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Cyclone Bune – Edge of eye passes over Raoul Island

As of 10:30pm the weather station at Roul Island was no longer updating. Here is the 9:30pm update.

The air pressure has fallen to 974hPa, winds have all but stopped and the rain has eased to only light rain, following a rough couple of hours on the island.

The category 2 tropical storm was bringing sustained winds of 72km/h and gusts to 113km/h for a time evening but in the past hour all has gone quiet.

GeoNet instruments, recording earthquakes on the island and the buoy have both gone offline – indicating a power cut or recording equipment switched off for safety reasons.

Weather recording equipment, which pays to receive hourly updates, was working up until the 9:30pm update.

6pm Satellite Image / Google Earth

Torrential rain had been falling on the island, peaking at 27mm an hour, but has fallen back to just 1mm.

Winds are now just 13km/h (down from 72) with gusts to 50km/h.

The island is currently “home” to around 10 scientists.

Strong winds from the opposite direction are expected again in the next hour or two.

– Homepage image / Crown Forecaster


Erica on 28/03/2011 7:35am

I see the tsunami buoy/gauge has been bouncing around – via geonet. And the quake drum likewise. Can’t be too pleasant out there. Both of them have blank places now.

Ross on 28/03/2011 6:24am

Weather station that updates 3 hourly from Raoul Island….

Guest on 28/03/2011 8:02am

The air pressure at Raoul Island was 1005hPa at 7am this morning, and has been falling steadily through the day. At 6pm it was 981.4hPa, and at 8pm it was 974.1hPa, so that’s a drop of 7.3hPa in the last two hours.

WW Forecast Team on 28/03/2011 8:11am

We’re using MetService data.

– WW

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