Bob McDavitt's ideas for sailing weather around the South pacific

04 November 2018

Bob Blog 4 Nov 2018



Compiled Sun 4 Nov 2018


Bob McDavitt’s ideas for sailing around the South Pacific.

Disclaimer: Weather is a mix of pattern and chaos; these ideas are from the patterned world.



Sea Surface temperature anomalies as at start of November may be seen

The eastern equatorial Pacific around Galapagos is the focal region for ENSO and is now on a steady warming trend. Cyclones have been stirring the seas between Mexico and Hawaii, making avenues of cooler surface water. There is a zone of warmer seas from Solomon Island to Samoa. Temperatures around Australia and the Tasman sea remain below average, a possible indicator of drier than normal conditions in the next month or so. Also, this should cool the southwest winds that reach New Zealand.

The Gulf Stream off the east coast of North America and the Kuroshio current off Japan still stand out but not as much as last month.


To see how the annual weather cycle and the seasons are working out, check the average isobar maps from

The subtropical ridge in the southern hemisphere has intensified during October


The last 30 days of rainfall, and its anomaly are seen at

The rain map shows extra convergence around equatorial Indian Ocean.



Latest cyclone activity as seen at

shows XAVIER off the west Mexico coast, and it is expected to stay offshore.

Looking at the weekly rain maps, last week’s shows an increase in activity across the equatorial Indian Ocean, and a relaxing of convection around Papua New Guinea and the Mariana Islands. Not much change elsewhere.




SPCZ=South Pacific Convergence zone.

The SPCZ is sitting over northern Coral sea and northern parts of Vanuatu across Wallis and Futuna to northern Tonga, and part of it may travel southeast to Southern Cooks this week.


Subtropical ridge (STR)

High is travelling east along 25 to 35S past northern NZ from Monday to Friday and the expected to linger to east of New Zealand until early next week.


Tropics to New Zealand

Trough from the Tasman Sea is expected to spread onto central New Zealand by Fri 9 Nov and then stall, so that a zone of cloud and rain with light winds spreads onto northern NZ by Tue 13 to Thu 15 November. It looks OK to arrive in NZ with this trough.


Between Tropics and Australia.

Avoid a passing trough across the northern Tasman Sea on Wed and Thursday with light variable winds.


From Tahiti to Tonga

There may be a trough forming near Niue around Sunday 11 November, otherwise the forecast is for useful easterly winds.



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