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Short-lived Tropical Cyclone Linda

Ben Domensino, 14 March 2018

Tropical Cyclone Linda was downgraded to a subtropical low pressure system on Wednesday morning, less than 24 hours after it formed over the Coral Sea.

On Tuesday, Linda became the fifth tropical cyclone to be named in Australian waters so far this season. But after much anticipation from people living in southeast Queensland, its tenure as a tropical cyclone was short lived.

Linda lasted less than 24 hours as a named tropical cyclone before it was ripped apart by a river of strong winds in the mid-level of the atmosphere.

This fatal encounter caused Linda to lose its tropical cyclone characteristics, prompting the Bureau of Meteorology to reclassify it on Wednesday morning.

Despite losing its title, Ex-Tropical Cyclone Linda is still capable of causing hazardous conditions along the coast of southeast QLD and northeast NSW during the coming days.

A severe weather warning was in place at 2pm EST today for dangerous surf and abnormally high tides between Fraser Island and the Gold Coast. A Hazardous Surf warning also extends down along the Byron and Coffs Coasts in NSW on Thursday.

With Linda's departure, the attention of the tropics now turns to the active monsoon trough draped across northern Australia.

One or more tropical lows may form within this trough in the coming days and any system that develops over open water has a heightened change of strengthening into a tropical cyclone.

Tuesday's official tropical cyclone outlook for Australia's Northern Region, which surrounds the Top End and northern Kimberley, indicated that there is a moderate chance of cyclone development on Friday.

The latest tropical cyclone outlooks for the Australian region are updated daily and can be accessed on the Bureau of Meteorology's website, here: http://www.bom.gov.au/cyclone/outlooks/index.shtml


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