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Chasing Cyclone Dovi

On February 8th, Tropical Cyclone 11P developed into a Cat 1 (Australian Scale) near Vanuatu and was named Dovi. After causing flooding and landslides in Vanuatu, Dovi began its march southwards, impacting New Caledonia. On February 10th, it was upgraded to a Cat 3. With ...

Into the snowmageddon

With 50-70cm of snow forecast to drop in a day, we headed for Christchurch and onto the Lewis Pass, with New Zealand's best storm chasing vehicle. (more…)

Tornado rips through South Auckland

A freak tornado ripped through the suburb of Papatoetoe, Auckland, New Zealand this morning. Multiple houses have been destroyed, roofs lifted and powerlines down everywhere. Local residents explained at about 8.30am there was a huge clap of thunder, followed by roofs lifting and debris flying ...

Another stunning neon blue show of bioluminescence

I had just sat down to relax after a long hike when my phone started buzzing. Reports from my fellow "bio hunters" came flooding in that Tindall's Beach (Auckland's Hibiscus Coast) was glowing blue. This was unusual as normally bioluminescence is only present during the ...

Expedition Guatemala

Guatemala / August 2019 Guatemala, you put on an out-of-this-world show for us! Eruptions, lava flows and a spine-chilling electrical storm. A couple weeks back, we arrived in Guatemala to explore the volcanoes of Fuego and Pacaya. We ended up getting caught up in a massive electrical ...

Classic South Island Snow Storm

Lewis Pass, New Zealand / June 2019 This season's winter has been particularly mild, but with a South Island snow storm on the way, we jumped on a plane bound for Christchurch, picked up a 4x4 and headed towards the Lewis Pass where we hunkered down ...

Chasing Cyclone Gita

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5rQtEvn-yI February 20, 2018 Cyclone Gita started out as "Tropical Disturbance 07F" near the Solomon Islands, before tracking towards Tonga and intensifying to a Cat 4. Gita was the strongest cyclone to strike Tonga in recorded history. Gita transitioned to strong ex-tropical cyclone as it tracked towards New ...

Stormy weather in Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park, New Zealand / November 2017. Four weeks back, we journeyed to Tongariro National Park to hike the Northern Circuit. This track is one of New Zealand’s great walks (I’ve got one more to complete!). The Northern Circuit starts and ends in Whakapapa and encompasses ...

A ferocious winter storm

Tongariro National Park, New Zealand / July 2017. The forecast was grim. The worst storm of years to bear down on New Zealand bringing heavy snow and gales. Could this just be more sensationalism by news media? Either way, we packed up our storm chasing gear and make ...

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 ...