Cyclone Bart weakens, settled weather ahead for New Zealand

February 23, 2017 11:02 AM |

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Feb 23, 2017 11:02 AM


NASA witnessed the development of a Tropical Cyclone named Bart in the Southern Pacific Ocean on February 21. NASA’s Aqua satellite captured an image of the storm on early February 21. Cyclone Bart was the result of a vertical wind shear.

Moreover, due to the northwesterly winds, a bulk of clouds and thunderstorms were also being forced to the southeast leading to heavy gales and swells. As per Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC), Cyclone Bart was carrying nearly 46 mph sustained winds. During that time, Bart was positioned close to 22.4 degrees south latitude and 161.1 degrees west longitude and around 762 nautical miles west-southwest of Papeete, Tahiti.

During that time, Cyclone Bart was moving towards east-southeast at a speed of 25.3 mph over the South Pacific Ocean. However, as per the weatherman, the Cyclone now is showing signs of weakening and is likely to move away from the southern Cook Islands.

The Gales and heavy storm warning that was raised for Rarotonga and Mangaia were canceled this morning. Moreover, the weatherman predicts that the system will be approximately 1000 kilometers southeast of Rarotonga by the midnight and has strong chances of deforming into a depression. After which, the Tropical Storm is likely to pass to the south of French Polynesia.

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