Storm


If Hola came from the tropics, why is it so cold!? (+2 Maps, +1 Infographic)

Ex-tropical cyclone Hola started its life around Fiji and Vanuatu and it's come directly towards New Zealand, so why are people feeling cold today in the north?

It all depends on which side of the centre of the low you're on. Now that Hola is 'extra-tropical' it means it's being fed with cold air on one side, hot tropical air on the other.


Hola's worst winds at sea, moderate rain spreading south (+6 Maps)

UPDATE --- Cyclone Hola's transition into an extratropical storm is breaking up the portions of severe weather with the worst winds very close to New Zealand but remaining offshore to the east away from people and property for the most part.


Weather Video: Ex-Cyclone Hola brushes NZ tonight, another storm behind it?

Ex tropical cyclone Hola will later today and tonight/overnight brush the upper and eastern half of the North Island bringing a burst of wind and rain.


Heavy rain heads south, but only half of Hola to brush upper North Island (+8 Maps)

UPDATED 11:18am Monday --- Ex-Cyclone Hola, which still has Category 1 equivalent strength, is today pushing into the upper North Island bringing rain with heavy falls and pockets of severe weather too. The storm is, however, weakening as it completes the process to become extra-tropical and windshear is helping tear the centre apart.


Full details about how Cyclone Hola may impact New Zealand across Monday (+12 Maps)

EXTENSIVE UPDATE --- UPDATED 5:30am Monday NZDT --- Tropical Cyclone Hola continues to track quickly towards New Zealand and will bring wind and rain across Monday before departing in the early hours of Tuesday morning.


Cyclone Hola now heading to New Zealand, main threat is Monday (+8 maps)

UPDATE: Cyclone Hola is over open waters and now directly heading for northern New Zealand. Cloud associated with the storm is already spreading south over the North Island although winds are not expected to really ramp up until Monday.

Hola remains a category 2 cyclone but is weakening today as it rushes south eastwards away from the equator.


Potential rainfall totals for Monday & Tuesday (+4 Maps)

There could be heavy rain in the North Island on Monday and Tuesday morning as Cyclone Hola either tracks over the North Island or nearby.

Rain could extend into a number of regions although totals may not be high for all. 


Cyclone Hola hitting parts of New Caledonia today, then tracks towards NZ (+4 Maps)

Tropical Cyclone Hola is today crossing the eastern Loyalty Islands in New Caledonia as a Category 3 storm with sustained winds of 130km/h and gusts to near 170km/h at the centre. Central air pressure is at 971hPa this morning.


Weather Video: Special video on Cyclone Hola’s track to NZ

Cyclone Hola has weakened a little today and is now tracking southwards towards New Caledonia then over the weekend it speeds up and heads towards New Zealand.
 
It’s still unclear if this storm will make landfall here or just brush by very close but either way New Zealand is now at a fairly high risk of being affected with severe weather and/or dangerous coastal and

Hola weakens faster than expected, still poses a serious risk to NZ by Monday (+4 Maps)

Tropical Cyclone Hola has weakened a little this morning dropping from a Category 4 to a Category 3 cyclone and the air pressure has risen from 952hPa last night to 962hPa this morning.

Cyclone Hola is now weakening overall and is tracking southwards towards eastern New Caledonia tonight and overnight. By tomorrow/the weekend Hola will begin tracking towards New Zealand.