This page provides a listing of names that are used for tropical
cyclones in the Australian Region. There are three lists
of names that are used by the Bureau of Meteorology; one for
each of the three Australian Tropical Cyclone Warning Centres
(TCWC) in Perth, Darwin and Brisbane.
Areas covered by the Australian Tropical Cyclone Warning Centres
The name of a new tropical cyclone is usually selected from the list of names of the TCWC responsible for the area in which it first became a cyclone. If a cyclone moves into another TCWC's area of responsibility, its name is retained. Similarly, if a named cyclone moves into the Australian region from another country's zone of responsibility, the name assigned by that other country will be retained. The names are normally chosen in sequence, when the list is exhausted, we return the the start of the list.
First names for the 2007-08 season are highlighted
* Marked for replacement
|Perth TCWC||Darwin TCWC||Brisbane TCWC|
The Bureau of Meteorology receives many requests
from the public to name Tropical Cyclones after themselves,
friends, etc. The Bureau is unable to grant all these requests
as they far out-number the number of Tropical Cyclones that
occur in the Australian region.
The Bureau will only accept requests received in writing (not e-mail). The request cannot be immediately granted but the name will be added to a supplementary list. When a name is retired of similar gender and initial, a name can be included from this supplementary list (subject to checks to ensure it is not on the Southern Hemisphere retired name list or offensive in any of the languages of our international neighbours.)
Note that it can take many decades for a suitable slot to become available, then a further 10-20 years for the names to cycle through, so it is likely to be well over 50 years before your requested name is allocated to a cyclone.
When a significant cyclone affects Australia (like TC Tracy in 1974 or TC Ingrid in 2005), the name is "retired" and replaced in the list with a name of similar initial and gender.
A name may be skipped if it is not deemed appropriate when it is due to be used (eg it is the same as the name of a public figure who is in the news for a sensitive or controversial reason)
A name may be skipped if a similarly named cyclone is active in the area.
Cyclones may not seem to follow alphabetical sequence as cyclones named in an adjoining area move into your region.
Cyclones moving westwards across the Indian Ocean are usually renamed by the TCWC at La Reunion, when they move out of Australia's zone of responsibility. Otherwise cyclones retain their name throughout their existence.
Sometimes a decayed cyclone will re-generate (eg after crossing land) and will usually retain the name it had before it weakened.
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