Private weather providers interfere with cyclone names

'Ofa Fa'anunu, of the Tonga Met office; Chantelle Boland, assigned to work in the Australian High Commission in Tonga for a year to manage TC Gita response and recovery activities; and Samiuela Pohiva of the Ministry of Internal Affairs' local government division at the Australian High Commission in Tonga May 7. Picture: Australia in Tonga

CYCLONE names are predetermined at a meeting of Pacific Meteorologists which takes place every two years. The meteorologists who comprise the tropical cyclone committee creates two lists, one of confirmed names and another which are on standby in case names have to be retired. According to Tonga Meteorology Director Ofa Fa’anunu, the former head of […]

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