Cyclone Tracy

On Christmas Day, 1974 – at the peak of the ice age scare – winds from category 4 Cyclone Tracy destroyed 90% of the homes in Darwin, Australia.

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5 Responses to Cyclone Tracy

  1. AndyDC says:

    All those trees stripped completely bare. Rows of houses reduced to rubble. Amazing!

  2. David of Aussie says:

    Tracy’s track map

  3. JCalvertN(UK) says:

    Cyclone Tracy was also the ‘smallest’ cyclone on record until recently. “Tropical Cyclone Tracy had gale force winds that only extended 50 km [30 mi] radius.”
    (The attached graphic is from Wikipedia but I have added some circles to improve the contrast)

    • AndyDC says:

      The Labor Day hurricane of 1935 (Florida Keys) and Camille in 1969 (Mississippi) were also quite small in size, but were unbelievably intense. Almost like a large tornado. Those are the ones that are the most dangerous and devastating.

      I thought it was funny when CNN breathlessly announced that Hurricane Florence was getting bigger! Like that was terrible! When in reality all that meant was that Florence was becoming a big sloppy mess with no tight inner core. For places in its direct path, the news that Florence was getting bigger was the best possible news.

  4. Steven Fraser says:

    Looks like Tracy could fit entirely within the eye of Tip.

    Yeowza!

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