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Severe Cyclone Pola a Category 4 storm on NZ's back doorstep - but it's about to be torn apart

Cyclone Pola has strengthened over open waters and has reached Category 4, on a scale up to 5, but is about to be torn apart by a huge high moving over New Zealand.


VIDEO: Cyclone Pola skirts past northern NZ + next week looks hotter for many

Severe Cyclone Pola is close to New Zealand to our north east but is unlikely to get a lot closer due to a powerful high pressure system building over the country.


VIDEO: Severe Cyclone Pola skirts Tonga, meanwhile we have the 14 day rainfall map for NZ

Cyclone Pola reached “severe” category 3 status late yesterday and will be a powerful offshore storm for another 48 hours or so.


Severe Cyclone Pola moves south towards NZ but will be blocked by high pressure (+6 Maps)

Cyclone Pola is now a severe Category 3 storm as it churns past Tonga out to sea, around 1900kms north east of Auckland, New Zealand. The storm is tracking southwards away from the equator.


VIDEO: Cyclone Pola forms, high pressure dominates NZ but another cold front arrives today

Another cyclone has former, this time to New Zealand’s north east and east of Fiji. Cyclone Pola is a Category 1 storm that will likely strengthen to Cat 2. However, just like with Cyclone Neil two weeks ago, Pola is tracking south away from the tropics and over cooler waters - so won’t be lasting too long.


Cyclone Pola forms north east of NZ, tracking our way but should be blocked by high pressure

As WeatherWatch.co.nz exclusively forecast last week a new cyclone has just formed east of Fiji. The storm has been named "Cyclone Pola" by the Fiji Met Service and is currently Category 1 (out of a scale up to 5) and will likely strengthen into a Cat 2 storm by the end of today.


VIDEO: Two tropical cyclones may form north of NZ before March 5 as high pressure dominates here

WeatherWatch.co.nz is monitoring two areas of concern that may produce more cyclones. The first has a moderate to high chance of forming in the next couple of days east of Fiji at sea (not heading to Fiji but instead tracking SW towards New Zealand).


Oma downgraded to Ex-Tropical Cyclone but about to do U-turn back north into the tropics (+7 Maps)

UPDATED 3:45pm Saturday --- Cyclone Oma has this afternoon been downgraded to an Ex-Tropical Cyclone by Australian forecasters at the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM).


Video: Cyclone Oma stalls, but NZ has wind & rain from another low + a new cyclone next week?

Blurb: New Zealand has some rough weather on Sunday as a cold southerly moves up the country bringing gales to some exposed central areas, pockets of rain and showers and a drop in temperatures.

Not everyone is highly impacted by it so we try to break down the many moving parts.


Cyclone Oma is NOT coming to NZ, meanwhile new tropical energy forms next week (+3 Maps)

Cyclone Oma is not coming to New Zealand, despite some news headlines still saying otherwise. Latest data suggests Oma is now trapped in the Coral Sea well away from New Zealand and will likely remain there for a week.