Thursday, March 13, 2014

Batten down the hatches

Cyclone Lusi is heading south over the next few days, and MetService is predicting severe weather for parts of New Zealand. After the beautiful day today was, it’s kind of hard to imagine.

We don’t get a lot of cyclones in New Zealand, but there have been some particularly nasty ones in the past (though no bad ones in the 18+ years I’ve lived in New Zealand). Because there’s some uncertainty as to the precise track the storm will take, they can’t be sure what areas, precisely, are at the greatest risk.

At the moment, Lusi is a catergory 3 cyclone with winds of 119-157 km/h (approximately 74-97 mph). While it will probably weaken over the colder ocean water this far south, we’ve been told to expect periods of heavy rain and gale to severe gale.

We’re relatively sheltered where our house is, protected from the worst winds. As luck would have it, I’ve been doing work outside the house, things like cleaning out some of our guttering, which had a thick mat of moss in some of it. I also swept up leaves and dirt that can block the storm drain outside our garage. This was just routine autumn clean-up, getting ready for those winter rains, but it turns out to have been very lucky timing.

It was all coincidence, really: I didn’t know how bad Lusi is supposed to be until today, when a severe weather warning was issued (VIDEO) for Friday night through the weekend.

So, after a run of some pretty brilliant weather, it looks like we're due for a wild weekend. Maybe I'll catch up on my blogging.


rogerogreen said...

Stay safe.
In ALB, it was 52F, 11C Tuesday pm. Last night, the wind chill was 9F -12C.

Arthur (AmeriNZ) said...

You've certainly had weather veering all over the place in recent months!