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Thursday 14 January 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Strong El Nino conditions, peaking in Tonga in recent weeks, have been among the three strongest El Nino events of the past 50-years, suggested by temperatures recorded in the tropical Pacific Ocean. Rainfall outlook for the next three-months is below average, with a higher chance of a tropical cyclone for Tonga.
Tuesday 5 January 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga government last night cancelled a State of Emergency that was declared for Vava’u and Ha’apai on 31 December as Tropical Cyclone Ula entered Tongan waters. A government team after assessing the situation in Vava'u and Ha'apai yesterday, had found little damage to public infrastructure.
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Saturday 2 January 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Initial reports have confirmed no casualties in Vava'u which has escaped major damage to infrastructure, apart from fallen trees due to Tropical Cyclone Ula. A state of emergency issued only for Vava’u and Ha’apai remains in force to be reviewed. While Tonga's climate experts say that a lack of moisture to drive the system prevented it from intensifying into a devastating Category 4 or 5 storm.
Saturday 2 January 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga continues to brace itself for destructive winds expected from Tropical Cyclone Ula, for the next 12 hours . The eye of Ula passed 55km to the north of Vava’u at 6:00am this morning with the strongest wind gusts of 80 knots (about 160kph) recorded at 7:00am. Photos by Linny Folau.
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Saturday 2 January 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tropical Cyclone Ula is expected to lie 40km north of Vava'u at 7:00am this morning, hitting the group with wind gusts that could reach 200km per hour, Tonga's Fua'amotu Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre advised at 2:00am this morning. The track of the severe tropical cyclone has moved closer to Vava'u. Southern Tonga groups can also expect destructive winds in the next 24 hours.
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Thursday 31 December 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A tropical cyclone alert is now in force for Niuatoputapu and Vava'u, as Tropical Cyclone Ula (Category 1) is currently moving south-southwest across the north of Tonga and expected to bring strong and gusty winds to the groups over the next two days. The Fua'amotu Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre issued the first alert for Tonga at 3:00pm today, Thursday 31 December 2015 and will continue to update their advisories this evening.
Friday 25 December 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga is expected to enjoy good weather with light to moderate breezes, and fine partly-cloudy days with a little rain in places, during the Christmas weekend and into early next week, December 25-29.
Monday 14 December 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga is currently experiencing strong El Nino conditions bringing cooler night time temperatures with the lowest recorded at 14.6°C for November, in Fua'amotu. However, the lowest temperature so far for the year was 12.0°C in August.
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Sunday 29 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A tropical cyclone warning for Niuatoputapu has been been cancelled this evening and replaced with a strong wind warning as Tropical Cyclone Tuni moves away from Tonga’s northern islands. Telephone services for the remote Niuas are currently disrupted by the windy conditions.
Sunday 29 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
On its current track Tropical Cyclone Tuni is expected to lie 180km east of Niuatoputapu at 07:00pm this evening, the Fua'amotu Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre advised at 10:00am Sunday 29 November 2015. The next advisory will be issued at 1:00pm.
Saturday 28 November 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A tropical depression TD03F center (996hpa) located to the north northwest of Niuatoputapu is slowly intensifying and could possibly become a tropical cyclone in the next 6-18 hours the Fua'amotu Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre advised this afternoon at 4:00pm Saturday 28 November 2015.
Friday 20 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A strong wind warning remains in force for Tongatapu, 'Eua, Ha'apai and Vava'u land areas, while a gale warning remains in force for coastal waters, Tonga’s Fua'amotu Weather Forecasting Centre advised at 7:00pm this evening, Friday 20 November.
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Friday 13 November 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A major fire on Late Island, believed to have started on Thursday, has continued to rage throughout Friday night on the island - an important nature reserve. "I can see the red glow of a raging fire on Late now at 20:23... it is heartbreaking," said biologist Nadya Zvyagina on Friday night from Fangasito, Vava'u. There is a lot of dead wood on the island after Cyclone Ian.
Friday 13 November 2015

Fangasito Island, Vava'u
A white plume coming from the peak of Late Island this morning may be a rare sighting of volcanic activity - but the volcanic activity has yet to be confirmed by Tongan authorities. The last known eruption of the island was in 1854, and the last steam venting was seen in the 1970s. Photos by Nadya Zvyagina.
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Wednesday 11 November 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The people of Tonga are advised to conserve water and prepare for warmer days and higher chance for tropical cyclone activity in the next three to six-months. There is drought in the two Niuas, while drought warnings have been issued for the remaining islands.
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Monday 2 November 2015
Cyclone Ian

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga might expect two or three cyclones in the 2015-16 Cyclone Season, which started yesterday, November 1, continuing for at least six months until the end of April.
Wednesday 21 October 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongans are advised to conserve water, as the Meteorological Service warns the outlook for Tonga over the next three to six months is for below average rainfall, as a result of El Niño conditions continuing into the upcoming "wet season". Drought warnings are in place for Niuafo'ou and Niuatoputapu.
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Monday 19 October 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The first draft of the Paris Climate Change Agreement has left the Indian government and its negotiators upset because it ignored many submissions from developing countries. Countries will gather at Bonn from October 19-23 to negotiate further on this draft before the final Paris round of talks on 30 November for two-weeks.
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Tuesday 15 September 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Summer rainfall in Tonga is expected to be severely diminished with only half the expected monthly rainfall in some places, Tonga's Meteorological director warned today, after assessing the latest El Niño forecasts which show El Niño this year is the strongest since the 1997-98 events which caused severe drought and a cyclone.
Tuesday 1 September 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Training for weather forecasters and staff of the National Emergency Office (NEMO) to improve lead-time and accurate severe weather warnings issued to the public is being held in Nuku’alofa this week.
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