Sunday, January 8, 2012

Goodbye America, Hello Tonga!

We are leaving on a jet plane... (sung to the tunes of "Leaving on a Jet Plane" and 1970's hit song).

We take Air Tran from Atlanta to LA, then Air Pacific from LA to Fiji and then to Tongatapu. From there we take the local airline, Chatham's Air, to Neiafu. About 36 hours of travel time. With the date line and time zones, we leave on the morning of the 8th and arrive on the afternoon of the 10th.

Unfortunately, the long range GRIB file for the area shows a cyclone starting to brew up almost on top of us. We'll have about 12 hours after we arrive (if the current forecast holds) before things start getting nasty.

Follow the weather in our area, here:

Samoa IR Satellite

Fiji is on the left of the picture, Samoa is in the middle near the top, and Tonga is a sprinkling of islands running north and south, below Samoa and east of Fiji.

or here:

Fiji Cyclone Center

1 comment:

  1. Hope all is well with Soggy Paws and crew and that the cyclone disappears without doing any damage. We will be watching the news.