Thanks to all who have asked if we will be in the path of Cyclone Pam. We live in the lower North Island, closer to the middle, and far away from the East Coast, where the tail end is expected to cause heavy rain, flooding, large seas and severe gales . TVNZ news has posted videos and photos of the devastation, and our thoughts are with all those in Vanuatu, and other areas. Photos courtesy of the Internet.
We live where the little black
dots , diamonds are, to the right of the words.Most of the area from Gisborne then south is where the expected rain and wind will cause many problems.
This was the heading on New Zealand’s Metservice page, and it went straight to a video, there is also a blog, with updates and more videos.
The rain radar map for Sunday 15th, 7 p.m. shows the heaviest will be north of us.
Courtesy of the Internet…… ( this was Saturday a.m.)
The above image is an infrared satellite picture of TC Pam taken at 3.44am this morning. Infrared images are colour coded to show the temperature of the cloud tops, which may extend high up into the atmosphere. The eye of the tropical cyclone is the light coloured dot in the middle surrounded by the dark blue (cloud tops of about -82C). What this image shows is the intensely cold cloud tops of thunderstorms surrounding the relatively warm eye of the tropical cyclone. This temperature contrast is one of the ways forecasters can estimate the intensity of a tropical cyclone from satellite imagery.
Update on Sunday 15th March. Courtesy of the internet….. referring to the image below…
(refer to yesterday’s 5am blog update for a comparison). The green colour indicates the cloud top temperature of the thunderstorms surrounding the eye is about -65C, while this time yesterday they were -82C, suggesting that the cyclone has weakened. However, winds near the centre are still estimated to be over 200 km/h.
Quotation of the day, author unknown,
“ Real and true friendship doesn’t need daily conversation or closeness, it will live in your heart no matter where you are”
Greetings from Jean