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Video: Big high lingers but a tropical storm looms

Philip Duncan and team up to bring you the latest on the large high that’s hovering over New Zealand bringing mostly settled weather to the country – but we also take a look at a developing tropical storm.

The models remain conflicted about the exact path of next week’s tropical cyclone but the models suggest that at the very least the North Island will have a spell of windy weather – and worst case scenario sees a direct hit to the upper north.

Full details in our video – and we’ll have more on the likely tropical cyclone in our 5pm update today.

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Dave on 28/03/2012 2:46am

What is also interesting is that the models are varied on the timing as well. I will be interested in your opinion that is for sure because you have been very accurate in the past. Cyclones are difficult to predict I definately appreciate that.

Guest on 28/03/2012 2:12am

Thanks for the info, I notice metservice predictions seem to be favouring the north east route by looking at their prediction maps for the next 7 days. I guess its 50-50 about now.

Guest on 28/03/2012 1:35am

Hi just curious would’nt the high pressure system block the cyclone from coming down the north east of us

WW Forecast Team on 28/03/2012 2:03am

Yep – and that’s exactly why the two main global models are picking two paths – one has the low coming down the western side of the high (hitting NZ) the other has it sliding down the eastern side of the high well to our north east.  Keep in mind the high is slowly drifting eastwards too.  We are more confident that this low will affect NZ but we’re still unsure as to how severe.  We expect to have a more concrete prediction tomorrow but will release more details at 5pm today.


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