December 13, 2011 / 2:47 AM / in 6 years

Australia weather bureau says above average cyclone risk through December

CANBERRA, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Australia’s weather bureau warned on Tuesday that the country faced an above average risk of tropical cyclones through December due to weather conditions in the Indian Ocean.

“The current MJO (Madden-Julian Oscillation) event spawned the first tropical cyclone for the Australian cyclone season, Severe Tropical Cyclone Alenga, which formed in the Indian Ocean last week,” the bureau said in a regular climate note.

“The risk of tropical cyclone formation in the Australian region is likely to remain above average for most of December, with increased rainfall across northern Australia during this period,” it said.

Reporting by Rob Taylor; Editing by Ed Davies

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