Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory
Tropical Cyclone Monica formed off the northeastern coast of Australia on April 17, 2006. This is the same general area where Cyclone Larry formed a month earlier. Larry caused devastation to Queenland’s coastal communities and destroyed a large fraction of the banana trees in the region. Cyclone Monica was not predicted to be anywhere near as destructive as Larry, and according to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, Monica was expected to cross Cape York in northern Queensland well away from most settled areas, limiting the damage it was predicted to cause.
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