Sunday, 23 March 2008

Hurricane update - 23 March

Hurricanes occur year round, and I'm now flagging up tropical storm Lola which is wrong-footing everybody in the southwestern Indian Ocean. There is a totally incorrect warning for Madagascar, which states that the storm would impact that island within 48 hours of Saturday. Not so.

Lola will be doing the dirty on the Mascaregnes, Mauritius and La Reunion. The storm is currently heading west along the 16th parallel south, which (if unchanged) would take it across northern Madagascar. However, the storm will travel south and gain strength. From 40 knots at the moment to 60 knots on Tuesday - and by that time it won't be over the islands yet.

Meteorology is an inexact science, and even more so when it comes to predicting hurricanes.

Know anyone in Mauritius or La Reunion? Please give them a heads-up.


  1. I hope the storm does miss Madagascar, they had a hurricane not long ago. I hope it's more quiet weather-wise when I go there in October! Jeannette xx  

  2. Those poor folks probably haven't recovered from the last one.  Keeping fingers crossed for them.