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DecemberEdit

98P.INVESTEdit

Say hello to (likely) the first invest of the SPac season. Low chance on JTWC, but not yet being mentioned at all on the RSMC Nadi outlook. ~ Steve Talk PageMy Edits๐Ÿ“ง 01:14, December 3, 2017 (UTC)

No longer on JTWC but still on Tropical Tidbits/NRL. ~ Steve Talk PageMy Edits๐Ÿ“ง 01:54, December 5, 2017 (UTC)

No longer onย Tropical Tidbits/NRL. ~ Steve Talk PageMy Edits๐Ÿ“ง 02:42, December 6, 2017 (UTC)

02F.NONAMEEdit

Tropical Disturbance 02F (91P.INVEST)Edit

New weak low near Samoa. Development is possible until Wednesday, when it encounters less favorable environmental conditions. ~ Steve ๐ŸŽ… HappyHolidays!๐ŸŽ„ 04:04, December 17, 2017 (UTC)

Will it become the first storm of the season, Fehi? Stay tuned. Hi!-68.106.0.77 08:02, December 17, 2017 (UTC)
This disturbance shouldn't become Fehi. It's down to "low" chance for Tuesday according to RSMC Nadi, and won't develop beyond that day. ~ Steve ๐ŸŽ… HappyHolidays!๐ŸŽ„ 06:23, December 18, 2017 (UTC)
It's pretty much dead now. ~ Steve ๐ŸŽ… HappyHolidays!๐ŸŽ„ 06:36, December 19, 2017 (UTC)

03F.NONAMEEdit

Tropical Disturbance 03FEdit

Adjacent to 02F. Has a "moderate" chance of development for Tuesday, but downgrades to "low" after that (RSMC Nadi). Meanwhile, this is quoted from TCWC Wellington:

OUTLOOK UNTIL 1200 UTC FRI 22-DEC-2017
Many other lows may form within the SPCZ, and the UK shows one low developing to the north of Fiji by early Friday and deepening to TC intensity from late Friday onwards, while moving to the southeast. UK shows this development under a diffluent region, ahead of an upper cut-off low/trough, and strengthening ridge aloft. EC shows the low slightly southwards under strong shear. EC ensemble shows 20-30% chance of TC development to the west of Fiji. Based on the difference between models, the chance of TC development to the north of Fiji from Friday onwards is LOW to MODERATE.

SPac is starting to ramp up. Can we see Fehi by Christmas? ~ Steve ๐ŸŽ… HappyHolidays!๐ŸŽ„ 06:23, December 18, 2017 (UTC)

Actually, this has moved into high shear. Extremely unlikely to become anything. ~ Steve ๐ŸŽ… HappyHolidays!๐ŸŽ„ 06:36, December 19, 2017 (UTC)
Yep, it's dead ~ Steve ๐ŸŽ… HappyHolidays!๐ŸŽ„ 23:39, December 20, 2017 (UTC)

04F.NONAMEEdit

Tropical Disturbance 04FEdit

North of Vanuatu, but hasn't been declared yet as of the time I wrote this. Low chance in the long run, but overall doubtful that it will be Fehi. ~ Steve ๐ŸŽ… HappyHolidays!๐ŸŽ„ 23:39, December 20, 2017 (UTC)

Tropical Depression 04FEdit

30 mph/998 mbar. Fehi anyone? JoeBillyBob

Tropical Disturbance 04F (2nd time)Edit

Actually Fehi is out of the question. Latest RSMC Nadi outlook downgrades it back to a disturbance, with a "low" chance for Christmas and beyond that it's "very low". ~ Steve ๐ŸŽ… HappyHolidays!๐ŸŽ„ 06:25, December 24, 2017 (UTC)

Still active, but pressure is now 1002 mbars. It won't develop anymore.~ Steve ๐ŸŽ… HappyHolidays!๐ŸŽ„ 21:25, December 26, 2017 (UTC)

JanuaryEdit

AOI: West-Southwest of Southern CooksEdit

RSMC Nadi has a low pressure system up to the west-southwest of the Southern Cook Islands. They give it a "low" chance throughout the next 3 days. Doubtful if this will become much however. ~ Steve ๐ŸŽ‰ 2018is here!๐ŸŽ† 06:41, January 3, 2018 (UTC)

No longer mentioned. ~ Steve ๐ŸŽ‰ 2018is here!๐ŸŽ† 06:55, January 5, 2018 (UTC)

General deadnessEdit

Something wrong with this basin this season? Even 2016-17 and 2011-12 had more disturbances by mid-January, and those were the two least active SPac TC seasons on record. ~ KN2731 {talk} 11:30, January 16, 2018 (UTC)

05F.NONAMEEdit

Tropical Disturbance 05FEdit

Up as an invest, and code orange on JTWC. Hopefully this finally becomes the first named storm of this season. ~ KN2731 {talk} 15:48, January 26, 2018 (UTC)

Actually,this is still inport moresby's area of responsibility.JoeBillyBob (talk) 16:49, January 26, 2018 (UTC)

No it's not. None of Port Moresby's area of responsibility is located in the SPac basin, and this is in the SPac basin, not Aus. TG 2018 17:04, January 27, 2018 (UTC)

Hmm... I wonder if this is actually 94P, up as code red on JTWC way out near French Polynesia? Wikipedia claims that the system below (06F) is actually 05F, but we all know Wiki is not official (RSMC Nadi is). ~ Steve โ„ Talk PageMy Edits๐Ÿ“ง 06:04, January 28, 2018 (UTC)

Actually, Wiki now shows this as a short-lived disturbance in the same region that Fehi developed in. I wonder if RSMC Nadi changed the storm's designation? I'd be surprised if this was actually completely separate from Fehi, because Wiki says this lasted from the 26th to the 27th which is at the same time Fehi might have been starting to develop in that area. ~ Steve โ„ Talk PageMy Edits๐Ÿ“ง 06:14, January 29, 2018 (UTC)
I'm very confused too. ~ KN2731 {talk} 13:40, January 29, 2018 (UTC)
The track map for Fehi is uploaded on Wikipedia, and it seemed to originate in or near TCWC Port Moresby's area of responsibility before moving into this basin, while 05F was short-lived northwest of New Caledonia. This says that Fehi was in the same region (south of Solomon Islands, aka northwest of New Caledonia) on January 27, at the same time that "05F" was active in the same exact region. It's all probably the same system, unless 05F was another brief short-lived system that instantly merged with the developing Fehi due to extreme proximity. ~ Steve โ„ Talk PageMy Edits๐Ÿ“ง 06:37, February 2, 2018 (UTC)

06F.FEHIEdit

Tropical Disturbance 06FEdit

RSMC Nadi seems to have this system, located west of Vanuatu, up as Tropical Disturbance 06F, not 05F. However, Wikipedia says this is 05F. Since RSMC Nadi is official, I might as well put up the header... So much confusion. ~ Steve โ„ Talk PageMy Edits๐Ÿ“ง 06:04, January 28, 2018 (UTC)

Someone has already edited the Wikipedia page. This is a different system from 05F. 06F may become Fehi soon; it's already a TS on the SSHWS. Anonymous 2.0 (talk) 11:00, January 28, 2018 (UTC)

Tropical Cyclone FehiEdit

It has been named, first of the year! Not expected to intensify much though, and if anything, it will likely just weaken from here on out before restrengthening as an extratropical system. I would be surprised if 05F was actually completely separate from Fehi (see my comment in 05F's section for the reason why, and 05F's track map and duration on Wikipedia). ~ Steve โ„ Talk PageMy Edits๐Ÿ“ง 06:14, January 29, 2018 (UTC)

Post-Tropical Cyclone FehiEdit

a weak failica.No.1 Mobile (talk) 01:45, February 1, 2018 (UTC)

94P.INVESTEdit

I mentioned this system in 05F's section, but this was an unusual system near French Polynesia that had a TCFA issued by JTWC. ~ Steve โ„ Talk PageMy Edits๐Ÿ“ง 06:14, January 29, 2018 (UTC)

95P.INVESTEdit

Up on Tropical Tidbits and NRL as a system southwest of Tonga. It's doubtful if this will develop though. ~ Steve โ„ Talk PageMy Edits๐Ÿ“ง 06:14, January 29, 2018 (UTC)

Now code yellow on JTWC.No.1 Mobile (talk) 01:47, February 1, 2018 (UTC)

Dead...No.1 Mobile (talk) 13:37, February 1, 2018 (UTC)

FebruaryEdit

07F.GITAEdit

97P.INVESTEdit

Another one, located west of Vanuatu and south of the Solomon Islands. Currently only found on Tropical Tidbits and NRL for the time being. ~ Steve โ„ Talk PageMy Edits๐Ÿ“ง 06:26, February 2, 2018 (UTC)

Tropical Disturbance 07FEdit

Now over Vanuatu, and has been designated "07F". ~ Steve โ„ Talk PageMy Edits๐Ÿ“ง 21:41, February 3, 2018 (UTC) Now has a "Moderate to High" chance for friday.No.1 Mobile (talk) 01:46, February 7, 2018 (UTC)

Currently located northwest of Fiji. This is likely to become Gita. Code orange on JTWC, and a "High" chance for Friday and Saturday. ~ Steve โ„ Talk PageMy Edits๐Ÿ“ง 01:13, February 8, 2018 (UTC)

Tropical Cyclone GitaEdit

Yay!No.1 Mobile (talk) 13:19, February 9, 2018 (UTC)

This is expected to become a cat 2 by JTWC as it heads south, but then west and moves over some islands south of Fiji. Ryan1000 23:32, February 9, 2018 (UTC)

Severe Tropical Cyclone GitaEdit

cat 3 right now :o:No.1 Mobile (talk) 00:08, February 11, 2018 (UTC)

Now forecast to be a 115 mph cat 3 tearing through the Tonga islands by Monday. This isn't looking good for them... Ryan1000 01:36, February 11, 2018 (UTC)
Gita is currently under strong shear, hopefully this keeps it from strengthening too much as it approaches Tonga. ~ KN2731 {talk} 11:01, February 11, 2018 (UTC)
Cat 4 and expected to strengthen to a cat 5 upon hitting tonga.Xp.No.1 Mobile (talk) 16:12, February 11, 2018 (UTC)
Now up to 110 knots in 1-minute sustained.No.1 Mobile (talk) 01:48, February 12, 2018 (UTC)
Latest RSMC Nadi advisory says 120 mph/105 knots with a 930 mbar pressure, putting it as a C4 under their scale. 110 knots/125 mph according to JTWC. I didn't really expect it to become such an intense beast. It's also about to impact Tonga tomorrow. R.I.P. Tonga ;-; ~ Steve โ„ Talk PageMy Edits๐Ÿ“ง 06:31, February 12, 2018 (UTC)
As far as I can recall, no category 5 storms (on the Saffir-Simpson Scale, not their scale) have struck Tonga in the past, so Gita may end up being one of the worst, if not the worst, cyclone on record to strike southern Tonga. Winston came close, but it struck Fiji at that intensity instead. Ryan1000 10:30, February 12, 2018 (UTC)

According to Dr. Master's latest blog post on category 6, only one other storm, Ian of 2014, was this strong when it struck Tonga, but it struck the less populated northern islands. The folks in southern Tonga need all the help they can get right now, Gita may have been their worst storm ever. Ryan1000 00:27, February 13, 2018 (UTC)

Very strong, a very strong storm indeed. RIP Tonga. I hope that people in Tonga are okay... --70.190.21.73 02:28, February 13, 2018 (UTC)
Unexpectedly intensified to a category 5.No.1 Mobile (talk) 20:38, February 13, 2018 (UTC)


I hope Tonga doesn't have to go through an ordeal with Gita! Heard about this scary cyclone on FB today.ย ๏ผคใ€€๏ผฅใ€€๏ผณใ€€๏ผซใ€€๏ผฒใ€€๏ผกใ€€๏ผกใ€€๏ผดใ€€๏ผฉใ€€๏ผฎใ€€๏ผงใ€€๏ผฏ 00:41, February 14, 2018 (UTC)

Although itโ€™s a category 5 in 10-min, it is still a Category 3 in 1-min mean. :O Wow. I sure hope that Tonga recovers! --70.190.21.73 00:46, February 14, 2018 (UTC)
Wikipedia already reports 2 deaths in association with Gita in Tonga. :( The death toll will likely rise in the coming days. Let's hope they easily recover from what has been their strongest impact by a tropical cyclone in recorded history. Anyway, Gita is still a C5 (SPac scale). Sustained winds are currently equivalent to a strong C3/weak C4 on the SSHS. ~ Steve โ„ Talk PageMy Edits๐Ÿ“ง 06:43, February 14, 2018 (UTC)

Gita is going down slowly as it passes New Caledonia. Winds have decreased to barely above Aus C3 status and SSHWS C1 status. Gita, however, is forecast to hit New Zealand's North Island as a sizeable post-TC. Hoping there's not going to be too much damage there. ~ KN2731 {talk} 04:34, February 17, 2018 (UTC)

Tropical Cyclone Gita (2nd time)Edit

weakening fast...No.1 Mobile (talk) 03:11, February 19, 2018 (UTC)

====Post-Tropical Cyclone Gita==== dead.No.1 Mobile (talk) 03:11, February 19, 2018 (UTC)

Actually, Gita isn't yet dead. It's still tropical (barely), and advisories are still being issued from the JTWC as well as TCWC Wellington. However, Gita is forecast to transition to a post-tropical cyclone within the next day. ~ KN2731 {talk} 08:13, February 19, 2018 (UTC)

Post-Tropical Cyclone GitaEdit

Now deemed post-tropical. Nutfield001 (talk) 06:17, February 20, 2018 (UTC)


Wikipedia still reports 2 deaths and unknown damages. Excluding the Tonga and Samoa hits, this was an awesome storm to track. ~ Steve โ„ Talk PageMy Edits๐Ÿ“ง 00:15, February 22, 2018 (UTC)

08F.NONAMEEdit

Tropical Disturbance 08F (98P.INVEST)Edit

Currently over Fiji. It has been designated "08F". ~ Steve โ„ Talk PageMy Edits๐Ÿ“ง 21:41, February 3, 2018 (UTC)

Tropical Depression 08FEdit

Upgraded to a tropical depression. Currently located southeast of Fiji and southeast of the above system. This is unlikely to develop further though. Code yellow on JTWC, and RSMC Nadi is also unenthusiastic about it. ~ Steve โ„ Talk PageMy Edits๐Ÿ“ง 01:13, February 8, 2018 (UTC) Up to code orange on JTWC,and has a "low" chance on RSMC Nadi.No.1 Mobile (talk) 13:19, February 9, 2018 (UTC)

JTWC has upgraded it to a code red.No.1 Mobile (talk) 16:48, February 10, 2018 (UTC)

And JTWC has cancelled their TCFA. ~ KN2731 {talk} 10:59, February 11, 2018 (UTC)
Still up on RSMC Nadi's TC Outlook as a 998 mbar TD. Won't develop further though. Our main focus right now is Gita. ~ Steve โ„ Talk PageMy Edits๐Ÿ“ง 06:33, February 12, 2018 (UTC)
Completely dead now. ~ Steve โ„ Talk PageMy Edits๐Ÿ“ง 06:43, February 14, 2018 (UTC)

Retirements at a glanceEdit

Xyklone's Retirement PredictionsEdit

Fehi - 0.5%
Gita - 90%

Xyklone (talk) 05:12, February 18, 2018 (UTC)

There were only two named storms that formed in this season. Somehow, Gita was notable. We donโ€™t normally do retirements here so I would rather save mine until later. --70.190.21.73 00:11, February 21, 2018 (UTC)