Cyclone Alert: Cyclone Donna

On May 5th, a disturbance near Vanuatu intensified and became Cyclone Donna. Her intensity rapidly increased,developing into a massive Cat 5 – as powerful as it gets. Thankfully, it was well away from any land. Over the next few days, Donna tracked between Vanuatu and New Caledonia, before heading south towards New Zealand.  While weakening rapidly, Donna converged with a separate low crossing the Tasman and formed a new system that impacted northern NZ.

While it brought heavy rain and wind, it wasn’t worth the chase.

A menacing storm to hit Sth Island, NZ. The chase is on

Westland, New Zealand / January 20 2017

After a weather “bomb” hit the South Island of New Zealand, another deep low followed, bigger than the first. MetService issued weather warnings with gale force winds and rain heavy enough to cause widespread flooding (120 to 160mm). Metvuw forecast barometer pressure down to 980mb (equivalent to a CAT 1 Hurricane). The chase was on (read more)