Storm


Tropical update for New Zealand as we head into March (+5 Maps)

The tropics have been much quieter since Cyclone Gita moved through but as we head into March there are signs of more lows forming and more energy north of New Zealand.


The leftovers from Aussie's Cyclone Kelvin to affect NZ early next week (+4 Maps)

The leftovers of an ex-tropical cyclone are coming towards New Zealand - but not how you might think. The remnants of what was Cyclone Kelvin, which made landfall the other day in north western Australia, will drift out over southern Australia and the Great Austraian Bight over the next few days to merge with a Southern Ocean system and form a new low on Monday over southern New Zealand.


Weather Video: Gita gone for good - but now Kelvin's remnants coming

Gita has gone and a large high is moving in behind it to bring a mostly dry, warm, weekend. However by Sunday the westerlies will be picking up in the South Island as a new low starts to develop in the Southern Ocean.
 
This low is being partially fuelled by the remnants of what was Cyclone Kelvin.

Rain persists in the South Island as Gita's remnants dance around each other

Two distinct low pressure systems remain around the South Island after Gita roared into central New Zealand last night.

While the cyclone mostly missed the top half of the North Island (where half of NZ's population is) the force of the storm was evident where it first came in: windwise in Taranaki and rainwise in the upper South Island.


UPDATE: Cyclone Gita - Update on rainfall and wind (x2 Maps + Animated Video)

Complicated Cyclone Gita is now forming two centres after hitting the north western tip of the South Island with the main centre quickly zipping through the Cook Strait area and upper South Island and a secondary low is now forming off the West Coast.


Cyclone Gita hits central New Zealand - Roofs off, emergencies declared, trees down, power out

Updated 8:55pm --- Cyclone Gita has hit central New Zealand knocking out power to tens of thousands of people, causing several states of emergency and closing highways due to slips, flooding and trees down.


Special Weather Video: Cyclone Gita arrives in New Zealand tonight

A significant storm is quickly approaching New Zealand today and weather conditions will go downhill around a large portion of the country this afternoon and evening.

With so many moving parts to the storm our video today is a little shorter - because things may change as we head into Tuesday night.


Gita no longer tropical but still a cyclone with severe gales (+4 Maps)

The Joint Typhoon Warning Center - the global organisation that monitors and forecasts all tropical storms - late this morning declared Gita fully "extra-tropical" at latitude 35.5S. But Gita this afternoon remains a storm with winds equal to a category 2 tropical cyclone as it churns towards central New Zealand.


Cyclone Gita: Latest tracking + 12 hour rainfall accumulation maps to Wednesday afternoon

Updated 9:07am --- Cyclone Gita is likely to make landfall in the upper South Island/Cook Strait area tonight, most likely between 9pm and midnight. The precise location is still unknown - despite accurate tracking maps cyclones can veer offtrack for a time which significantly shifts where severe weather may be. Keep up to date across today as the storm moves in.


National Forecast for Tuesday as Cyclone Gita makes landfall tonight in NZ

Cyclone Gita approaches fast today with its centre moving over the upper South Island later this evening / overnight. Please check MetService for latest warnings for your area. This remains a serious storm, especially for the South Island and lower half of the North Island.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty