Tropics


2010 Atlantic Hurricanes: Lots of Bark, Fortunately No Bite

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Weather.com  -  The Colorado State University Hurricane Forecast Team has recently released its findings on the 2010 hurricane season.  One word can sum it up: ACTIVE.

Several forecasting agencies, including CSU, predicted an above-average season and Mother Nature did not let them down.


2010 Tropical Outlook - Number 1

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WeatherWatch.co.nz will regularly monitor the South West Pacific Cyclone Season over the coming months - bringing you the latest on any tropical development that may impact New Zealand or nearby destinations.

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Tomas regains strength as it heads toward Haiti

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Tomas returned to tropical storm strength late Wednesday afternoon as it ground through the southern Caribbean en route to earthquake-devastated Haiti.

The storm had fallen to tropical depression status just hours earlier, but forecasters anticipated the strengthening and said it might regain hurricane strength.


Haiti: Tomas' Next Target?

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Weather.com's Hurricane Expert Dr Rick Knabb says wind shear should remain low enough to allow Tomas to restrengthen as it lingers south of Hispanola.

Then, a deep dip, or "trough" in the lexicon of meteorologists, will swing into the eastern Gulf of Mexico and northwestern Caribbean Sea late this week, likely steering Tomas north-northeastward toward Hispanola.  Incidentally, this trough will keep Tomas away from the mainland U.S.


Samoa hit by Quake on tsunami anniversary

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NZHERALD.CO.NZ - An earthquake was felt today in Samoa almost at the same hour the tsunami struck a year ago.

With a magnitude of 5.5 it was significantly less than the the 8.8 earthquake which caused the tsunami that Samoa is commemorating today.


Bad weather coming? Forecasters can't tell you about it - Fiji Govt

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After months of no news in the newspapers, Fiji residents are now banned from getting reports of bad weather.

"Drought reports and updates will only be issued by the National Disaster Management Office, reports the Fiji Times Online, following a directive to the Fiji Meteorology Service to stop issuing media statements on the current dry spell.


La Nina may pose increased Pacific cyclone threat

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The Pacific Islands may be facing an increased threat of a Tropical Cyclone this coming cyclone season as scientists around the world confirm La Nina is in the early stages of forming.


PHOTOS (5): NEW exclusive quake photos from Vanuatu

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WeatherWatch.co.nz has received new exclusive photos showing the damage after Tuesday's powerful 7.5 earthquake in Vanuatu. 

The island has been rocked by a number of strong aftershocks measuring as much as 6.0 on the Richter Scale.

These photos were sent in Darryll Ranford, formerly of Taupo, now living in Port Vila, Vanuatu.


PHOTOS (5): Quake damages NZers home in Vanuatu

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WeatherWatch.co.nz has received exclusive photos of damage caused by the massive 7.5 earthquake in Vanuatu.

New Zealander Glen Craig owns a house and several businesses and told WeatherWatch.co.nz -the quake caused damage to his home and property.

The quake struck during the afternoon while people were still at work.  "I lost my TV and a lot of fittings along with my 2.5m high coral wall which had 40m of it come down" says Mr Craig.


Vanuatu struck by powerful 7.5 quake

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A 7.5 magnitude earthquake has struck the Vanuatu Islands.

Its focus was at a depth of 21 kilometres and the quake generated a tsunami which was only 30 centimetres tall when it reached Port Vila.

Civil Defence says it's unlikely there'll be any threat to New Zealand.