Cyclone Winston

Written By: - Date published: 9:12 am, February 21st, 2016 - 8 comments
Categories: climate change, disaster, global warming - Tags: , , ,

Cyclone Winston is the strongest ever southern hemisphere storm. Part of the expected pattern of increased extreme weather events due to climate change.

Fiji has been hit hard. The best coverage is from RNZ:
Winston leaves trail of destruction

See also in The Herald:
Cyclone Winston: One dead as massive tropical cyclone hits Fiji
Cyclone Winston: All you need to know

The Red Cross is asking for donations to its Pacific Disaster Fund. To donate, call 0800 RED CROSS (0800 733 27677) or go to

8 comments on “Cyclone Winston”

  1. Pasupial 1

    Didn’t see this post before commenting on OM:

    This CNN video shows the best track I’ve been able to find; straight between Vanua Levu and Vitu Levu, with the centre over water the whole time. Pretty much the worst possible scenario:

    while Winston weakened as it moved over land — as these types of storms do — it has since reintensified, and with the El Niño-warmed water serving as fuel, Winston’s eye has reformed.

    CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said Winston is expected to “keep strength as it continues on its path in open waters,” but said “it will weaken Tuesday or Wednesday once it hits cooler waters and stronger shear.”

    Winston’s 184 mph winds smashed the previous record for a Southern Hemisphere cyclone. According to Colorado State University hurricane expert Philip Klotzbach, both Cyclone Zoe, which battered the Solomon Islands in 2002, and Cyclone Monica, which walloped Australia in 2006, previously shared the record with their estimated winds of 178 mph.

    This Met service forecast is good too, but will update soon (it currently covers the whole sweep from Saturday avo on).

  2. Sanctuary 2

    I suggest we do nothing, so the Fijian miiitary will get to see if those containers of weapons from Russia are better than aid from NZ.

    • Pasupial 2.1


      With-holding humanitarian aid because you disagree with the regime in another country doesn’t seem to be the best course. I imagine the army aren’t going to be going hungry in any case, so your suggestion is; that we let the people of a neighboring country die for want of food and medicines at a time of natural disaster, which is likely to be counterproductive. Unless your plan is to drive them further into the influence of Russia and China (who I recall seeing somewhere were also arming the Fijian regime).

  3. sabine 3

    Well according to an article i seen on either stuff or herald online, NZ is sending an aircraft to fly reconnaissance and 50.000 $.

    I hope that this aid will be upped to be in relations to the damage to the islands.
    As for the comment from Sanctuary, The people of Fiji did not accept soldiers and weapons from Russia, the regime/government of Fiji did. Even with a snark tag it is still a bit of a misplaced comment.

  4. alwyn 4

    “Cyclone Winston is the strongest ever southern hemisphere storm”
    And everyone thought that the old bugger, now a very lined 70, had done his dash.
    My god, he’ll still be there at 90!

    • Anne 4.1

      It looks like he’s planning to start moving southward (keep everybody guessing?) then tootle off up to the Coral Sea where he can recharge himself again – if so inclined – then God knows what he’ll do then. Leopards never change their spots.

  5. johnm 5

    Our climate has accumulated
    Hiroshima atomic bombs
    of heat since 1979

    It won’t end well! 🙁

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