Big Gay Out weather forecast

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Tens of thousands of gay, lesbian, bi and transgendered Kiwi's will be attending the 2011 Big Gay Out this Sunday and says sun, heat, humidity and possibly rain are all in the forecast.

The event, which started in 2000, will be held in Coyle Park in Point Chevalier, Auckland.

Cyclone season much busier than usual for NZ

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It's been a long time since New Zealand saw so many tropical cyclones in our waters - but 2011 will go down as one of our busiest cyclone seasons ever predicts

In less than a month four tropical cyclones have entered New Zealand waters with all of them having some type of severe weather impact on the country. 

Cyclone Wilma enters our record books

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Cyclone Wilma was the first "tropical cyclone" in recorded history to ever hit New Zealand and it topped off a month that saw the tropics quite literally move into the upper North Island.

While many of us remember cyclones Drena, Fergus and Bola - or even Giselle (causing the 1968 Wahine disaster) - those storms were what we call "extra tropical". They started off as tropical cyclones but changed when they lost their tropical characteristics. Sounds like a minor technicality but it is a significant change in the power and energy inside the storm.

Brief new cyclone forms near NZ

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A cyclone that will be very short lived formed overnight north east of New Zealand.  The cyclone - which was not predicted to form by cyclone authorities in Fiji - is currently a weak category 1 tropical cyclone called Zaka.  It is not expected to strengthen much further and is unlikely to remain a cyclone for the rest of today.

40 degree heat breaks record books

Timaru has broken the record for their hottest day ever with the temperature hitting a scorching 40.3 degrees in the shade shortly before 4pm today.

The extreme heat, which predicted yesterday, is connected to the same heat wave that saw Sydney climb to 42 degrees yesterday and then record their hottest night ever.

Stormchaser looks into cyclone's heart

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A New Zealand stormchaser has told how he tied himself to a tree, strapped on a helmet and lifejacket then went into the core of Cyclone Yasi to take pictures.

"It was fierce. Three-hundred-kilometre winds were whipping around, pulling trees out of the ground and debris was flying everywhere," said cameraman Geoff Mackley.

"It was wild. It was pretty incredible for about five or six hours."...

So, when's the next cyclone?

"It's highly likely we haven't seen the end of the tropical storms and this years cyclone season may last longer than April" -

VIDEO: Philip Duncan with the latest on Cyclone Yasi

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As Cyclone Yasi continues to move across inland Queensland weather analyst Philip Duncan talks about what happened earlier this morning, what the potential is for another cyclone behind Yasi and where the storm is heading now.

Has NZ ever experienced Cat5 winds?

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Blog by Philip Duncan

It's a question I've been asked plenty of times lately - has a main centre in New Zealand ever recorded winds equal to a category 5 cyclone?

The answer... is yes - although it wasn't because of a tropical cyclone.  But it did have connections with the tropics.

Topographical maps now online

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If you’re a keen tramper, angler, hunter, or other outdoor pursuit enthusiast you’re likely to already be familiar with the official LINZ ‘NZTopo’ Topographic Map Series, traditionally purchased as printed paper maps.