A week in a row with rainy conditions is bad enough, but could you imagine being in a location where measurable rain has occurred hundreds of days in a row?
Cyclone Cook was a Category 1 cyclone earlier today but was this afternoon downgraded to an ex-cyclone. This is a technical change and the storm remains dangerous.
Reliable computer models are fine tuning their forecasts and the latest on where Cook may make landfall shifts it closer to Auckland and Coromandel Peninsula and sends even more rain over flood hit Bay of Plenty.
Cyclone Cook crossed New Caledonia last night as Severe Category 3 cyclone, today it's weakened to a Category 2 system and will continue to weaken as it tracks south.
But what exactly does "weaken" mean in this scenario? And why all the warnings of flooding if Cook is so small?
DETAILED UPDATE (Updated 4:23pm NZT) --- Severe Tropical Cyclone Cook has made landfall in New Caledonia as a Category 3 storm. It will cross New Caledonia tonight then it's on to New Zealand where a direct hit is looking increasingly possible around East Cape.
UPDATED 4:54pm --- Iconic New Zealand meteorologist Bob McDavitt says while Cook has some similarities to Bola, especially as it was forming, the latest data is suggesting it won't linger like Bola did - and that is better news for those in the North Island.
The second tropical cyclone in a week is heading directly towards New Zealand and while it will lose its technical cyclone status before arriving here on Thursday and Friday it’s going to bring more flooding rains to the North Island especially.
Severe Tropical Cyclone Cook is now a Category 3 storm and is approaching New Caledonia.
It's a bad forecast for the French island nation with both flooding rains, severe storm surge and damaging winds combining tonight as the cyclone makes brief landfall.
By Tuesday evening Cook will be drifting south to south east away from New Caledonia and slowly towards New Zealand.