Tasmania lies in the pathway of the ‘Roaring Forties wind that encircles the globe. The Tasmanian climate is influenced by the interaction between westerly winds and the mountain ranges near the west coast and the central plateau. The cycle of westerly winds is a key driver of the seasonal rainfall. The persistent westerly systems mean that Tasmania is regularly subjected to storms and severe weather. Weather systems known as ‘east coast lows’ often bring intense rainfall and strong winds.
Storms affect all parts of Tasmania but different areas experience varying storm scenarios. For example:
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