This satellite image shows the distinctive whirlwind shape of tropical cyclones. Although not covering a vast area, tropical cyclones have very intense low-pressure centres with hurricane winds. They do not often reach as far south as New Zealand, but when they do, they can cause severe weather and flooding.
Using this item
This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.