The Madden-Julian Oscillation is a weather phenomenon that travels eastwards around the globe near the equator and recurs every 30 to 60 days. It brings enhanced weather activity with clouds, rainfall, winds and an increased risk of cyclones. At the moment we are experiencing an active MJO here in the South Pacific. Cyclone Hale has affected Australia, New Caledonia and New Zealand and the grib files show two lows coming close to Fiji in the next few days, before the MJO travels on.
We are staying close to our “cyclone hole” here in Vanua Balavu in Qilaqila (Bay of Islands). We’ve already taken Pitufa for a trial run into the little, enclosed “hole” with a very narrow, tricky entrance. If a cyclone comes precariously close we’ll anchor her in the middle and bring out a spider-web of shore lines. Let’s hope the weather will stay calm! So far we’ve had a gorgeous summer here…

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