Cyclones and Technology

Wow Cyclone Gabrielle is bringing some heavy rain and strong winds to the Bay of Plenty today. The storm has already caused flooding, landslides, and road closures, to our already battered from the last storms in the North Island and is leading to significant disruption and damage. It’s an anxious wait for me at home in my office but I’m prepared to evacuate if needed with my Husband, son, puppy and emergency supplies (wine)!

I’ve been avidly following the Met Service’s regional announcements to see when the storm will hit us locally.

While it is difficult to predict the exact path and intensity of this cyclone, technology plays a critical role in forecasting and measuring such events. Advances in remote sensing, data analysis, and computer modelling have greatly improved our ability to predict severe weather and prepare for its impacts.

For example, weather satellites can provide real-time imagery of the storm’s movement and help forecast its path and intensity. Doppler radar can measure the wind speed and direction within the cyclone, while automated weather stations can record rainfall and other meteorological data on the ground.

In addition to forecasting, technology can also aid in measuring the effects of a cyclone. For instance, drones equipped with cameras and sensors can provide high-resolution images of the damage caused by flooding and landslides, which can help emergency responders plan their response and prioritize rescue efforts.

Furthermore, the increasing demand for tech jobs in the field of meteorology and weather forecasting offers opportunities for individuals interested in helping to predict and mitigate the impacts of natural disasters like Cyclone Gabrielle. By leveraging the latest technologies and data analysis techniques, professionals in this field can help provide more accurate and timely weather forecasts, which can ultimately save lives and reduce economic losses.

It got me thinking about the types of Tech jobs there are in Meteorology and weather forecasting here are a few:

  1. Software developers: They work on developing and maintaining software applications that help meteorologists analyze and interpret weather data. This includes software for numerical weather prediction models, radar data processing, and satellite image analysis.
  2. Data scientists: They develop algorithms and statistical models to analyze large datasets of weather observations, enabling meteorologists to make more accurate forecasts. They also work on developing data visualization tools that help forecasters interpret complex weather data.
  3. Web developers: They create web applications that provide real-time weather information to the public, such as weather maps and forecasts. They also develop weather APIs that allow other developers to access weather data from their applications.
  4. Mobile developers: They create mobile applications that provide weather forecasts and alerts to users. These applications often utilize location-based services to provide hyper-localized weather information.
  5. GIS developers: They create geographic information system (GIS) applications that allow meteorologists to visualize and analyze weather data in a spatial context. This includes developing interactive maps and visualization tools that help meteorologists identify weather patterns and forecast weather events.

Overall, there are many opportunities for developers in meteorology and weather forecasting, and the field is constantly evolving as new technologies emerge. Developers in this field can make a significant impact in helping to improve our understanding and prediction of weather events, ultimately leading to safer and more prepared communities.

In summary, Cyclone Gabrielle’s effects on the Bay of Plenty region highlight the critical importance of accurate weather forecasting and measuring the impacts of natural disasters. Technology can play a significant role in both of these areas, and the increasing demand for tech jobs in meteorology offers opportunities for individuals to contribute to this important field.


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Julia Semmens is the Head of Technical Recruitment A&NZ for Big Wave Digital. A Sydney-based niche Digital, Data & Technology recruitment company. One of Australia and New Zealand’s best-connected technical recruiters with access to the finest talent across the digital landscape. Assisting companies of all sizes to secure the best talent.




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