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Tropical Depression 04F
Tropical depression (Aus scale)
04F 4 jan 2009 2340Z.jpg
Tropical Depression 04F
Formed January 4, 2009
Dissipated January 12, 2009
Highest winds 10-minute sustained: 55 km/h (35 mph)
Gusts: 110 km/h (70 mph)
Lowest pressure 994 mbar (hPa); 29.35 inHg
Fatalities 12 dead
Damage $45 million (2009 USD)
Areas affected Ba, Nadi, Rakiraki, Labasa, Sigatoka
Part of the 2008–09 South Pacific cyclone season

Meteorological history[edit]

Map plotting the track and intensity of the storm according to the Saffir–Simpson hurricane wind scale

Late on January 4, 2009 the Regional Specialized Meteorological Center in Nadi Fiji (RSMC Nadi), reported that a tropical disturbance had developed about 655 kilometres (405 mi).[1] Convection had been persistent for the last 12 hours but was poorly organized, whilst a cyclonic circulation was evident in an area of low to moderate vertical wind shear. Early the next day RSMC Nadi reported that the disturbance had developed enough to be classified as Tropical Depression 04F however the low level circulation center was exposed with convection displaced to the north of the system.

Preparations and impact[edit]

Wettest tropical cyclones in Fiji
Highest known totals
Precipitation Storm Location Ref
Rank mm in
1 1,139 44.84 Wally 1980 Sakisa [2]
2 1,040 40.94 Kina 1992-93 Monasavu dam [3]
3 755 29.72 Bebe (1972) Suva [2][4]
4 615 24.21 Gavin (1997) Monasavu dam [5]
6 545 21.46 June (1997) Matei [6]
5 529 20.83 Evan 2012 Monasavu dam [7]
7 495 19.49 Mick (2009) Monasavu dam [8]
8 443 17.44 Rae (1990) Monasavu dam [9]
9 400.4 15.76 Oscar (1983) Vunisea [10]
10 311 12.24 Ami (2003) Taveuni Island [11]

On January 6, the Fiji Meteorological Service's director Rajenda Prasad, warned that tropical depression 04F was likely to bring monsoon like weather conditions to the whole of Fiji.[12] He stressed whilst the depression could intenisfy further into a cyclone it wasnt expected to directly affect the country.[12] The next day it was reported that a strong wind warning and several flash flood warnings had been put in place for most parts of Fiji. Evacuation centers were also activated in Fiji whilst people living in low lying areas were urged to move to higher grounds as there was a possibility of flash flooding. All Pacific Sun flights to Kadavu, Savusavu, Taveuni, Malolo and Mana were cancelled.

Impact[edit]

Aftermath[edit]

National response[edit]

International response[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Marine Weather Bulletin 2009-01-04 18z". Fiji Meteorological Service. 2009-01-04. Retrieved 2009-08-28. 
  2. ^ a b Campbell, John R (1984). Dealing with disaster: hurricane response in Fiji. p. 55. Archived from the original on July 23, 2014. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  3. ^ Prasad, Rajendra (February 19, 1993). Tropical Cyclone Kina, December 26, 1992 – January 5, 1993 (Tropical Cyclone Report 92/1). Fiji Meteorological Service. Archived from the original on October 26, 2013. http://www.webcitation.org/6Ke6bi063. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  4. ^ Thompson, Russell D (1986). "Hurricanes in the Fiji Area: Causes and Consequences". New Zealand Journal of Geography 81 (1): 7–12. doi:10.1111/j.0028-8292.1986.tb00222.x. 
  5. ^ Terry, James P; Raj, Rishi (1999). "Island Environment and Landscape Responses to 1997 Tropical Cyclones in Fiji". Pacific Science (University of Hawai'i Press) 53 (3): 257–272. Retrieved January 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ RSMC Nadi — Tropical Cyclone Centre (May 27, 1997). Preliminary Report on Tropical Cyclone "June" — May 3 - 5, 1997 (Report). Fiji Meteorological Service. Archived from the original on March 21, 2014. http://www.webcitation.org/6OFXqDA7Z. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  7. ^ Climate Services Division (January 7, 2013) (PDF). Fiji Islands Climate Summary December 2012 Volume 33 Issue 12 (Report). Fiji Meteorological Service. Archived from the original on January 7, 2013. http://www.webcitation.org/6DVe7en6n. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  8. ^ Climate Services Division (January 13, 2010) (PDF). Fiji Islands Climate Summary December 2009 Volume 30 Issue 12 (Report). Fiji Meteorological Service. Archived from the original on February 12, 2010. http://www.webcitation.org/5nQ9JNIq0. Retrieved January 4, 2013.
  9. ^ Prasad, Rajendra; Fiji Meteorological Service (1990). DeAngellis, Richard M. ed. Tropical Cyclone Rae (Mariners Weather Log: Volume 34, Issue 3: Summer 1990). United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Oceanographic Data Service. p. 43. http://hdl.handle.net/2027/uiug.30112104094245. Retrieved May 15, 2013.
  10. ^ Browne M L; Krishna, Ram (1983). "Tropical Cyclone 'Oscar'". Weather and Climate (The Meteorological Society of New Zealand) 3 (2): 59–65. 
  11. ^ Terry, James P.; McGree, Simon; Raj, Rishi (September 1, 2004). "The exceptional flooding in Vanua Levu Island during Tropical Cyclone Ami in January 2003". Journal of Natural Disaster Science (Japan Science and technology information aggregator) 26 (1): 27–36. doi:10.2328/jnds.26.27. Archived from the original on January 4, 2013. Retrieved January 4, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "Weather Man Predicts Very Wet Weather". Fiji Meteorological Service. Fiji Village.com. 2009-01-06. Retrieved 2009-09-06. 

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