Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston- the strongest TC to ever hit Fiji

20 Feb 2016 (afternoon update)

By MetService Communications Meteorologist Lisa Murray

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

Category 5 Severe Tropical Cyclone (TC) Winston is now the strongest category 5 tropical cyclone to make landfall over Fiji.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston changes course 18 Feb 2016

By MetService Communications Meteorologist Lisa Murray

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

Infrared satellite image (indicating cold cloud top temperatures) showing the location of TC Winston at 3.50pm Thursday 18th February 2016.Note the circle in centre of the TC showing clearly the eye of the storm.

History

Tropical Cyclone Winston strengthens. 17 Feb 2016

By MetService Communications Meteorologist Lisa Murray

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

Infrared satellite image (indicating cold cloud top temperatures) showing the location of TC Winston at 12.40pm Wednesday 17th February 2016.

History

What is Tropical Cyclone Winston up to? 16 Feb 2016

By MetService Communications Meteorologist Lisa Murray

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

Historical track (white) and forecast track (red) of TC Winston up to midnight on Wednesday.  Image created by MetService on WeatherScape.

History

Two Tropical Cyclones: TC Winston & TC Tatiana

By MetService Communications Meteorologist Lisa Murray

Please note: all times listed below are New Zealand local time. Updated 3.10pm 12/02/2016

History

Tropical Cyclone (TC) Winston was named by RSMC Nadi at 1pm on February 11th, located to the east of Vanuatu.  Since then, TC Winston has tracked southeast.

Meanwhile Tropical Cyclone Tatiana was named by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology on February 11th at 7pm, since then TC Tatiana has been moving east.

Tropical Cyclone Victor

By MetService Meteorologist Lisa Murray

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

History

Tropical Cyclone Victor (TC Victor) was named by RSMC Nadi on January 15th, located near the Northern Cook Islands.  Since then, the cyclone has tracked between Niue and the Southern Cook Islands, before turning west and heading towards Tonga.

Flying under the RADAR

By Lisa Murray, Communications Meteorologist.

The term RADAR stands for RAdio Detection And Ranging and was coined in 1940 by the United States Signal Corps, although it was German physicist Heinrich Hertz who showed that radio waves could be reflected from solid objects, in around 1886. During World War II, radar technology developed rapidly and has since become an essential tool in meteorology, as well as in other areas such as air traffic control.

Feels Like

Feels like temperature, to the nearest degree, gives an idea of how cool or warm the air feels to us.