Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

First Cyclone of the Season Shakes Surf

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

First Cyclone of the Season Shakes Surf

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WELCOME to cyclone season!

This year we're off with a bang as the BOM was expecting at least one cyclone before Christmas and we forewarned of developments last week.

Well hello Tropical Cyclone Fina! This category 1 cyclone is (today) well offshore, to the NE of Mackay, and drifting slowly to the S/SE.

It's expected to be downgraded back to a low today due to wind shear and turn more SW, but there's also a possibility that it just might re-intensify.

Where's the logic here? Nature is a fickle critter. We'll just have to wait and see. However, the far more important element at this stage is the big stationary High into which Fina is pushing. This cradling high/low combo will intensify the already rolling east winds far out to sea and that means increasing east swell. This is mainly what I'm building my forecast on today. At current locations and rates of travel, no real north swell is being generated, just E/SE.

But remember; if the system changes, so does the forecast. Keep an eye on it!

Agnes Water to Coolangatta:

Saturday: The system is expected to drift closer-in and that will up the chances of rain today.

Winds will rise, (stronger in the north), and average 15/20 knots from Noosa-South. Direction will be E/SE ... messy stuff that.

Expect strong rips and unsafe conditions most places. East swell of 1-2 metres will be present everywhere. The afternoon will see even stronger onshores and more rain.

Sunday: By Sunday, current forecasts have the low well offshore and turning towards New Caledonia.

This will improve our weather, easing off on the rains and leaving us with fine conditions and the odd shower.

Winds will back-off up north too, but it will still remain fairly fresh along the coast, say, 15 knots or more from the E/SE.

Dangerous surf conditions will exist because of the brief turn toward the coast that the low took a day or two ago. …

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