Wednesday, February 02, 2011
I am sure that by now most of youi have heard that a huge cyclone is about to hit North Queensland!!
I found this interesting article today to give an idea of the scale of it!!
IF you're struggling to grasp the magnitude of Tropical Cyclone Yasi, consider this: it is so large it would almost cover the United States, most of Asia and large parts of Europe.
Most of the coverage about the scale of Yasi has tried to compare it with storms of the past - it's bigger than Larry, more powerful than Tracy.
But just as powerful is this comparison, showing this storm is continental in size. The main bloc of the cyclone is 500km(311miles) wide, while its associated activity, shown above in a colour-coding to match intensity, stretches over 2000km.(1243 milesThe storm's scale of destruction is as shocking as it is inevitable. In the map above, the United States from Pennsylvania in the east to Nevada in the west, from Georgia in the south to Canada in the north and well into Mexico would be battered with 300km/h winds and up to one metre of rain.
The economic impact would be felt around the world
This map is merely visualisations of relative scales and are not meant to suggest storms of this level would form anywhere in the world.
Instead, they illustrate an annual threat that is, if not uniquely Australian, at least so much a part of our summer that we speak of "cyclone season" as though it is on a par with "cricket season".
But every so often, we are forced to confront the raw power of our country and its dangers
It has just started to make its effects felt on the North Tropical Coast, in the form of a tsunami like surge of up to 21ft above normal high tide, flooding a huge number of homes!!
After our state has already been devistated by vast floods and now is about to be devistated by this monster which is far more far reaching than the one that hit New Oleans - and has now reached Catgory 5 - the most severe - we have to wonder what the weather will throw at us next!!
My thoughts tonight and for the rest of the week are with the people in the area. There are some Sparkers living in the area, I believe - but they could well have evacuated!!
I am lucky this time - although we actually have a bit of cloud and a breeze from it - we are expecting nothing more severe - but we are 1000miles from the center - I am very glad I am not nearer.
In the next 24hrs nature will unleash her raw power on Queensland!!