Tropical Cyclone Owen forms off north Queensland coast

James Marshall
December 5, 2018

Queensland is continuing to battle more than 100 fires after unsafe conditions persisted at the weekend, while the first tropical cyclone for this season has formed in the Coral Sea.

The cyclone is expected to strengthen to a category two later in the day, but should weaken again into a low pressure system by Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Bureau of Meteorology is also monitoring Cyclone Owen, which is about 1000km east of Cairns.

The Category 1 system will deepen overnight and could become a Category 2 tomorrow.

"Tropical cyclone Owen is expected to slow and turn westward later today or tonight", BOM said.

We've been tracking this tropical low over the past couple of days as it's passed close by the Solomon Islands and then drifted further to the south. Sea surface temperatures in the area are now sitting at around 29 degrees Celsius - more than warm enough to support cyclone formation - and the wind structure in the upper atmosphere is also becoming more favourable as well.

That stated a less active season than average was likely, due to the possible development of El Nino weather patterns in the Pacific Ocean and near average ocean temperatures to the north and east of Australia.

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