The Cook Islands is at risk of a high level of “water stress” as a result of abnormally low rainfall predicted over the next three months, says New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA).
Cook Islands Meteorological Service director Arona Ngari will be guest speaker at the USP-Plus organisation’s regular evenings this month.
Members of the Solid Waste Management Committee and the Water, Waste and Sanitation Unit (WATSAN) of the Ministry of Infrastructure Cook Islands made the long hike to the summit of Te Kou on Thursday, to upgrade a weather-reading system.
The bad weather which has brought unexpected rain and gusty winds to Rarotonga was triggered by an anti-cyclone system southwest of the Cook Islands.
Yesterday morning’s Jetstar flight from New Zealand was cancelled on Monday night (CI time) after a crew member fell ill, delaying the departure of the Airbus 320 aircraft.
Most businesses located near the Avatiu roundabout were closed for business yesterday after flash flooding on Monday night left their properties with covered with mud and debris.
The sea surface temperature recently recorded in the northern group waters is ideal to trigger a cyclone in the remainder of the 2017/18 cyclone season which ends next month.