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Monday, November 14, 2005

APCEDI Alert FP #1-2006: First Tropical Depression (D1) of the Season Forms in French Polynesia

The first tropical depression of the South Pacific season has formed in French Polynesia in the southern Tuamotu Group. Topical Depression D1 is currently bringing strong rain and winds with gusts to tropical storm strength to the Southeast Tuamotu and the Gambier Groups. The depression is moving to the southeast at 10 kts and is not expected to form into a tropical storm or cyclone at this point due to the increasingly cold waters into which it is heading and its swift forward speed.

Only minor flooding is being reported by French Polynesian authorities at this time.


Avis de phénomène météorologique exceptionnel en cours

Sur les Tuamotu du nord et vers Napuka et Pukapuka, un ciel peu nuageux cette nuit, devenant nuageux à localement très nuageux samedi avec des passages d'averses voire quelques grains isolés dimanche.

Ailleurs, de Hereheretue à Anaa, Hao, Reao, Tureia, Tematangi, Moruroa et Rikitea, un ciel très nuageux à couvert avec des averses et des grains cette nuit, devenant plus fréquents et intenses samedi. Les précipitations seront de forte intensité et parfois orageux sur le sud-est Tuamotu et les Gambier en particulier. Retour à un temps variable dimanche de Anaa à Hereheretue gagnant Hao avec éclaircies et averses.

Sur le sud Tuamotu vent modéré de sud à sud-est. Sur le reste des Tuamotu et les Gambier, vent de nord à nord-ouest faible à modéré devenant assez fort sur le sud-est Tuamotu et les Gambier, avec orientation au secteur sud puis sud-est vers Moruroa samedi gagnant dimanche le centre Tuamotu. Les pointes atteignent 80/90 km/heure dans les zones à grains.

Mer devenant agitée, localement forte sur le sud-est Tuamotu et les Gambier. Houle de sud-ouest 2m/2m50 sur le sud de l'archipel et 1m50 à 2m ailleurs. Petite houle de nord.

APCEDI will continue to monitor the progress of this system as it heads out into the Southern Ocean. Given the current water temperatures in the Pacific, this looks like it could be another rough year for the Central Pacific including French Polynesia and the Cook Islands.

Kevin Vang
APCEDI Coordinator

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