The first tropical storm of the season is set to develop this Friday and Saturday in the Solomon Sea/Coral Sea area – before deepening rapidly by Sunday as it approaches New Caledonia.
Next week the storm is expected to track directly into the NZ area but a few things remain uncertain:
– 1) Will it still be a storm – or just a low when it gets here?
– 2) Will it bring severe weather in to any parts of NZ – or just some rain?
– 3) Which island will be most impacted
We have the latest forecast through to Wednesday next week.
on 8/12/2021 2:26am
Just curious about the red and blue lines been so close together over the Australian bight / Western Australia , does that cause high winds or other problems?
on 9/12/2021 11:18pm
Hi David, apologies for the delay in replying. The lines measure air thickness in our atmosphere – basically north of the red line is thick/humid/tropical and south of the blue line it’s thinner/dry/colder air. The area in the middle is the more temperate climate we live in most of the time. It doesn’t mean it’s stormy between them necessarily – but usually there will be a driving force behind them, like a storm in the Southern Ocean or the monsoon trough shifting over the tropics – or a tropical cyclone pulling that red line down. The lines being closer together don’t cause a problem – but there will likely be a culprit somewhere in the weather maps (or just off the screen).