1981–82 Australian region cyclone season

The 1981–82 Australian region cyclone season was an average season. It officially started on 1 November 1981, and officially ended on 30 April 1982.

1981–82 Australian region cyclone season
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Season summary map
Seasonal boundaries
First system formed18 October 1981
Last system dissipated18 May 1982
Strongest storm
NameChris-Damia
 • Maximum winds195 km/h (120 mph)
(10-minute sustained)
 • Lowest pressure934 hPa (mbar)
Seasonal statistics
Tropical lows16
Tropical cyclones16
Severe tropical cyclones7
Total fatalitiesUnknown
Total damageUnknown
Related articles
Australian region tropical cyclone seasons
1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84

SystemsEdit

Severe Tropical Cyclone AlexEdit

Category 3 severe tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Category 2 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
DurationOctober 18 – October 27
Peak intensity150 km/h (90 mph) (10-min) 964 hPa (mbar)

A tropical low developed from an active convergence zone on 18 October. The system intensified into a tropical cyclone the next day and received the name Alex. Alex moved southeast and steadily intensified, reaching its peak intensity with 10-minute sustained winds of 150 km/h (90 mph) and a barometric pressure of 964 hPa (28.47 inHg) on 21 October. Alex weakened as strong wind shear caused the convection and circulation to separate, dissipating on 27 October.[1]

Tropical Cyclone AmeliaEdit

Category 1 tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Tropical storm (SSHWS)
DurationNovember 30 – December 7
Peak intensity65 km/h (40 mph) (10-min) 996 hPa (mbar)

A tropical low was identified in the southern Gulf of Carpentaria on 1 December, moving steadily northwest. It soon moved over land, re-emerging off the Northern Territory coast on 3 December. Late on 4 December, the low reached tropical cyclone status, receiving the name Amelia as it moved west-southwest through the Timor Sea. Soon afterwards, however, the system fell below cyclone intensity. It drifted west-southwest over the next few days, dissipating on 8 December.[2]

Unnamed Tropical CycloneEdit

Category 1 tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Tropical storm (SSHWS)
DurationDecember 20 – December 22
Peak intensity85 km/h (50 mph) (10-min) 990 hPa (mbar)

Severe Tropical Cyclone Chris–DamiaEdit

Category 4 severe tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Category 4 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
DurationJanuary 5 – January 11 (Crossed 80°E)
Peak intensity195 km/h (120 mph) (10-min) 934 hPa (mbar)

Intense Tropical Cyclone Chris–Damia was the strongest tropical cyclone in the South-West Indian Ocean ever recorded with a minimum pressure of 898 mbar (hPa), until being surpassed by Cyclone Gafilo in 2004.[3]

Tropical Cyclone BrunoEdit

Category 2 tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Category 1 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
DurationJanuary 11 – January 22
Peak intensity95 km/h (60 mph) (10-min) 980 hPa (mbar)

Tropical Cyclone Daphne–FifiEdit

Category 2 tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Tropical storm (SSHWS)
DurationJanuary 11 – January 21
Peak intensity95 km/h (60 mph) (10-min) 986 hPa (mbar)

Tropical Cyclone ErrolEdit

Category 2 tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Tropical storm (SSHWS)
DurationJanuary 11 – January 18
Peak intensity100 km/h (65 mph) (10-min) 980 hPa (mbar)

Errol caused heavy damage in Western Australia in January 1982.[4]

Severe Tropical Cyclone AbigailEdit

Category 3 severe tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Category 1 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
DurationJanuary 22 – February 7
Peak intensity120 km/h (75 mph) (10-min) 965 hPa (mbar)

Tropical Cyclone GrahamEdit

Category 2 tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Tropical storm (SSHWS)
DurationJanuary 26 – February 2
Peak intensity100 km/h (65 mph) (10-min) 980 hPa (mbar)

Tropical Cyclone CoralEdit

Category 1 tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Tropical storm (SSHWS)
DurationFebruary 4 – February 6
Peak intensity65 km/h (40 mph) (10-min) 996 hPa (mbar)

Coral formed on 4 February in the Gulf of Carpentaria, reaching cyclone status later that day. It crossed the coast on 5 February, dissipating the next day.

Tropical Cyclone HarrietEdit

Category 2 tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Tropical storm (SSHWS)
DurationFebruary 13 – February 20
Peak intensity95 km/h (60 mph) (10-min) 988 hPa (mbar)

Severe Tropical Cyclone IanEdit

Category 3 severe tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Category 1 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
DurationFebruary 23 – March 7
Peak intensity150 km/h (90 mph) (10-min) 964 hPa (mbar)

Tropical Cyclone 23SEdit

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
DurationMarch 15 – March 20
Peak intensity75 km/h (45 mph) (1-min) 

Tropical Storm 23S existed from March 15 to March 20, 1982. While it was designated by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, it was not warned on by the Bureau of Meteorology. It later crossed into the South-West Indian Ocean.

Severe Tropical Cyclone BernieEdit

Category 4 severe tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Category 3 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
DurationApril 1 – April 9
Peak intensity185 km/h (115 mph) (10-min) 945 hPa (mbar)

Severe Tropical Cyclone DominicEdit

Category 5 severe tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Category 3 tropical cyclone (SSHWS)
DurationApril 4 – April 13
Peak intensity215 km/h (130 mph) (10-min) 950 hPa (mbar)

Cyclone Dominic made landfall on April 7, 1982, near Cape Keerweer. Damage was done to buildings and power lines at Edward River Mission and Aurukun. Wind damage was seen in Darwin and the Northern Territory. The storm tide was 1 meter/3.3 ft at Weripa and 1.5 meter/5 ft at Karumba.[5] The storm left 3.6 million dollars (1982 USD) in damage.[6]

Tropical Cyclone ClaudiaEdit

Category 1 tropical cyclone (Australian scale)
Tropical storm (SSHWS)
DurationMay 13 – May 18
Peak intensity75 km/h (45 mph) (10-min) 990 hPa (mbar)

See alsoEdit

  • Atlantic hurricane seasons: 1981, 1982
  • Eastern Pacific hurricane seasons: 1981, 1982
  • Western Pacific typhoon seasons: 1981, 1982
  • North Indian Ocean cyclone seasons: 1981, 1982

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Severe Tropical Cyclone Alex". www.bom.gov.au. Retrieved 2022-07-21.
  2. ^ "Tropical Cyclone Amelia". www.bom.gov.au. Retrieved 2022-10-22.
  3. ^ "Cyclone Damia Best track". Météo-France. 2001-05-16. Retrieved 2010-01-08.
  4. ^ "WA: Cyclone". Archived from the original on 2007-10-28. Retrieved 2013-04-26.
  5. ^ "Gulf of Carpentaria, Qld/NT: Cyclone". Archived from the original on 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2013-04-26.
  6. ^ Gulf of Carpentaria, Qld/NT: Cyclone[permanent dead link]