TIDE between Croker Island and Cape Fourcroy may occur as the cyclone centre crosses the coast on Sunday morning. Tides may rise significantly above the normal high tide, with DAMAGING WAVES and DANGEROUS FLOODING.

Tides will be HIGHER THAN NORMAL between Point Stuart and the NT/WA border on Sunday and Monday. Large waves may produce MINOR FLOODING of low-lying coastal areas.

HEAVY RAIN and SQUALLS are likely to develop over the Tiwi and Croker Islands and Cobourg Peninsula later today, extending to the northwest Top End during

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#1410698 - 04/03/2017 13:00 Re: Tropical Cyclone Blanche (96S) Arafura Sea - March 2017 [Re: Mick10]
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Latest map:

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#1410699 - 04/03/2017 13:01 Re: Tropical Cyclone Blanche (96S) Arafura Sea - March 2017 [Re: Mick10]
darwindix Offline
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Registered: 12/03/2016
Posts: 28
Loc: Jingili Darwin
EC showing disorganised structure before hitting jb gulf,GFS still to the west of Darwin,but ramping up in the Timor sea.I'm actually going with boms track map but thinking it will go a bit more south before turning sw.Gut feeling is straight over Darwin as a high cat 1.

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#1410748 - 04/03/2017 18:13 Re: Tropical Cyclone Blanche (96S) Arafura Sea - March 2017 [Re: Mick10]
gecko Offline
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Registered: 01/11/2007
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Loc: Coconut Grove, Darwin, NT.
Latest map has it jigging to the west and now missing Darwin.......but they are pretty unpredictble in the Arafura sea, so best to be prepared. Always a chance that we'll find it on our doorstep at 6am tomorrow.

Was getting my gas bottle filled up this arvo, and they said there'd been no rush today. Hope everyone is ready just in case.


Edited by gecko (04/03/2017 18:14)

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#1410753 - 04/03/2017 18:48 Re: Tropical Cyclone Blanche (96S) Arafura Sea - March 2017 [Re: Mick10]
darwindix Offline
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Posts: 28
Loc: Jingili Darwin
Yeah never trust your gut when youv'e drunk stout and eaten oysters the night before. But you're right gecko ,best to be prepared.

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#1410763 - 04/03/2017 19:30 Re: Tropical Cyclone Blanche (96S) Arafura Sea - March 2017 [Re: Mick10]
tropicbreeze Offline
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Loc: Noonamah
Looks like Vertical Wind Shear is around 20 - 25 kts. Coming closer to Darwin it's more likely to increase, further out a bit but not much less. Of course closer to Darwin there'll be more land interaction. I think the odds are not favouring it but it's going to be short lived anyway so nothing much either way.

My generator is all fueled up and ready to go. Gas bottle's not topped up but enough for any cooking needed.

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#1410786 - 04/03/2017 20:51 Re: Tropical Cyclone Blanche (96S) Arafura Sea - March 2017 [Re: darwindix]
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Originally Posted By: darwindix
Yeah never trust your gut when youv'e drunk stout and eaten oysters the night before. But you're right gecko ,best to be prepared.


Sorry to see that things have been hard for you lately Dwndix, hopefully this one just provides some nice weather and maybe gives Rapid Creek a good flushing and the old Marrara keeps the drinks cold.

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#1410801 - 04/03/2017 21:50 Re: Tropical Cyclone Blanche (96S) Arafura Sea - March 2017 [Re: Mick10]
El Jefe Offline
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Registered: 01/01/2003
Posts: 940
Loc: Parap, NT
Latest Advice:
http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/wrap_fwo.pl?IDD20150.html
Track map out a bit later frown
http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDD65011.shtml

Coordinates say the low has moved due south, but the advice is still saying SW. Fun times in D town! smile

Next incoming line looks like a ripper!!!! grin Woot Woot!!


Edited by El Jefe (04/03/2017 22:05)

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#1410819 - 05/03/2017 00:31 Re: Tropical Cyclone Blanche (96S) Arafura Sea - March 2017 [Re: Mick10]
El Jefe Offline
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Registered: 01/01/2003
Posts: 940
Loc: Parap, NT
2300 ACST Update:

IDD20150
Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Northern Territory
Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre
Media: The Standard Emergency Warning Signal should NOT be used with this warning.
TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST
TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING

TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 8

Issued at 10:48 pm ACST [9:18 pm AWST] on Saturday 04 March 2017

Headline:

Cyclone Warning covers coastal areas of northwest Top End, including Darwin and Tiwi Islands.

Areas Affected:

Warning Zone

Daly River Mouth to Point Stuart and Croker Island to Cape Fourcroy.

Watch Zone

Kuri Bay to Daly River Mouth

Cancelled Zone
None.
Details of Tropical Low at 9:30 pm ACST [8:00 pm AWST]:
Intensity: Tropical Low, sustained winds near the centre of 45 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 85 kilometres per hour.
Location: within 85 kilometres of 10.4 degrees South 131.4 degrees East, estimated to be 140 kilometres northeast of Milikapiti and 230 kilometres north northeast of Darwin.
Movement: southwest at 12 kilometres per hour.
A tropical low in the Timor Sea is slowly intensifying and may form into a tropical cyclone near the Tiwi Islands early on Sunday. The system is expected to continue tracking to the southwest and may pass close to Darwin during Sunday. The cyclone may intensify further during Sunday night or Monday before crossing the north Kimberley coast later on Monday as a Category 2 system.
Hazards:
GALES with gusts to 110 kilometres per hour may develop between Croker Island and Cape Fourcroy early on Sunday, and extend south between Point Stuart and Daly River Mouth, including Darwin, during Sunday.
GALES may extend further south between Daly River Mouth and the NT/WA border, including Wadeye later on Sunday and Monday. GALES may extend west between NT/WA border to Kuri Bay during Monday.
A STORM TIDE between Croker Island and Cape Fourcroy may occur as the cyclone centre crosses the coast on Sunday morning. Tides may rise significantly above the normal high tide, with DAMAGING WAVES and DANGEROUS FLOODING.
Tides will be HIGHER THAN NORMAL between Point Stuart in the NT and Kuri Bay in WA on Sunday and Monday. Large waves may produce MINOR FLOODING of low-lying coastal areas.
HEAVY RAIN and SQUALLS are likely to develop over the Tiwi and Croker Islands and Cobourg Peninsula tonight, extending to the western Top End during Sunday and to the Kimberley region on Sunday night or Monday.
DAMAGING WIND GUSTS are possible in squally showers and storms across the northwest Top End during the next day or two even if the low does not reach cyclone intensity.
Recommended Action:
NTES advises residents from Cape Fourcroy to Croker Island and Point Stuart to Daly River Mouth, including Darwin
- Your emergency kit should now be complete and ready;
- Finalise home shelter preparations, or know now where you will shelter;
- Do not move to shelter until advised by local authorities
Communities under Watch:
- Finalise your emergency kit preparations;
- Clear your premises of potential wind borne missiles;
- Commence home shelter preparations, or decide NOW where you will shelter;
- If your present accommodation is not to code, or you re unsure, you should arrange to shelter with friends, family or in a public shelter or strong building;
- Do not move to shelter until advised by local authorities.
DFES advises residents in the Watch zone between WA/NT border to Kuri Bay in WA:
-You should prepare your home inside and out
-Keep up to date with the development of the cyclone
Further advice on cyclone emergencies is available at www.securent.nt.gov.au
Please ensure that friends, family and neighbours have heard and understood this message, particularly new arrivals to the area.

Next Advice:
The next advice will be issued by 2:00 am ACST Sunday 05 March [12:30 am AWST Sunday 05 March].


Edited by El Jefe (05/03/2017 00:33)

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#1410846 - 05/03/2017 08:54 Re: Tropical Cyclone Blanche (96S) Arafura Sea - March 2017 [Re: Mick10]
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It's looking a bit disorganised but Vertical Wind Shear seems to be easing. Also looks like it's tracking more directly over Darwin.

Point Fawcett has had 343.4mm since 9:00AM yesterday (22 hours). Really stands out amongst all the other weather station recordings. Around here Noonamah AWS 29.6mm and my gauge 25.2mm.

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#1410856 - 05/03/2017 09:35 Re: Tropical Cyclone Blanche (96S) Arafura Sea - March 2017 [Re: Mick10]
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Registered: 12/03/2016
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Loc: Jingili Darwin
Darwin radar 200 k looking interesting.

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#1410858 - 05/03/2017 09:40 Re: Tropical Cyclone Blanche (96S) Arafura Sea - March 2017 [Re: Mick10]
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Is this the first decent low to be viewed on the doppler?
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