It’s cyclone season in Aussie land
I’d love to go outside and take a picture of the wall we built this week on the Northern side of the RUC, but it’s a little breezy at the moment. We’re expecting a cyclone to hit soon – it hasn’t been named yet because it’s still classified as a tropical low, but I have it on good authority (i.e. I’m guessing) it will be called Dylan.
In case you’re wondering how cyclones or hurricanes are named I gleaned a little information from the Bureau of Meteorology at 4am. What’s that you say? Me up at 4am worried about a bit of wind? You betcha!
The following is taken from their website.
Tropical cyclone naming policy
- Tropical cyclone names in each list alternate male and female
- Names of cyclones that have already significantly affected the Australian region cannot be used again
- If two or more cyclones are occurring simultaneously, similar sounding names (eg June & Jane) are avoided to minimise confusion
- Names should not be capable of being construed to subject the Bureau to criticism or ridicule (eg naming a sequence of cyclones after politicians)
- Lists of names are coordinated with neighbouring meteorological services to avoid duplication
Number 4 gave me a bit of a giggle.
I looked through the list of names for 2013-14 and guess what? Dianne is on the list.
Apparently a lot of people request their names be added to the list, but it can take up to fifty years for your name to be allocated to a cyclone. I feel so
insulted special. I just hope when Dianne is chosen she turns out to be a stiff breeze and not a catastrophic nightmare.
I took a picture from the writer’s nook yesterday when the sun decided to make a brief appearance to let us know it still existed above the wind and rain.
Keep your fingers and toes crossed for me that Dylan behaves and doesn’t cause us too much angst.
Chances are I may be offline for a few days so don’t think I’m being a complete snob not stopping by your blogs to say hello 😉
How is the weather in your neck of the woods?