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Friday 10 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 5.4 magnitude earthquake was felt on Tongatapu at 2:05 pm today. Tonga Meteorological Service reported that the earthquake was located 88km Southeast of Nuku'alofa at a depth of 83.9km. There is no tsunami threat to Tonga from this event.
Wednesday 8 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Drier than average weather is forecast for Tonga over the next three months (January – March) according to the latest climate update by Tonga Meteorological Services. Tonga's wet season which runs from November until April is also known as the cyclone season. Tonga Met reports the sea surface temperature is expected to be a little above average in February.
Friday 3 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The installation of new weather stations and sea level monitoring equipment throughout Tonga has been a huge logistical exercise, six months in the planning and another year in the implementation. Tonga welcomes 2020 with 21 new weather stations and two sea level monitoring stations.
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Tuesday 31 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tropical Cyclone Sarai (Category 1) caused minor damage on Tongatapu last night and early this morning, with some flooding in areas with poor drainage, fallen powerlines, and flattened vegetation. International flights were cancelled to Tonga.
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Monday 30 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
UPDATED: At 2:00am on Tuesday, 31 December, Tropical Cyclone Sarai (Category 2) was tracking closer to Nuku'alofa than previously forecast. On its current track, Tropical Cyclone Sarai is expected to be located 90km west of Nuku'alofa at 7:00am Tuesday morning. Occasional rain and strong to gale force winds will continue to affect the group this morning.
Monday 30 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A small tornado ('ahiohio) shocked Ha’ateiho residents this morning, 30 December, as it appeared suddenly from the lagoon area and roared through the central Tongatapu village leaving a trail of damaged homes.
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Sunday 29 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Gale warnings are now in force for Tongatapu and 'Eua and for Tele-ki-Tonga and Tele-ki-Tokelau coastal waters with heavy rain warnings for all groups, as Tropical Cyclone Sarai moves closer to Tonga today.
Saturday 28 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
UPDATED 8:00PM: Tonga remains on alert this weekend, with strong wind and heavy rain warnings in force for all Tonga land areas, as Tropical Cyclone Sarai (Category 2) continues to move toward Tongan waters. Mariners of small fishing boats are advised not to go out to the sea for all of Tonga coastal waters.
Tuesday 24 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
It was wet underfoot for Christmas shoppers in Nuku‘alofa this morning as a band of cloud brought showers to the capital. Humidity was 87%. Meanwhile, a slow moving tropical depression TD03F near Tuvalu has the potential to intensify into a Tropical Cyclone after Christmas.
Thursday 12 December 2019

Madrid, Spain
Tonga's Prime Minister Hon Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa said the time for climate action is now, during the 25th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP25) currently underway in Spain.
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Tuesday 22 October 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
One or two cyclones may be expected in Tongan waters, in the coming cyclone season (November-April) according to a weather outlook by Tonga's Meteorological Service. There is a high chance that one might be severe.
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Tuesday 15 October 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An intermittent smoke eruption towering to 15,000-17000ft above the summit of the Metis Shoal Volcano, Ha'apai, this morning, has an increased likelihood of eruption, with an aviation VONA alert now increased to Orange, the Tonga Meteorological Service advised at 10:20am.
Monday 23 September 2019

New York, USA
Leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum met with United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on September 21 at UN Headquarters in New York.
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Wednesday 14 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A two-day Climate Change Donor Roundtable started on August 14 at the National Reserve Bank of Tonga, and focused on Tonga’s Joint National Action Plan on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management 2018-2028.
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Friday 9 August 2019

Apia, Samoa
Tonga's National Meteorological Service needs reforming in order to manage an increasing number of climate related hazards and projects, 'Ofa Fa'anunu, told the 5th Pacific Meteorological Council meeting in Samoa this week, when he presented Tonga's country report.
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Wednesday 24 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Rainfall is forecasted to be average over Tongatapu and ‘Eua and below average for the rest of the country for July to September.
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Monday 1 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Heavy rain and flash flooding with gale force winds are forecast over southern Tonga for the next 24 hours Tonga Met warned at 1pm Monday, July 1. Models forecast on windy.com show that Tuesday might be dark with exceptional downpours over the capital.
Friday 21 June 2019

Geneva, Switzerland
Dr Netatua Pelesikoti Taufatofua of Tonga has been approved as a new member of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) Scientific Advisory Panel, an elite group of 15 scientists worldwide, who are experts on weather, climate and water.
Monday 17 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A network of 88 civil defence sirens will be installed throughout Tonga as part of a new Multi Hazard Early Warning System that is expected to become operational by August next year.
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Sunday 16 June 2019
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There is no tsunami threat from an earthquake 7.1m in the Kermadec Island this morning Sunday 16 June 2019. Small tsunami waves were recorded at Raoul Island sea level gauges this afternoon. Minor sea level fluctuations may occur in some coastal areas near the earthquake over the next few hours, the NWS Pacific Tsunami Warning Center Ewa Beach Hawaii advised at 2352 UTC (12:52 pm Tonga time). Tonga Met has cancelled the tsunami warning at 2:28pm.

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