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Fijian Metservice upgrades Cyclone Donna to record-breaking Category 5

Mon, 08/05/2017 - 20:58
Fiji Meteorological Service - the agency responsible for Cyclone Donna - has confirmed the storm has spiked at Category 5.That makes Donna the worst-ever tropical storm to hit the South Pacific in the month of May.The record-breaking...

Tropical Cyclone Donna becomes Category 5 storm, worst May storm on record in South Pacific

Mon, 08/05/2017 - 09:45
Cyclone Donna is now the worst-ever tropical storm to hit the South Pacific in May after reaching Category 5 this morning. said according to CNN's Severe Weather Team Donna now had sustained winds of 215km/h...

Climate scientist: '25 per cent chance' of Tropical Cyclone Donna visiting NZ

Sun, 07/05/2017 - 13:22
A climate scientist has given a 25 per cent chance of Tropical Cyclone Donna - currently hammering northern Vanuatu with gusts of up to 240km/h - brushing Northland next week.But a MetService forecaster says the probability of the...

Cyclone Donna continues to strengthen, causing destruction in Vanuatu

Sat, 06/05/2017 - 22:22
Tropical Cyclone Donna has intensified to a category four as its destructive force continues to batter Vanuatu.The cyclone made landfall in Vanuatu today, bringing with it winds that exceeded 230km/h destroying houses, churches...

Cyclone Donna to hit central Vanuatu, but miss NZ

Sat, 06/05/2017 - 09:02
Cyclone Donna has made landfall in Vanuatu, with wind gusts of up to 205km/h downing houses, churches and trees in the north of the country, but most populated areas have so far avoided the brunt of the storm.However, forecasters...

Debbie, Cook, Donna: Cyclone season explained

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 17:21
First Bart, then Debbie and Cook, and now Donna.While it might seem like we've seen more than our usual share of tropical cyclones this season, meteorologists say, on the whole, it's been ultimately close to normal.It's simply...

Cyclone Donna creates uncertainty but one thing is for sure, the situation remains very serious for Vanuatu

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 16:54
Severe Tropical Cyclone Donna has intensified to a category three and while Vanuatu may be lucky to avoid the worse of the wild weather, it remains a very serious situation.A great deal of uncertainty surrounds the movement of Donna...

Tropical Cyclone Donna due to hit Vanuatu on Saturday

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 07:12
Aid agencies are mobilising in the Pacific as the latest tropical cyclone is due to hit Vanuatu this weekend.The Fiji Meteorological Service's latest update, about 6am (NZT), said the cyclone was slow-moving in the west-southwest...

April deluge: Just how wet was last month?

Thu, 04/05/2017 - 16:55
The final weather tallies for April have confirmed the month was as wet as it felt, with most North Island towns receiving more than twice their normal amount of rainfall.Official figures: Just how wet was April?, north of Auckland,...

My Food Bag shuffles menus after being hit with vege shortage following weeks of wild weather

Thu, 04/05/2017 - 14:49
Food delivery service My Food Bag is re-working its menus in the aftermath of cyclones Debbie and Cook with some vegetables, in particular leafy greens, still hard to come by.In the month since heavy rains caused flooding and chaos...

Weather forecast predicts drier than average May

Thu, 04/05/2017 - 07:24
We won't see a repeat of rainy April, as a drier-than-usual May is already upon us.Relatively fine weather is forecast for all regions this month. The cool start we have seen with nighttime temperatures dropping into low single...

Showers in store for parts of the country - Metservice

Wed, 03/05/2017 - 19:25
The end is not yet in sight for miserable weather plaguing the country, but Kiwis may be in for a better weekend, Metservice says.Meteorologist Kyle Lee said the front that had been moving up the South Island today was making its...

Cooler temperatures hit region

Wed, 03/05/2017 - 07:00
A day of reprieve is expected after low temperatures caused a sprinkle of snow to fall on the ranges yesterday morning.Despite not joining the likes of Alexandra and Christchurch, which dipped below zero, much of the region awoke...

Cost and custom blamed for lack of central heating in NZ homes

Tue, 02/05/2017 - 21:22
A reliance on wood burners in the past, the Kiwi mentality of heating a single room and the perception New Zealand has a warmer climate than Europe and the UK means central heating is non-existent in more than 95 per cent of our homes,...

Brace for more chilly weather with a fine weekend to follow

Tue, 02/05/2017 - 17:59
Just as our bodies start to thaw out from this morning's big chill - expect to wake up to another frosty start by the end of the week.Temperatures dropped to single digits across the North Island on Tuesday morning and similar temperatures...

The coldest night of the year as the mercury plunges below zero

Tue, 02/05/2017 - 05:24
The country is waking up to the chilliest start of the year as many towns in the South Island freeze through the night.Air direct from Antarctica has sent overnight temperatures plunging from Kaitaia to Invercargill with everywhere...

Break out the winter woollies - she's going to be a cold night!

Mon, 01/05/2017 - 20:49
Wrap up in the winter woollies tonight folks - we're in for a cold night.People will be waking up to frosty but clear conditions tomorrow morning, with temperatures overnight forecast to drop to 0C and 1C in some parts of the country.The...

A little cold, New Zealand? Trust me, it's nothing compared with Kazakhstan

Mon, 01/05/2017 - 16:20
So, the first real polar blast of winter is racing up the country. It's expected to be 0C in Christchurch overnight and - heaven forbid - 6C in Auckland.Well, that may be a little chilly, my New Zealand friends, but really, it's...

Seven killed by tornado, flooding in South and Midwest, United States

Mon, 01/05/2017 - 09:14
At least seven people have been killed by tornadoes or flooding in the South and Midwest by a storm that also dumped a rare late-season blizzard in western Kansas.Tornadoes hit several small towns in East Texas, killing four people....

Wellington passenger train strikes tree as wild weather wreaks havoc across lower North Island

Mon, 01/05/2017 - 05:30
Wellington roads remain affected by flooding and a passenger train has struck a tree after wild weather left a trail of havoc across the lower North Island. This morning, the Wellington to Johnsonville line was delayed after an...


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