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Monday 20 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tropical Cyclone Tino has caused storm surge damage to homes mainly in Ha’apai and Niuatoputapu said Tonga's National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) Director, Paula Ma’u today, 20 January.
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Sunday 19 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In a surprising trick of nature, the eye of Severe Tropical Cyclone Tino (Cat. 3) passed over Tonga on Saturday afternoon, 18 January, while barely grazing the capital Nuku'alofa, which was on track for a direct hit. The eye passed between the Ha'apai Group and Tongatapu Group. UPDATED.
Saturday 18 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Saturday afternoon swimmers in Nuku'alofa were encouraged to go home, as Severe Tropical Cyclone Tino (Cat. 3) passed over southern Tonga today, and Tonga Police checked coastal areas in the capital as part of a civil defence operation.
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Saturday 18 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
UPDATED 1:21pm: Severe Tropical Cyclone Tino intensified into a Category 3 storm this morning, as it entered Tongan waters, packing very destructive wind gusts of up to 130-140 km/hr near its centre. On its current track, STC Tino is expected to lie at about 165km West of Pangai, Ha'apai at 7:00pm this evening. Storm to Hurricane force winds will affect Vava'u, Ha'apai, Tongatapu and 'Eua tonight, according the Fua'amotu Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre at 11:00am Saturday 18 January 2020.
Thursday 16 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Tropical Cyclone Alert remains in force for Tonga today, as Tropical Depression (TD 04F) in the Western Pacific, moving toward Fiji and Tonga, is expected to bring strong gale force winds to the Niuas starting tomorrow morning, with storm force winds over southern Tonga during the weekend. Fua'amotu Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre issued a weather warning at 6:00pm Thursday 16 January 2020.
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Wednesday 15 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
All the islands of Tonga should prepare for a Category 3 Tropical Cyclone to arrive over the weekend 18-19 January, Tonga Met Services advised today.
Monday 13 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A tropical depression, expected to form into a cyclone later this week could threaten Tongatapu by the weekend, Tonga Meteorological Services reported today, 13 January. There is an 85% chance of the cyclone becoming severe, impacting Fiji and then Tonga on 17-18 January.
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.
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.
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.

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