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Thursday 13 April 2017

 Ex-Tropical Cyclone Cook slams into New Zealand after damaging Vanuatu and New Caledonia
Updated 14/4/17 21.40 with new information

The remains of Tropical Cyclone Cook arrived in New Zealand this evening about 18.30NZST, making landfall between Tauranga and Whakatane in the middle of the Bay of Plenty coastline. The national weather service MetService is saying the worst of the weather will be between early evening and first light tomorrow.

TC Cook passed just west of Vanuatu on Saturday night 8/9 April bringing wind gusts to 130km/h and leaving the island sodden and damaged but otherwise largely unscathed. The main damage was to crops and infrastructure, especially on the island of Efate. It was at Category 2 at that time and rapidly intensifying. [More: ABC.]

It moved SW and crossed New Caledonia on Monday afternoon 10 April at Category 3 with wind gusts to 180km/h and bringing up to 350mm of rain to the west coast and over 400mm in 24 hours at Thio on the east coast, where Cook made landfall. Four people were injured and one died in the cyclone. Reports said that there was major damage to crops as well as damage to minor roads and some buildings. Flooding occurred along the east coast of Grand Terre, the main island, and a number of hourses were damaged in Lifou, in the Loyalty Islands off the east coast. Isolated tribes of the communes of Canala and Kouaoua, on the central eastern coast where Cook made landfall, were severely impacted. Floodlist gives a technical account, and has an impressive image of the cyclone from NASA-NOAA’s Suomi Satellite taken one hour before landfall. [More: ABC]

TC Cook then curved southeastwards towards New Zealand, and while its movement out of the tropics lost it the Tropical Cyclone moniker, it still retained the punch of a Category 1 cyclone with winds up to 150km/h near its centre. It also moved into an area of enhanced moisture, brought down from the tropics by the system that gave SE Australia exceptionally cold weather on Monday 10 April. The now tropical depression, still called "Cyclone Cook" by the Kiwis who call a spade a spade, retained a low central pressure of around 985hPa and hurricane-force winds until it made landfall in New Zealand this evening.

Emergency services and the population were well prepared, with MetService saying they had not seen a storm like Cyclone Cook since the one in 1968 that sunk the Wahine, killing 52 passengers. A feel for the lead-up to Cook's arrival is given in this Radio NZ article. Local media have given the event saturation coverage, and Civil Defence, MetService and local councils used Facebook extensively to spread information. The advice from emergency services has been to cancel any planned Easter holiday arrangements and stay home.

Major rain events since the start of April, including a lashing from the remnants of TC Debbie last week, have given all of the North Island and the northeastern half of the South Island at least 200mm of rain with over 300mm in many areas. The ground is saturated and rivers already running high. With the same broad area under threat, the major concerns were heavy rain with widespread flooding, landslips and uprooted trees in addition to hurricane-force winds and high seas on top of a storm surge, forecast to be up to 2.5m above normal sea level.

As at 23.00EST tonight, hundreds of Kiwis were taking shelter in welfare centres and 500 military were on standby. Most low-lying areas had been evacuated well in advance. Cook had moved into the North Island Central Plateau heading for Wellington early Friday and the Christchurch area by midday. The ex-cyclone tracked a little east of its expected path, letting Auckland off lightly with little more than a good blow and some heavy rain.

In the Bay of Plenty area, where Cook made landfall, many roads were closed by downed trees and powerlines, flooding, landslips and strong winds, and driving anywhere was extremely hazardous. Tauranga recorded 64mm in 12 hours to this evening. Some homes were flooded or hit by falling trees, but the feared coastal flooding did not occur. Farther south, 20,000 properties around Hawke's Bay and Rotorua were without power and many roads, including three state highways, were blocked.

From other sites :
Wrap-ups from Radio NZ, The Guardian and ABC News
MetService's Facebook post showing ex-TC Cook's track
From Radio NZ, a live blog through the day*, and their What you need to know summary


Records set or equalled today

These records are based on data that has been checked for gross errors but has not yet been fully validated. They are based on data received as at 1401 EST on 14/04/2017. Help in interpreting these statistics and information on quality control is here.

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Reading Reading Date Years Reading Date Years
Highest daily average wind speed - anemometer above 3m (km/h)

NT

Victoria

014825

VICTORIA RIVER DOWNS

13.4

12.9

01/04/2011

16

1 N


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Data is as received at 14:00EST, 14/04/2017.

Major centres
Max
° C
+/- norm
° C
Min
° C
+/- norm
° C
Grass Min
° C
Rain to 9am mm Evaporation to 9am mm Sunshine hours Wind Run to 9am km (24-hour average km/h) Maximum Gust km/h / hour of occurrence
PERTH AIRPORT 28.0 +2.5 12.9 -0.1 10.4 0.0 4.2 10.4 388 (16.2) 39/09
BUNBURY -- -- -- -- -- 0.0 -- -- 242 (10.1) 26/22
MANDURAH 24.8 +0.9 14.5 -1.1 -- 0.0 -- -- 277 (11.5) 31/17
DARWIN AIRPORT 31.7 -1.0 21.6 -2.4 23.5 3.0 2.0 10.0 280 (11.7) 37/11
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 27.6 -0.6 5.8 -6.8 -- 0.0 -- -- 233 ( 9.7) 34/12
WHYALLA AERO 26.8 +3.0 8.8 -2.9 -- 0.0 -- -- 246 (10.3) 28/16
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 26.0 +3.3 10.4 -2.0 -- 0.0 -- -- 98 ( 4.1) 24/15
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 22.2 +2.7 5.4 -3.3 -- 0.0 -- -- 184 ( 7.7) 31/12
MOUNT ISA AERO -- -- 19.2 +0.8 -- 0.0 -- -- 305 (12.7) --
CAIRNS AERO 30.5 +1.3 22.2 +0.6 -- 0.6 -- -- 475 (19.8) 46/13
TOWNSVILLE AERO 30.7 +1.1 20.9 +0.3 -- 0.0 -- -- 396 (16.5) 39/14
MACKAY M.O 27.5 +0.8 19.4 -0.7 -- 0.0 -- -- 404 (16.8) 41/10
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 29.6 +0.8 19.8 +1.9 -- 0.0 -- -- 309 (12.9) 35/08
BUNDABERG AERO 28.1 +0.7 17.8 +0.3 -- 0.0 -- -- 337 (14.0) 39/14
COOLANGATTA 25.2 -0.2 17.5 +0.5 -- 0.0 -- -- 440 (18.3) 35/14
BRISBANE AERO 24.9 -1.1 17.3 +1.0 16.0 0.0 5.2 10.1 353 (14.7) 31/14
TOOWOOMBA AIRPORT 22.8 -0.5 13.9 +0.5 -- 3.4 -- -- 457 (19.0) 34/21
GUNNEDAH RESOURCE CENTRE 24.9 -0.3 13.9 +1.1 8.7 0.0 4.0 -- -- --
PORT MACQUARIE AIRPORT AWS 22.6 -1.5 14.2 +0.4 -- 0.0 -- -- 326 (13.6) 41/11
WILLIAMTOWN RAAF 21.7 -1.9 15.7 +2.5 -- 19.4 -- -- 318 (13.3) 34/16
ORANGE AGRICULTURAL INSTITUTE -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
DUBBO AIRPORT AWS 24.6 +0.1 11.8 +1.6 -- 0.0 -- -- 381 (15.9) 30/09
SYDNEY AIRPORT AMO 21.2 -1.7 15.5 +1.3 14.7 27.4 2.4 9.2 411 (17.1) 48/10
RICHMOND RAAF 23.7 -0.1 14.8 +3.4 -- 0.0 -- -- 175 ( 7.3) 26/10
BELLAMBI AWS 21.2 -0.9 15.3 -0.2 -- 0.8 -- -- 465 (19.4) 39/10
CANBERRA AIRPORT 19.7 -- 4.7 -- -- 0.2 -- -- 199 ( 8.3) 22/14
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 24.8 +2.3 9.2 +0.1 -- 0.0 -- -- 137 ( 5.7) 30/14
ALBURY AIRPORT AWS 24.1 +1.8 8.4 +0.2 -- 0.0 -- -- 99 ( 4.1) 21/15
MILDURA AIRPORT 27.5 +3.9 8.1 -2.0 0.0 0.0 6.0 10.4 212 ( 8.8) 22/23
TATURA INST SUSTAINABLE AG 24.1 +2.5 6.2 -2.0 -- 0.0 -- -- 153 ( 6.4) 22/15
BENDIGO AIRPORT 24.4 +3.2 7.4 -0.2 -- 0.0 -- -- 157 ( 6.5) 28/14
MELBOURNE AIRPORT 23.6 +3.3 8.5 -1.6 5.0 0.0 1.8 10.0 275 (11.5) 26/14
BALLARAT AERODROME 22.1 +4.5 4.8 -2.6 -- 0.0 -- -- 279 (11.6) 30/15
LAUNCESTON (TI TREE BEND) 19.1 +0.2 10.2 +2.6 -- 0.0 -- -- 59 ( 2.5) 30/16
HOBART AIRPORT 20.3 +2.2 5.9 -2.9 2.6 0.0 1.0 9.4 226 ( 9.4) 46/22
Max
° C
+/- norm
° C
Min
° C
+/- norm
° C
Grass Min
° C
Rain to 9am mm Evaporation to 9am mm Sunshine hours Wind Run to 9am km Maximum Gust km/h / hour of occurrence
Hottest
Highest maximum temperature>Greatest variation above normal maximum Highest minimum temperatureGreatest variation above normal minimum

37.5 MANDORA E Pilbara WA
37.3 CENTURY MINE Gulf Country QLD
37.0 JULIA CREEK AIRPORT Gulf Country QLD
37.0 MARDIE W Pilbara WA
36.6 BURKETOWN AIRPORT Gulf Country QLD
36.6 LEARMONTH AIRPORT W Pilbara WA

+6.5 : 26.0 ARARAT PRISON Western Plains VIC
+5.2 : 25.7 MOUNT BARKER Adelaide/Lofty SA
+5.1 : 29.9 NULLARBOR W Agricultural SA
+5.0 : 25.4 REDESDALE N Central VIC
+5.0 : 21.9 WALLAN (KILMORE GAP) N Central VIC
+5.0 : 19.7 SCOTTS PEAK DAM W Coast TAS
+5.0 : 29.2 CEDUNA AMO W Agricultural SA
+5.0 : 33.2 PAYNES FIND E Gascoyne WA

29.0 BROWSE ISLAND Islands ISL
27.0 LIHOU REEF LIGHTHOUSE Islands ISL
27.0 MCCLUER ISLAND N Rivers NT
27.0 ROWLEY SHOALS Islands ISL
26.4 HORN ISLAND N Peninsula QLD

+6.1 : 17.9 EYRE Eucla WA
+5.0 : 14.7 SCONE AIRPORT AWS Hunter Valley NSW
+5.0 : 14.4 WANDERING Cent Wheatbelt WA
+4.9 : 21.0 MURCHISON W Gascoyne WA
+4.3 : 11.9 MUDGEE AIRPORT AWS C Tablelands N NSW
+4.3 : 12.9 DEVONPORT AIRPORT N Coast TAS

Coldest
Lowest maximum temperatureGreatest variation below normal maximum Lowest minimum temperatureGreatest variation below normal minimum

8.6 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
9.4 MOUNT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
10.9 MOUNT READ W Coast TAS
11.4 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC
11.8 MOUNT GININI AWS Goulburn/Monaro NSW
11.8 PERISHER VALLEY AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
11.8 MOUNT BULLER Upper NE VIC

-3.8 : 32.7 WYNDHAM AERO N Kimberley WA
-3.6 : 31.0 KALUMBURU N Kimberley WA
-3.5 : 31.0 JABIRU AIRPORT N Rivers NT
-3.1 : 29.6 TROUGHTON ISLAND N Kimberley WA
-3.1 : 21.8 BALLADONIA Eucla WA

-0.5 PERISHER VALLEY AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
0.7 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
1.1 LIAWENEE Central Plateau TAS
1.2 LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK Central Plateau TAS
1.7 JARRAHWOOD Lower West WA

-7.1 : 13.7 MANDORA E Pilbara WA
-7.0 : 1.7 JARRAHWOOD Lower West WA
-6.8 : 5.8 ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT N Plateau NT
-6.7 : 4.0 FLINDERS ISLAND AIRPORT Flinders Is/Bass St TAS

Wettest
Sunniest & dullest
Windiest
Highest gusts
Todays highest rainfall totals for the 24 hours to 9am. It includes the top 5 totals nationally followed by all reported falls of 50mm or more.
Highest and lowest recordings of hours of sunshine for the 24 hours to midnight.
Highest wind run totals in kilometres for the 24 hours to 9am (average speed in brackets). All reported runs > =25km/h are shown.
Highest wind gusts in km/h for the 24 hours to midnight followed by the hour in which it occurred. All stations with gusts > 89km/h are shown.
71.2 BRADSHAW HOMESTEAD N Rivers NT
67.6 NGUKURR AIRPORT N Rivers NT
54.0 BRADSHAW RANGE CONTROL N Rivers NT
51.0 YIRRKALA TROPICAL GARDENS N Rivers NT
43.4 GOVE AIRPORT N Rivers NT

NORTHERN TERRITORY
N Rivers
71.2 BRADSHAW HOMESTEAD
67.6 NGUKURR AIRPORT
54.0 BRADSHAW RANGE CONTROL
51.0 YIRRKALA TROPICAL GARDENS
43.4 GOVE AIRPORT

Reports not yet available

1001 (41.7) DOUBLE ISLAND POINT LIGHTHOUSE Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
813 (33.9) CAPE MORETON LIGHTHOUSE Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
793 (33.0) LOW ISLES LIGHTHOUSE N Coast--Barron QLD
771 (32.1) WILLIS ISLAND Islands ISL
734 (30.6) NORTH ISLAND Central West WA
730 (30.4) CAPE FLATTERY N Coast--Barron QLD
688 (28.7) MURRURUNDI GAP AWS Hunter Valley NSW
660 (27.5) HERON ISLAND RES STN Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
639 (26.6) RUNDLE ISLAND Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
633 (26.4) GOLD COAST SEAWAY Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
622 (25.9) LADY ELLIOT ISLAND Wide Bay/Burnett QLD
89/19 MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Southeast TAS
74/18 SCOTTS PEAK DAM W Coast TAS
72/19 KUNANYI (MOUNT WELLINGTON PINNACLE) Southeast TAS
70/22 TASMAN ISLAND Southeast TAS
68/17 LOW ROCKY POINT W Coast TAS

Downpours High AWS wind reports
High rainfall for periods of 6 hours or less from AWS and synoptic reports.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to a programming error, downpours shown for WA, NT, SA, QLD and ISLANDS between 9 and 10am local times are wrong and should be ignored. The error will be corrected as soon as possible.
Storm force gusts (>89km/h) and 10-minute mean gales (>62km/h) reported by AWSs. Wind direction and mean windspeed are shown in brackets.
NORTHERN TERRITORY
N Rivers
NGUKURR AIRPORT
25.0mm in 3 hr to 00:30 8.3mm/h
67.6mm in 30 min to 09:30 135.2mm/h
67.6mm in 1 hr to 09:30 67.6mm/h
MILINGIMBI AIRPORT
42.8mm in 30 min to 09:30 85.6mm/h
42.8mm in 1 hr to 09:30 42.8mm/h
MANINGRIDA AIRPORT
9.4mm in 23 min to 09:23 24.5mm/h
GOVE AIRPORT
6.0mm in 12 min to 08:20 30.0mm/h
43.4mm in 30 min to 09:30 86.8mm/h
43.4mm in 1 hr to 09:30 43.4mm/h
NGAYAWILI
10.0mm in 1 hr to 07:00 10.0mm/h
13.6mm in 1 hr to 07:30 13.6mm/h
19.4mm in 30 min to 09:30 38.8mm/h
19.4mm in 1 hr to 09:30 19.4mm/h
15.0mm in 3 hr to 09:30 5.0mm/h
GROOTE EYLANDT AIRPORT
27.4mm in 30 min to 09:30 54.8mm/h
27.4mm in 1 hr to 09:30 27.4mm/h
CENTRAL ARNHEM PLATEAU
13.8mm in 30 min to 21:30 27.6mm/h
14.0mm in 1 hr to 21:30 14.0mm/h
15.6mm in 1 hr to 22:00 15.6mm/h
10.8mm in 30 min to 23:30 21.6mm/h
16.2mm in 1 hr to 23:30 16.2mm/h
NEW SOUTH WALES
Hunter Valley
WILLIAMTOWN RAAF
10.0mm in 1 hr to 01:30 10.0mm/h

TASMANIA
Southeast
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE : 87(330/ 76 ) at 18:55