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Just how big IS cyclone Yasi? has taken this image to show just how wide Severe Cyclone Yasi is.

We created a screen shot that captured a 1500km length of Queensland’s coastline – this is the same length as New Zealand is from Cape Reinga to Bluff.

The image shows Cairns (far left) and Brisbane (far right). 

The cyclone is expected to make landfall just south of Cairns (far left).

Image / Google Earth,

 Flood map
Brisbane Times / MTSAT


pigg on 18/02/2011 12:00am

what is the name od the cyclone

James on 1/02/2011 7:07pm

What is the difference between a cyclone and a hurricane?

WW Forecast Team on 1/02/2011 8:12pm

Hurricanes form around America in the northern hemisphere – in the Pacific Ocean east of the International Date Line and in the Atlantic Ocean.  Hurricanes often grow bigger than our cyclones but they are exactly the same, they just spin in a different direction as they are in the northern hemisphere.

– WW

pigg on 17/02/2011 11:59pm

what way do spin sorry i am not so good at spelling so i am not going to type hu word and the cyl word

WW Forecast Team on 18/02/2011 12:23am

Cyclones spin clockwise and hurricanes anti-clockwise

Christina on 1/02/2011 12:21pm

Hi, I was just wondering if this cyclone could possibly effect Melbourne? And if so, how badly? My sister has just moved there from New Zealand. Thank you

WW Forecast Team on 1/02/2011 5:55pm

Hi there – no Yasi isn’t likely to bring any severe weather to Melbourne – it will be about 2000kms north of Melbourne when it makes landfall.



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