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A new island-scale tropical cyclone outlook for southwest Pacific nations and territories
Magee, A.D.; Lorrey, A.M.; Kiem, A.S.; Colyvas, K. (2020). A new island-scale tropical cyclone outlook for southwest Pacific nations and territories. NPG Scientific Reports 10: 11286.
In: Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group). Nature Publishing Group: London. ISSN 2045-2322; e-ISSN 2045-2322, more
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  • Magee, A.D.
  • Lorrey, A.M.
  • Kiem, A.S.
  • Colyvas, K.

    The southwest Pacific (SWP) region is vulnerable to tropical cyclone (TC) related impacts which adversely affect people, infrastructure and economies across several nations and territories. Skilful TC outlooks are needed for this region, but the erratic nature of SWP TCs and the complex ocean–atmosphere interactions that influence TC behaviour on seasonal timescales presents significant challenges. Here, we present a new TC outlook tool for the SWP using multivariate Poisson regression with indices of multiple climate modes. This approach provides skilful, island-scale TC count outlooks from July (four months ahead of the official TC season start in November). Monthly island-scale TC frequency outlooks are generated between July and December, enabling continuous refinement of predicted TC counts before and during a TC season. Use of this approach in conjunction with other seasonal climate guidance (including dynamical models) has implications for preparations ahead of severe weather events, resilience and risk reduction.

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