NORTHERN region communities are being reminded to prepare for the coming wet season, with the release of the Bureau of Meteorology's (BOM) Tropical Cyclone Season Outlook for Australia today.
The overall outlook is for near average tropical cyclone activity.
The current climate state is 'neutral', meaning there is neither a La Niña nor an El Niño acting to increase or decrease tropical cyclone activity around Australia.
More than a century of weather observations show that around 11 tropical cyclones form in the Australian region during a typical wet season.
Around half of these have at least some impact on coastal regions, mainly affecting Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland.
Cyclones sometimes track through more than one region; with an average of seven occurring in the west, three in the north and four in the east.
While not all of these will cross the coast, the risk of even a single cyclone or flood makes preparation vitally important.
BOM operates tropical cyclone warning centres in its Perth, Darwin and Brisbane regional forecasting centres.
It is recommended that people contact their local State Emergency Service for practical information on emergency plans and kits.
The 2013-14 Tropical Cyclone Season Outlook is available at bom.gov.au/climate/ahead/tc.shtml
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