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VIDEO: Philip Duncan talks about Cyclone Yasi

#Yasi — head weather analyst discusses what Yasi means for Queensland, whether it will affect New Zealand and the possible damage expected.

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richardmcb on 2/02/2011 7:27am

Phil, you say in your story that we would never experience a storm this severe in NZ.

Whats to prevent it happening here? Not that I want it to, just curious.

WW Forecast Team on 2/02/2011 7:50am

Hi Richard – thanks for the question.  It’s simply because the sea temperatures are too cool down here.  The waters around Queensland are about 34 degrees…down here they are about 10 to 12 degrees cooler.  The cool waters kill the cyclones.  Even a few degrees difference can have a dramatic affect.  Sydney doesn’t really get cyclones either for the same reason.


Karamu49 on 2/02/2011 4:56am

What a very informative, clearly explained video of the cyclone approaching Queensland. TV1’s loss as to weather presenting. Well done Phil and team.

Guest on 2/02/2011 4:42am

Hey Phil , well done man that was really good an professional you are doing such a great job thank you so much for keeping us informed of this cyclone an all other weather events . I enjoy all the details which you just dont here on tv1 or tv3 news weather. Love your knowledge an a willingness to help others know more about the weather. On a sad note i really do hope no body gets hurt in this devastating storm . My thoughts are with the people of Queensland . When this is all over the Australians are going to need a lot of help an support. This cyclone is starting to look like a tornado on bigger scale a super cyclone even. Phil how low do you believe the pressure will drop too on this cyclone any thoughts?


WW Forecast Team on 2/02/2011 5:37am

Thanks for the support – much appreciated!

Air pressure won’t drop much further I don’t think…it may even start to weaken just a little.  But a Cat 5 landfall is looking very certain.

– Phil

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