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Monthly Global Tropical Cyclone Tracks March 2003
[Summaries and Track Data] [Prepared by Gary Padgett]

 
               GLOBAL TROPICAL CYCLONE TRACKS - MARCH 2003


          !!!! IMPORTANT -- PLEASE SEE NOTE AT END OF FILE !!!!


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SOUTHWEST INDIAN OCEAN (SWI) - South Indian Ocean West of Longitude 90E


                        Sources of Information
                        ----------------------

     The track coordinates as well as the central pressure and 10-minute
  average maximum sustained wind estimates were obtained from warnings
  issued by Meteo France's Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre on Reunion
  Island (MFR), which is the World Meteorological Organization's Regional
  Specialised Meteorological Centre for the basin.  The 1-minute average
  maximum sustained wind estimates were taken from warnings issued by the
  Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) of the U. S. Air Force and Navy,
  located at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  The center position coordinates from
  JTWC were compared with those from MFR and annotations made in the
  Remarks column when the differences in general amounted to 40-50 nm
  or more.


                            Systems Tracked
                            ---------------

   Tropical Cyclone KALUNDE (MFR-14 / 23S)             04 - 16 Mar

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Storm Name: KALUNDE               Cyclone Number: 23S     Basin: SWI
MFR Tropical Disturbance Number: 14

   Date   Time   Lat      Lon    Cent  MSW   MSW        Remarks
          (GMT)                 Press 1-min 10-min
                                 (mb) (kts) (kts)
-------------------------------------------------------------------------

03 MAR 04 0000  10.8 S   79.9 E  1003         20  Locally 25 kts to S
03 MAR 04 0600  11.2 S   78.8 E  1002         20           "
03 MAR 04 1200  11.5 S   78.5 E  1000         25
03 MAR 04 1800  11.5 S   78.2 E   998   30    30
03 MAR 05 0000  11.2 S   78.0 E   997         30
03 MAR 05 0600  11.1 S   77.4 E   995   35    35
03 MAR 05 1200  11.2 S   76.8 E   990         40
03 MAR 05 1800  11.3 S   76.4 E   990   40    40
03 MAR 06 0000  11.3 S   76.0 E   991         40
03 MAR 06 0600  11.3 S   76.3 E   991   45    40
03 MAR 06 1200  11.4 S   75.6 E   982         50
03 MAR 06 1800  11.6 S   74.7 E   982   50    50
03 MAR 07 0000  11.9 S   74.5 E   980         55
03 MAR 07 0600  12.5 S   73.5 E   960   80    70
03 MAR 07 1200  13.2 S   72.7 E   945         80
03 MAR 07 1800  13.4 S   71.8 E   935  115    95  JTWC: 13.5 S, 72.1 E
03 MAR 08 0000  13.8 S   71.2 E   927  140   100
03 MAR 08 0600  13.9 S   70.2 E   905        115
03 MAR 08 1200  14.3 S   69.6 E   905  140   115
03 MAR 08 1800  14.8 S   69.1 E   910        110
03 MAR 09 0000  15.2 S   68.8 E   915  120   110
03 MAR 09 0600  15.7 S   68.2 E   915        110
03 MAR 09 1200  16.0 S   67.8 E   915  115   110
03 MAR 09 1800  16.4 S   67.5 E   915        110
03 MAR 10 0000  16.6 S   67.3 E   915  100   110
03 MAR 10 0600  17.1 S   66.7 E   925        105
03 MAR 10 1200  17.5 S   66.2 E   940   95    90
03 MAR 10 1800  17.7 S   66.0 E   940         90
03 MAR 11 0000  17.9 S   65.6 E   940  100    90
03 MAR 11 0600  18.2 S   65.3 E   950         80
03 MAR 11 1200  18.4 S   64.9 E   950  100    80
03 MAR 11 1800  18.6 S   64.6 E   950         80
03 MAR 12 0000  18.9 S   64.1 E   950  105    80
03 MAR 12 0600  19.1 S   64.1 E   955         80
03 MAR 12 1200  19.6 S   63.6 E   955  105    80
03 MAR 12 1800  20.0 S   64.0 E   960         80
03 MAR 13 0000  20.4 S   64.0 E   955   75    80
03 MAR 13 0600  21.0 S   64.4 E   955         80
03 MAR 13 1200  21.7 S   64.0 E   960   75    75  JTWC: 21.7 S, 64.7 E
03 MAR 13 1800  22.6 S   64.4 E   965         70
03 MAR 14 0000  24.0 S   64.7 E   975   65    60  JTWC: 22.9 S, 65.3 E
03 MAR 14 0600  24.1 S   64.6 E   978         55
03 MAR 14 1200  24.9 S   65.1 E   980   50    55
03 MAR 14 1800  25.9 S   65.2 E   984         50
03 MAR 15 0000  26.4 S   65.6 E   986   40    45
03 MAR 15 0600  27.6 S   66.3 E   995         35
03 MAR 15 1200  28.8 S   66.3 E   995   30    35
03 MAR 15 1800  29.3 S   66.2 E   997         35  Extratropical
03 MAR 16 0000  30.5 S   66.3 E   998         40
03 MAR 16 0600  33.9 S   67.1 E   998         45
03 MAR 16 1200  35.5 S   67.5 E   998         45

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NORTHWEST AUSTRALIA/SOUTHEAST INDIAN OCEAN (AUW) - Longitude 90E to 135E


                        Sources of Information
                        ----------------------

     The track coordinates as well as the central pressure and 10-minute
  average maximum sustained wind estimates were obtained from warnings
  issued by the Tropical Cyclone Warning Centres at Perth, Western
  Australia, and Darwin, Northern Territory.    The 1-minute average
  maximum sustained wind estimates were taken from warnings issued by
  the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) of the U. S. Air Force and
  Navy, located at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  The center position coordinates
  from JTWC were compared with those from the Australian centres and
  annotations made in the Remarks column when the differences in general
  amounted to 40-50 nm or more.


                            Systems Tracked
                            ---------------

   Tropical Cyclone HARRIET (21S)                      02 - 11 Mar
   Tropical Cyclone CRAIG (24S)                        07 - 12 Mar

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Storm Name: HARRIET               Cyclone Number: 21S     Basin: AUW
(Name assigned by the Perth, Western Australia, TCWC)

   Date   Time   Lat      Lon    Cent  MSW   MSW        Remarks
          (GMT)                 Press 1-min 10-min
                                 (mb) (kts) (kts)
-------------------------------------------------------------------------

03 MAR 02 0600  14.1 S  106.7 E         35        JTWC Warning
03 MAR 02 1800  14.9 S  108.3 E         35             "
03 MAR 02 2200  14.7 S  109.1 E   998         30  
03 MAR 03 0400  14.7 S  109.9 E  1000   35    30
03 MAR 03 1000  14.7 S  110.5 E  1000         30
03 MAR 03 1600  14.7 S  111.4 E  1000   35    40  See Note
03 MAR 03 2200  14.7 S  111.8 E   995         40
03 MAR 04 0400  14.8 S  112.5 E   992   35    45  Named TC Harriet
03 MAR 04 1000  14.8 S  113.8 E   992         45
03 MAR 04 1600  14.9 S  114.2 E   992   35    45  JTWC-18Z: 15.1S, 113.7E
03 MAR 04 2200  15.3 S  114.7 E   992   35    35
03 MAR 05 0400  16.0 S  114.9 E   992   35    35
03 MAR 05 1000  16.5 S  115.6 E   992   30    35
03 MAR 05 1600  17.3 S  116.1 E   992   30    35
03 MAR 05 2200  17.5 S  116.0 E   988   35    45  JTWC-00Z: 18.1S, 116.0E
03 MAR 06 0400  18.4 S  115.8 E   988   35    45  JTWC-06Z: 19.0S, 114.8E
03 MAR 06 1000  18.8 S  115.0 E   988   35    45  JTWC-12Z: 19.4S, 114.4E
03 MAR 06 1600  19.1 S  114.6 E   988   35    45  JTWC-18Z: 19.3S, 115.0E
03 MAR 06 2200  19.0 S  114.5 E   988   35    45
03 MAR 07 0400  18.9 S  114.2 E   988   35    45
03 MAR 07 1000  19.1 S  113.9 E   988   35    45
03 MAR 07 1600  19.1 S  113.6 E   985   30    45
03 MAR 07 2200  19.2 S  113.5 E   980   30    50  JTWC-00Z: 19.7S, 113.1E
03 MAR 08 0400  19.7 S  113.0 E   980         50
03 MAR 08 1000  20.0 S  112.5 E   980   30    55
03 MAR 08 1600  20.7 S  111.7 E   980         55
03 MAR 08 2200  21.3 S  110.7 E   982   25    55  JTWC-00Z: 21.0S, 111.3E
03 MAR 09 0400  22.3 S  109.8 E   982         55
03 MAR 09 0700  22.5 S  109.3 E   990         40
03 MAR 09 1000  23.2 S  108.5 E   997         40  Extratropical
03 MAR 09 1600  24.8 S  107.8 E   998         40
03 MAR 09 2200  26.5 S  107.6 E  1000         40
03 MAR 10 0400  27.7 S  107.3 E  1000         50
03 MAR 10 1000  29.4 S  108.5 E  1000         50
03 MAR 10 1600  31.6 S  110.3 E  1000         50
03 MAR 10 2200  34.0 S  112.3 E  1000         45
03 MAR 11 0100  36.0 S  114.0 E  1001         45

Note: Some gales were occurring well north of the center before the
Perth TCWC named the system Harriet.

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Storm Name: CRAIG                 Cyclone Number: 24S     Basin: AUW/AUE
(Name assigned by the Darwin, Northern Territory, TCWC)

   Date   Time   Lat      Lon    Cent  MSW   MSW        Remarks
          (GMT)                 Press 1-min 10-min
                                 (mb) (kts) (kts)
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03 MAR 07 2230  12.0 S  129.5 E  1002         25
03 MAR 08 0000  11.7 S  129.5 E  1002         25
03 MAR 08 0600  11.6 S  128.8 E   998         30
03 MAR 08 1200  11.1 S  128.6 E   998   25    30
03 MAR 08 1800  11.0 S  129.0 E   997   25    30
03 MAR 09 0000  11.0 S  129.0 E   995         30
03 MAR 09 0500  11.0 S  129.0 E   992         35  Named TC Craig
03 MAR 09 0600  11.0 S  129.0 E   992   30    40  JWTC: 10.7 S, 129.8 E
03 MAR 09 1200  10.8 S  129.4 E   990         40
03 MAR 09 1800  10.6 S  130.3 E   988   30    45  JTWC: 10.5 S, 130.8 E
03 MAR 10 0000  10.8 S  130.5 E   985         50
03 MAR 10 0600  11.2 S  130.9 E   985   35    50
03 MAR 10 1200  11.3 S  131.1 E   985         50
03 MAR 10 1800  11.5 S  131.4 E   985   35    55
03 MAR 11 0000  11.7 S  132.2 E   980         55
03 MAR 11 0600  11.9 S  133.0 E   980   35    55
03 MAR 11 1200  12.3 S  134.4 E   990         40  On NT coast
03 MAR 11 1800  12.1 S  136.0 E   988   35    40  JTWC: 12.5 S, 134.8 E
03 MAR 12 0000  13.0 S  138.0 E   988         40
03 MAR 12 0600  14.5 S  140.5 E   985   35    50  JTWC: 13.9 S, 139.5 E
03 MAR 12 1100  16.5 S  141.7 E   990         40  Inland
03 MAR 12 1300  17.3 S  141.5 E   997         30
03 MAR 12 1800  16.3 S  142.0 E         30        Final JTWC Warning

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NORTHEAST AUSTRALIA/CORAL SEA (AUE) - Longitude 135E to 160E


                        Sources of Information
                        ----------------------

     The track coordinates as well as the central pressure and 10-minute
  average maximum sustained wind estimates were obtained from warnings
  issued by the Tropical Cyclone Warning Centres at Darwin, Northern
  Territory; Brisbane, Queensland; and Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
  The 1-minute average maximum sustained wind estimates were taken from
  warnings issued by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) of the U. S.
  Air Force and Navy, located at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.    The center
  position coordinates from JTWC were compared with those from the
  Australian centres and annotations made in the Remarks column when the
  differences in general amounted to 40-50 nm or more.


                            Systems Tracked
                            ---------------

   Tropical Cyclone ERICA (22P / 13F)                  02 - 16 Mar

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Storm Name: ERICA                 Cyclone Number: 22P     Basin: AUE/SPA
(Name assigned by the Brisbane, Queensland, TCWC)

   Date   Time   Lat      Lon    Cent  MSW   MSW        Remarks
          (GMT)                 Press 1-min 10-min
                                 (mb) (kts) (kts)
-------------------------------------------------------------------------

03 MAR 02 2000  20.0 S  149.5 E  1000         40  See Note
03 MAR 03 0200  20.0 S  148.0 E  1002         30  Gale warning cancelled
03 MAR 04 0000  20.5 S  152.5 E  1000         40  See Note
03 MAR 04 0600  20.5 S  154.0 E   995   30    45  Named TC Erica
03 MAR 04 1200  20.6 S  154.4 E   995   35    45  JTWC: 21.6 S, 154.1 E
03 MAR 04 1800  20.5 S  154.6 E   985         55
03 MAR 05 0000  20.4 S  154.7 E   985   30    55  JTWC: 20.2 S, 154.1 E
03 MAR 05 0600  19.4 S  155.0 E   985         55
03 MAR 05 1200  19.2 S  155.0 E   985   35    55
03 MAR 05 1800  18.1 S  155.0 E   990         45
03 MAR 06 0000  17.5 S  154.5 E   990   30    45
03 MAR 06 0600  16.8 S  154.0 E   990         45
03 MAR 06 1200  16.1 S  153.7 E   990         40
03 MAR 06 1800  15.5 S  153.0 E   995         40
03 MAR 06 2200  15.2 S  154.1 E   997         30
03 MAR 08 0600  12.5 S  155.0 E  1000         30  Gale warnings restarted
03 MAR 08 1200  12.5 S  155.0 E  1000         30
03 MAR 08 1800  12.2 S  155.2 E  1000         30
03 MAR 09 0000  13.0 S  157.0 E  1000         30
03 MAR 09 0600  13.0 S  157.0 E   998         30
03 MAR 09 1200  12.5 S  155.0 E   998         30  Relocated
03 MAR 09 1800  12.5 S  155.5 E   998         30
03 MAR 10 0000  12.0 S  157.5 E   998         30    
03 MAR 10 0600  12.1 S  157.9 E   997   30    30
03 MAR 10 1200  12.3 S  158.5 E   995         40
03 MAR 10 1800  12.7 S  158.9 E   990   35    40  JTWC: 12.5 S, 158.0 E
03 MAR 11 0000  12.7 S  158.3 E   985         50  Relocated
03 MAR 11 0600  13.6 S  158.8 E   980   45    55
03 MAR 11 1200  14.4 S  159.4 E   975         60
03 MAR 11 1800  15.2 S  159.8 E   970   55    65
03 MAR 12 0000  16.4 S  159.7 E   965         70
03 MAR 12 0600  16.9 S  160.0 E   960   65    80
03 MAR 12 1200  17.9 S  160.4 E   955         80  Fiji Warnings
03 MAR 12 1600  18.5 S  160.4 E   925        100
03 MAR 12 1800  18.8 S  160.6 E   925  100   100  JTWC: 18.9 S, 161.1 E
03 MAR 13 0000  19.3 S  161.2 E   920        110
03 MAR 13 0600  20.1 S  161.8 E   915  140   115
03 MAR 13 1200  20.6 S  162.7 E   915        115
03 MAR 13 1800  21.1 S  164.4 E   920  100   110
03 MAR 14 0000  22.1 S  166.4 E   930         95  Over New Caledonia
03 MAR 14 0600  23.1 S  168.6 E   945   80    85           "
03 MAR 14 1200  24.6 S  170.4 E   960         75
03 MAR 14 1800  26.1 S  172.6 E   965   70    70  Wellington Warnings
03 MAR 15 0000  28.0 S  176.5 E   972         65
03 MAR 15 0600  28.0 S  179.5 E   975   45    60  JTWC: 29.0 S, 178.7 E
03 MAR 15 1200  30.0 S  179.0 W   980         35  Extratropical
03 MAR 15 1800  31.0 S  174.0 W   988         40
03 MAR 16 0000  31.0 S  173.0 W   994         35
03 MAR 16 0600  32.0 S  170.0 W   996         35
03 MAR 16 1200  32.0 S  168.0 W   998         35
03 MAR 16 1800  33.0 S  167.0 W  1000         35

Note: Before the system was named Erica, a couple of gale warnings were
issued for the possibility of gales well-removed from the center.

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SOUTH PACIFIC (SPA) - South Pacific Ocean East of Longitude 160E


                        Sources of Information
                        ----------------------

     The track coordinates as well as the central pressure and 10-minute
  average maximum sustained wind estimates were obtained from warnings
  issued by the Tropical Cyclone Warning Centres at Nadi, Fiji, and
  Wellington, New Zealand.  The 1-minute average maximum sustained wind
  estimates were taken from warnings issued by the Joint Typhoon Warning
  Center (JTWC) of the U. S. Air Force and Navy, located at Pearl Harbor,
  Hawaii.  The center position coordinates from JTWC were compared with
  those from the Southern Hemisphere centres and annotations made in the
  Remarks column when the differences in general amounted to 40-50 nm
  or more.


                            Systems Tracked
                            ---------------

   Tropical Depression (11F)                           06 - 08 Mar
   Tropical Cyclone ESETA (12F / 25P)                  07 - 14 Mar

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Storm Name: None                  Cyclone Number: None    Basin: SPA
Fiji Tropical Disturbance Number: 11F

   Date   Time   Lat      Lon    Cent  MSW   MSW        Remarks
          (GMT)                 Press 1-min 10-min
                                 (mb) (kts) (kts)
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03 MAR 06 0600  16.6 S  175.8 E   998             See Note
03 MAR 06 2300  17.3 S  174.0 E   998
03 MAR 07 2100  18.9 S  169.4 E  1002
03 MAR 08 2100  21.0 S  168.0 E  1002

Note: No maximum wind estimates were given in the Tropical Disturbance
Summaries issued by Nadi.

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Storm Name: ESETA                 Cyclone Number: 25P     Basin: SPA
Fiji Tropical Disturbance Number: 12F

   Date   Time   Lat      Lon    Cent  MSW   MSW        Remarks
          (GMT)                 Press 1-min 10-min
                                 (mb) (kts) (kts)
-------------------------------------------------------------------------

03 MAR 07 2100  13.4 S  178.0 E  1000         20
03 MAR 08 2100  14.0 S  173.8 E   998         20
03 MAR 09 0900  14.0 S  173.0 E  1000         20
03 MAR 09 2100  15.5 S  172.5 E   998         20  Detached gales to north
03 MAR 10 0600  16.2 S  172.2 E   997   30    25            "
03 MAR 10 1200  15.9 S  172.5 E   997   30    30            "
03 MAR 10 1730  16.9 S  172.0 E   995         35  Named TC Eseta
03 MAR 10 1800  17.0 S  172.0 E   995         35
03 MAR 11 0000  18.2 S  172.1 E   985   45    50
03 MAR 11 0600  18.7 S  172.4 E   975         60
03 MAR 11 1200  19.4 S  172.9 E   975   55    60
03 MAR 11 1800  20.2 S  174.2 E   975         60
03 MAR 12 0000  21.4 S  175.0 E   970   65    65
03 MAR 12 0600  21.7 S  176.1 E   970         65
03 MAR 12 1200  21.8 S  177.8 E   970   70    65
03 MAR 12 1800  21.9 S  179.9 E   930         95
03 MAR 13 0000  22.0 S  177.9 W   930  100    95
03 MAR 13 0600  22.1 S  175.3 W   935         90
03 MAR 13 1200  22.7 S  172.5 W   935  110    90
03 MAR 13 1800  23.6 S  169.0 W   945         85
03 MAR 14 0000  25.3 S  165.3 W   965   60    70  JTWC: 24.1 S, 166.8 W
03 MAR 14 0600  28.5 S  160.5 W   970         65  Wellington Warnings
03 MAR 14 1100  31.0 S  160.0 W   980         50  Extratropical
03 MAR 14 1700  35.0 S  157.0 W   985         50

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             !!!!!!  IMPORTANT NOTE - PLEASE READ  !!!!!!

     It has been brought to my attention that I should repeat in the
  cyclone tracks file the caveat which is included in the Author's
  Note at the end of the cyclone summaries.   The tropical cyclone
  tracks which I prepare are based upon the operational warnings/
  advisories/advices/bulletins from the various tropical cyclone
  warning agencies around the world.   Users of these tracks should
  be aware that they are preliminary and subject to revision during
  post-seasonal analyses of the cyclones by the forecasters and
  analysts at the several warning centers.

     For the Atlantic and Northeast Pacific basins, official tropical
  cyclone reports and "best tracks" can be found at the website of
  the Tropical Prediction Center/National Hurricane Center:

     http://www.nhc.noaa.gov>

     The Joint Typhoon Warning Center's website contains links to their
  Annual Tropical Cyclone Reports which include that agency's "best
  tracks" for tropical cyclones in the Northwest Pacific basin, the
  North Indian Ocean, and the Southern Hemisphere:

     http://199.10.200.33/jtwc.html>


  SPECIAL NOTE:  Back issues of the global tropical cyclone summaries
  and monthly cyclone track files can be obtained at the following
  websites:

    ftp://ftp.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/pub/landsea/padgett/>
    http://australiasevereweather.com/cyclones/>
    http://www.typhoon2000.ph> OR http://64.235.42.210>
    http://mpittweather.com>


  PREPARED BY:

  Gary Padgett              garyp@alaweb.com


  SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS BY:

  Michael V. Padua          michaelpadua@hotmail.com 
                            webmaster@typhoon2000.ph

  Huang Chunliang           huangchunliang@hotmail.com

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Document: trak0303.htm
Updated: 27th December 2006

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