The climate at Lizard Island is tropical, with a summer wet season and a winter dry season.
Southeast trade winds at 15 to 25 knots are a consistent feature from March to September. In the later months of the year, winds become lighter and more variable in direction. During summer, strong northwesterly winds are interspersed with relatively calm intervals, and cyclones may occur between November and April. Lizard Island is large enough to provide a relatively sheltered lee shore in all but the most extreme weather conditions.
The photos at right show the beach in front of the research station at high tide. The top photo shows normal southeasterly conditions. The bottom photo shows stormy conditions during northwesterly winds and the tide higher than usual due to low air pressure.
Environmental data from several locations at Lizard Island are available online through the Great Barrier Reef Ocean Observing System (GBROOS).
Dr Anne Hoggett , Director, Lizard Island Research Station