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@Dominic

Pressure Chart for the SW Pacific tomorrow at noon

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See that bit just on the north end of NZ where the isobars get so close together that they become a big black spot? That is "Cyclone Cook". Although, cyclones loose most of their strength by the time they reach this latitude it's still a mighty storm. Am tucked into the best anchorage around, with a sturdy anchor.

More news as the situation develops!

@robin

That is insane. I'm glad I have a place on land for tonight, I wouldn't want to be out in that, mooring or not..... Where are you anchored @Dominic ?

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@Dominic

I'm at Drunks, aka Drunken Bay, aka Islington Bay. I went through cyclone pam at anchor in bay of islands summer before last. and hell, I lived on a boat at anchor in wellington, no cyclones down there but heaps of gales (far, far windier than Auckland, for those who don't know NZ weather)

Drunks is sheltered by land from nearly every direction and has a very sticky mud bottom, while not being too deep either, all round a pretty great anchorage.

@robin

Ah, between Rangitoto and Motutapu! Excellent choice, I hear good things about it.

@Ross Schulman

Batten those hatches and good luck riding it out! I love boats and would adore living aboard. Maybe once my two year old son is just a smidge older. :)

@piet

Yay, glad you've got a good anchorage. Was wondering how you were gonna handle the storm.

@robin

Hmm, reading that again, my first post was rather imprecise. @Dominic . To be clear, it's the weather that's insane, nothing/nobody else..... erk

@Dominic

Btw, it's called drunken bay because ye olde sailing ships would sail here first after leaving auckland and wait for their crew to sober up. Then some fancypants yatch club wanted to impress a Lord Islington and pulled some strings to rename it. The name is starting to stick because people forgot the true story, so pass it on because the true story is much more fun!

There are no weekend sailers or motorboats here anymore. Just me and three very serious looking ocean cruisers. They all know what anchoring in a storm is about!

@Dominic

@robin.paulson I understood you.

Not very windy yet, only 34 knots average in colville channel, should get worse than that.

@robin

time lapse imagery of expected rain and wind over the next few days in AKL

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@c3

http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/local-blogs/tales-from-the-crypt/3491736/Drunks-Bay-proves-a-fateful-spot

http://www.topomap.co.nz/NZTopoMap/nz6304/Islington-Bay/

That's where we were headed when we had to drop our anchor a few months ago! Still have to go back and dive for it :/

@Dominic

@c3 my other all-round spot is beachhaven, although that has strong tidal current, and is deeper and is a river. unfortunately both are open to the SE, though in beachhaven you can head up towards herald island and get some SE shelter.

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@robin

Well, central AKL is eerily quiet, it's like the dead of night. No people, no cars... and no rain or wind. Does that mean it's passed us by? It looks like further east and south east they're getting it pretty bad.

@Dominic

now casting said 44 knots in colville channel, still not much happening here though.

@robin

So, it's off to the south already; alarm over for the moment, apparently no cyclone in AKL tonight.

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@neftaly

Dom - I'm going to see my girlfriend tonight and figure out our plans, but I think the Wenderholm trip is cancelled, so I might just be out on the harbour for a couple of days. If Nigel is around, would you like to (finally) head to Pakatoa and check it out?

@Dominic

@neftaly oh, I'm going to wellington on sat, now. so can't do this until next month.

@mikey

more cyclone visualizations here. :cyclone:

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