“Best to still take precaution”

By Yolanda Lavata’i 21 January 2019, 12:00AM

There is no immediate threat of a cyclone but the advisory will remain in place due to Samoa being in the cyclone season.

That is the position of the Samoa Meteorology Division assistant chief executive officer, Tainau Mulipola Titimaea, when he was contacted by the Samoa Observer yesterday for an update on the weather.

He said it would be hard for his office to forecast the weather, but the public should note Samoa is now in the second half of the cyclone season which ends in March. 

While the Fiji Islands were recently battered by Tropical Cyclone Mona, he said the strong wind did not enter Samoa’s 400km zone, though the country felt its effects as it moved southeast of Fiji.  

“We are still in the early stages of making any decisions on validating a tropical cyclone,” the assistant chief executive officer said. 

“It is best to still take precaution,” he added.

Residents in Samoa have in recent weeks raised concerns about the heat and humidity, but Tainau said that was expected at this time of the year. 

“It is typical this time of year where there is much moisture, light and variable means but also a lot of surface heating,” he said.

These weather conditions are more prevalent, especially when Samoa is in the South Pacific convergence zone, which Tainau said brings with it a lot of rain and other variables – but it is not a sign of a developing cyclone.

By Yolanda Lavata’i 21 January 2019, 12:00AM

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