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Cyclone ULUI – UPDATE Mar 18

Posted by feww on March 18, 2010

ULUI Moving!

Having spent 36 hours in a ‘quasistationery state,’ ULUI is finally moving

If you have been monitoring satellite images of cyclone ULUI, you would have probably noticed it wasn’t moving much despite various data indicating an average speed of about 8.8km/hr.

ULUI is now moving at an average speed of about 9 km/hr (5 kt) SSW at sustained wind speeds of about 190 km/hr with gusts of up to 240 km/hr (but weakening).

ULUI is about 1,250 kms ENE of Cairns, Australia, and is expected to come ashore in about three and a half  days and dissipate over eastern Australia within two days thereafter.

The flowing image is a visible/infrared satellite image with all sorts of wacky dynamic model forecasts superimposed.


Cyclone ULUI – Visible/IR Image with Dynamic Model Forecasts Superimposed. Source CIMSS. Click Images to enlarge.


Tropical Cyclone ULUI – Visible image – MTSAT 1R – Dated March 18, 2010 at 00:00UTC.   Source: Digital Typhoon.  Click image to enlarge.

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Air New Zealand Jet Windscreen Cracked Midflight

Posted by feww on January 11, 2010

Submitted by TEAA

An Air New Zealand jet windscreen cracked midflight between Auckland, New Zealand and Cairns, Australia

The plane carrying 118 passengers was forced to divert to Brisbane airport for emergency landing.


Air New Zealand Passenger Jet.

An Australian passenger was reported as saying:

“There was a moment when the airplane suddenly slowed down and we lost a lot of altitude,” she said.

“The seat light came on.

“The air hostesses were very firm in telling us to go back to our place and put the rubbish away and clear the path.

“It was enough to wake my child up – she was sleeping.”

It took  another long, heart-stopping 40 minutes before the diverted plane finally made an emergency landing in Brisbane.

“We were going very slowly at very low altitude when we landed – he’d dropped right down to below the clouds,” she said.

“We saw the windscreen when we left the airplane – they let us have a look out the front and it looked like an enormous slug trail across the windscreen with a Y shape.

“It was on the left hand side of the plane … it was a fairly scary looking crack, that’s for sure.”

Air New Zealand have not confirmed whether the passenger jet was an Airbus.

On June 2, 2009 MSRB said:

The probability remains that the next major air disaster would occur as a result of an Air New Zealand Airbus crashing into the sea [with a certainty of 0.74]

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