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Australia's tropical cyclone names for 2018/19

Ben Domensino, 9 November 2018

The first tropical cyclone to be named in Australian waters during the 2018/19 season will be Owen, followed by Penny, Riley and Savannah.

Tropical cyclones that form in the Australian region are assigned names from a predetermined list, which is curated by the Bureau of Meteorology. The names on this list are only used for tropical cyclones that develop in Australia's area of responsibility. Tropical cyclones that form outside our region and move into it keep their original name to avoid confusion.

The next 10 tropical cyclones to form in Australian waters will be:

  • Owen
  • Penny
  • Riley
  • Savannah
  • Trevor
  • Veronica
  • Wallace
  • Ann
  • Blake
  • Claudia

As you can see, the list of Australian tropical cyclone names runs in alphabetical order and alternates between male and female.

If a tropical cyclone significantly affects the Australian region, its name is permanently retired from the list so that it cannot be used again. For example, Tracy, Larry and Debbie have been removed from the list.

Australia's tropical cyclone season runs from November to April, although the first cyclone of the season doesn't usually develop until December.