Weather.jayscafe.net has started monitoring three locations in New Zealand: New Pymouth, Nelson, and Westport. Nelson is in the projected path of Gita and New Plymouth and Westport are North and South of the proposed track, respectively.
This will be interesting as I can gather data points from multiple locations in the storm simultaneously.
Gita has reduced to Tropical Storm status. The largest threats to the island nation will be storm surge in the coastal areas and flash floods from the mass of water running down the hills.
New Plymouth is experiencing a steady 30+ mph wind and the other cities are not as bad, at about 10 mph.
Still, send up a prayer for the Solomon Islands, Tonga and the surrounding island nations.
Thanks for reading,
Jay C. "Jazzy_J" Theriot