No prizes for guessing what today’s post is about. It’s been a while coming, but on Sunday in the early hours, Ului arrived. After all the guesswork and the talk of its unpredictability, the Bureau of Meteorology did a pretty fine job of predicting exactly where it would cross the coast.
Ului tore through The Whitsundays, Airlie Beach and Proserpine, well, all places between Bowen and Mackay. That’s a stretch of around 150kms of coast. Here in Brisbane, we didn’t even get a light breeze.
I know I talk about extreme weather here in Australia quite a lot and from some of the questions I get asked via e-mail from readers, it appears that some people have become quite concerned. So let’s put a few minds at rest today.
The default weather in Australia, certainly here in Brisbane, is hot, sunny with clear blue skies. But the country does have some severe weather, most typically up north. That’s probably why Brisbane is the most northerly major city.
It also partly explains why Darwin has 74,000 people and Brisbane nearer 2 million. That said, here are some facts about the cyclone that hit on Sunday.
About 60,000 homes lost all power; some boats got smashed; a few thousand trees were knocked over and some houses lost their roofs. Winds reached around 200 km per hour but only towards the centre of the cyclone’s 50 km width. Nobody died.
The event has been described as “significant, not catastrophic” and the Mayor of Proserpine said “if you were going to wish for a cyclone, Ului is the one you would want”.
Of course, I’m not suggesting everything is just fine, there are still major problems up there with electricity and water supplies. But the Australians are a hugely resilient bunch and they do tend to underplay these things.
Take a look at this video, this is what happened over at The Whitsundays the very day after the cyclone. A post cyclone party…..
Watching the news last night showing footage of the morning after, as the camera zoomed skywards over a beach you could see that somebody had carved out the following message in the sand….
“is that all you got Ului?”
Probably because the cyclone struck at around 11:30 PM through to around 2 AM in the morning, there’s not much footage of the actual storm on YouTube.
But thanks to Weathermon, I did find this…..
If history is a good indication, that’s the end of cyclone season for this year. But it’ll be back again soon.