...and other misconceptions I made 05-11-20
2005 Nov 20
January 31st 2011
Changing travel plans

Posted by D under life

Tropical Cyclone Anthony was causing bad weather and a couple of not-so-pretty days during our boat trip. But that was a tiny little storm. At least that’s the assessment now, given that Tropical Cyclone Yasi is approaching. Right now a category 3 storm, about 300 miles in diameter and about 600 miles away from Cairns. It is expected to make landfall tomorrow as category 4 storm with winds of about 175 miles / 280 km/h – right here in Cairns.

Comments range from “Monster Storm” to “Catastrophe of Epic Proportions” – this storm is bigger and stronger than Katrina was. Coming right at us.

We were booked on a flight tomorrow morning, a few hours before the first stronger winds are supposed to arrive. And as much as I love to trust in science and forecast models, that was a little too close for comfort. So we decided to run away instead and are leaving this afternoon and are spending a night near the Sydney airport instead.

That seemed like a much safer choice.

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5 Responses to “Changing travel plans”

  1. Christina on 31 Jan 2011 at 5:51 pm #

    Be safe! Will you be safe to fly without your 36 hours on ground first?

  2. OmegaMom on 31 Jan 2011 at 5:53 pm #

    Stay safe & dry! So my question is: Why is Cyclone Yasi coming right after Cyclone Antony? Don’t they do alphabetical cyclone names, like we do hurricane names?

  3. D on 31 Jan 2011 at 6:47 pm #

    Christina: both L and I dive with computers (Suunto – the most conservative among the bigger brands) and those give us the minimum no-fly time based on the actual diving we did. According to our computers we could have flown this morning at 10am. We decided to add a few more hours of extra safety margin and are flying out at 5pm – we are sitting at the airport right now :-)

    OmegaMom: Cyclone naming is fun: it all depends where the tropical depression started. The Tropical Cyclone Warning Center that is responsible for this area has naming rights. Anthony started in the area covered by the Australian center, so it was named according to their list, according to their sequence. Yasi started further East (the dividing line is 160°E) and therefore was named by the Fiji center according to their list. Much more detail at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lists_of_tropical_cyclone_names

  4. Christina on 31 Jan 2011 at 7:48 pm #

    Very interesting – both bits of information.

    Where is your next destination? Hopefully a place with uneventful weather happenings. We’re in the path of a major ice storm here!

  5. OmegaMom on 31 Jan 2011 at 7:49 pm #

    Cool! Thanks for the info, D! I thought it might be something like that, but was surprised that two different hurricane naming systems could end up with hurricanes hitting the same spot in Australia…

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