Tropics


Cyclone Oma forms, could become bigger storm and linger over 10 days north of NZ (+4 Maps)

The second Tropical Cyclone in days north of New Zealand has formed and been named Oma by the Fiji Met Service. Current forecasts show it slowly tracking over Vanuatu and New Caledonia as a Category 2 storm over the coming days.


Giant tropical rainmaker set to tease NZ for weeks with frustratingly close heavy rain (+Rain Maps)

As of Tuesday there are three tropical lows the Fiji Met Service says all have cyclone potential. By Friday or the weekend all will have merged into one super low north of New Zealand with rainfall totals at sea of over 400mm in the two weeks ahead, but here in New Zealand very little wet stuff is forecast.


Weather Video: Tropical rainmakers so close yet so far away as NZ seriously dries out - the latest

There are at least 3 tropical areas of concern today north of NZ and while these will all merge into one very large low this weekend the high pressure system in the NZ area may keep it away…for now.
 
In a frustrating forecast for many who need rain this giant tropical rain maker will lie very close to northern NZ not just for a few days, but possibly for the rest of

Weather Video: Tropical low the size of Australia this week, what it means for NZ

We had Cyclone Neil over the weekend near Tonga now two other lows north of New Zealand have cyclone potential but are likely to merge this week to create one big super low, possibly as large as Australia.


Tropical storms north of NZ to merge this week to create one low the size of Australia

It's stormy north of New Zealand with at least 4 low pressure systems, one of which was a tropical cyclone briefly over the weekend (named Neil) and two more storms which may reach cyclone status in the days ahead too.


10 day Rainfall Accumulation Map shows big dry locked in for some as major rain flirts nearby (+3 Maps)

NZ is fast drying out and the big dry is now becoming much more concerning for some with long range forecasts suggesting little to no rain may be coming for those who need it the most over the next 10 days.


Cyclone Neil forms, poses direct threat to Tonga today, another bigger storm possible days later (+3 Maps)

Tropical Cyclone Neil has formed east of Fiji and will track southwards towards Tonga, caught up in a large area of tropical unrest that will remain north of New Zealand for possibly the rest of February, producing further lows and cyclones.


Tropical Storm and cyclone threat significantly increasing north of NZ next 14 days (+4 Maps)

Ideal conditions in the tropics is now creating large areas of low pressure with storm and cyclone potential in at least two areas over the coming 10 days.


Weather Video: Your weekend forecast + tracking the several tropical lows now forming

The weekend looks fairly settled in most of the main centres but some of the rural areas may be impacted by showers, like eastern Northland, East Cape and the West Coast.

Two large tropical lows will drift past East Cape on Sunday and Monday bringing some rain or shower activity.


Humid weather coming to NZ as tropics spread south towards us

We have a significant change in our weather pattern and it kicks off today. Here's what it means for New Zealand.