Cyclone days and summer nights

My cyclone track map pin-up board

So this is what my life at work is like at the moment…

Fire fire flood fire fire fire fire fire cyclone fire.

So far we haven’t had many cyclones – ah but it is early in the season my friend.

This next one they are calling a “midget” cyclone.

At the start of the season I clear my pin-up board in readiness.

This year they are predicting about 6-7 cyclones to hit the north west and my role is to coordinate our emergency warnings.

So I need a bit of space.

Then as the cyclones develop I print out the track maps and pin them up.

I love track maps.

Don’t they look cool?

Okay… maybe you have to be there.

The other thing I like to know in advance is what the bureau are going to name the cyclone.

Now we’ve just had Tasha (in Queensland) soooo I reckon this new one will be TC Vince.

Which sounds a bit close to Vance if you ask me and Vance was nasty.

This is a map showing where cyclones have tracked in Australia (credit: BOM)
This is a map showing where cyclones have tracked in Australia (credit: BOM)

Usually I get a call from the severe weather centre – when I hear Andrew Burton’s voice my heart sinks.

Not that he’s not a nice guy but him calling me means a cyclone and a cyclone means long hours and rostering people on public holidays.

Still – I no complain.

Imagine being in Queensland at the moment.  Find out how you can help here.

Or Carnarvon.

Let’s hope the midget cyclone does the right thing and buggers off out to sea.

And the arsonists stay at home over the long weekend.

Oh.  And happy new year!

UPDATE: The cyclone turned into a fizzer… not sure if they will even name it.