Hi Daniel, I do remember a short but intense system that developed off SEQ - maybe it was NE NSW and drifted this way in early March 2006. Below is a copy of my very first post on Weatherzone Forums. I was bemoaning that such systems weren't named. This system I refer to may have been the one. Here is the link to the original thread
Dear Fellow Weather Nerds,
What's the deal with the arbitary distinction between a tropical cyclone and an 'east coast low'? Why is the latter named and the former anonymous? A storm is a storm is a storm!
Take the recent low that formed off the southeast coast of Queensland. Now if an identical storm had formed off the Florida Coast it would have been named and it would have been taken seriously. However, all we got was a 'severe weather warning', which is as effective as 'be careful out there it may be a little breezy!'. According to a forcaster I spoke to recently at the Bureau, these storms used to be named but it is now policy not to, unlike the NOAA in the US.
Why does the Bureau insist on focusing its classification of a cyclone on its formation and not on its effects? So what if it hasn't got 'tropical characteristics' -it still has storm force winds and can still kill!
The only way people will take these storms seriously, and be appropriately prepared, is if the Bureau names these storms and standard cyclone watch and warning protocols kick in. Otherwise, sooner or later your nameless storm is going to get a name for itself anyway.
P.S. The next tropical cyclone off the Queensland coast is to be named 'Larry'. Perhaps in fairness to the Bureau, who's going to take a name like Larry seriously anyway . . . :rolleyes:
Well, it is history now that Larry did indeed form and was taken very seriously in its aftermath. Apologies for my flippant remarks at the time.