Cyclone season ends today

Tuesday April 29, 2014 Written by Published in Weather
Tropical Cyclone Ian, which did not reach the Cooks, was skirting Fiji when NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this image in January. 14010914 Tropical Cyclone Ian, which did not reach the Cooks, was skirting Fiji when NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this image in January. 14010914

Apart from a brief skirmish with Tropical Cyclone Mike, the Cook Islands has emerged from the cyclone season unscathed. 

Today marks the official end of the cyclone season, which runs from November 1 through to the end of April every year.

Fiji Met Service had predicted low to moderate activity during the six-month period, with at least one or two cyclones.

In the end, the only real threat came from Tropical Cyclone Mike, which formed out of an intense depression in mid-March.

Mike ended up causing very little damage as it passed quickly through the Southern Cooks.

The category one storm brought strong winds and storm surges but the most serious report was from Aitutaki, where a local police officer’s home had part of its roof blown off.

Although the cyclone season ends today, the Religious Advisory Council (RAC) held its thanksgiving service at the National Auditorium two Sundays ago.

President of the RAC, Pastor Eliu Eliu, said the disaster-free season is a reason to praise God.

“We thank God there was no cyclone that came our way – there was nothing major.”

RAC holds two national prayer services yearly – one to pray for blessing at the start of cyclone season and one to give thanks at the end.

Pastor Eliu said all churches were invited to the thanksgiving service and it was attended by the biggest number of people yet.

Kake Ioane, Operational Manager at the Cook Islands Meteorological Service, said it is too early to make predictions about the next cyclone season.

“Hopefully we’ll get another good season next time,” he said.

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