1980–81 South Pacific cyclone season

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1980–81 South Pacific cyclone season
1980-1981 South Pacific cyclone season summary.jpg
Season summary map
Seasonal boundaries
First system formedNovember 27, 1980
Last system dissipatedMarch 21, 1981
Strongest storm
NameFreda
 • Maximum winds150 km/h (90 mph)
(10-minute sustained)
 • Lowest pressure955 hPa (mbar)
Seasonal statistics
Total depressions12
Tropical cyclones11
Severe tropical cyclones4
Total fatalitiesUnknown
Total damageUnknown
Related articles
South Pacific tropical cyclone seasons
1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83

The 1980–81 South Pacific cyclone season was an above-average season.

Seasonal summary[edit]

This season marked the first time that the United States Joint Typhoon Warning Center issued warnings and performed best track analysis on significant tropical cyclones in the Southern Hemisphere.[1]

Systems[edit]

Tropical Cyclone Diola[edit]

Category 1 tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Diola 26 November 1980.jpg Diola 1980 track.png
DurationNovember 27 – November 30
Peak intensity65 km/h (40 mph) (10-min)  990 hPa (mbar)

Diola existed from November 27 to November 30.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Arthur[edit]

Category 3 severe tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Category 1 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
Arthur Jan 15 1981 1943Z.png Arthur 1981 track.png
DurationJanuary 11 – January 17
Peak intensity120 km/h (75 mph) (10-min)  965 hPa (mbar)

Arthur existed from January 11 to January 17.

Tropical Cyclone Betsy[edit]

Category 1 tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Betsy Jan 30 1981 1906Z.png Betsy 1981 track.png
DurationJanuary 30 – February 4
Peak intensity65 km/h (40 mph) (10-min)  995 hPa (mbar)

Betsy existed from January 30 to February 4.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Cliff[edit]

Category 3 severe tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Category 1 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
Cliff 1981 track.png 
DurationFebruary 8 – February 13 (Crossed 160°E)
Peak intensity120 km/h (75 mph) (10-min)  973 hPa (mbar)

After ravaging the South Pacific islands, Cyclone Cliff struck Queensland on February 14. The effects of the cyclone was felt from Noosa to Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast. One person died in the storm.[2]

Tropical Cyclone SP198006[edit]

Category 2 tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
SPac TC Feb 19 1981 1820Z.png 1981 South Pacific tropical cyclone 6 track.png
DurationFebruary 16 – February 21
Peak intensity95 km/h (60 mph) (10-min)  985 hPa (mbar)

This cyclone existed from February 16 to February 21.

Tropical Cyclone Daman[edit]

Category 2 tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Daman 1981 track.png 
DurationFebruary 20 – February 24
Peak intensity100 km/h (65 mph) (10-min)  980 hPa (mbar)

Daman existed from February 20 to February 24.

Tropical Cyclone SP198008[edit]

Category 1 tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone south.svg 
DurationFebruary 22 – March 7
Peak intensity75 km/h (45 mph) (10-min)  990 hPa (mbar)

This cyclone existed from February 22 to March 7.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Freda[edit]

Category 3 severe tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Category 2 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
Freda Pacific 1981 track.png 
DurationFebruary 24 – March 9
Peak intensity150 km/h (90 mph) (10-min)  955 hPa (mbar)

Freda existed from February 24 to March 9.

Tropical Cyclone Esau[edit]

Category 2 tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Esau 1981 track.png 
DurationMarch 1 – March 5
Peak intensity100 km/h (65 mph) (10-min)  980 hPa (mbar)

Esau existed from March 1 to March 5.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Tahmar[edit]

Category 3 severe tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Category 1 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
Tahmar 1981 track.png 
DurationMarch 8 – March 13
Peak intensity120 km/h (75 mph) (10-min)  970 hPa (mbar)

Tahmar existed from March 8 to March 13.

Tropical Cyclone Fran[edit]

Category 2 tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Fran 1981 track.png 
DurationMarch 17 – March 24
Peak intensity95 km/h (60 mph) (10-min)  985 hPa (mbar)

Fran existed from March 17 to March 24.

Other systems[edit]

The JTWC initiated warnings on Tropical Cyclone 12P during January 26, which had moved into the basin from the Australian region during the previous day. The system subsequently passed in between Vanuatu and New Caledonia before it was last noted during January 27.

See also[edit]

  • Atlantic hurricane seasons: 1980, 1981
  • Eastern Pacific hurricane seasons: 1980, 1981
  • Western Pacific typhoon seasons: 1980, 1981
  • North Indian Ocean cyclone seasons: 1980, 1981

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA130187
  2. ^ "Noosa to Burleigh Heads, Qld: Cyclone (incl. Storm Surge)". Archived from the original on 2007-10-26. Retrieved 2013-07-06.

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