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Your Opinion: Storms – what’s in a name?

Within five days New Zealand has been affected by three systems coming from tropical or sub-tropical origins – two were ex-tropical cyclones with names and had huge news coverage, the other has no name, poses a greater threat to more populated areas, but doesn’t seem as newsworthy in the mainstream media.

In today’s Herald on Sunday Philip Duncan’s writes a column about why storms with names capture our attention more.

Today wants to know, if you could name this sub-tropical low bringing heavy rain to northern New Zealand what name would you come up with – and why would you choose that name?

Post a comment below… be creative!



Andrew on 22/01/2011 11:27pm

I see the aussie conterparts have just named a Cat 1 TC Anthony in the coral sea. Also according to some models next Sat/Sun looks like another wet weekend for the north island??

Eddie on 22/01/2011 9:04pm

I’d call this storm TANIWHA to give it both a local reference and because of the meanings connected to these powerful spirit beings
According to wikipedia: “taniwha are beings that live in deep pools in rivers, dark caves, or in the sea, especially in places with dangerous currents or deceptive breakers” Nuff said

linda on 22/01/2011 6:35pm


Guest on 22/01/2011 5:53pm

Storm Wetty! Because im absolutely soaked! We’ve had 50mm of rain since 4pm yesterday in Kaukapakapaa

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