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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.
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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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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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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Thursday 26 February 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Nuku’alofa recorded 31mm of rain - its second highest rainfall recorded in 24-hours for the month, which caused all Government Primary Schools in Tongatapu to cancel classes today.
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Thursday 19 February 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
With below average rainfall expected over the next three-months, drought warnings remain in force for the whole of the Tonga group, and the public is advised to use water wisely and collect as much rainwater as possible during the current peak of the rainy season. However, the El Nino warning previously in force for Tonga has now been downgraded to an El Nino watch.
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Sunday 21 December 2014

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Water shortage plans are being activated while an El Nino warning was declared for the whole of Tonga, by Tonga's Meteorology Service on Friday, 19 December. The current drought for Tongatapu, 'Eua, Ha'apai and Vava'u is expected to continue for another three months.
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Tuesday 18 November 2014
Cyclone Ian

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Meteorology Department is warning that current weather conditions indicate that Tonga could suffer a tropical cyclone this summer.
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Sunday 2 March 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tropical Cyclone Kofi brought heavy rain and gusts of up to 48 knots (90kmph) to Tongatapu early this morning as the system moved to the southwest of Tonga. The Fua‘amotu Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre has downgraded the cyclone warning this morning, while a gales warning remains in force for Tonga waters, with an extreme high tide advisory continuing for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
Saturday 1 March 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongatapu, ‘Eua and Ha‘apai can expect damaging gale force winds of 35 knots with gusts up to 50 knots overnight as Tropical Cyclone Kofi moves southeast through southern Tongan waters. On its current track the centre is expected to lie about 205km west-southwest of Nomuka or 140km west of Nuku‘alofa about midnight tonight, Saturday. The Fua'amotu TCWC warns that damaging gale force winds may occur several hours before the Cyclone centre passes. (FTCWC Advisory 3:00pm).
Saturday 1 March 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Tropical Cyclone Warning is now in force for Vava‘u, Ha‘apai, Tongatapu and 'Eua as Tropical Depression 15F approaches Tonga and is forecast to become a Category 1- 2 cyclone as it moves through southern Tonga on Saturday and Sunday. On its current track and if the depression continues to intensify, the centre is expected to lie about 290km west-northwest of Nomuka or 265km northwest of Nuku'alofa at 7:00pm this evening. Latest forecast at 9:00am from Fua'amotu TCWC.
Friday 28 February 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A strong wind warning with a heavy rain advisory is in force for Tonga as a Tropical Depression lies over the Fiji Group. The depression is forecasted to develop into a Category 1 Tropical Cyclone as it moves towards Tonga within the next 48-hours over the weekend.
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Friday 14 February 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Nuku'alofa has been sweltering under the hottest temperatures for the year this week, during the sun's overpass of Tonga's latitudes. Monday, February 10 is so far the hottest day for the year in Nuku'alofa reaching a maximum temperature of 33 celcius, but not as hot as the record 33.4 celcius on exactly the same day in 2009.
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Thursday 16 January 2014
Greenbelt, Md.-USA
NASA's TRMM satellite passed over Tropical Cyclone Ian three days in a row and captured rainfall and thunderstorm cloud height data about the deadly storm as it strengthened and weakened. Powerful thunderstorms in Ian's eye wall were found reaching heights of about 15 km/9.3 miles. TRMM's data was used to create a 3-D flyby animation of Ian's well defined eye on January 11, 2014 at 0833 UTC [9:30pm Tonga local time].
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Saturday 11 January 2014
Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
No deaths, injuries, missing persons or missing vessels were reported in Tonga by this afternoon as Severe Tropical Cyclone Ian, now category 4, with its centre packing punches from 194-268km/hr gusts, weaved its way between the Vava‘u and Ha‘apai groups today, passing close to the exposed small outlying island communities of Mo‘unga‘one and Muitoa, whose fate remains unknown. However, the powerful cyclone that intensified to category 5 last night has surprised storm-watchers by letting Vava‘u off lightly without the expected destruction.
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Saturday 11 January 2014

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A state of emergency for Vava‘u and Ha‘apai was declared at 8:00am today as Severe Tropical Cyclone Ian strengthened to Category 5, battering the groups with damaging gales and heavy rains overnight and today, with powerful intermittent gusts that were forecast to increase to 110 knots (203km per hour) with momentary gusts to 155 knots (287km). However the 9:30am advisory from Fua'amotu Tropical Cyclone warning Centre has downgraded Ian to Category 4 with gusts up to 135 knots.
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