1971–72 Australian region cyclone season

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1971–72 Australian region cyclone season
Season summary map
First system formed 20 October 1971
Last system dissipated 3 June 1972
Strongest storm1 Emily – 942 hPa (mbar),
Tropical lows 18
Tropical cyclones 18
Severe tropical cyclones 10
Total fatalities Unknown
Total damage Unknown
1Strongest storm is determined by lowest pressure
Australian region tropical cyclone seasons
1969–70, 1970–71, 1971-72, 1972–73, 1973–74
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The 1971-72 Australian region season saw above average activity.

Storms[edit]

Tropical Cyclone Rhoda[edit]

Category 2 tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Clockwise vortex
Duration October 20 – October 26
Peak intensity 100 km/h (60 mph) (10-min)  980 hPa (mbar)

Tropical Cyclone Rhoda existed from October 20 to October 26.

Tropical Cyclone Kitty[edit]

Category 1 tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Tropical depression (SSHWS)
Clockwise vortex
Duration December 2 – December 5
Peak intensity 65 km/h (40 mph) (10-min)  1000 hPa (mbar)

Kitty, 2 to 5 December 1971 in the Arafura Sea

Severe Tropical Cyclone Sally[edit]

Category 4 severe tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Category 3 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
Clockwise vortex
Duration December 3 – December 11
Peak intensity 165 km/h (105 mph) (10-min)  950 hPa (mbar)

Sally, 3 to 13 December 1971 crossed coast near Broome, Western Australia.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Althea[edit]

Category 4 severe tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Category 2 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
Clockwise vortex
Duration December 19 – December 29
Peak intensity 165 km/h (105 mph) (10-min)  952 hPa (mbar)

Tropical Cyclone Althea was a Category 4 cyclone when it hit the coast some 50 km north of Magnetic Island and Townsville in North Queensland on December 24, 1971.[1] Althea produced peak gust wind speeds between 123 and 145 miles per hour (197 and 233 km/h). Three people died and property damage was estimated at A$115 million loss (1990 value). On Magnetic Island 90% of the houses were damaged or destroyed.[2] In Townsville houses were lifted from their foundations and most trees stripped of foliage. Althea was also notable at the time, as it had struck a major city.

Although there was a dangerous storm surge associated with TC Althea (between 2.8 and 3.6 metres) little flooding occurred because the cyclone made landfall on a low tide. However, the combination of storm surge and wave action demolished The Strand sea wall and houses in low-lying areas were inundated with up to 0.6 metres of water.

Tropical Cyclone Bronwyn[edit]

Category 1 tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Clockwise vortex
Duration January 2 – January 12
Peak intensity 65 km/h (40 mph) (10-min)  993 hPa (mbar)

Bronwyn, 3 to 12 January 1972 in Gulf of Carpentaria

Tropical Cyclone Carlotta[edit]

Category 2 tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Category 1 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
Clockwise vortex
Duration January 5 – January 11 (Crossed 160°E)
Peak intensity 105 km/h (65 mph) (10-min)  976 hPa (mbar)

Carlotta, 5 to 21 January 1972 well off Queensland

Tropical Cyclone Wendy[edit]

Category 2 tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Category 1 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
Clockwise vortex
Duration February 6 (Crossed 160°E) – February 9
Peak intensity 115 km/h (70 mph) (10-min)  976 hPa (mbar)

Wendy, 30 January to 9 February 1972 very intense off Queensland, possible pressure as low as 890hPa.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Daisy[edit]

Category 3 severe tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Category 2 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
Clockwise vortex
Duration February 6 – February 14
Peak intensity 150 km/h (90 mph) (10-min)  959 hPa (mbar)

Daisy, 7 to 14 February 1972 off Queensland, caused some flooding near Brisbane

Severe Tropical Cyclone Tessie-Gigi[edit]

Category 3 severe tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Category 2 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
Clockwise vortex
Duration February 20 – February 27 (Crossed 80°E)
Peak intensity 155 km/h (95 mph) (10-min)  950 hPa (mbar)

Tessie, 20 to 27 February 1972 in central Indian Ocean

Severe Tropical Cyclone Vicky[edit]

Category 3 severe tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Category 2 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
Clockwise vortex
Duration February 24 – March 4
Peak intensity 140 km/h (85 mph) (10-min)  961 hPa (mbar)

Vicky, 24 February to 4 March 1972 crossed Western Australian coast at Cockatoo Island.

Tropical Cyclone Angela[edit]

Category 1 tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Clockwise vortex
Duration February 29 – March 3
Peak intensity 65 km/h (40 mph) (10-min)  994 hPa (mbar)

Angela, 29 February to 3 March 1972 near Cocos Island and Christmas Island

Tropical Cyclone Belinda[edit]

Category 2 tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Clockwise vortex
Duration March 20 – March 29
Peak intensity 100 km/h (60 mph) (10-min)  980 hPa (mbar)

Belinda, 20 to 30 March 1972 near Christmas Island

Severe Tropical Cyclone Emily[edit]

Category 4 severe tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Category 3 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
Clockwise vortex
Duration March 27 – April 2
Peak intensity 170 km/h (105 mph) (10-min)  942 hPa (mbar)

Emily, 27 March to 4 April 1972 off Queensland, eight lives lost at sea

Severe Tropical Cyclone Carol[edit]

Category 3 severe tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Category 1 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
Clockwise vortex
Duration April 6 – April 14
Peak intensity 130 km/h (80 mph) (10-min)  965 hPa (mbar)

Carol, 6 to 14 April 1972 in the central Indian Ocean.

Tropical Cyclone Faith[edit]

Category 1 tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Clockwise vortex
Duration April 10 – April 24
Peak intensity 75 km/h (45 mph) (10-min)  990 hPa (mbar)

Faith, 11 to 23 April 1972 in Torres Strait and Coral Sea off Queensland

Severe Tropical Cyclone Gail[edit]

Category 4 severe tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Category 3 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
Clockwise vortex
Duration April 11 – April 14 (Crossed 160°E)
Peak intensity 170 km/h (105 mph) (10-min)  945 hPa (mbar)

Gail, 11 to 18 April 1972 well off Queensland

Severe Tropical Cyclone Hannah[edit]

Category 3 severe tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Category 1 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
Clockwise vortex
Duration May 8 – May 11
Peak intensity 130 km/h (80 mph) (10-min)  970 hPa (mbar)

Hannah, 8 to 11 May near Papua New Guinea

Severe Tropical Cyclone Ida[edit]

Category 3 severe tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Category 1 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
Clockwise vortex
Duration May 30 – May 31 (Crossed 160°E)
Peak intensity 120 km/h (75 mph) (10-min)  970 hPa (mbar)

Ida, 30 May to 3 June 1972 near Solomon Islands causing $70 million damage.

See also[edit]

  • Atlantic hurricane seasons: 1971, 1972
  • Eastern Pacific hurricane seasons: 1971, 1972
  • Western Pacific typhoon seasons: 1971, 1972
  • North Indian Ocean cyclone seasons: 1971, 1972

References[edit]