WeatherWatch.co.nz has this evening announced that it will cover Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi’s movements on to the Australian coast Wednesday night with live updates, just as it did for Wilma here in New Zealand.
The weather news authority – which was the first weather news service in the world to publicly predict the cyclone last week – says the storm’s progress will be of great importance to New Zealanders.
“Many Kiwis consider this part of Australia as a second home or holiday destination. Many New Zealanders also have friends and family living there” says Philip Duncan, Head Weather Analyst at WeatherWatch.co.nz.
This cyclone season WeatherWatch.co.nz has greatly increased its coverage of tropical cyclones that affect regions within the New Zealand satellite map area. “Basically this covers eastern and north eastern Australia, Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Samoa, American Samoa, the Cook Islands and obviously New Zealand” says Mr Duncan.
Yasi is expected to make landfall after midnight Wednesday NZT.
WeatherWatch.co.nz will cover the lead up to the storm with updates throughout the evening and into the early hours of Thursday.
on 1/02/2011 12:14pm
Thanks for your coverage on Yasi. I lived in Far Nth Qld for 9 years and have many friends still living around the Townsville/Ayr region. I experienced a few cyclone events of various intensity during my time there and this TC looks terrifying in comparison.
It doesn’t look like its going to veer away. Do you think there is any possibility it could? Do you think it could veer south at a late stage and impact Townsville severely?
I’ve been listening to ABC local radio on the net and their disaster preparation is phenomenal. Of course they are lucky with cyclones that they get prep time unlike earthquakes however if I still lived in Nth Ward I’d be under forced evacuation right now.
My thoughts and best wishes are with everyone in the impact area.
on 1/02/2011 8:11am
Excellent work, team. Great to see a weather organisiation making best use of current technologies to provide this kind of vital public service
on 1/02/2011 6:36am
Its great to see you will cover the cyclone. Most of us have friends/relatives in Australia or are thinking about moving there at some point :).
Aside from that, purely from a weather point of view they are amazing. Power that luckily NZ will never see.. well unless global warming really cranks up a lot.
Lets hope the damage is just to buildings and plantations that can be rebuilt.
on 1/02/2011 8:13am
May I just add that the planet has cooled 0.5 degrees celcius since August last year so global warmer will not be a proble for the future.
on 1/02/2011 9:36am
you need to look at the long term trend
yes there are ups and downs, but the trend is up,for global temperature
on 1/02/2011 9:41am
Yes, we agree. Global warming, or climate change, isn’t about every year getting hotter and hotter. It’s like climbing a mountain…you have to climb up and down ridges as you steadily go up.