The Weather Guru's are predicting approx. 9 NAMED Tropical cyclones for this season. The official season has now begun. The area of Fiji, Tonga etc is expected to be the most volnerable, but with our long cycle weather pattern being between La Ninia and El Ninio (spell??) the chance of cyclones dropping down into lower lattitudes and reaching NZ is higher than normal. This exact same weather pattern is what led to our famouse "Waihene" storm(cylcone Gazzelle) and Cyclone Bola.
For God so loved the world..........He didn't send a committee.
Having just come through the worst cyclone season (Atlantic) in recorded history, I want to wish you all of the best ... may they stay far, far away from you & yours.
Having said that ... if our "gurus" predicted only 9 named storms for 2006 ... I would buy a magnum of Dom Perignon and celebrate like you wouldn't believe!!!!!!!!