Tracking Barry: Mississippi River already in flood in New Orleans ahead of major rain event

Tropical Storm Barry is expected to become a hurricane before making landfall in Louisiana and New Orleans is bracing for potential catastrophic flooding with the mighty Mississippi River already in flood ahead of the storm. This is the first major test of the levees in New Orleans since deadly Hurricane Katrina (Category 3) made landfall there in 2005.

INDIA: Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm VAYU will it or won't it make landfall? (+15 Maps)

UPDATED 12:35pm NZT / 6:05am IST --- Just minutes after our first update today on Cyclone VAYU forecasters at the Joint Typhoon Warning Center updated the forecast tracking - and by quite a bit. The change to the forecast track may have a significant impact on the forecast for India (a more positive one).

INDIA: Cyclone VAYU now 'severe', may become 'extreme', Mumbai impacted (+9 Maps)

Vayu has now been classed as a 'Very Severe Cyclonic System", or VSCS, and maybe become an "Extreme Severe Cyclonic System", or ESCS, on Wednesday according to authorities. says that just like other parts of the globe there is an entirely local system in India and Pakistan for tropical storms. has the latest below on Cyclone VAYU:

INDIA: Cyclone Vayu to bring big waves, coastal flooding as offshore storm grows (+9 Maps)

4:18pm NZT/9:48am IST -- A Cyclonic Storm has been named offshore from western India and is called VAYU.

Here's the latest information...

India: Low in Arabian Sea may bring flooding to western coastline (+Maps)

A storm is developing in the Arabian Sea and poses a flood threat to parts of western India says 

Here are the latest details from our partners at The Weather Company (part of the global IBM weather team is now proudly partnered with).

Windy, colder weather moving in (+3 Maps)

A surge of southerlies is moving up the South Island today and will cross the North Island on Friday. The cold front will drop temperatures again and bring a burst of rain, snow and even hail.

Friday and Saturday look windy in a number of regions as the south west flow crosses the country.

Even today the winds will be a little blustery in some places.

Crumbling MetService infrastructure on display as Govt Minister digs in & says 'profits before people'

Wednesday was sadly another example of the crumbling MetService infrastructure set up in 1991 and now constantly userped by NIWA. Over the past 24 hours MetService, along with their new Marketing partners at Auckland Civil Defence (who don't seem to care about accuracy anymore - th

VIDEO: Another windy cold blast coming this Friday nationwide

A large low from the Tasman Sea will today cross the North Island with a burst of wind and rain and some isolated thunderstorms in the north. It clears overnight and allows a windier west to south west change move in.

Late week southern blast to produce 10 metre plus waves out west (+3 Maps)

Another week and another big southerly blast is on the way, kicking off on Thursday and peaking Friday/Saturday across the country and producing dangerous seas.

The strong south west flow, which first forecast over a week ago, is still likely to come in on Thursday on the back heels of a large Tasman Sea low crossing the North Island tomorrow, Wednesday.

Wednesday: Heavy rain, heavy snow and isolated thunderstorms (+4 Maps)

A burst of severe weather will cross the North Island on Wednesday bringing heavy rain, thunderstorms and then heavy snow to central New Zealand.