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Australian forecaster: Cyclone will cross Queensland coast in March

One Australian long-range weather forecaster claims a tropical cyclone -set to impact Queensland- will develop in the Coral Sea in the next fortnight. Official Bureau of Meteorology observers however are yet to issue any predictions or warnings.

Hayden Walker from Walker’s Weather is predicting the cyclone will begin developing late February and cross the coast between North and Central Queensland in early March. “I’m forecasting it will affect the northern districts of Queensland to the Central districts of Queensland.”

Mr Walker said it was difficult to predict the velocity and extent of the cyclone, but it could potentially wreak havoc across Queensland. “I believe it will be substantial category wise, but we will have to wait and see.”

In November Walker predicted a cyclone would form in January off the Queensland coast, posing no threat to Australia. Category One tropical cyclone Fehi formed in the eastern Coral Sea near New Caledonia on January 29 and moved southeast sparking a state of emergency along the coast of New Zealand by February 1. “Everything’s on schedule as far as I’m concerned,” Walker said. quoted forecaster Sean Fitzgerald of the Bureau of Meteorology: “March is a bit far out for our weather modelling. Weather models other than climate modelling don’t go beyond 10 days because of the way it works. At this stage it doesn’t look like there’s anything.”

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