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.
I’ve recently returned from a major expedition with Google to capture the Marum Volcano Lava Lake for Google Maps. See my full report here.
Bay of Plenty, New Zealand / April 2017.
My forecasting turned out to be spot on, putting me right in the eye and eye wall of Cyclone Cook. In the process, I captured THE best footage and made it onto every major news publication in New Zealand.
See my full report here
Kaikoura, New Zealand / February 2017.
Almost three months to the date, Kaikoura is still feeling the effects of the massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake. After my initial visit, I decided to return to see how the recovery was progressing (read more).
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)
Kaikoura, New Zealand / November 2016.
A massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake has hit Kaikoura early this morning. I’m on-ground and reporting from the scene here. The devastation caused is beyond comprehension. SH1 (North) and rail will take many months, perhaps years to be restored.
Khao Sok National Park, Thailand / November 2016
In early November, I visited Thailand to trek the jungles of Khao Sok. Located in the Surat Thani Province, Khao Sok is the largest area of virgin forest in southern Thailand. The park has more biodiversity than the Amazon Basin and is home to wild elephants, tigers, gaurs, leopards and more. See my full report here
The Kingdom Of Tonga / October 2016.
I’ve just returned from an expedition to set foot on the marine volcano, Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haʻapai. This volcano is Earth’s newest (and most inaccessible) real estate. This is perhaps one of the most fascinating (and dangerous) places I’ve been to yet. See my report
Mt. Yasur, Tanna Island, Vanuatu / September 2016.
The locals describe Mt. Yasur as hell in paradise. Like Captain Cook, attracted to the Island’s glow during his voyage in 1774, my journey would take me far closer to this spellbinding hell. See my report
New Zealand / September 2016.
A large earthquake has struck off the northeast coast of New Zealand at 4.37 a.m. No major damage at this time, however a Tsunami warning has been issued.