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Special Weather Video: Cyclone Debbie nears Australia

In our first weather video of 2017 we bring you a special update on Cyclone Debbie as it now reaches Severe Category 3 and may reach Cat 4.

Head forecaster Philip Duncan takes a look at Debbie’s progress over the coming days and also at how it might affect the rain and weather patterns around both eastern Australia and New Zealand as we head into April.

Please note: The Track map in the video has already been updated by the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) since we recorded. It is still likely to reach Category 4. You’ll see the very latest tracking map here.

Today’s video was made via our new live Web Studio. We’re actually building two studios – one with a big green screen as we had before and the other to better cover sudden or big events. We’ve found over the years sometimes it can be hard to get a studio full of people to make a weather video during a significant event. Having a web studio means we can now go live when we need to – and do it faster!

We actually weren’t ready to go live today but this event is critical to cover and was definitely worthy of ‘jumping in there’ and updating with so many of you asking us questions. You’ll notice a few obvious quick edits and the fact we’re even still trialling some software! But we’re working on better audio, better quality images and more content across the year. We have a lot of work to do and this is only phase 1 of about a 3 or 4 phases to upgrade our video services. 

With no tax funding like our main competitors we’re working hard to get both these studios operating on a frequent basis. So hang in there with us – we really appreciate your fantastic support recently (and patience!) and we’re dedicated to delivering new and different video content as we continue to grow our resources to better cover what you need from us. We hope you’ll notice the improvements in time.



Derek on 27/03/2017 10:29pm

Great to see you back Phil, and appreciate the teething problems as they are inevitable when setting something new like this up.
For me the video was fine both pic and sound.
Look forward to seeing you often again and watch as you iron out the problems.

WW Forecast Team on 27/03/2017 11:35pm

Hey Derek, thanks for the support. Glad the first video worked ok for you. We are definitely going to improve them – this was rushed ahead but helped us work out what we need to fix next time!

Dave on 27/03/2017 7:00pm

Hi Phil

Teething issue I know, but, the volume seems very low on the audio. I have all my settings on max & still quite faint

Cheers Dave

WW Forecast Team on 27/03/2017 11:38pm

Hi Dave, cheers for the message. Yes we have lighting and audio issues which we hope to address before our next video update sometime this week. Huge learning curve on top of having to forecast the weather too 🙂

Each update we hope will get progressively better – and we’re excited about our other studio in downtown Auckland which will be operational once we get some more resources this year.  Slow and steady but we’re getting there.

Thanks heaps!

Zelda on 27/03/2017 7:38am

Even if you sound like you are speaking in a tin tunnel 🙂
Look forward to more!

Stefan on 27/03/2017 4:39pm

So happy to see Phil’s videos back online! Can’t wait for them to become regular again 🙂

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