We’ve had people searching our site for why is Tropical Cyclone YASI called Tropical Cyclone YASI and not Tropical Cyclone Fred or something as ordinary as that! Well there is an answer and I heard a meteorological expert being interviewed on talk back radio yesterday and he explained it but here it is in black and white for us all, thanks to Answers.com:
Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi was so named because it is a Fijian name, meaning ‘sandalwood’, and the cyclone started as a tropical low near Fiji. It was named by the Fiji Meteorological Service.
Not all cyclones which hit the Australian coastline originate in Australian waters. Those which originate in Australian waters are given more ‘Australian’, or English-sounding names.