Cyclone Tracking Maps - Text Version

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Australian Regional Maps

W Region, NW Region, N Region, NE Region, E Region.

5 grayscale maps covering the cyclone prone regions of Australia from the Equator to 36 degrees South and 96 to 168 degrees East in 24 degree wide overlapping sections, thus ensuring adequate plotting area for any cyclone that could pose a threat to any part of Australia. The black place names are those that would normally be used in Australian Bureau of Meteorology Warnings.

I thank the Australian Bureau of Meteorology for their help with place name and other information that has made these maps much better for the purpose.

Western Region 96E to 120E
This map is suitable for residents of Christmas Island and the West coast of Western Australia living South of North West Cape (Exmouth). The Northern parts of this region are prone to very severe cyclones that tend to lose intensity as they move into the more Southerly parts of the region.

North Western Region 108E to 132E
This map is suitable for residents of the North West coast of Western Australia living East of North West Cape (Exmouth), and most of inland Western Australia. This region is particularly prone to very severe Category 4 or 5 cyclones that can build to such an intensity before crossing the coast that they can retain TC status as they travel considerable distances from the North West coast South to South Eastwards across much of Western Australia, losing intensity as they travel overland, and at times have been known to remain TC's as they cross the South coast into the Southern Ocean.

Northern Region 120E to 144E
This map is suitable for residents of the Northern Coast of Australia living East of Broome in Western Australia through the whole of the Northern Territory coast to the Queensland border, and much of inland Northern Territory and the Eastern part of Western Australia. This region is prone to unpredictable cyclones which can at times change direction and intensity, and at times very severe ones which can travel a considerable distance inland, losing intensity as they travel overland.

North Eastern Region 132E to 156E
This map is suitable for residents of the North East coast of Australia from the Northern Territory Border to Shoalwater Bay in Queensland, and much of inland Queensland. This region is prone to very unpredictable cyclones which can frequently change direction and intensity, and sometimes very severe ones which can travel a considerable distance inland from the Gulf of Carpentaria or the North East Coast, losing intensity as they travel overland.

Eastern Region 144E to 168E
This map is suitable for residents of the East Coast of Australia from Shoalwater Bay in Queensland South into New South Wales. The Northern parts of this region are prone to very unpredictable and sometimes severe cyclones that tend to lose intensity as they move into the more Southerly parts of this region.

Note: These 30 pixel per degree maps will really test your printer. If you get a pronounced 'table cloth pattern' you may need to print them elsewhere and photocopy the result.

Australian Local Maps

WLocal_00-18S, NWLocal_00-18S, NLocal_00-18S, NELocal_00-18S, ELocal_00-18S
WLocal_09-27S, NWLocal_09-27S, NLocal_09-27S, NELocal_09-27S, ELocal_09-27S
WLocal_18-36S, NWLocal_18-36S, NLocal_18-36S, NELocal_18-36S, ELocal_18-36S

15 grayscale maps covering the cyclone prone regions of Australia from the Equator to 36 degrees South and 96 to 168 degrees East in 24 degree wide by 18 degree high overlapping sections. These maps are good for plotting cyclones that threaten specific areas. For places towards the limit of any map, download the adjacent map(s) so you can choose the best map for an approaching cyclone. The black place names are those that would normally be used in Australian Bureau of Meteorology Warnings.

Western Region 96E to 120E

WLocal_00-18S
Local area map for Christmas and Cocos Islands. Cyclones in this area can be very severe. Covers area between the Equator and 18 degrees S.

WLocal_09-27S
Local area map for residents of coastal Western Australia from Port Hedland to Carnarvon - NW aspect, and residents of Christmas and Cocos Islands. Cyclones in this area can be very severe, and at times can swing back SW towards the coast after having earlier passed by to the North. Covers area between 9 and 27 degrees S.

WLocal_18-36S
Local area map for residents of coastal Western Australia from Carnarvon to Perth - NW aspect. This is the preferred map for the W coast of WA. Cyclones in the Northern part of this area can be very severe, and at times can swing back SW towards the coast after having earlier passed by to the North. They tend to lose intensity as they move into the Southern parts of this area. Covers area between 18 and 36 degrees S.

North Western Region 108E to 132E

NWLocal_00-18S
Local area map for residents of the Kimberley coast of Western Australia from Kalumburu to Broome. This is the preferred map for the West Kimberly coast. Cyclones in this area can be severe. Covers area between the Equator and 18 degrees S.

NWLocal_09-27S
Local area map for residents of coastal North Western Australia from Broome to Carnarvon - N aspect - and inland WA as far as the SA/NT border. This is the preferred map for North West WA, which is prone to very severe cyclones. Some of the most severe cyclones on record have made landfall in this area, and on occasions have traversed much of WA after landfall. Covers area between 9 and 27 degrees S.

NWLocal_18-36S
Local area map for residents of coastal Western Australia from Carnarvon to Perth - N aspect - and inland WA as far as the SA border. This is the preferred map for much of inland WA, which is prone to the tail end of some very severe cyclones which make landfall on the NW coast. Covers area between 18 and 36 degrees S.

Northern Region 120E to 144E

NLocal_00-18S
Local area map for residents of the Kimberly coast of Western Australia from Kalumburu to the Northern Territory border and the whole of the coastal Northern Territory including western Gulf of Carpentaria to the Queensland border. This is the preferred map for the East Kimberly coast, the "Top End" of the Northern Territory, including Darwin and Arnhem Land, and the Westrn Gulf of Carpentaria. This area is prone to severe and unpredictable cyclones, as exemplified by Cyclone Tracy that devastated Darwin on Christmas morning 1974. Covers area between the Equator and 18 degrees S.

NLocal_09-27S
Local area map for residents inland of the Kimberly coast of Western Australia from Kalumburu to the Northern Territory border and the whole of the Northern Territory. This is the preferred map for the inland Northern Territory and NE Western Australia. This area is prone to the tail end of severe cyclones which at times can travel a considerable distance inland. Covers area between 9 and 27 degrees S.

NLocal_18-36S
Local area map for residents of inland central Australia. Occasionaly, the tail end of very severe cyclones may move into this area from the NW coast of WA in the top left of the map, or from the Gulf of Carpentaria just beyond the top right, or the E Queensland coast further to the right. Some would consider this to be an unnecessary map, however, it is included for completeness, and for those very rare occasions where it may be of use. Covers area between 18 and 36 degrees S.

North Eastern Region 132E to 156E

NELocal_00-18S
Local area map for residents of Cape York Peninsula in far North Queensland. This is the preferred map for Cape York to the North of Point Burrows in the West and Cairns in the East. This area is prone to frequent very unpredictable and sometimes severe cyclones. Many cyclones form in the Gulf of Carpentaria to the West of Cape York every season, which can move any direction, often crossing Cape York into the Coral Sea, and sometimes crossing back over Cape York into the Gulf of Carpentaria. Other cyclones form in the Coral Sea to the East of Cape York, which can cross Cape York into the Gulf of Carpentaria, and sometimes cross back again into the Coral Sea again. At times, there have been some very severe cyclones in this area, and the paths of cyclones here are notoriously hard to predict, so residents need to pay frequent close attention to the media during the cyclone season (November to May). Covers area between the Equator and 18 degrees S.

NELocal_09-27S
Local area map for Queensland coastal residents from the Northern Territory border to Point Burrows and the East coast of Queensland from Cairns to Bowen, and the whole of inland Queensland S to the Latitude of Bundaberg. This is the preferred map for Carpentaria, North Queensland excluding Cape York, and inland Central Queensland. The coastal areas in this map are prone to very unpredictable and sometimes severe cyclones which can travel a considerable distance inland whilst weakening. At times, there have been some very severe cyclones in this area, and the paths of cyclones here are notoriously hard to predict, so coastal residents need to pay frequent close attention to the media during the cyclone season (November to May). Covers area between 9 and 27 degrees S.

NELocal_18-36S
Local area map for inland residents of Southern Queensland and Northern New South Wales. When severe cyclones cross the Queensland coast, they can sometimes travel a considerable distance overland into these areas before dissapating. Covers area between 18 and 36 degrees S.

Eastern Region 144E to 168E

ELocal_00-18S
Local area map for the NE Coral Sea. This map is included for completeness. Residents of coastal areas of North Queensland between Cape Melville and Innisfail may use it to monitor cyclones forming in the Solomon Islands, which at times move West to South Westwards towards Queensland, and can become severe cyclones along the way. Covers area between the Equator and 18 degrees S.

ELocal_09-27S
Local area map for coastal residents of Queensland from Cooktown to Bundaberg. This map is the preferred map for the Central Queensland coast. This area is prone to unpredictable cyclones which can be severe at times, so coastal residents need to pay frequent close attention to the media during the cyclone season (November to May). Covers area between 9 and 27 degrees S.

ELocal_18-36S
Local area map for coastal residents from Bundaberg in Queensland South into New South Wales. This is the preferred map for South East Queensland and North East New South Wales coastal areas. This area can experience cyclones which are somewhat unpredictable, however, they are usually more severe in the Northern parts of the area and tend to lose intensity as they move into more Southerly areas. Covers area between 18 and 36 degrees S.

These 30 pixel per degree maps will print well on a larger range of printers than the regional maps above.

Australian Screen Size Maps

This set currently covers the whole of the Australian region. The actual map GIF's are each named with the Long. and Lat. coordinates, so place the cursor on the link to read them.

W_00-12S, WNW_00-12S, NNW_00-12S, N_00-12S, NNE_00-12S, ENE_00-12S, E_00-12S.
W_06-18S, WNW_06-18S, NNW_06-18S, N_06-18S, NNE_06-18S, ENE_06-18S, E_06-18S.
W_12-24S, WNW_12-24S, NNW_12-24S, N_12-24S, NNE_12-24S, ENE_12-24S, E_12-24S.
W_18-30S, WNW_18-30S, NNW_18-30S, N_18-30S, NNE_18-30S, ENE_18-30S, E_18-30S.
W_24-36S, WNW_24-36S, NNW_24-36S, N_24-36S, NNE_24-36S, ENE_24-36S, E_24-36S.

The dark blue place names are those that would normally be used in Australian Bureau of Meteorology Warnings.

Hong Kong Maps

Grayscale Hong Kong Regional Tracking Map (v1.6g)
This map is designed for residents of Hong Kong, and is suitable for tracking typhoons travelling across the North West Pacific and South China Sea. It include arcs at 800 km, 600 km, 400 km, 200 km, 100 km, 50 km, and 25 km distances from Hong Kong, and is suited to being used for the Weather Underground Hong Kong cyclone prediction competition.

Colour Hong Kong Screen Size Tracking Map (v1.6.1c)
This map is designed for residents of Hong Kong, and is suitable for computer plotting of typhoons travelling across the Phillipine Sea and South China Sea. It include arcs at 800 km, 600 km, 400 km, 200 km, 100 km, 50 km, and 25 km distances from Hong Kong, and is suited to being used for the Weather Underground Hong Kong cyclone prediction competition.


Maintained by Carl Smith.
carls@ace-net.com.au

Carl Smith 1999 - 2000. All maps, images, and other information on these Web pages is copyright, either by Carl Smith, or by the agencies that produce the satellite images and other weather related information, as indicated in each case. It is essential to obtain permission in writing from the copyright owner before reproducing any of the information on this website in any form whatsoever except for fair purposes of review as permitted under copyright legislation.

DISCLAIMER: Carl Smith is not responsible or liable in any way whatsoever for the manner in which any person, group, or business, chooses to use the information in this website or the consequences thereof. Whilst all due care is taken to ensure the accuracy of the information contained herein, there may be errors, and the information here is not necessarily up to date. All persons are reminded that it is essential to obtain current information from relevent authorities regarding current or potential cyclones.