Tropical Cyclone Gita Update – 17th February 2018

By MetService Meteorologist Claire Flynn

Please note: all times listed below are in New Zealand local time.

As of 1pm today, TC Gita was a Category 3 Tropical Cyclone, with estimated wind speeds of 117 km/hr near the centre, and a central pressure of 970 hPa. It was located over the waters south of New Caledonia at 24.5S, 166.6E, as shown in the latest forecast track map issued by RSMC Nadi in the map below:

Tropical Cyclone Gita Update – 17th February 2018

By MetService Meteorologist Claire Flynn

Please note: all times listed below are in New Zealand local time.

As of 1pm today, TC Gita was a Category 3 Tropical Cyclone, with estimated wind speeds of 117 km/hr near the centre, and a central pressure of 970 hPa. It was located over the waters south of New Caledonia at 24.5S, 166.6E, as shown in the latest forecast track map issued by RSMC Nadi in the map below:

Tropical Cyclone Gita Update - 16 Feb 2018

Tropical Cyclone Gita Update - Issued 16th February 2018

By MetService Meteorologists Lisa Murray and Chris Noble.

Please note: all times listed below are New Zealand local time

At 1pm today, TC Gita was a Category 3 Cyclone (having further weakened since yesterday) with estimated winds of 80kt (~150km/h) and a central pressure of 956hPa, located over waters 300km south of Aneityum, Vanuatu, and moving west.

Tropical Cyclone Gita Update - 15 Feb 2018

Tropical Cyclone Gita Update 15th February 2018

By MetService Senior Meteorologist Lisa Murray

Please note: all times listed below are New Zealand local time

At 3pm today, TC Gita was a Category 4 Cyclone (having weakened since yesterday and overnight) with estimated winds of 167km/hr and a central pressure of 950hPa, located over waters about SW of Kadavu, Fiji, (21.5S 175.2E) and moving west at about 15km/hr.

Tropical Cyclone GITA - 14 Feb 2018

Tropical Cyclone Gita

By MetService Senior Meteorologist, Lisa Murray, 14 February 2018

Please note: all times listed below are New Zealand local time

History

Tropical Cyclone Gita (TC Gita) was named by RSMC Nadi at 5pm on Friday 9th February, located to the west of American Samoa and initially a Category 1 tropical cyclone. Since then, TC Gita has tracked to the south of American Samoa before curving to pass near Niue and then westward directly over Nuku’alofa (southern Tonga), as a Category 4 tropical cyclone. 

What is a heat wave?

by Metservice Meteorologist Claire Flynn

You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘heat wave’ bandied about in the news, and perhaps wondered what exactly it means. Does one hot day constitute a heat wave? And how hot is hot? Does New Zealand really get that many heat waves? If you’ve ever found yourself wondering about these things, then look no further!