Cyclone Gabrielle Lashes New Zealand



Cyclone Gabrielle has been lashing New Zealand with robust winds and heavy rain in mid-February 2023, including to what has already been an unusually moist begin to the yr. The most recent spherical of utmost climate introduced damaging flooding, storm surge, and landslides to the area.

The Seen Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the NASA-NOAA Suomi NPP satellite tv for pc acquired this picture at about 3 p.m. native time (02:00 Common Time) on February 14, 2023. It reveals Cyclone Gabrielle because it slowly moved towards the southeast. On the time, the storm was centered close to the North Island, however its cloud bands spanned a lot of the nation.

Cyclone Gabrielle encountered New Zealand as a strong subtropical storm after transitioning from a tropical cyclone. Rainfall from the still-powerful storm started falling on the island nation on February 11 and continued for the following a number of days. Accumulations at Napier Airport (Hawke’s Bay Airport) reached 175.8 millimeters over a 24-hour interval from February 13-14. That’s greater than thrice the typical quantity sometimes seen throughout your entire month of February.

By round 7 a.m. native time on February 15, the cyclone continued to maneuver slowly towards the southeast and away from New Zealand. Nonetheless, warnings for heavy rain and swell remained in impact alongside some central components of the nation.

In keeping with information reviews, officers declared a nationwide state of emergency — solely the third such declaration within the nation’s historical past. The storm left lots of of 1000’s with out energy, led to the cancelation of flights, and has broken roads, properties, and infrastructure.

The drenching rains in February comply with a storm that hit the nation in late January. Throughout that storm, components of Auckland noticed all-time each day rainfall data, which contributed to town’s wettest January on report.

In keeping with the New Zealand’s meteorological service, a mean of 10 tropical cyclones type within the tropical South Pacific every year between November and April. Of these, about one will have an effect on New Zealand as an ex-tropical cyclone, most frequently in February or March.

Courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory, Story by Kathryn Hansen.

Picture by Lauren Dauphin, utilizing VIIRS information from NASA EOSDIS LANCE, GIBS/Worldview, and the Suomi Nationwide Polar-orbiting Partnership.