Cyclone Yasi not a super-cyclone
Contrary to the hype, Yasi was not the mother of all storms:
Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi, which hit North Queensland last week, was one of the more intense cyclones in Australia's recent history.Yasi, a "marginal Category 5 system", was a powerful storm but wasn't the exceptional cyclone it was made out to be.
A massive category 5 storm over 600 kilometres wide, it clocked wind speeds of 295 kilometres per hour at its greatest intensity.
But it was no super-cyclone, nor was it the biggest cyclone Australia has ever seen, says Dr Jeff Kepert, head of the High Impact Weather Research Team in the Bureau of Meteorology.