Monsoonal Trough in Western Queensland 6th March 2013

gfs_forecast_sufrace_lifted_index_australia western_queensland_6th_March_2013The trough that has affected much of eastern Australia has progressed to western Queensland. Rain and storms can be expected int his region with day time heating although most likely moderate totals are anticipated.

Meanwhile, the Queensland map shows the development of a strong monsoonal low pressure system off far north Queensland. Models are expecting the low to deepen over the next few days and this time of the year is the most optimum for tropical cyclone development so this will be monitored closely if ideal conditions are in place for further intensification into a tropical cyclone.