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Well, the record breaking Central Pacific had to have one final say. The latest forming Tropical Cyclone on record in the basin has formed just east of the dateline and just north of the equator. Strong shear will inhibit development at first, but then should ease as 09C pushes into the Western Pacific. More later.

 

EDIT: Two other records have fallen too in addition to the latest Central Pacific formation. 09C marks the latest a tropical cyclone has formed in the northern Hemisphere, and it is also the lowest lattitude forming system of the Central/Eastern Pacific.

 

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Shear has caused 09C to be downgraded to a remnant trough. The circulation was always hard to pinpoint as shear caused the system to be elongated and poorly organised. But now, there is not a viable one to track. Regeneration is possible if the system moves west into lower shear, but for now at least, 09C is no more.

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Ula passed just to the north of the Tongan island of Vava'u earlier today. The international airport reported up to 52 gust 82 knots.

 

201601020000 SPECI NFTV 020000Z 04035G60KT 9999 RA BKN005 OVC090 27/26 Q0995=
201601012300 SPECI NFTV 012300Z 07040G60KT 9999 -RA BKN005 OVC090 27/26 Q0995=
201601012200 SPECI NFTV 012200Z 05045G70KT 2000 -RA BKN005 OVC090 26/25 Q0995=
201601012000 SPECI NFTV 012000Z 09050G82KT 2000 +RA BKN004 OVC090 26/26 Q0992=
201601011900 SPECI NFTV 011900Z 10052G82KT 2000 +RA BKN004 OVC090 26/25 Q0990=
201601011800 SPECI NFTV 011800Z 13052G82KT 1000 +RA BKN004 OVC090 26/26 Q0989=
201601011700 SPECI NFTV 011700Z 15048G72KT 2000 +RA BKN005 OVC090 26/26 Q0989=
201601011600 SPECI NFTV 011600Z 14045G66KT 2000 +RA BKN006 OVC090 25/25 Q0989=
201601011500 SPECI NFTV 011500Z 17036G58KT 4000 +RA BKN006 OVC090 25/25 Q0990=
201601011400 SPECI NFTV 011400Z 18035G56KT 3000 +RA BKN006 OVC090 25/25 Q0992=
201601011300 SPECI NFTV 011300Z 17030G55KT 3000 +RA BKN006 OVC100 25/25 Q0996=
201601011200 SPECI NFTV 011200Z 11020G45KT 9999 RA BKN006 OVC100 26/24 Q0997=

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