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Title: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 24, 2009, 10:55:28 pm
Tell us all about the weather where you are!  :P

Or — even better — post some photographs.... ;D

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: DazzaMc on January 25, 2009, 08:06:55 am
The weather here today is...


FAR TO BLOODY HOT!


 ???


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Brownie55 on January 25, 2009, 11:35:44 am
Very very hot again.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 25, 2009, 12:05:11 pm
Very, very, very warm at my place....the thermometer on the wall is showing 30°C at present!


I think I'll repost all my weather messages (with photographs) that I have posted in the Weather thread at the old group since Xmas, to add a bit of colour to this thread.... :P


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 25, 2009, 12:08:06 pm
Originally posted on Boxing Day, 26th December 2008....



Boxing Day and summertime!

A gorgeous day at the bottom of the North Island of NZ on Friday with blue skies, sunshine and only a few clouds over the tops of the ranges. Mid afternoon, it clouded over somewhat, then the skies cleared again late afternoon.

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Castlepoint on the Wairarapa coastline east of Masterton late Friday afternoon....

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 25, 2009, 12:10:06 pm
Originally posted during the wee hours of Sunday morning, 28th December 2008....



A nice warm day in Wairarapa on Saturday, although lots of cloud around, but the sun was shining and it was nice and warm. Across the ranges, it was a grey, drizzley day in the Hutt Valley and Wellington in the morning when I was over there.

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This was the weather in Wairarapa yesterday (Saturday) afternoon....

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 25, 2009, 12:14:10 pm
Also originally posted on Sunday, 28th December 2008, but late in the day....



An absolutely, fabulously cracker of a day at the bottom of the North Island in NZ.

Blue skies, lots of sunshine, only a few tiny clouds and currently 31°C at my place.

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Wellington weather this morning....

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Wairarapa weather late this morning....

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 25, 2009, 12:17:31 pm
Originally posted on New Year's Day, 1st January 2009....



Sunny and warm at the bottom of the North Island of NZ on New Year's Day 2009.

However, the nor'wester is blowing fairly hard today. Currently 26°C at my place.

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Pohutukawa flowers at Petone this morning....

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A lovely summer day approaching Wellington this morning....

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 25, 2009, 12:19:08 pm
Originally posted on Friday, 2nd January....



A mixed-bag of weather at the bottom of the North Island of NZ today. It was fine, but mostly cloudy in Wairarapa this morning. On the Wellington side of the ranges, it was a cloudy, grey day at first, however by late morning the sun was shining north of Lower Hutt. Back to Wairarapa and it is a partly cloudy but mostly sunny day with lots of blue skies between the clouds. However, there is thick cloud to the west and northwest over the ranges. Currently 26 degrees celcius at my place.

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Wellington weather this morning....

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 25, 2009, 12:21:06 pm
Originally posted on Thursday, 22nd January....



Summertime continues at the bottom of the North Island in New Zealand. A couple of rainy days throughout the month so far, but mostly blue skies (with a few clouds on some days), lots of sunshine and warm temperatures.

Time for a few weather photographs taken over the past 2½ weeks.

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Featherston early in the morning on Sunday 4th January....

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Dawn colours at Masterton, followed by a very early morning scene at Featherston on Monday 5th January....

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Sunrise through the trees at Matarawa, followed by a view of cruise ships at Wellington on Thursday 15th January....

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The weather at Hood Aerodrome, Masterton on Sunday 18th January....

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Wanganui as viewed from Durie Hill on Wellington Anniversary Day, Monday 19th January....

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 25, 2009, 12:22:51 pm
Today's posting from me on the Weather thread at the MSN Xtra News Community 2 group....



Warm summertime temperatures continue at my place. It has been pushing 30°C most days and sometimes exceeding it. Lots of clear blue skies and sunshine to go with the warm temperatures.

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Masterton weather yesterday (Saturday) looking down Perry Street towards the southeast....

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: DidiMau69 on January 25, 2009, 12:39:17 pm
A chilly 23 in Napier


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 25, 2009, 11:34:09 pm
It was 33 bloody degrees celcius inside my place when I got home from work at about 9:15pm on Sunday evening!!!

Like walking into a bloody hot oven!!!!!  :'(



Wellington weather, early evening on Sunday....

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Dusk at Masterton on Sunday evening....

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 26, 2009, 10:00:48 pm
Bloody warm in Wairarapa today with temperatures well into the 30s.

A wee bit cooler in Wellington with temperatures in the mid-20s.



Wellington Harbour early on Monday evening as the cruise liner “Nautica” departs Wellington....

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 28, 2009, 10:49:51 pm
Following cold weather and a bit of rain at the bottom of the North Island on Tuesday, Wednesday was fine and sunny, but still a little bit chilly.



Early afternoon weather in South Wairarapa on Wednesday....

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Featherston early on Wednesday evening....

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: donquixotenz on January 28, 2009, 11:14:37 pm
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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: wgtngirl on January 29, 2009, 07:27:43 am
Grey and Windy. :(


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on January 29, 2009, 07:36:59 am
Hot.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on January 29, 2009, 08:15:46 am
............ be thankful yer not in Adelaide or Melbourne

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 31, 2009, 04:24:27 pm
It's too bloody hot at my place today....currently 34°C inside my place (according to the thermometer on the wall) in spite of fans going in every room in the house and all the windows open; and about 32°C outside!

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Shef on February 03, 2009, 11:53:10 am
It's almost perfect here. A little overcast, slight breeze and not too hot.
Yesterday seemed so much colder after our heat-wave the day before. I nearly lit the fire last night :o


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Shef on February 04, 2009, 07:08:22 pm
It's raining!!!   ;D  :-*  YAY!!
 Hopefully it doesn't stop for a while.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on February 04, 2009, 07:09:56 pm
It's raining!!!   ;D  :-*  YAY!!
 Hopefully it doesn't stop for a while.

Been raining in Wellington too. So much more pleasant trying to sleep than in the heat.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: k1w14ever on February 04, 2009, 07:46:23 pm
by saturday it is gonna be 44 here,  O0


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Shef on February 04, 2009, 07:48:17 pm
There is NO WAY I could handle 44 degrees :o


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: k1w14ever on February 04, 2009, 07:49:28 pm
I take it you are not coming for a visit then Shef >:D


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on February 04, 2009, 07:50:44 pm
I was in Hastings last week. It was so humid by 8.00am and uncomfortable. I took Bailey (Burmese kitten) with me. She found the heat exhausting poor wee soul. (Not that any of my spoilt rotten felines are poor wee souls!)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on February 04, 2009, 07:52:11 pm
I take it you are not coming for a visit then Shef >:D

When are you coming back to NZ Kiwi, or are you not allowed back here once you've become a pasteurised Aussie?  :P


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Shef on February 04, 2009, 07:52:32 pm
Maybe in winter!! Surely you have colder weather :o  Hehehehehe poor Mr S will go through culture shock when he gets there. ;D


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: donquixotenz on February 05, 2009, 06:46:12 am
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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on February 06, 2009, 07:03:53 pm
A beautiful day in Wairarapa today for Waitangi Day with the temperature pushing 30°C.

Wellington was rather cloudy this morning when I was over there.



A beautiful day at Woodside in Wairarapa this morning....

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Grey weather in Wellington this morning....

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Featherston in Wairarapa late this morning....

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Golden sunset colours at my place in Masterton this evening....

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: DazzaMc on February 06, 2009, 07:05:28 pm
Can I borrow Image #5 for a new XNC2 logo?

Fire me the full res version!
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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on February 06, 2009, 07:24:05 pm
Coming your way shortly. It's 3264 x 2176 pixels in size.

BTW....it was taken from my backyard at 8:07pm this evening.... ;D


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: DazzaMc on February 06, 2009, 07:41:15 pm
Sweet - pump it through whenever you're ready - the pipes open.

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: k1w14ever on February 06, 2009, 08:52:48 pm
Alcat, I am surpose to come back this year to do Mums ashes,  I am not ready which I know is not fare on Mum as she is in my sister linen cardboard and needs to be done.

I will still be able to use my kiwi pasport so that should be ok. 

Here it is 37 degrees at 8:50pm.    Tomorrow over 40 and Sunday 46 where we are.  fter Church on Sunday I think I might sit in the bath and read all afternoon. O0


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: donquixotenz on February 07, 2009, 05:50:14 am
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 >:D


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on February 07, 2009, 07:02:49 am
Alicat, I am surpose to come back this year to do Mums ashes,  I am not ready which I know is not fare on Mum as she is in my sister linen cardboard and needs to be done.
I will still be able to use my kiwi pasport so that should be ok. 

I know you're not ready - but you may be more at peace when you do. Is your sister in Christchurch?


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: DazzaMc on February 07, 2009, 07:18:35 am
It's going to be HOT!

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: DidiMau69 on February 07, 2009, 09:54:20 am
Currently 27.2 (Official) in Napier and rising


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Jodes on February 07, 2009, 02:14:30 pm
We will reach 40 today...same as yesterday. Tomorrow they are predicting mid 40's.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: bump head benny on February 07, 2009, 02:44:29 pm
Id say its about 25 or 27 C here.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: k1w14ever on February 07, 2009, 03:09:38 pm
41 here but feels like it is still gtting hotter.
Took son to a birthday party andthey had a air con  man the heat hit us hen we left.
I rekon i coul fry an egg on the road outside.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on February 07, 2009, 03:49:46 pm
I'm trying to work out whether it is hotter inside my place or outside. It's an oven outside and it's an oven inside where the thermometer on the wall is displaying a temperature of 34°C at the moment! There is absolutely no wind at all outside, not even the merest whisper of a breeze. And the forecasters are saying it is going to get even hotter tomorrow on the east coasts of both the North and South Islands as the hot air mass that has been causing the incredibly high temperatures in Australia drift across the ditch!!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Shef on February 07, 2009, 05:53:14 pm
BLOODY HOT !!!!!!!
I don't know what the temperature is and I don't want to know. It's too hot to do anything, even cook dinner - Mr S just got put on a crash diet >:D


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: k1w14ever on February 07, 2009, 06:16:56 pm
Mr Kiwi cooked dinner here as I don't cook in weekends,  how lucky am i that is so hot in the weekend. O0


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Shef on February 07, 2009, 06:31:17 pm
Hahaha when Mr S cooks we have a choice of Scottish, American (Kentucky) or an awesome seafood and potato delight ::)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on February 07, 2009, 06:36:30 pm
Very warm weather with the temperature into the mid-30s in Wairarapa today.

Not even the slightest breath of wind to provide any relief from the heat.



This was the weather near Dalefield (south-west of Carterton) this morning....

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A beautiful summer day in Masterton today as seen at Library Square this afternoon....

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Dusk as viewed from my backyard this evening....

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on February 08, 2009, 03:18:29 pm
The thermometer on the wall in my place is currently reading 35°C.

Outside, there are no clouds; and there is no wind (not even a gentle breeze) — just oppressive heat!

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Wairarapa weather early this morning....

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The weather on the Wellington side of the ranges this morning....

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Wairarapa weather late this morning....

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on February 08, 2009, 06:30:22 pm
It is hot and dry.
I just got back from Rangitoto and unless there is a lot of rain in the next fortnight the next people in the bach are going to have to take water in. There was only 6 inches left in the main tank and the other two tanks (one borderline for drinking the other for cleaning only) are low as well.

Better still the long drop needs digging out fairly soon.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: k1w14ever on February 08, 2009, 07:45:03 pm
Dave has just done the lawns, 7:45pm but still very very hot.  Only done the front as he said too hot to do both. 
The weather man said it is going to drop 15 degrees tonight for the next 5 days


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: chrismrky on February 08, 2009, 08:06:13 pm
It is hot and dry.
I just got back from Rangitoto and unless there is a lot of rain in the next fortnight the next people in the bach are going to have to take water in. There was only 6 inches left in the main tank and the other two tanks (one borderline for drinking the other for cleaning only) are low as well.

Better still the long drop needs digging out fairly soon.

wow.....you have a bach at rangitoto??   I thought they had all gone.    That is special... :)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on February 08, 2009, 09:08:03 pm
You could clearly see haze caused by smoke particles drifting across the Tasman Sea from the Australian bushfires in the sky at my place this evening during sunset. It was visible yesterday evening, but much more obvious earlier this evening at sunset. I suspect it may be even more pronounced by tomorrow evening.

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Shef on February 09, 2009, 11:45:12 am
It's hot again :'(
At least today I'm not at work, but I have a heap of housework to catch up on. And Daughter is bringing out her new boyfriend to dinner (DAMN that means I have to cook >:D)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on February 09, 2009, 11:51:02 am
It's cloudy but muggy in the Hutt. I'm on night shift for the next couple of nights so will be trying to sleep during the day (https://cdn.smfboards.com/Smileys/smf/tickedoff.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Calliope on February 09, 2009, 11:56:32 am
waiting for rain - As we rely on tank water we need rain soon.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Shef on February 09, 2009, 12:26:46 pm
Geeze, that's a pain Calliope. We're on spring water, but everyone on the line learns to conserve water over the summer. Though I am tempted to go out and spray the dogs with the hose. They are both lying down and panting, it's too hot even for them!

When my brother was a Rural Fire Volly, they used to top up a couple of the old-timers, water tanks with the tankers (as 'practise' of course ;) ) Otherwise they would have just done without - getting water carried out to where they were was way too expensive on a pension.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on February 10, 2009, 02:23:03 pm
Quote
Overnight humidity 'reached 100 per cent'
Updated 2:28PM Tuesday Feb 10, 2009

The humidity level in Auckland last night peaked at 100 per cent according to Newstalk ZB's weather analyst.

Philip Duncan said overnight temperatures in the city hardly fell below 23 degrees.

He estimated that, combined with the humidity, it felt more like 32 degrees.

Mr Duncan said when humidity reaches 100 per cent the air is completely saturated and sweat cannot evaporate from skin.

At 10am this morning, MetService said the humidity level in Auckland was still 90 per cent.

The muggy conditions, which were also felt in Whangarei, have been caused by a low north of the country pulling air straight from the sub-tropics.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10555920



The humidity has dropped and is currently 83%(https://cdn.smfboards.com/Smileys/smf/buck2.gif)

This is what I hate most about Auckland.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Calliope on February 12, 2009, 02:23:20 pm
we are still waiting for the promised heavy rain. It hasn't arrived.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: DazzaMc on February 12, 2009, 02:28:24 pm
What's the weather like here?

YUCKY!!

Time to jump in the pool......


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Calliope on February 12, 2009, 08:22:23 pm
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The Rains have arrived

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: DazzaMc on February 12, 2009, 08:28:16 pm
It's nice huh!
The sound of rain on the roof, a bit of wind in the trees... and the air's no longer like pea-soup.


Bed and book time - a good nights sleep coming up.

 :)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on February 12, 2009, 08:29:28 pm
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The Rains have arrived

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It's been pouring down in Wellington and the Hutt ALL day. The cats are pissed off. The youngest is an 8 month old Burmese and she's stir crazy - flying off the walls and harrassing the older ones. My lot are curfewed at night anyway, but if they get a good play outside during the day, the little one is good at night.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: DazzaMc on February 12, 2009, 08:41:21 pm
Auckland hits record high temperature

Auckland has experienced its hottest day in 137 years.

During the 3pm hour, the temperature at the official weather station at Whenuapai Airbase reached 32.4 degrees.

NIWA climate expert Jim Salinger says the temperature is the highest since their records began and equals a high recorded in the Auckland Domain 137 years ago, in 1872.

Weather analyst Philip Duncan says the extra hot weather was due to a sudden clearance of cloud in the skies along with a gusty nor'wester. He says WeatherWatch.co.nz's thermometer in West Auckland recorded 34 degrees, fuelled by a hot nor'wester.

Mr Duncan says although humidity is lower today, the intense heat and sunnier skies means it feels much hotter - and a humidex reading of 38 was recorded.

South Island weather analyst Richard Green says far from Auckland's high, Christchurch is having its second coldest day of the summer. It was 12.8 degrees around 6pm and still raining.

http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/newsdetail1.asp?storyID=152435


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: DazzaMc on February 12, 2009, 09:02:37 pm
Auckland has hottest day in 137 years  
Auckland not only experienced its hottest day of the summer - but the hottest since records began back in 1968.

Niwa Climate expert, Jim Salinger, says today's high was the highest since their records began and equals a high recorded in the Auckland Domain 137 years ago, in 1872.

During the 3pm hour the temperature at the official weather station at Whenuapai Airbase reached 32.4 - the hottest ever recorded there.

Head weather analyst Philip Duncan says the reason for the extra hot weather was due to a clearance of cloud in the skies along with a gusty nor'wester.

"Similar to the Canterbury nor'wester, West Auckland can also receive a jump in temps when a nor'wester blows - thanks to the Waitakere Ranges.  That coupled with hot air already over the city and a surprise break in the clouds so the sun could come out, meant the temperatures surged up in western suburbs".

Across south and east Auckland it was only around 28 degrees - significantly lower without the warming affect of the wind.

"WeatherWatch.co.nz's thermometer in West Auckland recorded 34 degrees fuelled by a hot nor'wester" says Duncan.

He says although humidity is lower today the intense heat and sunnier skies means it feels much hotter.  "Our humidex reading, which is a calculation of heat and humidity and what it feels like on your skin, is recording a whopping 38 degrees in Auckland".

WeatherWatch.co.nz exclusively forecast a mostly dry day today but the clearance of cloud even surprised them.  "The rain band moving in is slower than some forecasters thought for the Auckland region but skies have this afternoon temporarily cleared ahead of it.  This has given a rapid rise in afternoon temperatures".

The latest rain radar shows the front bringing heavy rain to western areas of the North Island but the rain isn't expected to set in across Auckland until this evening.

"Some people who have recently been in Melbourne have found the heat in Auckland just as hot this week, but in a much different way.  They report that the breeze is cooler but the humidity makes it feel just as hot and exhausting".

Meanwhile Christchurch is having it's second coldest day of the summer according to Weather Anlayst Richard Green. 

Mr Green says it's currently 12.8 degrees and still raining.

http://www.weatherwatch.co.nz/newstalk


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Ferney on February 12, 2009, 09:05:08 pm
It was 39 degrees at work today and has been on average 38 for the last couple of weeks.    We have a fan on the compressor/motor for a 300L refrigerated unit for cooling rollers and also spray with water every 10 minutes otherwise it stops.   Our frig guy said everyone in Auckland was having to do the same.     I don't know how the 'boss' stands it.  Its slightly cooler where I am. 
Its 28 at home now with 3 fans on. 


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: bump head benny on February 13, 2009, 01:23:30 am
Been drizzling ALL DAY!!! and its still persisting down, Im rapt....this is excellent weather after the weeks of hot days weve had so far.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: DazzaMc on February 13, 2009, 05:15:28 am
OH yippy-yay!!

It as cooled down!!!
And the air is clear...


... much better thank you!!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on February 13, 2009, 07:28:44 am
My goodness - it is after 9 am and I still have some of the windows and doors closed. Yesterday I beat a retreat down to the basement, the only coolish place left. I had flat cats and "dead" bunnies all over the place.

BTW A rabbit lying on it's side with head down looks dead even when they are very much alive. All 4 of mine were doing that yesterday.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Brownie55 on February 13, 2009, 07:30:46 am
Wet  and drizzly here   . braved the outside world and took all the dogs for a huge walk this morning.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on February 14, 2009, 09:05:38 pm
After a couple of days of rain with warm temperatures, the rain ended on Friday but it got bloody cold at the bottom of the North Island.

It's still cold but the forecast is for warmer weather tomorrow (Sunday).



A silt-laden (from the Hutt River) Wellington Harbour on Saturday morning....

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: wgtngirl on February 17, 2009, 06:04:01 am
Beautiful clear sunny day.....although a bit nippy.  Last few days have felt like winter and we have had to put the wool duvet back on our bed.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: donquixotenz on February 17, 2009, 06:32:09 am
 Yes is colder and damper cramps have started again after 6 months of freedom from nightly attacks.
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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on February 19, 2009, 05:52:20 pm
====================
HEAVY RAIN WARNING
====================
 
AREA/S AFFECTED: THE NORTHERN HALF OF THE NORTH ISLAND NORTH OF A
LINE FROM TARANAKI TO RUAPEHU TO EAST CAPE. ALSO THE TARARUA RANGES,
THE RANGES OF NELSON AND WESTLAND AND THE MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS.
FORECAST:
 
TARANAKI:
Rain expected to become heavy from early Friday morning.
In the 12 hours from 3am to 3pm Friday expect 60 to 80mm over much of
the Taranaki area and up to 150mm over Mt Taranaki.
 
NORTHLAND AUCKLAND WAIKATO WAITOMO TAUMARUNUI COROMANDEL PENINSULA
TAUPO and NORTHERN TAIHAPE:
Rain is expected to become widespread overnight and to become heavier
during Friday morning. In the 14 hours from 4am to 6pm Friday expect
60 to 80mm in many areas and up to 100mm about higher ground in the
central North Island.  Rainfall rates may reach 25mm per hour at
times.
 
BAY OF PLENTY:
Rain is expected to develop during Friday morning. In the 18 hours
from 6am to midnight Friday expect 80-100mm rain in many areas and up
to 150 mm about the ranges.
 
TARARUA RANGES:
Rain is expect to develop early morning and become heavier during the
morning.
In the 12 hours from 4am to 4pm Friday expect 80 to 120mm rain.
Heaviest falls are likely to be late morning when rainfall rates may
reach 30mm per hour.
 
RANGES OF NORTHWEST NELSON, RICHMOND RANGES AND THE MARLBOROUGH
SOUNDS:
Rain is expected to become heavy early Friday morning.
In the 12 hours from 3am to 3pm Friday expect 60 to 80mm rain.
The heaviest falls are likely to be late morning when rainfall rates
may reach 20mm per hour.
 
RANGES OF WESTLAND SOUTH OF OTIRA:
Rain is expected to set in overnight and become heavier by dawn on
Friday.
In the 24 hours from 6am Friday to 6am Saturday expect 100 to 150mm
rain.
Further heavy rain is expected at times through the rest of Saturday.
Rainfall rates may reach 25mm per hour at times.
 
FREEZING LEVEL: Above 3500 metres over the South Island.



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Brownie55 on February 19, 2009, 06:36:59 pm
Beautiful day here  and a gorgeous evening   . Doesn't look like it will last though  :(


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Brownie55 on February 19, 2009, 08:13:31 pm
Oh no, just went outside and it is drizzling...looks like a day in bed reading tomorrow. :(


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Calliope on February 19, 2009, 08:24:18 pm
Waiting for the rain again  :P


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Ferney on February 19, 2009, 08:31:03 pm
Its humid again in Auks.   I don't mind it but hope we get the promised rain.     


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Shef on February 20, 2009, 03:28:17 am
Just started trying to rain here(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/43emrainbow.gif) hopefully we get a decent amount. I'm not looking forward to the 29 degrees that is supposed to be accompanying it though(https://cdn.smfboards.com/Smileys/smf/undecided.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: bump head benny on February 20, 2009, 04:07:37 am
Mild and cool but its only 6am and still darkish


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on February 20, 2009, 09:45:37 am
The rain is getting harder here

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Shef on February 21, 2009, 05:06:18 pm
It's bloody hot again(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/11emcry.gif) and after yesterdays rain (complete waste of time - it's evaporated) it's muggy as well!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Shef on February 21, 2009, 08:28:47 pm
It's still hot, and now we have those godawful brown beetles that find any chink in the house and fly around hitting things and making that clicking sound(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/10emsad.gif) The dog tried to eat one, but didn't like it, so now we're sitting in the dark hoping they'll stay outside PMSL.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: bump head benny on February 21, 2009, 08:36:09 pm
Just been out back to check and theres a humungous toadstool growing on the lawn, I swear the friggin thing has doubled in size overnight?? Its cool and dampish here.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Shef on February 21, 2009, 08:39:05 pm
So ............ where are you BB?(https://cdn.smfboards.com/Smileys/smf/angel.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: bump head benny on February 21, 2009, 09:02:11 pm
Tararuas


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: bump head benny on February 21, 2009, 09:06:14 pm
WHere u at Shef?


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Shef on February 21, 2009, 09:19:18 pm
Back in HB .... where it's hot, muggy and we have surplus livestock of the uneatable kind ;D


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: bump head benny on February 21, 2009, 09:21:15 pm
Ok....weve had clouds and showers and a lil wind all day, its still dampish outside but at least its calm and the temps about right. Had enough of muggy these last few months.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Shef on February 21, 2009, 09:22:18 pm
Macca ???


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: bump head benny on February 21, 2009, 09:26:41 pm
Macca??
 ::)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Shef on February 21, 2009, 09:28:04 pm
OK  so I'm REALLY NOSEY!!  I just want to know(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/11emcry.gif)
If you tell me, I'll keep it QT ;D


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on February 28, 2009, 08:29:28 pm
The last day of summer today and it was grey and wet.

Here's some weather photographs taken in “my neck of the woods” over the past couple of weeks....



Sunset at my place almost two weeks ago....

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Wellington a week and a half ago....

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Wellington Harbour the day after the last four photographs....

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Wairarapa countryside last Thursday....

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The final day of summer today....

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Tomorrow is AUTUMN!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Calliope on February 28, 2009, 09:04:22 pm
power on, power off, power on, power off - power surges bloody hell


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Shef on February 28, 2009, 10:02:08 pm
Well the unthinkable has happened - they had to cancel the Mission concert! It's finally stopped raining here, don't know what it's doing in town. Apparently they didn't cancel until 6:00. The gates opened at 3 and concert started at 7 :o

So the boss rang to say they are flat knacker tonight! I don't usually work Sundays but because of the cancellation they were over-run! Oh and apparently, Lionel Ritchie was in for dinner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
FFS -------- He ate my food but I wasn't there....................*sulks*


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on March 01, 2009, 02:00:04 am
Poor Shef - it would have been great if you'd met him.

I think this is the first Mission Concert ever cancelled. Real bad luck.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on March 01, 2009, 10:32:09 am




The rain has gone. Although there are probably more clouds than blue sky at the moment, but the sun is shining! (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/42emhot.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Calliope on March 01, 2009, 10:43:08 am




The rain has gone. Although there are probably more clouds than blue sky at the moment, but the sun is shining! (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/42emhot.gif)

ditto


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: dragontamer on March 01, 2009, 10:49:27 am
Everything is soaking wet, and it's approximately 26 degrees.  So we are now getting steamed to death.  Arrrgh.  It's disgusting.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on March 01, 2009, 10:02:05 pm
The first day of autumn was a mixture of clouds, blue skies, sunshine and warm temperatures at my place.

There were lots of interesting colour, light & shade contrasts on both sides of the ranges as afternoon turned to evening.



Same location in Masterton as yesterday (almost the same time), but very different weather....

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Wairarapa countryside, late afternoon....

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Wellington Harbour, early evening....

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South Wairarapa countryside and Featherston, early evening around sunset....

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Shef on March 08, 2009, 05:14:47 pm
Started off a bit ho-hum here this morning. Mr S went to work a 5:30 just to do a bit of M&R but ended up down in CHB harvesting. It's now really balmy, nice breeze and sunshine(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/42emhot.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on March 08, 2009, 09:35:30 pm
Lots of weather variety at the bottom of the North Island lately.

Wet and muggy on Friday, mostly cloudy and humid yesterday, and fine and humid today.



A very grey-looking Wellington Harbour early on Friday evening....

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The eastern Wairarapa sky on Friday evening....

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Wairarapa weather near Masterton late this afternoon....

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Early evening weather in Wellington today....

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: bump head benny on March 09, 2009, 02:27:54 am
Windy here right now, Ive just brought my tomato plants inside because theyre out in the open.
 :o


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on March 09, 2009, 08:41:31 pm
A bit of a mixed bag today. The weather was a mixture of clouds and blue sky this morning on both sides of the ranges at the bottom of the North Island. However, I got back to Wairarapa early afternoon and a receding thunderstorm was visible to the north and the ground was rather wet, but the sun was shining again. Late afternoon and early evening, it started to cloud over and get a bit cooler as a southerly began to pass through the region.



Autumn in Wairarapa this afternoon (after the thunderstorm)....

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Now it's raining at my place!      (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/RainUmbrella.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Shef on March 11, 2009, 10:08:27 pm
It's bloody freezing here (obviously I've become re-acclimatised to the HB warmth(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/08emembarrassed.gif)) and when I got home M S hadn't lit the fire. So now I have to wear sox and a jersey >:(


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Brownie55 on March 11, 2009, 10:30:52 pm
Freezing cold, windy, raining, sometimes hailing.   >:(


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on March 11, 2009, 10:42:04 pm


It's bloody cold at my place....I've turned the electric blanket on in my bed, and I've got heaters going!

I went to work this morning wearing shorts (and a thick jersey) and sat in a warm locomotive cab most of the day (mostly with just the window heaters going), but when I walked home early this evening, my legs got bloody cold. I think I've only worn long pants on about two occasions since late October, but I might have to dig some pairs out and start wearing longs more often unless the weather goes back to being an Indian Summer within a day or two.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Newtown-Fella on March 11, 2009, 11:19:09 pm
Full Moon and a bloody  cold Southerly here in Wellington .... >:(


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Nitpicker1 on March 12, 2009, 10:59:23 am
Big wind from WSW with gusts to 57 kts...took a look at Tairoa heads wind data, about 65kts gusts there.

 A day or two ago a cruise ship was waiting to leave port, and a container vessel waiting to enter the harbour, dunno if they've made it yet. I can think of a better place than Port Chalmers to spend more than a night there.



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Shef on March 12, 2009, 03:00:21 pm
Much better here today. The wind's a bit cold, but it's nothing like yesterday!
They're forecasting fine(ish) weather for the weekend  :) which is just as well. I have to move our lambs back home from the neighbour's. The downside of having semi-tame lambs means that moving them is not easy, and the dogs aren't much help at all(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/08emembarrassed.gif), I think I'm going to have to spend some time training them instead of playing with them LOL.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on March 12, 2009, 08:52:56 pm
It was rather chilly at my place last night; however after a cold start this morning, it turned into a nice fine day on both sides of the ranges at the bottom of the North Island.



Sunset in Wairarapa was behind the clouds this evening while I was driving a train from Wellington to Masterton.

However, I took the following dusk shots of a golden sky at Carterton while stopped there offloading passengers....

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The next two photographs were taken from near Clareville. The lighting conditions weren't too good by then and a locomotive travelling at speed isn't a very stable photographic platform, so I used a sports action mode to compensate and this was the result....

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It got even more colourful after that, but the light was definitely too dim to take photographs from a moving locomotive so I gave it away and concentrated on driving the train.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on March 18, 2009, 12:54:43 pm

A beautiful autumn day at my place — blue skies, sunshine, no wind and with the temperature in the mid-20s.



A perfect morning for hot-air ballooning in South Wairarapa near Matarawa....

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Nitpicker1 on March 18, 2009, 05:21:33 pm
(http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p285/nitpnz/croppedannotated.jpg)   

she should look like this again soon  :tntrm

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on March 19, 2009, 09:02:33 am
It is raining here and Sally is telling me about it - at length.

Is it just me or did Autumn arrive early this year as in the 3rd week in February?

Sp1's birthday was cold and wet.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Shef on March 19, 2009, 04:37:04 pm
LOL Nitz, so what would she have done if she'd managed to catch it ;D
Do you have to blow dry her, or does she dry quite quickly?


Happy Birthday to SP1 :m&ms  hope she had a good day anyway!


Weather here has been awesome. Nice crisp morning ( I love autumn) and then a warm day, not a cloud in the sky. :dwfl


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Nitpicker1 on March 19, 2009, 05:26:05 pm
 She had no show of catching it, it was teasing her. She had to be hosed down then bathed and blow dried,. took more than 2 hours
It was quite a nice day here after yesterdays heavy drizzle but I didn't let her out of my sight. 

16c here at present, and  bit of a breeze about 12 kts. Mushrooms about and near frosts in the mornings on fine days. Boats haven't been out.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: dragontamer on March 21, 2009, 09:41:17 am
They said showers dammit.

SHOWERS.

It's bleeping canoning down.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Calliope on March 21, 2009, 09:45:08 am
sunshine and clouds but I expect the rain is not too far away


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Nitpicker1 on April 09, 2009, 07:35:08 am
  both cat and dog burrowed their way under the blankets into my bed last night and won't even get out now that I am. 4.3c


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on April 09, 2009, 10:31:14 am


It pissed down all night at my place (and it's still pissing down). Still....the forecast is good for the long weekend, both here and where I'll be.

I'm heading over to Wellington this arvo, then after a couple of teenage boys fly down from Gisborne early tomorow morning, a group of us are off across Cook Strait to Picton and a weekend of classic aeroplanes at Omaka Aerodrome. Then, right down towards the bottom end of the South Island in an attempt to get as far away from the JAFAs as possible! The furtherest distance away from home will be Milford Sound.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on April 09, 2009, 10:49:03 am
  both cat and dog burrowed their way under the blankets into my bed last night and won't even get out now that I am. 4.3c

My lot were all under the duvet all night. They only got up whe I put the heater on in the lounge.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on April 09, 2009, 10:53:57 am
Perthistently pithing all night, cloud breaking, snow on the southern alps and currently 5 degrees. ::)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on April 09, 2009, 11:00:48 am
My littlest dog always spends the night under the covers - Ive just been looking for her.
Shes still there - its 11.7 here hahaha.

Shes gonna feel it when it really drops - shes grown out of her jumpers too  :'(


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on April 09, 2009, 11:03:53 am
I bought Berty a T shirt this morning and put it on him and he sat there looking peed off and wouldn't move till I took it off.   ;D


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on April 09, 2009, 11:17:45 am
When she was little I cut the sleeve off a jumper and cut holes in it for her legs  ;D

She prefers to wear her raincoat which has sheepskin lining.  Other obes she comes to me and I know she wants it off - she will wear her raincoat all day quite happily.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Nitpicker1 on April 09, 2009, 12:10:10 pm
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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: DazzaMc on April 09, 2009, 01:10:07 pm
It's hailing!!!!!

BOO HOO!!!

Winter is here....


 :(


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on April 09, 2009, 01:19:04 pm
Where sp1 is there is snow down to 1000m, she is at 700m.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Nitpicker1 on April 20, 2009, 11:08:20 pm
The animals woke me up sneaking in under the blankies 10.30pm

-0.3   now


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Nitpicker1 on April 21, 2009, 07:21:56 am
-2.8


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Shef on April 21, 2009, 07:48:42 am
Time to hibernate Nitz (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/04emsmileo.gif). It's a grey miserable day here. it hosed down all day yesterday, and the forecast is looking pretty gloomy for the whole week.
I do prefer winter to summer tho'. Closing up all the curtains, lighting the fire and just kicking back and relaxing.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on May 05, 2009, 06:58:29 pm
Our harbour opens directly to the west - and thats where the gale is blowing from and we are in a direct line - it started hard about 15 minutes ago.  Even the dogs are looking out the ranch sliders with fear.

Ive been out and checked all the glass on the deck - all is safe  ::)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on May 05, 2009, 07:13:03 pm
Going to be a chilly one here tonight.   Hate it when we have a frost and then a sea fog rolls in like this morning.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Newtown-Fella on May 06, 2009, 06:08:14 am
an amazing thunder and lighting storm and lots of heavy rain and hail ...

the lawn outside my window glows white in the night light ...


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: donquixotenz on May 06, 2009, 06:15:02 am
Not sure yet still asleep I think!(https://cdn.smfboards.com/Smileys/smf/shocked.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on May 06, 2009, 06:22:01 am
Crap...wet and cold.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Newtown-Fella on May 06, 2009, 08:50:52 am
Hail storm in Wellington

Updated at 8:36am on 6 May 2009

A sudden hailstorm made driving conditions treacherous in Wellington on Wednesday morning.

Police say there were drifts hail of up to 5cm on streets in southern parts of the city. Patrol cars lost traction in the suburbs of Newtown and Kilbirnie.

MetService says it's recorded 190 lightning flashes over central New Zealand since 5am, particularly over Wellington.

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/stories/2009/05/06/1245af7a4bdc


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Nitpicker1 on May 06, 2009, 08:57:06 am
good shot of the Wellington lightning on Breakfast, were there any strikes?


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Brownie55 on May 06, 2009, 09:14:27 am
Cold and wet here in Christchurch


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on May 06, 2009, 09:19:05 am
http://www.zl3gp.co.nz/wxlive/index.php

This looks at the area round Burwood etc - click on lightning bottom of the page.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Newtown-Fella on May 06, 2009, 09:27:15 am
Huge storm bringing severe gales and big seas

It looks impressive on the future weather maps [http://www.wxmaps.org/pix/aus.slp.html]and it may well engulf the entire country for several days - a low pressure system (that will affect an area the size of Australia) looks set to develop and then anchor itself off the South Island's east coast starting this Friday.

more .....http://blogs.nzherald.co.nz/blog/weather-watch/2009/5/6/huge-storm-bringing-severe-gales-and-big-seas/?ref=rss&c_id=1


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on May 06, 2009, 09:53:03 am
Welcome winter  ;D

Theres another one, even larger right behind this one.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Newtown-Fella on May 06, 2009, 01:01:28 pm
just been for a walk  .... wore a woolen beanie hood of hoody over and my 'canes stadium jacket ....

my knees are like blocks of ice ....

still resisting dragging out the heater candles do a good job and the flickering makes you think of open fires ...

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 06, 2009, 02:01:19 pm

Rain on and off at my place, but there hasn't been too much of it. It's a wee bit chilly, but not cold.



I hear the weather has been a bit rough in Welly this morning!

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 06, 2009, 03:16:45 pm

Weather warning for Wellington

Batton down the hatches

The Dominion Post | Wednesday, 06 May 2009

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Houghton Bay, Wellington's south coast, 6.09am. — ADAM BRADLEY.

A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the lower North Island — with hail stones up to 2cm possible — as Wellington was this morning woken by lightning and hail.

Metservice Forecaster Heath Gullery said scattered thunderstorms — some of which could be severe — were expected to hit Wanganui, Manawatu, Tararua, Kapiti–Horowhenua and Wairarapa this morning.

Hail stones up to 2cm were possible, Mr Gullery said.

"Large hail can cause significant damage to crops, orchards, vines, glasshouses and vehicles, as well as make driving conditions hazardous," he said.

Police warned Wellington drivers to be extra cautious on the roads this morning.

Inspector Ken Climo of central police communications said heavy hail had caused difficulty for patrol cars attending a car accident in the suburb of Newtown, with the car's tyres unable to get a good grip on the road.

"Take great care this morning, it doesn't sound like it's going to be a very nice day for driving in to work at all."



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Newtown, Wellington about an hour after the storm.


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Island Bay man Peter Horo described "snowy ice" outside his house, up to 15cm in places.


A central fire communications spokesman said they had had several call-outs because of the heavy rain and lightning.

"We've been called to a few episodes of minor flooding in the southern suburbs of Wellington this morning and the lightning did cause a few alarms to activate," he said.

MetService forecaster Allister Gorman said lightning storms had arrived in the capital early this morning after tracking northwards up the South Island overnight.

"In the last 24 hours there have been around 800 lightning flashes, but that's been pretty spread out around the country. Everyone has been getting a little dose of something."

Mr Gorman said most of the lightning activity experienced in the Wellington region had now moved on to Wairarapa.

"Wellington can now expect fairly garden variety winter conditions, cold and not very pleasant."



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Peter O'Carroll took this image at 6am.


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It's a real ‘dog day’ for some.


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A Wellington back yard, about 30 minutes after the rain stopped.


Wellington had also been doused with a heavy isolated downpour this morning, with over 12mm of rain falling over the city's airport in a 20 minute period. Other suburbs in the city experienced less than 1mm of rain.

"We've also had reports of hail falling and blocking drains; people have said the hail was up to 5cm deep in some eastern suburbs."

Those looking forward to some relief at the weekend could be disappointed.

"A large low is moving across the country by the weekend and it is going to be a fairly unsettled and cold weekend for many."


http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/wellington/2387884/Weather-warning-for-Wellington


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 07, 2009, 12:49:12 am

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: dragontamer on May 07, 2009, 08:46:25 am
Chilly but clear in Christchurch.  Which should give time for all the soggy bits to dry out before the deluge on the weekend.  They are threatening snow on the East Coast - hopefully it stays in the hills.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on May 07, 2009, 09:10:14 am
Ferking freezing - I refuse to get out of bed till it warms up!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 07, 2009, 10:07:58 am



In bed with the lappy, aye?  (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/03emwink.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Calliope on May 07, 2009, 10:10:45 am
the sun is shining, the birds are singing and it looks like it might be a nice day.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Nitpicker1 on May 07, 2009, 10:27:04 am
the sun is shining, the birds are singing and it looks like it might be a nice day.

Ditto, BUT it's snow to 800 m for tonight


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on May 07, 2009, 10:29:12 am



In bed with the lappy, aye?  (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/03emwink.gif)

Not any more - Heinzy decided I had to get up - cooking curried eggs for brekkie at his request.

It was a clear as sky this morning which has turned grey/black and purple to the west.
The sound of the waves outside the harbour and on the bar are so loud its almost deafening outside.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 07, 2009, 10:37:01 am


Lots blue skies and (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/shine.gif) at my place today too!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Shef on May 07, 2009, 04:01:07 pm


Lots blue skies and (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/shine.gif) at my place today too!

Here too. A real cracker of a day. Pity I had to work :(


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 07, 2009, 04:08:15 pm


I had yesterday and today off (after working nine early shifts in a row, most of them 4:30am starts). Unfortunately, I've got to go back to work at 4:30am tomorrow morning and work another seven shifts before getting a four-day long weekend (Friday-Saturday-Sunday-Monday) in just over a week's time. Life's a bitch sometimes!  :'(


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on May 07, 2009, 04:11:02 pm
4pm and starting to freeze already.   Well it feels like it. (http://www.cheesebuerger.de/images/smilie/figuren/k055.gif)   Did I mention I hate winter. ::)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on May 07, 2009, 04:50:31 pm
Brrrr - I just had to go and look at the temp gauge outside - on the deck its 10c

and 8 in Hamilton.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: wgtngirl on May 07, 2009, 04:54:48 pm
Clear and cold.

And my oldest son accidentally popped my hot water bottle yesterday(https://cdn.smfboards.com/Smileys/smf/cry.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on May 08, 2009, 09:07:34 am
It really dark here, just had a lightning and thunder.

It isn't very warm either. Last night was a hottie and blanket hogging cat night.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on May 08, 2009, 09:20:03 am
Weve had thunder and lightning all night - building to this morning spectacularly.

They are giving warnings on the radio this morning that its heading for AK now!

Much warmer overnight too thank goodness.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Ferney on May 09, 2009, 05:03:11 pm
I admit to being an Auckland whimp.  It's cold !
Its been sunny off and on all day but its freezing...... I don't like winter.   


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 09, 2009, 05:07:54 pm


There's quite a decent dusting of snow on the Tararua Ranges, as revealed this morning when the clouds lifted. Since then it has been a bloody nice day, but not long ago the sun set, then the temperature dropped dramatically. I reckon it's going to be a bloody cold night. It has that feeling about it!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Shef on May 09, 2009, 06:00:14 pm
We had a SW wind all day today. So far our weather's been really warm, so everyones been whinging ! I have a feeling we're going to have a bit of a frost tomorrow (wind's dropped, but the temp hasn't risen). I've had the fire going for a couple of weeks, but because I'm the only one here, I can see I'll have to either 'dump' some hot water soon, or get the kids home for a long, deep, hot bath. (I've already had a couple, but I'm a bit paranoid about falling asleep LOL)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on May 09, 2009, 08:51:17 pm
 NZ set for another dose of bad weather
3:04PM Saturday May 09, 2009

Four large low pressure systems will be rotating around the country by midnight, sucking up much colder southern air from the Antarctic.

Our weather watch centre reports this will mean the conditions which brought lightning strikes and hail yesterday will be re-energised. Head weather analyst Philip Duncan says the massive depression will intensify this afternoon.

Mr Duncan says it will mean snow to low levels in the South Island, single digit highs for many places tomorrow and heavy showers along the western coastline.



But can you believe it?


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Shef on May 09, 2009, 09:10:39 pm
Hells bells - it's really frosty here. I'm stoking the fire flat stick, the waters boiling, it's warm inside, but only just. I'm considering a bath, but I know it's going to feel cold when I get out(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/04emsmileo.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 09, 2009, 09:13:35 pm



Stay in the bath all night and just keep adding more hot water every so often.... ;D


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: dragontamer on May 10, 2009, 10:29:34 am
Wet Wet Wet.

Definitely a 'get under the blankets and watch videos' day.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Shef on May 10, 2009, 10:54:27 am



Stay in the bath all night and just keep adding more hot water every so often.... ;D


I've got enough "laugh lines" thank you, I don't want them all over(https://cdn.smfboards.com/Smileys/smf/grin.gif)

It's overcast here and quite nippy. I have to go over and pick Hannah up from Napier. If it's warmer at her place I might stay there lol.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on May 10, 2009, 12:08:28 pm
Weve got blustery hard itermittent showers - ahh well - heres winter.
Time to hunker down and keep warm.  It will soon pass  ;D


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Ferney on May 10, 2009, 04:42:53 pm
Its been sunny most of the day but it turned all dark and dingy in the last hour.   


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on May 10, 2009, 04:56:08 pm
4 degrees.   >:(


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 11, 2009, 03:08:17 pm

More icy weather tipped for south

The Southland Times | Monday, 11 May 2009

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WHITE TRACT: A tractor covered by snow that fell
on the road between Nightcaps and Ohai yesterday.
— BARRY HARCOURT/The Southland Times.


Snow fell to the foothills in Southland, West Otago and Queenstown yesterday, as temperatures rapidly plummeted.

MetService advised a low pressure system, accompanied by several fronts, was expected to keep the weather cool.

Conditions were expected to get worse last night with a severe weather warning in place.

Ohai Food Centre manager Polly Poihipi said the cold weather had resulted in a rush of people coming in to stock up on warm items.

"I think people were a little shocked when they woke up and saw the snow ... it (snow falling) is a little bit earlier than usual," she said.

The snow that fell in Nightcaps did not stay for long after rain fell.

The Milford road carries a traffic warning with snow showers expected to affect the road east of the tunnel yesterday.

Maximum temperatures yesterday ranged from 4 degrees Celsius in Queenstown and Wanaka, to 5°C in Gore and Invercargill.

The snow is good news for skifields in the Southern Lakes district with The Remarkables reporting a 25cm snow base and Coronet 30cm, while Treble Cone has 20cm mid-mountain, and Cardrona 30cm.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/2399897/More-icy-weather-tipped-for-south



Sunny days are here again ...

Snow in Lindis, Milford

By PAUL GORMAN - The Press |  Monday, 11 May 2009

Warmer weather this week will bring a welcome return to autumn after more than just a taste of winter.

Snow, sleet, hail and rain pelted Canterbury yesterday.

However, the wet conditions eased this morning, giving way to a sunny, cold day in much of Canterbury.

MetService said there was still a risk of showers and cold winds over the next two days.

However, from Thursday warmer north-westerly winds were likely to strengthen as the sluggish storm system moved away.

Snow fell to about 300m yesterday on Banks Peninsula, on the higher Canterbury Plains, in the foothills and in parts of inland South Canterbury.

Mount Hutt skifield had another bumper 25-centimetre snowfall.

"Over the last 10 days we've probably had close to 140cm," ski area manager David Wilson said.

Opening day was scheduled for June 13.

Methven and Springfield had snow flurries, while Fairlie had snow yesterday morning.

A couple of centimetres settled at Mount Somers and there was also light snow in Geraldine.

MetService severe weather forecaster Andy Downs said snow had fallen to low levels from bands of heavy showers crossing the South Island's east coast.

"Tomorrow there's another low coming round this complex low, but it brings winds round more to the westerly quarter to Canterbury, so the weather should then clear."

DESERT ROAD: Occasional snow showers are expected on higher parts of the road until early  afternoon and again tonight. 1 to 3cm could accumulate near the summit  at times during these periods.

MILFORD ROAD: Further snow showers are expected on the road east of the tunnel until early  afternoon, especially south of Lake Gunn. 2 to 4cm of snow is likely to  accumulate at times until about 3pm with the heaviest falls from Lake Gunn  southwards but snow level gradually rising to 600 or 700 metres.

LINDIS PASS: Occasional light snow showers expected on the road until mid afternoon. 1 to 2cm  of snow could accumulate near the summit at times until about 3pm.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/2399857/Sunny-days-are-here-again



Wild weather in Tauranga

By MICHAEL FOX - Stuff.co.nz (http://www.stuff.co.nz/) with MICHAEL FIELD | 2:13 PM - Monday, 11 May 2009

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                           BEACHED: Hail on the beach at Mount Maunganui. — DONNA FORLONG.

Wild weather has hit Tauranga, badly damaging a shopping centre and coating roads with hail and ice.

Police have been evacuating the Bayfair Shopping Centre in Tauranga as the severe weather hits.

They said the centre was flooding.

A spokesman at the Tauranga Fire Station said there had been "extensive damage" to the mall.

"There's a lot of hail and it sounds like it's blocked the drains and basically the mall got flooded from that," he said.

Sections of the ceiling had also fallen down and damaged the sprinkler system. He was unsure how many people had been evacuated.

Flooding had hit roads in the area, with Senior Sergeant Deirdre Lack of Mt Maunganui Police saying the hail had blocked drains and prevented the heavy rain from draining away.

"It was pretty bad. We actually had to divert traffic due to the flooding — there were cars stuck in it," she said.

Ms Lack said the flooding had lessened and expected the roads to be back to normal in an hour.

Tauranga City Council spokesman Marcel Currin said that most of the surface flooding was at Mount Maunganui and Papamoa.

Mr Currin said it appeared the damage to the roof of the mall, which caused the ceiling to collapse, was due to the heavy hail.

Oceanbeach Road between Girven Road and Concorde Avenue is closed while State Highway 2 at Te Maunga and Papamoa Beach Rd near Domain Rd was also affected.

Motorists are advised to avoid these areas if at all possible and to use extreme care.

Ice had also formed on State Highway 2.

Police said the storm was heading toward Te Puke.

Metservice spokeswoman Kathleen Kozyniak said there had also been thunderstorms and lightning in the Western Bay of Plenty Area.

She said 11.6mm of rain had been recorded at Tauranga Airport today with seven millimetres coming in a particularly heavy burst.

The bad weather was forecast to remain in the area, she said.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/2401406/Wild-weather-in-Tauranga


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on May 11, 2009, 03:12:31 pm
Brrr.  At least the sun is out here with a clear blue sky even if it is only 9 degrees.  Bet there will be another doozy frost tonight.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on May 12, 2009, 01:36:22 pm
A day without rain - so glorious - everything is clean and the greens are so much greener.
So we head off down the beach to take the dogs for a well earned walk.  One of the local foxies came out to state his name and address and for us to f off from this part of the beach - then he and our big dog decided to have a tussle - my lil dog wanted to help - I scooped her up as Heinz went in to untangle the intruder from his dogs line at which time the foxie took umbrage at being released and of course mouthed Heinzies hand with his teeth  ;D gouging out about four rip and tears across his thumb, and the joining web to the index finger on his right hand.  OOOO it looks sore!!  Damn Im glad hed cooked brekkie b4 we went for a walk  ;D  Hes all bandaged up now and keeps swearing at the intruder dog - his plans of getting some more work done round the house when the rain stopped have been put on hold  ::)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Shef on May 12, 2009, 01:47:51 pm
Ouch! Make sure you keep an eye on it re infection L'lee. Dog bites are very prone to infection (speaking from experience here. Mine got infected even after an AB shot at the ER.)

It's bloody freezing here. Cold and raining. Even the dogs are curled up inside. Ususally Hank's outside until I make him come in.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 13, 2009, 12:38:44 am

Meanwhile, down south....

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on May 13, 2009, 11:36:45 am
Will do Shef - we unwrapped it this morning and its looking quite good - I wanted to keep the bandaged pressure on them to make sure healing started before we rewrapped it - watching for infection he infects easily -- MEN  ;D

Tis cold enough to freeze them brass balls up here this morning - especially out in the wind.

Hamilton weather page is saying a temp of 14.7 and a windchill factor of 14.7.

There is an explanation about windchill ---- how cold it actually feels. Calculated by combining heat and wind speed - I dont understand.

I understand the combining - but the wind chill was - I thought - how cold the wind temp was and that figure removed from the temp gave you actual temp.

Anyone?


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Shef on May 13, 2009, 06:34:46 pm
Quote
Anyone?
Don't look at me - it's all beyond me(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/12emdgust.gif).

I'm more one of the
a) nippy
b)cold
c)fucking cold
d)freezing
e)piss off - I'm not getting out of bed until the wood-stove has been going for at least two hours.

The problem is that the wood stove is in the lounge/dining room, and the wood's outside, and ATM I'm the only one here >:(  - and if I don't go to work I don't get paid(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/11emcry.gif). *sigh*







Careful about the tight wrapping L'lee, if it gets infected, you don't want to push it down. Garic is a good poultice to prevent infection. It can hurt a tad though (as Mr. S found out  ;D)




Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on May 14, 2009, 10:11:43 pm
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OUCH!!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on May 15, 2009, 03:29:19 pm
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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 18, 2009, 11:49:25 pm

Flooding and slips after deluge

By PAUL GORMAN - The Press | 5:00AM - Monday, 18 May 2009

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IN FLOOD: Tim and Sandra Jorgensen, of Darfield
watch the Rakaia surge through the Rakaia Gorge.
— DAVID HALLETT/The Press.


Raging rivers roared across the South Island yesterday, flooding Omarama, threatening bridges and blocking the main highway south.

Rain fell on already sodden high-country catchments, while melting snow turned the Rangitata, Waitaki and Rakaia rivers into torrents.

The Rangitata River near State Highway 1 peaked about 2.30pm, with water bursting through its southern bank, flowing across farmland and roads, closing the highway and forcing motorists to detour inland through Geraldine.

The main trunk railway line was also closed between the Rangitata River and Temuka.

KiwiRail spokesman Kevin Ramshaw said workers would inspect the track, culverts and bridges today before deciding when to reopen the line.

The Waitaki River was expected to peak last night. As a precaution, the 113-year-old bridges between Kurow and Hakataramea were closed until 7am today. Floods in 1995 weakened some of the wooden piers on the northern bridge across the Waitaki.

The old Waimakariri River bridge near Kaiapoi was also closed for a time yesterday.

Omarama was on the brink of a Civil Defence emergency yesterday, with 31 people evacuated from the camping ground at 5.30am, along with three residents living near the river.

A major slip closed the Lindis Pass, while a slip on the Mt Cook Highway caused problems.

State Highway 77 was closed to campervans and other high-sided vehicles because of high winds.

MetService severe weather forecaster Ian Miller said the weather system had brought massive amounts of rain to the West Coast and the Southern Alps.

The country's wettest place Cropp River inland from Hokitika had 440 millimetres of rain between midnight Friday and midnight Saturday, with another 106mm from then until 7am yesterday.

More than 300mm had fallen close to Mount Cook village and parts of the Mackenzie Country had about 70mm.

Meridian Energy spokeswoman Claire Shaw said vast inflows to the Waitaki hydro system had forced the power company to spill water.

"We started spilling Friday night at Benmore to put a hole in the lake, so when the expected rain came down we had somewhere to put it. Spilling at Aviemore followed pretty soon after that, and we started spilling at Pukaki today."

It was difficult to know how long the spilling would continue, she said.

Environment Canterbury southern flood controller Graham Sullivan said the Waitaki was a massive river, but an expected peak flow of 1800 to 2000 cubic metres a second would cause problems and surface flooding.

"It could well be the biggest flow since 1995.

"It's been a combination of three things a lot of snow, a lot of rain, and we already had a saturated catchment from a fortnight or so ago, and those things have combined to provide an enormous amount of water."

Another burst of rain is expected in the high country and the Canterbury foothills this morning, but should clear this afternoon.

Last night, MetService forecaster Mark Pascoe warned the weather was about to turn cold, with south to south-westerly winds this week bringing a chance of snow to low levels in parts of the south on Wednesday.

Snow was possible to about 400 metres in Canterbury and to 200m to 300m further south.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/2418478/Flooding-and-slips-after-deluge



Deluge brings chaos to region

Lindis Pass closed after bridge scoured

By JEFF TOLLAN - The Timaru Herald | 5:00AM - Monday, 18 May 2009

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TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT: Rising floodwaters near
Falstone Reserve at Lake Benmore put at least one
caravan in a precarious position yesterday.
— STEPHEN BROWN/The Timaru Herald.


The surge of water down the Omarama Stream has forced the closure of the bridge on State Highway 8, completely shutting the Lindis Pass to heavy vehicles.

New Zealand Transport Agency operations manager for Otago/Southland Murray Clarke said the high flows scoured an abutment of the bridge.

The damage was found about 9.30am today and crews are now at the scene trying to repair the structure.

Mr Clarke said light vehicles are taking a detour along a private road.

``It's quite a big job to get opened. Water got in behind the embankment where the road is up against the end of the bridge.''

Nobody can recall when the bridge was last closed due to scouring, Mr Clarke said.

It follows on from the king-hit to the region by the weekend's weather; which forced evacuations, blew part of the Opuha Dam out, isolated townships and put Omarama on the brink of a Civil Defence emergency.

And that was just the start.

The Waitaki River's Kurow bridges were last night closed from 6pm until 7am today due to high river levels.

State Highway One was closed from Orari to Ealing yesterday afternoon after the Rangitata River breached a stop bank. It was reopened early this morning.

Trains were also stopped, with the line between Temuka and Bankside at Rangitata closed due to safety concerns.

Kiwi Rail public affairs manager Kevin Ramshaw said workers will inspect the track, culverts and bridges this morning before deciding whether to reopen the line. So far two trains have been delayed.

Traffic also faced delays yesterday, with diversions through Geraldine from Hinds and Orari. Journeys were made even slower by the one-way bridge north of Geraldine.

By 5pm yesterday up to 200 vehicles were queuing either side of the bridge as contractors tried to keep traffic moving.

As night drew on, roads were still closed as water, up to knee height in places, ran across farmland and roads.

New Zealand Transport Agency regional manager Colin Hey said the highway between Orari and Ealing would remain closed through last night, and be reassessed this morning.

"It's really a matter of having a look in the morning, reviewing the situation and playing it by ear."

He said that, in parts, the water was thought to be about half a metre deep, but "nobody's game to drive through it" to measure the depth.

One contractor had tried but turned back when water started flowing over the bonnet of his vehicle.

Even when the water recedes, Mr Hey said the highway would most likely need repairs to the seal before it could open.

Omarama has also been plagued by water worries.

Early yesterday the town was "on the edge" of a Civil Defence emergency, with water ankle-deep in the main street and up to a metre deep in other places.

Constable Paul Mander of the Kurow police said the town "just got by" without declaring an emergency, though 31 people were evacuated from the camping ground at 5.30am, along with three residents living near the river.

He said emergency services, including Civil Defence, had been planning for the rain.

"We knew it was coming and semi-prepared for it last night [Saturday]."

A major slip in the Lindis Pass saw that road closed, while a slip on the Mt Cook Highway, just north of Peter's Lookout, partially closed one lane.

"It's quite unpredictable," Mr Mander said of the flooding and slips.

"A few bridge approaches have been damaged and we've still got quite a lot of rural residents who are isolated, but it's business as usual for them."

At Huxley Lodge, in the Hopkins Valley at the head of Lake Ohau, 17 school pupils and their teachers from John McGlashan College in Dunedin were trapped, the roads too dangerous to get in or out of the area.

However, Mr Mander said police have spoken to the group and are satisfied they will be OK.

"They were planning to stay in there for a week anyway, it's just the access [that is the problem]."

And when it wasn't raining, it was blowing.

State Highway 77 was closed to campervans and other high-sided vehicles because of high winds. There were reports yesterday that in exposed areas the winds were too strong for people to stand upright.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/2418603/Deluge-brings-chaos-to-region



Roads closed, stock moved as deluge hits

By WILL HINE in Queenstown - The Southland Times | 5:00AM - Monday, 18 May 2009

Roads were closed and stock was shifted after a deluge of rain hit the Southern Lakes and Central Otago during the weekend.

Queenstown and Wanaka received more than a month's rainfall in just three days, causing problems in the Lakes district and further downstream in Central.

The Clutha River rose sharply in several places, triggering flood alerts, while the Dart River near Glenorchy swelled from a sedate 50 cubic metres a second to more than 650 cumecs yesterday.

Lake Wakatipu rose 60cm and Lake Wanaka rose about a metre but neither threatened to flood.

The wet weather caused problems on roads, with at least one traffic incident caused by flooding.

Acting Sergeant Terry Wood, of Queenstown, said a motorist was taken to hospital with chest pain after his vehicle left Glenorchy Rd on Saturday afternoon.

"He was driving into Wilson's Bay, hit some water and aquaplaned across into a tree."

The man was later discharged from hospital, Mr Wood said.

There was also a slip about 22km from Queenstown on Glenorchy Rd, which blocked one lane, and flooding on Frankton Rd.

Constable Mike Johnston, of Wanaka, said the Hawea-Makarora road was blocked by slips twice on Saturday.

Further north, a gravel road surrounding a bridge in Matukituki Valley was washed away on Saturday night but was rebuilt by contractors yesterday.

Cromwell police closed State Highway 8 at Tarras because of slips on the Omarama side of the Lindis Pass, before reopening the route yesterday afternoon.

Otago Regional Council environmental information and science director John Threlfall said he was tracking river levels and had an eye on waterways near Balclutha.

"You've got Wakatipu, Wanaka and Hawea combining with the Manuherikia, which, all combined, is giving us the high flows in the south end. We're advising farmers to move stock from low-lying levels but we don't expect it to be too much of a problem."

Central Otago Mayor Malcolm Macpherson said the Manuherikia River was high. The Clutha River was high but it was not causing any problems for the Manuherikia flow to clear.

"We are not near any of our risk levels yet ... it will depend on just how much more rain we get in the high catchment areas," he said.

Coronet Peak ski area manager Hamish McCrostie said torrential rain washed away a lot of the snow that had fallen during the week.

"It's snowing again now, so that bodes well," he said. "One good thing is the rain's filled up all the reservoirs so we've got plenty of water for snow-making."


http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/queenstown/2418561/Roads-closed-stock-moved-as-deluge-hits



Cyclist survives torrent

Clyde coastguard comes to rescue as man stranded

By WILL HINE in Queenstown - The Southland Times | 5:00AM - Monday, 18 May 2009

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OFF TRACK: Richard Todd, of Alexandra, who was
rescued by the Clyde coastguard after getting stranded
on a bike track in Central Otago at the weekend.
— BARBARA WITHINGTON/The Southland Times.


An Alexandra man found himself up to his neck in a "raging torrent" yesterday after biking along a track next to the swollen Clutha River.

The Clyde coastguard rescued Richard Todd after he was stranded biking along the rail trail from Clyde to Alexandra.

Before setting off Mr Todd had seen the Clyde Dam spilling water "like Niagara Falls" but he was familiar with the riverside track and decided to go ahead with his regular ride.

Mr Todd said he was cycling along the trail when he got to a pool of water about 30cm deep on the track. "That was all right but then I came to another lot. It was probably up to my handlebars."

Mr Todd's bike slipped off a submerged wooden section.

He managed to unhook his feet from his pedals but was starting to get nervous.

"I thought, `how far do I go'? I was getting too deep, I was up to my neck in it. It was getting deeper and deeper."

Mr Todd decided to turn back but by then the river was a foot higher and rising.

He found an outcrop of land, which had become an island of sorts, and called rescue services; the Clyde coastguard arrived within 20 minutes.

"I happened to have my mobile in a waterproof pouch in my backpack, luckily. Otherwise I think I would have been screwed. I was very cold and ... all I could see around me was water. Thank God for the search and rescue."

Recovering at his house after the ordeal, Mr Todd said he had been "quietly sh***ing himself" as the water rose around him.

He paid tribute to the excellent work of emergency services and said he planned to thank them in person.

Contact Energy spokesman Jonathan Hill said the Clyde Dam floodgates were opened during the weekend to let the Clutha River flow at its natural rate.

"The fact the dam is there is irrelevant because we're simply passing the volume of water upstream of the dam to downstream of the dam."

Mr Hill said the river was running at about 1500 cubic metres of water a second, three times its normal flow rate.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/2418562/Cyclist-survives-torrent



Snow on the way

Some South Island roads reopen

By PAUL GORMAN - The Press | 12:51PM - Monday, 18 May 2009

An early winter snowfall is brewing south of the country and is expected to bring snow to much of Canterbury from tomorrow night through to Thursday.

Weather forecasters are warning of plunging temperatures and snow to low levels, possibly as low as sea-level, on Wednesday.  

Blue Skies Weather forecaster Tony Trewinnard says south-westerly winds will become very cold tomorrow in the wake of a cold front, and even colder on Wednesday.  

Rain will spread north tomorrow afternoon, with snow lowering to 200m in the evening, and flurries to sea-level on Wednesday, although little snow is expected to settle that low down.  

From tomorrow night until Thursday morning 3 to 5cm could accumulate between 200m and 400m, with up to 10cm above that, Trewinnard said.  

MetService severe weather forecaster Mark Pascoe said the icy blast would be worst in Southland and eastern Otago, leading to dangerous driving conditions on higher roads.

ROADS REOPEN

South Island roads closed during yesterday's flooding have reopened.

Water across State Highway 1 near Rangitata, which forced motorists to detour inland through Geraldine, has cleared.

In North Otago, the 113-year-old Waitaki River bridges between Kurow and Hakataramea reopened this morning.

Environment Canterbury southern flood controller Graham Sullivan said the crossing would remain open unless the river flow reached a trigger point of 1500 cubic metres of water a second.

Caution is being urged on State Highway 8 in the Lindis Pass, from Omarama to Tarras.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/2420325/Snow-on-the-way



Storm, winds cause havoc

By CLAIRE CONNELL - The Marlborough Express | 1:00PM - Monday, 18 May 2009

High winds caused havoc in Marlborough at the weekend, uprooting trees, throwing a car-sized wooden shed 600 metres across a paddock, ripping roofs off houses, and leaving 6000 homes without power.

Linkwater couple Barbara and Jarrett Jenkins woke to chaos outside their home at about 4.30am yesterday.

"This wind just came out of nowhere; there was this roar and a bang and the wind hit a macrocarpa tree just about hit the house," Mrs Jenkins said today.

The tree was uprooted and just missed the corner of the house.

She said their wood-and-iron calf shed, big enough to fit a car inside, was uplifted and thrown 600m to the other side of the paddock.

Their hayshed roof came off and was hurled into the creek.

Their conservatory suffered, too, with four sheets of heavy plastic bending back. The couple had to tie them down, but water was still coming in the roof this morning.

"We had a two-seater wooden swing thrown 50 feet [16 metres]. I mean, it was silly to go outside; there wasn't much we could do until daylight."

The couple have insurance.

Despite being one of the worst affected, their power remained on.

Steve Benjamin, resident of Waikakaho Valley, said power was out at his house from Saturday night until lunchtime yesterday. There was no damage to his house.

Linkwater Services service station co-owner John Smith said it was a "pretty rough night" at Linkwater, with reports of three residents having roofs blown off their sheds. Power was out in the area from 3am to 7am on Sunday, but was restored quickly thanks to the efforts of Marlborough Lines staff, he said.

Marlborough Lines engineer Richard Steer said about 6000 customers were affected at some stage with trees falling on lines. Power was out ranging from a few minutes to 14 hours at Waikakaho Valley.

Areas disrupted included Onamalutu, Wairau Valley township, Spring Creek, Ngakuta (near Linkwater), Springlands, Linkwater, and areas in the Marlborough Sounds.

Waikakaho Valley, north of the Wairau River, and Wakamarina (near Canvastown) were also affected, with 10 trees down.

Mr Steer said Marlborough Lines had about 30 staff working, and finished about 9pm last night. All power had been restored apart from a few isolated houses, he said.

Marlborough Roads asset manager David Miller reported multiple trees down in areas north of Blenheim. Beech trees were down on State Highway 1 behind Renwick, State Highway 63, State Highway 6 west of Havelock, and the Marlborough Sounds behind Kenepuru Heads.

Ellen Plasier, who lives in the Outer Pelorus Sound with her family, said they had no reports of major damage but many branches came down on Saturday night.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/2420128/Storm-winds-cause-havoc


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 20, 2009, 04:51:15 pm

I guess winter has arrived early. It was a wee bit chilly with some rain when I started work at 4:30am, but by the time I got over to Wellington it was absolutely freezing.

While driving the train along the western shoreline of Wellington Harbour between Petone and Ngauranga I observed two Boeing 737s only a couple of minutes apart approaching Wellington Airport and being bounced around like corkd bobbing in Cook Strait in the middle of a storm. In each case, as the airliner got right down into Evans Bay not far from the runway threshold, a puff of smoke could be seen as the engines went to full thrust and the approach was abandoned, followed by the nose rising and the aeroplane climbing rapidly. There wasn't a problem with visiblity, so I guess it was simply too rough to carry on with the final approach.



Wellington Harbour this morning, viewed from Rocky Point on the western shoreline and looking towards Evans Bay and Wellington Airport....

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Back in Wairarapa and the sun was shining, although it was bloody freezing over here by then. Late afternoon and the sun disappeared behind clouds, followed by light rain. It feels like it is snowing in the hills.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 20, 2009, 04:52:44 pm

Wintry weather hits

NZPA | Wednesday, 20 May 2009

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          EARLY WINTER: Cold blast brings snow.

An icy blast of snowfall and gales has stopped ferries from sailing across the Cook Strait this morning and closed roads around New Zealand.

Inter-island ferries were not sailing due to the conditions, with one Bluebridge ship earlier today requesting a tug to assist with berthing in the strong Wellington winds.

Bluebridge spokeswoman Wendy Pannett said the ferry service had cancelled two sailings due to rough conditions in the strait, and was waiting to see if it needed to cancel more.

The Interislander had cancelled some of its morning ferries, though all afternoon ones were expected to sail.

In Otago, State Highway 87 between Outram and Middlemarch was closed due to snow. The North Island's Desert Road, closed due to snow this morning, reopened about 10am.

The MetService had a weather warning over Southland and eastern Otago with 5cm to 10cm of intermittent snow showers forecast over hills for the day, forecaster Chris Noble said.

The MetService had reports of snow down to 200m, though not in great amounts. However, conditions would ease over the day.

"Pretty much the whole of the country's in for some interesting weather," he said.

The snow and winds would ease during the day and be replaced with frosty conditions for the next few days.

But the North Island faced cold showers and southerlies until Friday and more snow on the Desert Road overnight.

Snow was forecast to lower to the top of the Rimutaka hill road this afternoon.

"The whole country is under a very cold south west flow. It's a good taste of winter," Mr Noble said.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/2425741/Wintry-weather-hits


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on May 20, 2009, 06:52:53 pm
It is 5 here at the moment although it doesn't feel like it and raining.  Make that pouring. ::)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 21, 2009, 11:53:55 am

Bloody freezing early this morning when I started work. And it's still freezing! There's a light dusting of snow right down low on the hills in Wairarapa. I imagine there is heaps of the white stuff above the bushline on the Tararua Ranges. BRRRRRRRRRR!!!



The Mangaroa Valley out the back of Upper Hutt with a light dusting of snow on the hills....

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 21, 2009, 02:37:54 pm

Icy storm tipped to abate today

By MARC GREENHILL and PAUL GORMAN - The Press | 5:00AM - Thursday, 21 May 2009

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DEEP FREEZE: Snow blankets the Crown Terrace,
above Arrowtown, in Central Otago yesterday.
— MARK HOTTON/The Press.


The snow, sleet and hail peppering Canterbury is set to clear as a bitter southerly blast eases today.

Temperatures around the region hovered between 1 degree Celsius and 4°C yesterday as glimpses of sunshine punctuated icy showers and snow to about 100 metres.

Snow fell on the Port Hills, with flurries in Christchurch's western suburbs. There were heavier snow showers inland.

MetService spokesman Bob McDavitt said the wintry showers should clear today as sunny intervals increased towards the afternoon, although temperatures were forecast to stay low.

Rain and sleet buffeted Banks Peninsula yesterday, forcing the early closure of the Hilltop Cafe and Bar.

Owner Laurie Sutton was not keen to get stuck.

The storm moving in was like a "big wall", she said.

"The last front that came through (before closing) was pretty impressive.

"We looked out and thought ‘we'd better get out of here’."

A thin blanket of snow made driving over the hill hazardous, although a grader cleared the road early yesterday.

A "white-knuckled" Akaroa tour bus driver stopped in at the Hilltop, Sutton said.

The Christchurch to Akaroa road was reduced to one lane after high winds felled a tree at Cooptown, near Little River, yesterday morning.

The changeable weather had tourists in the central city running for cover.

British backpacker Sarah Mountain, who arrived in Christchurch on Monday, was questioning the wisdom of her unplanned detour to New Zealand.

"I was just backpacking around southeast Asia, so I wasn't really prepared for this cold weather. I've been stocking up on winter clothes."

After visiting an even chillier Queenstown, Mountain said she would warm up in Australia's North Queensland.

Federated Farmers Mid-Canterbury president Michael Morrow said persistent rain would cause extensive run-off and increase the risk of flooding in the high country.

"Snow, ironically, may prove to be a blessing in disguise. Snow will dissipate the storm's effect on rivers rather than concentrating it like rain does."

Most animals were in good condition and ample feed was available, he said.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/2428227/Icy-storm-tipped-to-abate-today



Unseasonable weather causes huge avalanche on Birch Hill

By JEFF TOLLAN - The Timaru Herald | 5:00AM - Thursday, 21 May 2009

Unseasonable weather has brought on a large avalanche 2000 metres up Birch Hill in the Aoraki-Mount Cook National Park.

Conservation Department staff say the event is unusual for this time of the year and has most likely been brought on by the unseasonable weather in the mountains, which includes two storms.

Only two people, hunters, were in the park at the time and were not near the area where the avalanche occurred.

It is thought to have happened on either Sunday or Monday.

First reports suggested it had been a size five avalanche, the largest on the scale, which would have been capable of wiping out a village.

DOC ranger Ray Bellringer told The Herald yesterday the slip was now thought to be a size four. It started 2000m up Birch Hill and travelled about 1200m.

A southerly coming off the coast has given the area a reprieve that looks set to continue through to the weekend, Mr Bellringer said, though the weather next week does not look stable.

While during the winter the area had too many avalanches to count, they were "unusual for this time of year".

Because of the amount of debris involved, Mr Bellringer said, the avalanche was most likely slow moving, more so when it reached the valley.

He said the present risk of avalanches in the park was listed as considerable.

On lower terrain, Federated Farmers yesterday urged farmers to prepare for widespread snow to low levels and strong winds.

It followed a warning of the wild weather on Tuesday by the Canterbury Civil Defence.

Though South Canterbury and the High Country were now in recovery mode, farmers still needed to be wary of the weather, the federation's Mid-Canterbury president Michael Morrow said yesterday.

"In terms of animal welfare, we are thankful most animals are in good condition for this time of the year.

"Farmers are advised to monitor river and creek levels. Plans should be put in place to move stock to higher sheltered ground, especially if this does turn out to be a mean southerly blast.

"Ample feed and feed grain seems to be available, so farmers are in a good position to weather the storm, should it be a repeat of the 2006 event," Mr Morrow said.

There has been extensive damage to High Country farm tracks, fencing and flood gates caused by the recent heavy rains, which on Sunday saw the Rangitata River peak at its highest level in 15 years.

Mr Morrow said farmers needed to check their supplies, including food, water, fuel and alternative lighting, to make sure they could get by should the weather turn sour.

He added that people needed to check road conditions before they set out.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/2428454/Unseasonable-weather-causes-huge-avalanche-on-Birch-Hill



Early snow falls heavily at skifields

By MARK HOTTON in Queenstown - The Southland Times | 5:00AM - Thursday, 21 May 2009

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WINTRY BLAST: Te Anau police patrol State Highway 94
at Gorge Hill after an overnight fall of snow.
— BARRY HARCOURT/The Southland Times.


The white gold of winter fell in the Southern Lakes District yesterday with skifields receiving heavy blankets of snow.

Snow fell to about 400m around Queenstown, with about 2 to 5cm dusting parts of Arrowtown.

More than 10cm fell across the Crown Terrace above Arrowtown, making chains compulsory on the upper part of the Crown Range Road, which connects Queenstown to Wanaka.

Police reported no problems on roads around Alexandra, Cromwell, Wanaka and Queenstown.

Consistent snowfalls this month have delivered spectacular pre-season conditions to Coronet Peak and Remarkables skifields, according to NZSki.

Coronet Peak ski area, set to open on June 6, received between 50cm and 100cm of snow this week, helping create an 80cm base at the top of the mountain, and 50cm at the base building.

Ski area manager Hamish McCrostie said it was unusual to get consistent snow falls throughout May but staff were making the most of it to pack it into a base for the season.

The Remarkables received 45cm of snow this week and more than 1.5m during the past fortnight, which has helped create a 1.2m base across the mountain.

More snow showers are forecast for Queenstown this week but it is expected to clear but remain cold during the weekend.

Cardrona has an upper base of about 90cm and a lower base of 40cm, after 60cm of snow fell earlier this week.

The mountain experienced blizzard conditions, and staff have warned the avalanche danger remained high.

Snow affected State Highway 87 between Outram and Middlemarch, and State Highway 8 between Omarama and Tarras with the Lindis Pass closed overnight on Tuesday.

Weather also affected services at Queenstown airport.

Air New Zealand airport manager Dave Whitaker said several flights early in the morning were delayed, and one Qantas flight into the resort was diverted to Invercargill.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/2428330/Early-snow-falls-heavily-at-skifields



Wintry blast arrives in Taranaki

By KIRSTY JOHNSTON - Taranaki Daily News | 5:00AM - Thursday, 21 May 2009

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COLD SNAP: Hockey teams from New Plymouth Boys' High School
and Francis Douglas Memorial College battle the elements as
Stratford enjoyed a rare sprinkling of snow last night.
— BRADLEY AMBROSE/Taranaki Daily News.


Winter well and truly settled herself upon Taranaki yesterday, sneaking her icy fingers into every crevice and making residents wish for a toasty fire and a hot toddy.

At about 8pm last night, Stratford was treated to a heavy fall of snow right down to the centre of town.

Local Brooke Lockyer, 16, couldn't believe it when she looked out the window of her Pembroke Road house to see the family car coated in snow.

"It was snowing quite heavily," Brooke said.

"When you put your hand on the car there is quite a layer, when you walk outside your head gets covered straight away."

Brooke and sisters Ruby, 11, and Ivy, 8, took full advantage of the rare opportunity of snow in their yard, taking photos and making snowballs.

Earlier in the day, violent hail storms between Puniho and Rahotu coated the roads in white, causing cars to slide off the road and bringing traffic to a crawl.


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WHITE DELIGHT: Nichole Smyth checks out her Puniho Road,
Okato driveway after heavy hail covered it in ice.
— CAMERON BURNELL/Taranaki Daily News.


Sharemilkers Peter and Nichole Smyth, of Puniho Rd, said the storm started at about 10.15am with only little hailstones, but changed quickly into big ones the size of peas.

"The horses didn't like it much but at least they didn't try to jump the fence," Mrs Smyth said.

Rural postie John McDonald came across some skid-marks in the hail on Puniho Road, and wondered who might have lost traction on the icy surface and feeling glad he had only been going at a crawl.

Coincidentally, one Taranaki Daily News photographer returned red-faced after guiding the newspaper's Mazda gently into a ditch on the same road yesterday morning.

Reports of snow as low as Warea turned out to be hail, but still provided some wintry wonder and cheap entertainment for the kids.

At the Stratford Mountain House, staff had been kept busy rescuing stuck cars from the road after it snowed off-and-on all day.

"The grader's been and gone and we've had two inches more of snow since then," waitress Sam Burrows said at about 4pm.

"We had to use my 4WD to tow a car that got stuck only 4WDs and chains can get up here now," she said.

They expected snow down to 500m last night, Miss Burrows said, although the MetService forecast was snow down to 700m.

Dawson Falls reported heavy snow and Manganui Ski Field had a heavy fall on the lower areas, but were waiting for finer weather to open the slopes.

Today's forecast is a low of 5°C, fine apart from cloudy periods, cold southwesterlies. It should warm up towards the weekend.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/2428357/Wintry-blast-arrives-in-Taranaki/


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 21, 2009, 03:29:39 pm

Roads reopen as sun melts snow

By JAMES IHAKA and NZPA - The New Zealand Herald | 12:30PM - Thursday, May 21, 2009

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WHITE WONDERLAND: Snow fell to low levels around
Rotorua overnight. — ANDREW BLACK/Weatherwatch.


The Desert Road and State Highway 4 through Tongariro National Park were reopened late this morning after sunshine melted ice and snow.

The MetService also lifted heavy snowfall warnings with only light showers expected near Ohakune and Raetihi.

The Desert Road had been closed as conditions were too treacherous for motorists - a truck and trailer having jack-knifed this morning, blocking both lanes north of Waiouru.

Seven trucks which became stranded on SH4, north of Ohakune, from around 3am, unable to negotiate the incline through the National Park as snow and ice coated the roads.

Roading crews worked this morning to free them as the road warmed enough to clear a path.

Black ice in Taranaki meant a number of vehicles slid off the road, although no injuries were reported.

Police patrol cars were out leading traffic as most crashes were caused by people going too fast for conditions, Stratford police acting Sergeant Dave Lindsay said.

"But even in the patrol car we were getting some people trying to overtake us. Obviously they were in a hurry to get to work."

Police attended at least six accidents between Stratford and New Plymouth this morning.

Rotorua awoke to the rare sight of snow this morning with the eastern suburbs and hills behind the airport coated.

Weather analyst Philip Duncan says winter has "well and truly arrived early".

"It's like we haven't had an autumn. We had a warm April but there's been no in between," he said yesterday.

"We are two months away from the coldest part of the year, so to see temperatures this low is certainly eyebrow-raising."

Auckland's temperature dropped to 9°C yesterday and the maximum was only 12.

Wellington (max 11°C, min 9°C) and Christchurch (max 5°C, min 2°C) were even colder.

Wind chill took the temperature in Christchurch down to minus 7°C.

The southerlies whistling their way through the North Island are being caused by a high weather system to the west of the South Island and a low to the east of the North.

Temperatures throughout the North Island are likely to struggle to rise above 12°C.

"The southerlies are likely to be around the North Island until at least Friday and possibly even Sunday," Mr Duncan said.

Last night, a large hail storm hit the Rotorua area. Police warned drivers to take care on the road between Ngongotaha and Rotorua where the slush was 6cm deep.

Yesterday's snow also brought some fun for some. Vivienne Retter, a Palmerston North importer, took her staff to the Desert Road to make snowmen and throw snowballs at each other. Two of them, Erin Dais and Bruce Peters, had never seen snow before.

"I've never taken a winter holiday in my life so I'm rapt to be here," said Ms Dais, 21. "But that might change, though. I think I want to go skiing now."

The wintry blast closed the Desert Road for several hours in the morning.

Workers clearing the road of ice and snow said some drivers had been caught out by the foul weather, and some trucks had jack-knifed.

The Bluebridge Cook Strait ferry service cancelled two sailings due to rough seas.

Spokeswoman Wendy Pannett said one ferry asked for a tug to help it to berth in the strong Wellington winds.

An Interislander spokesman said all its ferries were operating, but some sailings had been delayed.


http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10573549



Snow eases, Desert Road reopens

The Dominion Post, NZPA and Stuff.co.nz (http://www.stuff.co.nz/) | 1:00PM — Thursday, 21 May 2009

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                           THE WHITE STUFF: Rangataua, 5kms south of Ohakune.


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                             SNOW DUMP: Rangataua, 5kms south of Ohakune.


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                                      CLOSED: The Turoa mountain road.


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                                GET CHOPPING: Ohakune needs firewood.


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                                     DUSTED: Rangataua gets a coating.


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                                         FENCED IN: Fields of white.


The Desert Road and State Highway 4 through Tongariro National Park have been re-opened after sunshine melted ice and snow.

The MetService also lifted heavy snowfall warnings with only light showers expected near Ohakune and Raetihi.

The Desert Road had been closed as conditions were too treacherous for motorists - a truck and trailer having jack-knifed this morning, blocking both lanes north of Waiouru.

Seven trucks which became stranded on SH4, north of Ohakune, from around 3am, unable to negotiate the incline through the National Park as snow and ice coated the roads.

Roading crews worked this morning to free them as the road warmed enough to clear a path.

Black ice in Taranaki meant a number of vehicles slid off the road, although no injuries were reported.

Police patrol cars were out leading traffic as most crashes were caused by people going too fast for conditions, Stratford police acting Sergeant Dave Lindsay said.

"But even in the patrol car we were getting some people trying to overtake us. Obviously they were in a hurry to get to work."

Police attended at least six accidents between Stratford and New Plymouth this morning.

Rotorua awoke to the rare sight of snow this morning with the eastern suburbs and hills behind the airport coated.

Weather analyst Philip Duncan said the cold snap was set to continue until tomorrow as winter had "well and truly arrived early".

"It's like we haven't had an autumn.

"We are two months away from the coldest part of the year, so to see temperatures this low is certainly eyebrow-raising."

Southerlies were expected to continue chilling the North Island until at least tomorrow, possibly through to Sunday, he said.

All roads were open in the South Island but motorists were urged to drive with care.

FERRY DELAYS POSSIBLE

A cold southerly blast is expected to cause delays and possible cancellations of ferry sailings till the weekend.

Swells peaked at 9m in Cook Strait yesterday. The highest swell recorded in Cook Strait was 14.2m in 2002.

Bluebridge ferry spokeswoman Wendy Pannett said two morning sailings had to be cancelled yesterday because of rough conditions but services resumed at 1pm.

One Bluebridge ship had requested a tug in Wellington to assist with berthing in strong winds.

An Interislander spokesman said all its ferries had been running, though there had been some delays.

Regional harbourmaster Captain Mike Pryce said swells of up to 12m were forecast for Saturday.

"It's going to be a bit lumpy for the next three days. If the sailing does go it'll be lively. I don't think they'll be selling many meat pies."

Yesterday's high winds of up to 100kmh forced Meridian Energy to shut its new Makara wind farm to avoid damaging equipment. Some of the 25 turbines were out of action for about an hour at the peak of high winds early yesterday.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/2428098/Snow-eases-Desert-Road-reopens



Playing in the snow's a blast

By JONATHON HOWE - Manawatu Standard | 1:00PM - Thursday, 21 May 2009

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READY: LAV crew Corporal Tom Waters waits for better weather. — NZDF.

Waiouru's freezing conditions failed to stop a group of Linton-based soldiers from finishing the penultimate day of a rigorous month-long training exercise.

The men and woman of the 1st Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment battalion head home today but they were met with thick snow, icy puddles and blustery winds at the Waiouru training area yesterday.

Attacking enemy bunkers, clearing out mock urban environments and blasting targets in light armoured vehicles (LAVS) were just a few of the scenarios about 350 battalion soldiers took part in.

Lieutenant Colonel Grant Motley, the 1st Battalion's commanding officer, said firing live rounds could be a challenging experience for a young and inexperienced soldier.

"It gets the heart beating and until they get confident they are overly concerned about making mistakes.

"There are a lot of very young soldiers; we've had 100 new soldiers in the last 12 months. In four weeks they've come a long way."

Most of the training involved the use of Linton's 29 LAVs, which have not yet been deployed overseas since being purchased in 2003.

Lt Col Motley, who has spent 21 years in the army, said the LAVs would be effective in East Timor and Afghanistan.

"Driving towards the target at 60km an hour they can fire on the move with deadly accuracy.

"I'd like to see them deployed but that's a totally political decision. They'd do a good job if they were deployed."

The bitterly cold conditions and intense training were nothing new for Sergeant Neville Hinga, who has been in the army for eight years.

"I'm used to it, I've been up here for a while."

Another eight-year veteran, Lance Corporal Reuben Lima, said using loaded weapons was just a part of the job.

"You can't afford to be nervous. But when I joined up and got my hands on a Styer it was pretty buzzy."

The army will bring its training to lower North Island towns when the Benghazi Stakes logistics exercise begins on Saturday.

About 230 soldiers will be involved in operations including driving, forward repair and field catering. The exercise, which includes Linton soldiers, will be held at Santoft, Levin, Woodville and Waiouru.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/news/2429143/Playing-in-the-snows-a-blast


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Shef on May 21, 2009, 04:02:54 pm
Quote
Police patrol cars were out leading traffic as most crashes were caused by people going too fast for conditions, Stratford police acting Sergeant Dave Lindsay said.

"But even in the patrol car we were getting some people trying to overtake us. Obviously they were in a hurry to get to work."

So the best thing to do is check that no-one's hurt, then leave them to stew on the side of the road! After 5 years of driving the Taihape/Napier road, I've seen all types of idiots. The ones who will spray your car with gravel/snow (depending on the weather), who then find out that you've slowed down for a reason - and then expect you to tow them out. Or because you've got chains, and they didn't bother checking whether they'd need them (if they had them in the first place). :-\






BTW it's really sunny here, but really cold. I've been trying (without ANY success) to get the dogs to help bring in some wood. I think there must be a 'nest' of some kind in the woodshed, because they both tried to get to the bottom of the heap(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/09emcrook.gif)

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Ferney on May 21, 2009, 10:44:13 pm
Standing at the rugby park tonight in thermals,  jacket, gloves and scarf it was still toooo coooold. 


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 22, 2009, 02:01:32 pm

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Nitpicker1 on May 22, 2009, 02:20:12 pm
I've put the butter in the waterheater cupboard, right next to the vent pipe.



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: TokGal on May 22, 2009, 05:18:36 pm
I drove down from Auckland to Hamilton yesterday afternoon to babysit my grandson for the weekend, and I had forgotten just how cold it gets here. I'm bloody freeeeezzzzzzzing!!! Got all my winter woolies on, thermal vests etc, fire going, and I'm still cold, it's even worse late at night and early in the morning when I go outside for a smoke........it's enough to make me want to give up.  Can't wait till I can get back up the line, where, even if it is a bit colder than usual it is nothing like this. At least I don't wake up to a white garden!

Roll on Summer! I hate the cold.



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: wgtngirl on May 22, 2009, 06:05:05 pm
Blowing a flipping gale where I am.  Since we overlook the Ngauranga Gorge the wind whisks up the gorge like its a bloody tunnel.  Oh and it is cold.  I've got the fire burning so am rather toasty.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on May 22, 2009, 07:40:37 pm
Wet and cold.   Nice and warm in here.... lecky blanket on, got the jamas, ug boots and robe on so will do the mad dash up the stairs early tonight and have a read.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: wgtngirl on May 22, 2009, 07:50:02 pm
I've put the butter in the waterheater cupboard, right next to the vent pipe.



Now that brings back memories.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 22, 2009, 08:18:09 pm

All of the above.

I'm half-way through a 10½-hour shift driving trains between Wairarapa and Wellington. Heading off back to Wellington again in ten minutes. The last bit gets interesting with waves crashing over the tracks between Petone and Ngauranga.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 24, 2009, 01:29:13 am

High winds cause chaos

Stuff.co.nz (http://) and NZPA | 5:18PM - Saturday, 23 May 2009

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ROCKING AND ROLLING: A ship heads out into
Cook Strait from Wellington Harbour yesterday.
— CRAIG SIMCOX/The Dominion Post.


Wild winter weather conditions bashing Cook Strait and the capital have seen ferry crossings cancelled, houses damaged and roads closed today.

Wellington's CentrePort has reported storm-force winds gusting at over 60 knots at the harbour entrance, with waves topping 14 metres at 1.30pm.

It said only one ship had arrived in this morning, with a decision made to delay arrival of others until entrance sea condition improved.

CentrePort said a ship had been diverted to Napier and another was currently anchored in Cloudy Bay, and would wait there until Sunday afternoon before attempting to enter the harbour.

Heavy seas have washed up debris onto roads around Wellington's south coast, with police advising motorists to avoid the area. Wellington City Council workers were attempting to clear the roads.


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DEBRIS: Flotsam washed up on Owhiro Bay Parade creates a hazard for motorists. — NICK BLACK.


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SEA SWELL: Waves of up to 14 metres at the harbour entrance helped push debris onto Wellington's south coast. — NICK BLACK.


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STORM: CentrePort reported storm-force winds of 60-plus knots in the harbour and along the south coast. — NICK BLACK.


Falling trees and debris had knocked out power to houses in Ngauranga, Johnsonville and Plimmerton.

High winds had also closed a road near Upper Hutt. A number of power poles on Blue Mountains Road had  been damaged and had blocked the road to all traffic, police said. Emergency services and council workers had been working to clear the area.

Power poles are also reported to have been knocked down in the suburbs of Naenae and Petone, while there is a report of downed telephone cables in Titahi Bay.

However up to 1200 households have had power restored after outages caused by overnight weather, Radio New Zealand reported.

There have also been numerous reports of wind damaging houses and lifting roofs in the Hutt Valley.

In Christchurch, falling debris has partially blocked the main route through the seaside suburb of Sumner.

Earlier in the day up to 700 passengers had their travel plans disrupted after nine ferry sailings were cancelled with high winds and big swells affecting the Cook Strait.

Two Bluebridge ferry crossings were cancelled last night, and there would be no sailings today, spokeswoman Wendy Pannett said.

Interislander spokesman Nigel Parry said they would not be taking any passengers across the Strait today and advised people to rebook.

Meanwhile, the MetService has issued a severe weather warning for southerly gales, heavy snow and heavy rain around the country.

A strong cold southerly airstream was expected to bring snow to the central North Island, with heavy falls of 15 to 25cm predicted to fall this afternoon and evening.

The Desert Road, State Highway 49 through Ohakune and SH4 through Tongariro National Park were likely to be affected.

A spell of heavy rain was expected this evening for Canterbury to the Kaikoura Coast, southeast of Blenheim, the MetService said.

Severe southerly gales were expected for Banks Peninsula, east of Christchurch, to Wairarapa, with gusts reaching up to 120kmh at times.

A severe weather watch for heavy rain in Wellington and the Wairarapa all weekend was also issued, with a low expected to bring heavy rain in the coastal hills of the Wairarapa, southern and eastern slopes of the Tararua Ranges, and Wellington.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/wellington/2435829/High-winds-cause-chaos


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on May 24, 2009, 07:29:03 am
Wet n wild.   Again!   SIGH !!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 27, 2009, 11:21:32 pm

The past couple of days has seen low cloud and drizzly weather in Wairarapa although temperatures have been mild. Over in Wellington, the weather has cleared up somewhat from last weekend, although it is still not perfect weather. The forecast for Wairarapa tomorrow is early morning fog, then a beautiful sunny day.



Wellington Harbour early yesterday afternoon with the Interislander ferry Arahura sailing past Lowry Bay on the eastern side of Wellington Harbour....

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: donquixotenz on May 28, 2009, 06:39:27 am
 Tell ya later sun is not up yet just a starry sky. Great sunset last night and easterly had a bit of warm in it.
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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on May 28, 2009, 09:24:47 am
Absolutely lovelee day today -- better than yesterday.

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 28, 2009, 12:21:15 pm


It's a beautiful fine, sunny day at my place.

There's quite a bit of snow on the Tararua Ranges though.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 30, 2009, 03:38:47 am

SEVERE WEATHER WARNING.

ISSUED BY MetService AT 7:59 pm 29-May-2009

WINTRY SPELL ON SUNDAY WITH SNOW DOWN TO SEA LEVEL FROM SOUTHLAND TO THE KAIKOURA COAST. SNOW DOWN TO UNUSUALLY LOW LEVELS OVER THE NORTH ISLAND WITH HEAVY FALLS EXPECTED IN THE SOUTH AND EAST

MetService expects another wintry spell this weekend.  A strong, very cold southerly is forecast to reach southern New Zealand late Saturday and quickly spread north over the whole of New Zealand on Sunday.

Snow showers are forecast to lower to sea level from Southland to the Kaikoura Coast and fall to unusually low levels on the hills in southern, eastern and  central parts of the North Island. 

Note that, although snow amounts will probably be marginal for a warning in many southern areas, MetService is issuing one because of the very low levels involved.

Snow is likely to many roads in these areas. With the strong southerly winds, windchill will be severe for animals and trampers in open areas.

People are advised to keep up to date with weather forecasts.Motorists will need to check road conditions before departing, particularly on Sunday, and plan for possible road closures.  Farmers should shelter vulnerable animals.

FOR THE LATEST WEATHER AND FORECAST CHARTS PLEASE GO TO: http://metservice.com

MORE DETAILED INFORMATION FOR EMERGENCY MANAGERS AND TECHNICAL USERS FOLLOWS:

                              HEAVY SNOW WARNING

AREA/S AFFECTED: SOUTHLAND OTAGO CANTERBURY MARLBOROUGH ALSO HILLS AND RANGES OF WELLINGTON WAIRARAPA HAWKES BAY GISBORNE MANAWATU WANGANUI TAIHAPE TARANAKI AND TAUPO FORECAST:

SOUTHLAND OTAGO
Bitterly cold southerlies expected to strengthen on Saturday night. In the 12 hours from midnight Saturday expect snowfalls down to sea level. 5 to 10cm of snow are expected to accumulate above 200 metres and possible 15cm about the eastern hills and ranges. Snow showers should ease or clear during Sunday afternoon and evening with the freezing level rising a little.

CANTERBURY MARLBOROUGH
Bitterly cold southerlies are expected to strengthen early Sunday morning. In the 21 hours starting about 3am Sunday expect 5 to 15cm of snow down to 200 metres with lighter falls down to sea level in Canterbury and about 200 metres in northern Marlborough. The heaviest falls are likely to be in north Canterbury and about the Kaikoura ranges where there may be 25cm above 500 metres. Winds and showers should ease during Monday morning,with the snow level rising slowly.

WELLINGTON WAIRARAPA
Strong, bitterly cold southerlies expected to spread north early Sunday morning. In the 24 hours from about 8am Sunday expect 10 to 20cm of snow above 300 metres and lighter falls down to about 200 metres on the hills.

HAWKES BAY GISBORNE
Bitterly cold southerlies are expected to strengthen from late Sunday morning.Snow is expected to lower to about 200 metres in Hawkes Bay and 300 metres in Gisborne during Sunday afternoon and evening. In the 24 hours from midday Sunday to midday Monday 10 to 20cm of snow may accumulate above about 300 metres,and up to 40cm at higher levels in the ranges. Note snow is expected in many farmed areas. Wind and snow should ease during Monday afternoon and evening with the snow level rising slowly.

CENTRAL AND SOUTHWESTERN PARTS OF THE NORTH ISLAND SOUTH OF A LINE FROM MT TARANAKI TO TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK TO LAKE TAUPO.
Very cold southerlies expected to strengthen during Sunday morning. Snow falls are expected to lower to 200-300 metres  during Sunday afternoon and evening. In the 18 hours from about noon on Sunday expect 5 to 10cm of snow to accumulate above 300 metres and 10 to 20cm above 500 metres. This includes farming country of inland Taranaki, Wanganui, and Manawatu as well as all of Taihape. Showers should ease or clear during Monday morning with the snow level rising slowly.

NEXT SEVERE WEATHER WARNING WILL BE ISSUED AT OR BEFORE 9:00am Saturday 30-May-2009

Forecast prepared by: Oliver Druce

For further information after 9pm contact Duty Forecaster Geoff Sanders

A service provided through a contract with the Crown

http://metservice.co.nz/public/weatherWarnings/severe-weather-warnings.html


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 30, 2009, 02:51:33 pm

Wintry blast due

NZPA | 10:51AM - Saturday, 30 May 2009

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           WINTER BEAUTY: The Southern Alps with a mirage effect as seen from the Port Hills on Friday morning.
                                                                           — CARYS MONTEATH/The Press.


Although technically winter has not quite begun, New Zealand is in for its second polar blast in two weeks with snow expected to sea level in some areas.

The MetService has issued a severe weather warning of a strong, very cold southerly expected to reach southern parts of the country this afternoon, spread over Canterbury tonight, and quickly spread north tomorrow morning.

Snow showers are forecast to lower to sea level from Southland to the Kaikoura coast and fall to "unusually low levels" on the hills in southern, eastern and central parts of the North Island.

Duty forecaster Oliver Druce said the warning had been issued not because of the amount of snow expected but because of the very low levels involved.

The snow is likely to close many roads and wind chill is expected to be severe.

He advised drivers to check road conditions before travelling and farmers to provide shelter for vulnerable stock.

Conditions are expected to ease on Sunday afternoon in the South Island and Monday morning in the North Island.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/2459791/Wintry-blast-due


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 30, 2009, 02:53:25 pm


It's overcast, very still, and a wee bit chilly at my place today.

It's officially WINTERTIME on Monday, although it looks like tomorrow will be winter.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: DazzaMc on May 31, 2009, 12:47:41 pm
I've just heard a rumor that it's just started snowing in Ward!!!!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 31, 2009, 04:43:12 pm

We've had it all in Masterton today....alternating fine periods (with a bit of sunshine) and showers, then hail, then snow, then more sunshine, then more snow, then more sunshine. Now I'm at work and about to head off to Upper Hutt and it looks (and feels) like more hail and/or snow is on the way. The white stuff is down bloody low on all the hills around here and the temperature is bloody freezing!!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Newtown-Fella on May 31, 2009, 04:54:10 pm
New Zealand Police Alert 2:00pm 31 May 2009 Wellington

Location of incident: Porirua - Wellington - Hutt Valley

Incident type: Adverse weather
       
Police are advising motorists to drive to the conditions as reports of heavy hail showers hit the Wellington region.
Police also wish to advise families heading up the Rimutukas to see the snow will be disappointed. Although snow falls have been reported, it has quickly melted.
Issued By: Supervising Sergeant Stephen Ross


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: bump head benny on May 31, 2009, 05:27:12 pm
Light snow here, if it gets any thicker Im off to take some pix :)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: DazzaMc on May 31, 2009, 07:22:13 pm
Now there's claims it's snowing in Blenheim!
 ???


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: DazzaMc on May 31, 2009, 07:23:13 pm
And now heavy snow in Ward...


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: DazzaMc on May 31, 2009, 07:28:33 pm
6.1 deg here and cooling down real fast....


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Besto on May 31, 2009, 07:47:38 pm
It,s been fkn cold all day.Spent the day watching the races.
Relying on electricity.Need a top up for gas bottle too. Bottle empty,but can,t be bothered going out.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: DazzaMc on May 31, 2009, 08:25:12 pm
4.6....


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: DazzaMc on May 31, 2009, 09:01:14 pm
2.9..... it's starting to get cold.... and the wind cuts right through ya!

Amazing night sky thou - it's really clear out there.
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Am awaiting some of those 'off-on' downpours but it doesn't seem they are going to arrive..

 :(



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: DazzaMc on May 31, 2009, 09:21:17 pm
Scratch that - I just went out and moved my little outdoor sensor thingy out of the wind - it has settled at 5.8...  doh to me... lol...

It was still setup for summer and the nor-easters...

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: DazzaMc on May 31, 2009, 09:23:18 pm
Cold snap moves north
31/05/2009 17:08:02



There are predictions of a cold night across the country.

Oliver Druce from MetService says a bitterly cold snap which has already chilled the South Island has moved onto the North Island.

He says snow is expected to unusually low levels, with only Nelson and the South Island's West Coast exempt from the icy conditions.

It has already snowed in Otago and Canterbury, with the white stuff dusting parts of Napier, the hills around Wellington, and the Desert Road.

Temperatures have dropped to minus five in Wellington.

In Napier the temperature has dropped to four degrees.

There is a wind chill of around zero to minus two.


http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/newsdetail1.asp?storyID=158048


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 31, 2009, 09:25:21 pm

BRRRRRRRR....still bloody cold in Wairarapa.

It's snowing in the northern suburbs of Upper Hutt (Maoribank and Timberlea) and in the Mangaroa Valley. Also snowing on the Wairarapa side of the Rimutaka railway tunnel. And, I get back to Masterton and it was snowing again, then it was sleet, now it's back to snow. It looks like it's going to be a bloody freezing night!

And it's WINTER tomorrow!!  :o


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Shef on May 31, 2009, 10:32:46 pm
It's been snowing here, and to think I was so happy to be back because it's so much warmer! Little missy and I came home and lit the fire, but the house still isn't warm. Eldest daughter drove back to Aucks today, she said there was some snow on the Titti, but not much anywhere else.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: guest49 on June 01, 2009, 06:13:56 am
here at the moment;
Cold, clear, crisp - and stars like diamonds everywhere above.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 01, 2009, 04:45:48 pm


Wet (with some sleet) and freezing cold!

Over and out!!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 04, 2009, 08:24:57 pm

After last weekend's rather nasty storm where it snowed at Masterton and Upper Hutt, the weather has been very pleasant at my place, although rather chilly at night. Today was a beautiful sunny day....and I had the day off too!



Sunrise as seen by the signalman at Petone railway station yesterday morning....

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Wairarapa weather late yesterday morning....

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on June 05, 2009, 09:55:24 am
We came home from Hammy last night with -2 most of the way.

Wake this morning to a frost and now its raining  :o


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 07, 2009, 06:43:55 pm


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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 09, 2009, 09:52:34 pm

Bugger....it's raining!

I hope it isn't still raining when I start work at 4:30am.

'Cause if it is raining then, I'll end up getting wet!  :'(



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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Shef on June 16, 2009, 06:51:10 pm
Bloody freezing. Hailstorm this arvo and rain ever since. *grump* I have two dogs inside, three on the verandah, none of them want to venture out into the rain (so much for Tim's dogs being 'braver' than mine :D)



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on June 16, 2009, 06:56:22 pm
Hey Shef - how do you get the dogs to go out and have a pee?

Ive been wondering cos our two cross their legs when the temp gets to about 5 and refuse to go out.  ;D

Its cold here, but we havent got it like you lot -- lucky buggers!  ::)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Shef on June 16, 2009, 07:12:58 pm
Ok - seriously - I take out a handful of 'little' cat biscuits. I let them sniff, then throw them. As soon as they all get off the verandah, I shut the gate until I think enough time has passed for them all to have had a good pee/poo (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/08emembarrassed.gif). The worst bit is that they are all supposed to be 'intelligent' dogs but it works every time.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on June 16, 2009, 07:33:32 pm
hahahaha OK .. I'll try that when its a wee bit cold here.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Ferney on June 16, 2009, 07:44:08 pm
Just got home from rugby practice.  Its icy cold out there tonight.   Icy for a Jafa that is.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on June 16, 2009, 07:48:52 pm
Jeez Ferney - yer a bit too old to be running round after a rugby ball this time of night  ;D


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Ferney on June 16, 2009, 07:49:58 pm
 ;D


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Ferney on June 16, 2009, 07:51:33 pm
Actually......I do run around the lawn with a rugby ball.  Plenty of life left in this girl.   ;D


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: AnFaolchudubh on June 16, 2009, 08:15:53 pm
starry, fine a little on the fresh side but otherwise not bad


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 16, 2009, 09:06:56 pm
Just got home from rugby practice.  Its icy cold out there tonight.   Icy for a Jafa that is.


I see they're forecasting 2 degrees celcius for Auckland overnight!  :o

That'll be something those soft JAFAs will do really hard....;D


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on June 17, 2009, 07:31:14 am
Around zero right now with a high of 8 today.   Clear and starry above and lots of black cloud right along the coast at sea.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: DazzaMc on June 17, 2009, 07:33:57 am
Really nice morning here - 1Deg were I am and realy clear and fresh outside - yummy.
Will need to hose the ice off the truck this morning - the first time this year.


Feel sorry for those who's hoses have frozen!!

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: DazzaMc on June 17, 2009, 07:34:16 am
PS: We have the fire going already...

 ;D


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on June 17, 2009, 09:17:23 pm
Ok - seriously - I take out a handful of 'little' cat biscuits. I let them sniff, then throw them. As soon as they all get off the verandah, I shut the gate until I think enough time has passed for them all to have had a good pee/poo (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/08emembarrassed.gif). The worst bit is that they are all supposed to be 'intelligent' dogs but it works every time.

This was sent to me by Besto - he wanted to know how to post it - but the poor wee laddie probably would have messed it up - so he asked me to post it.

http://www.youtube.com/v/qvN5hXHezMo

 ;D


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Shef on June 17, 2009, 10:10:06 pm
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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 19, 2009, 10:50:14 pm

BRRRRRRR....that was one mean “mother” of a frost this morning, in Wairarapa, the Mangaroa Valley, the Hutt Valley, and in Wellington. However a beautiful fine (although slightly chilly) day followed.



Wairarapa weather on Friday morning (after the big thaw)....

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Wellington weather early on Friday afternoon....

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 20, 2009, 05:00:26 pm

Shore freezes over and more to come

By TANYA KATTERNS - The Dominion Post | 5:00AM - Saturday, 20 June 2009

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PRETTY SLICK: Pauatahanui Inlet displays an unusual frozen shoreline.
Nearby Paraparaumu had a -6.7 degree celcius start to the day.
— Photo: NICOLA CUSTANCE.


It was fine weather for polar bears, but not so hot for humans.

In the lower North Island, Paraparaumu woke up to a frozen -6.7°C and the sea froze over on the shoreline of Pauatahanui Inlet.

Widespread frosts blanketed areas from the Central Plateau to Nelson yesterday, bringing sub-zero temperatures and leaving some regions nudging record lows.

Temperatures ranged from -10 to -1.6 degrees celsius, making for dangerous driving and leaving some waterways rimmed with ice.

With the shortest day of the year tomorrow, MetService is warning that frigid days are not over yet.

The lowest air temperature was recorded in Tongariro a chilling -8.6°C, though an estimated -11°C "on the ground". Nelson was also bearing the brunt of the cold snap with a thick white frost and -10.6°C ground temperature early yesterday.

Masterton recorded -6.2°C, Levin -5.6°C and Kelburn -1.6°C. However, most roads remained open. Some streets in the Central Plateau resembled ice-rinks, but after a layer of grit was laid there were no closures.

The Rimutaka Hill Road was closed on and off throughout the morning as contractors cleared sleet and ice.

Forecaster Cameron Coutts said the cold mostly affected the central and lower North Island and lower half of the south as wind took the brunt of the chill off Canterbury and Dunedin.

The lows were not records for any of the regions but many were running close, he said. The lowest temperature recorded in New Zealand was on July 03, 1995, -21.6°C at Ophir, Central Otago.

Chilly weather is expected to continue well into next week.

"We are looking at highs in the single figures. It will be frosty and bitingly cold well into the week before it starts to clear. Mix that with some showers and winds over the next few days before it settles, and it will be fairly unpleasant."


http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/central-north-island/2518663/Shore-freezes-over-and-more-to-come


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: wgtngirl on June 20, 2009, 05:45:01 pm
Farken cold.  The wind cuts through you like a knife.  Glad I have the log fire going....only problem is that 4 cats are sprawled in front of it and there is no room for me. :'(


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on June 20, 2009, 07:00:24 pm
The dogs have been yelled at all day - get away from the heater.  The huntaway cross sits so close he sucks all the heat up.
Theyve got fur coats on!!!  ;D


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 20, 2009, 07:35:14 pm
Farken cold.  The wind cuts through you like a knife.  Glad I have the log fire going....only problem is that 4 cats are sprawled in front of it and there is no room for me. :'(

The dogs have been yelled at all day - get away from the heater.  The huntaway cross sits so close he sucks all the heat up.
Theyve got fur coats on!!!  ;D


The animals have got built-in fur coats....you haven't.

Therefore your need for the heater is considerably greater than theirs, so chuck them outside!  ;D


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Shef on June 20, 2009, 09:04:33 pm
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so chuck them outside!

Hahahaha I can see your sister causing you greviously bodily harm.
 Like I'm putting my babies in the frost(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/12emdgust.gif).


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Shef on June 20, 2009, 09:08:36 pm
I must admit - Hank keeps my place in the bed warm - unlike hubby - when I tell him to move over he does ;D
*sigh* I wish dogs could do breakfast in bed :D


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on June 21, 2009, 04:21:37 am
Quote
so chuck them outside!

Hahahaha I can see your sister causing you greviously bodily harm.
 Like I'm putting my babies in the frost(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/12emdgust.gif).

I don't think his sister would need to cause grevious bodily harm cos the Burmese Bear would bite him VERY hard. That Burmese Boy has been known for the resulting hospital admissions from THOSE bites of his.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 23, 2009, 01:54:11 pm

Wellington shivers as southerlies bite

By MICHAEL FOX - Stuff.co.nz (http://www.stuff.co.nz) and NZPA | 10:42AM - Tuesday, 23 June 2009

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WINTRY BLASTS: Between May 01 and June 21 Wellington
copped 27 southerly days, with 16 of those being wet.
— KENT BLECHYNDEN/The Dominion Post.


Wellingtonians bemoaning the consistent cold weather have been vindicated by new figures released by the MetService.

MetService spokesman Bob McDavitt said that several snowy outbreaks in May combined with southerly winds had set the scene for an onset of wintry temperatures.

"MetService data confirms the talk of the town that Wellingtonians have been experiencing a sustained southerly assault so far this winter", he said.

Results show that in the 52 days between May 01 and June 21, Wellington copped 27 southerly days. On top of that, 16 of those days were wet.

This compares with 20 southerly days in the same period last year, of which 13 were wet.

Dunedin came second with 17 southerly days, and 13 wet ones compared with eight and four last year.

Christchurch and Auckland were equal with 13 southerly days. Twelve of these were wet in Christchurch and only nine in Auckland. In the same period last year, Auckland had 13 southerly days, but Christchurch only had five.

Mr McDavitt added that playing fields around the country this winter got muddy earlier than normal because of a very wet May.

"The hardest place to play weekend sport recently has been in Wellington. Their last dry weekend was the first weekend of May."

"In Christchurch and Dunedin it was mid-June and in Auckland it was dry last weekend," he said.

While temperatures across the country had taken a sharp dive into in May, they were now levelling out.

The coolest time of the year is likely to be between mid July and early August, as per normal, he said.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/2526339/Wellington-shivers-as-southerlies-bite


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 23, 2009, 01:56:27 pm


The last few days (and nights) have been bloody freezing at my place.

Today, the sun is shining, but it's still very chilly.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Shef on June 23, 2009, 02:39:38 pm
Here too, in fact I'm thinking of getting a gas heater to supplement the coal range heating. It doesn't seem to be warming the house at all :(.

Quote
The coolest time of the year is likely to be between mid July and early August, as per normal, he said.

If it gets any bloody colder I'm going to hibernate for the rest of the winter.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on June 27, 2009, 08:53:11 am
For those who dont know our harbour - its very similar to Hokianga Harbour, many say it reminds them of Hoki.

Well for those who know Hoki, the sand dunes on the opposite side are invisible, gone, removed, in fact if I didnt know better I wouldnt believe there is even a harbour out there  :o  Some bastard has gone and pulled a thick fog in that has blinded everyone  ::)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: dragontamer on June 28, 2009, 09:43:43 am
Ye Gods! -4°C

There is a heavy, heavy frost and just enough high cloud to stop the sun.  I've been up for over an hour and it hasn't thawed at all.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on June 28, 2009, 09:54:24 am
Aww come on - how can it be that cold down there when its about 13 I guess here.  ;D

SOOK!!  hahaha

Its wet here, Dogs dont wanna go out for their morning pee yet  >:(
Weather warnings coming in are saying its gonna get rough later.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on June 28, 2009, 09:54:46 am
It was -4 out my way too DT.   Goosebumps on the goosebumps this morning.(https://cdn.smfboards.com/Smileys/smf/undecided.gif) 


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: dragontamer on June 28, 2009, 12:30:55 pm
I dragged Mr DT out the Waimak. Plantation and got a ute load of pine cones.  The good thing about it being that damp and cold is the cones just pop off the tree without any real exertion.  Took more energy to carry the boxes of cones back to the truck. 

The frost has gone except on puddles where there are STILL sheets of ice.  Garfield didn't expect ice skating when he went to torment Sooty next door lol.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Shef on June 28, 2009, 02:33:37 pm
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Garfield didn't expect ice skating when he went to torment Sooty next door lol.

Cats don't understand the finer points of karma ;D




It's pissing down here, and cold. I'm over winter(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/09emcrook.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 28, 2009, 02:42:38 pm

It's a gloomy, grey day at my place, but it isn't raining.

It isn't exactly cold either (yesterday and last night were also surprisingly mild, temprature-wise).

However, I can't speak for the weather early this morning, because I didn't get out of bed until after 10:30am....why should I when I'm on a five-day rostered long weekend? I'm having a weekend of leisure doing sweet “FA” (and not even feeling guilty about it) before the rude 4:30am shock (that's the shift start time....the alarm clock will go off at 3:30am) on Wednesday morning.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 28, 2009, 04:18:31 pm

Oooops....spoke too soon.

It's raining at my place now.

Although it is only light rain and it still isn't cold.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Im2Sexy4MyPants on June 29, 2009, 02:15:19 am


Cold and shitty here in Woodville


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 29, 2009, 02:16:44 am



Pissing down at my place now!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: dragontamer on June 29, 2009, 08:16:06 am
It's a bloody sight warmer here today at 2°C.  Which is a good thing considering the amount of rain we had last night.  -4°C on top of that much water wouldn't be fun.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: donquixotenz on June 29, 2009, 08:25:06 am
Hell of a light show in ak central last night.
A good couple of hours of chunder and thightning.
All quiet this am but misty and heavily overcast.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on June 29, 2009, 08:28:26 am
I spent half the night worrying if I was gonna blow away, the wind was on the angle right onto the bedroom doors!!  We lot one glass window on the deck GRRRRRRRR!!  Its still blowing at over 60 here - through the night there were times when it felt as if someone was throwing a handful of wind as hard as possible onto the house.  Quite scary  :-\


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Nitpicker1 on June 29, 2009, 09:11:24 am
It's a bloody sight warmer here today at 2°C.  Which is a good thing considering the amount of rain we had last night.  -4°C on top of that much water wouldn't be fun.

I'm home and planning on heading off for points north, it's calm and a bit drizzly here at present with breaks of sun and hasn't been under 3c for the last few days. Should I stay home?


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Calliope on June 29, 2009, 10:43:52 am
The wind is howling but the sun has just broken through. However forecast is for heavy rain around noon.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on June 29, 2009, 10:49:31 am
No letup here yet - still howling and driving rain.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Justic on June 29, 2009, 11:01:06 am
It sounds deathly quiet here this morning after the lightening and thunder over night.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on June 29, 2009, 02:37:57 pm
Great sound and light show last night.

The wind on Takapuna beach this morning was something else!!  
Real Wellington weather!

Damn near blew me and my poles away (https://cdn.smfboards.com/Smileys/smf/cheesy.gif)

I even had to wash the car afterwards, I made the mistake of parking near the sea wall by the boat ramp(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/08emembarrassed.gif) and the waves were starting to break over the top.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4foMcJady4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4foMcJady4)
I am not in this video (Mum is) but this is the group I walk with slowed down to fit with the music

Some of the splash from the waves this morning was hitting the trees at the top of the cliff at the end of the beach you can see in the clip.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Shef on June 30, 2009, 06:01:27 pm
I was so cold all day. My hands have been playing up really badly lately, and I got to the stage even rolling a smoke was difficult (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/08emembarrassed.gif). So I headed into the warehouse to buy a bag of coal (which BTW was about $2.50 more than at P&S ) and they had gas heaters at $99 and gas bottles at $46.50. I caved. So I'm sitting in a toasty warm house (I only had to run the gas heater for about an hour and a half) and even the dogs are smiling at me.

*sigh* BLISSSSSSSS(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/05emsmilep.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on July 03, 2009, 12:39:54 pm
I thought we were in for some rough weather.

So how come there is still blue sky outside?


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on July 03, 2009, 12:46:15 pm
It is 2 degrees.  (https://cdn.smfboards.com/Smileys/smf/undecided.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on July 03, 2009, 01:44:00 pm

It's nice and mild at my place today. A few clouds floating around, but mostly blue sky.

And that big yellow thing I saw in the sky at Wellington yesterday morning is back. I wonder how long it will stick around?


I hear things are a wee bit rough down south in Otago....

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: DazzaMc on July 03, 2009, 02:04:03 pm
Nice day up here - I have the house totally opened up and airing out - the first time in ages!


However... I am sitting in the office with the door closed keeping out the little cold southerly gale blowing down the hallway...

 ;D


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on July 03, 2009, 03:49:47 pm
Woke to an awesome morning, which turned overcast and cold and rainy AGAIN!!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on July 09, 2009, 11:12:04 pm

(http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Cartoons/2299Rain09Jul09.jpg)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: dragontamer on July 09, 2009, 11:26:01 pm
It started as a glorious day in South Otago, and stayed a glorious day all the way to Christchurch.

Which doesn't explain the piss poor driving I had to contend with.  You know the type.  Sit at 80ks, only speeding up when the road gets nice and wide.......... in the passing lanes.  There were 2 types of these drivers.  Women with excessive clothes on, and men with big fat moustaches.  I haven't figured out the significance of either, but they were the culprits at each passing lane.

While I didn't get all the number plates, I did get one.  If you see the over dressed woman in a small hatchback with the numberplate DAD 2, tell the silly bitch to hand her licence in.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Crusader on July 10, 2009, 08:45:51 am
Where is all this Global Warming the Green party has been promising us? Could do with some of that right now.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: DazzaMc on July 14, 2009, 07:02:24 pm
It's absolutely PISSING DOWN!!

 :D


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Shef on July 14, 2009, 07:21:54 pm
After days of rain........it fined up yesterday afternoon - so we had a frost this morning, but a fine day (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/42emhot.gif)(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/02emteeth.gif). Then at half past 4 .......... it started raining again(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/11emcry.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on July 14, 2009, 07:59:05 pm
Yup pissing down - freezin cold and windy - its winter.

28deg today in Cairns  ;D


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on July 23, 2009, 05:59:24 pm

Pissing down at my place in Wairarapa.

Approaching to land at Wellington Airport late this morning was an interesting experience. It was one of those days where flying into Wellington was better than any fairground ride you can imagine. The sort of day where during the approach, you get chucked around like a cork bobbing around out in Cook Strait during a wild storm; and where you don't land....you simply arrive on the runway with a huge thud (with full reverse-thrust being initiated the instant the mainwheels connect with the runway and before the nosewheel goes down) and the flight attendant announces over the PA, “I guess that means we must have arrived in Wellington!”  ;D


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Shef on July 23, 2009, 06:20:24 pm
It's not even that cold here ???
The last couple of days, we've had the strong NW winds we usually get in spring. Maybe an early summer?
 :-\


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on July 23, 2009, 06:33:46 pm

I was in Hawke's Bay yesterday afternoon and this morning.

The weather wasn't actually all that cold in Wellington today.....it was just bloody attrocious as far as wind and rain goes.

Likewise in Wairarapa....it's reasonably warm, but pissing down!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on July 23, 2009, 07:46:25 pm

Train derails in Upper Hutt

Wild weather lashes Wellington

NZPA with The Dominion Post | 7:32PM - Thursday, 23 July 2009

A train has derailed at Upper Hutt after hitting a landslide as severe weather hit the region.

There are no reports of any injuries.

The train hit the landslide after exiting a tunnel.

Wellington City Council has warned of areas of flooding "right across the city" as wind and rain buffet the capital.

Severe winds today lashed the lower North Island, with the worst expected to bring down trees and powerlines.

There were reports of blocked drains causing flooding in parts of Island Bay, Newlands, Ngaio, Cuba St, Roseneath, Rongatai and the Hutt Rd.

Drainage crews had been dispatched to fix blocked drains, while other council crews were attending to low-hanging power lines in Hataitai and Mt Cook.

There had been a lot of surface flooding and small slips in the greater Wellington area, Inspector Mike Coleman of Central police communications said.

A large slip has closed State Highway 1 north of Wellington tonight.

A tree had come down causing the slip at Pukerua Bay, 35km northeast of Wellington, about 5.30pm,.

Large earth moving machinery had been brought in, but the road was likely to remain closed for several hours, he told NZPA.

Paekakariki Hill was an alternate route, but it was "quite marginal" because of the rain and high winds.

"People are just going to have to take alternative routes or stay put."

SH58 from Pauatahanui to Haywards in the Hutt Valley and SH2 between Dannevirke and Woodville were also closed. The MetService said an active frontal band was moving northward through central New Zealand, and was expected to bring a burst of heavy rain as it moved up the North Island this evening.

There was a risk of thunder storms on the West Coast of the South Island.

A second front also carried a low risk of thunderstorms from Kapiti to Taranaki.

Thunderstorms north of Taranaki were very unlikely, the MetService said.

Strong winds up gusting up to 130kmh were forecast for Wellington and Wairarapa.

Winds up to 120kmh were forecast for Canterbury, Marlborough, Gisborne, high ground of the central North Island, the Kaimai and Coromandel Ranges and Great Barrier Island.

MetService duty forecaster Ian Miller said a cold change would hit the Wellington region early tomorrow morning when snow would fall to around 500m in Wellington and Wairarapa.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/2666319/Train-derails-in-Upper-Hutt


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: DazzaMc on July 23, 2009, 09:19:04 pm
Good night for a sail up here - Especially if you wanted to head east!
It's screaming outside!!

 ;)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: TokGal on July 23, 2009, 09:59:13 pm
It's really blowing here, don't think it's raining though. The last time it blew like this the roof came off...................................the dog's kennel!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: DazzaMc on July 23, 2009, 10:28:09 pm
We are getting hit by really some good gusts - shaking the house and making things creak and thud in places I've never heard it before!


Lol... the front deck is clear - all the chairs and pot plants are stacked on top of each other down the other end....

On the up side all the leaves have gone as well - so just so long the bloody tree stays where it is right now then this could work out rather good.



Wonder how the Jafa's are coping right now....
;D


Op - winds stopped - and here's the rain.


The wind will be back.....

 ::)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Shef on July 23, 2009, 11:25:40 pm
It's Quiet (no wind)  and dry (no rain)

I'm sure it'll change in the next day or two, (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/09emcrook.gif), but I am enjoying it ;D


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Im2Sexy4MyPants on July 24, 2009, 01:14:51 am
Its pissing down here grrrrrrrr


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on August 23, 2009, 10:14:01 am

A thin layer of high cloud at my place (although the sun is shining through it okay), but otherwise a nice day.


It was cold early this morning, but it is warming up now.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on August 23, 2009, 10:14:13 am

Start of the golden weather

By EMMA PAGE - Sunday Star Times | 5:00AM - Sunday, 23 August 2009

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GOLDEN WEATHER: Raniera Sisley and her brother Toatoa
get in some practice for summer on the Petone foreshore.
— KEVIN STENT/Sunday Star Times.


IF you thought there was a hint of spring in the air, you're right. After an extremely cold winter, temperatures for the first few weeks of August have been one to two degrees warmer than normal around the country.

Last week, magnolias and cherry blossoms were out in style in Auckland, and daffodils and other spring bulbs were bravely beginning to bloom in Wellington and Christchurch.

And the good news is that the outlook is stable. Average temperatures and rainfall including everything from Nelson's 200-odd hours of sunshine and 90mm of rain for a typical October, to Milford Sound's 690mm of rain, or Dunedin's paltry 145 hours of sunshine are expected over the next three months.

Senior climate scientist Georgina Griffiths from the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) said that after the record-setting cold month of May, and a chilly June and July, spring was beginning. "Spring has sprung a wee bit early and the expectation is everything is back to normal."

Spring is usually considered to start in September and go through to November.

But it may not be such good news for summer and the Christmas holidays. Waiting in the wings is an El Nino weather pattern a temporary increase in sea temperatures in the Pacific that arrives at irregular intervals every few years and causes weather changes around the globe. Griffiths said Niwa was watching the seas in the tropical South Pacific and the corresponding changes in the atmosphere, which were currently looking "El Nino-like".

If the El Nino conditions continue to intensify it would mean more frequent and stronger south-westerlies, and the possibility of drought for the northern and eastern areas of both islands as higher temperatures and the wind dried out the soil.

Not every El Nino is the same but the weather pattern generally means cooler summer air and sea temperatures for most of New Zealand which could be a dampener for holiday makers. "Going swimming in an El Nino can be notably cooler," said Griffiths.

But some areas are likely to escape the cool El Nino weather, especially northern and eastern regions including Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Nelson, Marlborough and Canterbury, because the wind tends to become dry and warm up as it travels over hills.

Other areas that may experience a warmer summer compared to the rest of the country include Northland, Coromandel, Wairarapa and the Bay of Plenty. It could be wetter than normal in Buller, Westland, Fiordland and possibly Southland and Taranaki.

Predicting weather a long time in advance was difficult and forecasters said that in around six weeks they would have a better idea of what summer would be like.

But around the country it seems spring fever has already hit. There has been an influx of visitors at the Auckland Botanic Gardens, which features a "spring valley" walk with magnolias, camellias, blossoms and daffodils.

Visitors were last week also enjoying spring blooms in Wellington, while in Christchurch the daffodils were just beginning to poke their heads through the ground and the magnolias were out. Wellington visitor service officer Charmaine Scott said the fragrant walk in the Botanic Garden was living up to its name and the magnolias had come out early.

"I think spring is here a month early."

And the warmer weather also brings more activity on the exercise front: gyms around the country are reporting customers coming in to prepare for bikini season.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/sunday-star-times/news/2778444/Start-of-the-golden-weather/


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Shef on August 23, 2009, 02:30:00 pm
It's been a wonderful day here. I've had all the doors and windows open, airing out the house. Washed the sheets and mink blankets without having to use the dryer.
'Tis starting to chill down now though. But I have a nice pile of split wood ready for the fire. Son came over this afternoon to help out his Mum :-*


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on August 25, 2009, 09:04:32 pm
(http://www.rd1.com/rd1web/images/weather/akrad.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on August 25, 2009, 09:13:34 pm
(http://www.rd1.com/rd1web/images/weather/sat.jpg)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Shef on August 25, 2009, 09:37:22 pm
It must be spring - we have gale warnings(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/09emcrook.gif) *sigh* I hate the wind, and it's worse cos I'm here on my own (nobody to yell at (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/08emembarrassed.gif) lol)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on August 26, 2009, 08:04:11 am
It was still 21 here at 5pm last night and it has blown a gale all night and going to be a warm one again.  The leaves are out on the willows, usually the first to announce spring weather.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on August 26, 2009, 09:00:09 am
All 3 of our water tanks are overflowing - I hate to see the waste  :D

Its quite warm this morning but we have a westerly.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on August 30, 2009, 10:06:19 pm
(http://www.rd1.com/rd1web/images/weather/sat.jpg)

YUK this looks awful  >:(


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on September 05, 2009, 05:51:50 pm
This was the moon setting at 6.44 this morning

(http://i25.tinypic.com/30auyb9.jpg)

And about half an hour ago in the same direction  ;D

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: AnFaolchudubh on September 05, 2009, 06:52:06 pm
Not a cloud in the sky, could see right down to the Central Platuae (sp) all day. all 3 Mt's puttin on a good show for the tourists.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Shef on September 05, 2009, 08:36:41 pm
Well the sun's been shining all day, but it's been so damn cold. Even the dogs have spent a lot of the day inside- even though the verandah door's been open all day. It's feeling like a frost tonight, and work in the morning   (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/10emsad.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on September 07, 2009, 02:06:56 pm

Beautiful spring weather at the bottom of the North Island at the moment, although rather frosty early morning in Wairarapa and the Hutt Valley.



Wairarapa weather on Saturday morning....

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Wairarapa weather this morning....

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on September 07, 2009, 05:11:24 pm
Yeh we're getting days like that - took the boat out for a spin today, kicked the tyres n stuff.  The harbours just flat  :)

Not gonna be like it for long though, a change is on the horizon.

(http://www.rd1.com/rd1web/images/weather/sat.jpg)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on September 08, 2009, 01:59:26 pm

Another bloody cold, frosty morning when I started work at 4:30am, followed by a beautiful spring day on both sides of the dividing ranges at the bottom of the North Island. A bit of high cloud, but the sun is shining through it okay, the temperature is in the high teens and there is no wind at my place.



Wellington weather, early this morning....

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South Wairarapa weather, mid-morning....

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Jodes on September 08, 2009, 02:03:34 pm
The weather here (except yesterday) in my part of Oz is stunningly beautiful....the days have been 20 to 28 deg, blue skies, puffy clouds and with smell of jasmine in the air...I smell it everytime I walk outside.....just gorgeous. We had a couple of thunderstorms but while this weather is gorgeous, i would realy like a week of rain.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on September 08, 2009, 02:06:09 pm
We had fog fog fog fog this morning.  Seriously, I wanted to ring 111 and get someone to check into who stole our sand dunes  ;D

Love the Tararuas  :D


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on September 15, 2009, 03:24:36 am
sort of breezy here. Have a punter who has a big awning up - at least it was before I went to bed.

Taiaroa heads wind is showing off the scale at 70 kts, mine is gusting at 60kts at present. Just saw an emergency vehicle going past.

I'm waiting for the power to go off.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on September 15, 2009, 06:57:36 am
No wind at all here at the moment but no doubt by about 10am the seabreeze will arrive.    Had to get up and close the upstairs windows about 3am though as there was a gusty  norwester.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on September 15, 2009, 07:52:43 am
{SWW Event 2009/45.3}
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SEVERE WEATHER WARNING.
ISSUED BY MetService AT 7:31 am 15-Sep-2009

SEVERE NORTHWEST GALES IN PARTS OF OTAGO AND CANTERBURY HAVE EASED.

The strong northwest gradient over the lower South Island has now
eased and the wind warning for parts of Otago and Canterbury is now
lifted.

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AND NORTH OTAGO AND INLAND PARTS OF CANTERBURY SOUTH OF THE
WAIMAKARIRI RIVER INCLUDING THE MACKENZIE BASIN
NO FURTHER WARNINGS WILL BE ISSUED FOR THIS EVENT FOR THE ABOVE AREAS.

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on September 19, 2009, 05:14:54 pm

The weather has been mostly fine and warm at the bottom of the North Island over the past few days, however it has been cloudy at times.

Today, however, it has been bloody freezing and mostly cloudy, although with the occasional spell of sunshine.




Wellington weather early on Thursday afternoon....

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Wairarapa weather late on Thursday afternoon....

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The weather in Masterton this morning, looking along SH2 in both directions....

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: dragontamer on September 22, 2009, 01:17:46 pm
Thems mighty big thunders I be hearing.(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/09emcrook.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Brownie55 on September 22, 2009, 01:39:15 pm
Wow that was short sharp downpour......   2 minutes and the gutters were overflowing.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on September 23, 2009, 03:29:31 pm

Yesterday started off as a beautiful day, then a cold front passed through the bottom of the North Island during the afternoon, followed by more fine weather.

Today is another lovely spring day, although with a bit of high cloud in Wairarapa, but mostly sunny.




Wellington weather early yesterday afternoon....

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Sunrise near Matarawa this morning....

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on September 23, 2009, 03:32:30 pm
Tis very gloomy here today.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: dragontamer on September 23, 2009, 10:17:48 pm
For the last 2 days we have had beautiful, mild mornings which deteriorate into cold and wet by late lunch time.  The rain is heavy and in really big droplets rather than the normal 'rain'.  Sounds like hail, without the ice.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on September 24, 2009, 11:29:37 am

The temperature was quite mild when I started work at 4:30am this morning, although there was a bit of drizzle.

However, since then the temperature has gone downhill and it is now bloody freezing outside.

It was raining in the Hutt Valley and South Wairarapa this morning, although it's still mostly drizzle in Masterton.

The forecast is for snow down to 400 metres in the hills around here today, with up to 50cm of snow falling above 600 metres. It's certainly cold enough at the moment and getting colder....BRRRRRRRRRRR!!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Im2Sexy4MyPants on September 24, 2009, 06:13:43 pm
Woodville's got snow
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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on September 24, 2009, 07:06:34 pm
Brrr Sexy.  Hope you have your thermals on.          It is very wet and cold here tonight.  Squally rain blowing in from the east.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Im2Sexy4MyPants on September 24, 2009, 07:45:39 pm
Thats my kids making the giant snowball  ;D


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on September 24, 2009, 07:54:05 pm
It is never too cold to go out and play in the snow. ;D


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on September 25, 2009, 01:44:28 pm

Snow, ice chase spring away

Wintertime in Springtime

The Dominion Post | 8:19AM - Friday, 25 September 2009

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SKIDDING: The weather made conditions treacherous
for drivers. — ROSS GIBLIN/The Dominion Post


Snowfalls have caused traffic chaos in the lower North Island and laid on a frosty welcome for spring lambs.

MetService forecaster Derek Holland said yesterday's chilly easterly blast brought record low temperatures to the Kapiti Coast and single-figure lows to the rest of the region.

The thermometer in Paraparaumu barely nudged 8 degrees Celsius — the lowest maximum temperature recorded in September since records began in 1993.

The Rimutaka Hill Road was closed from just after 4pm because of heavy snow, which fell as low as 200 metres in the Tararua Range, Wairarapa, Wellington, southern Manawatu and Central Hawke's Bay.

Snow was also expected to hit relatively low levels in parts of Nelson, Marlborough and North Canterbury.

Temperatures stayed in the single digits in Wellington yesterday, with a high of nine degrees recorded in Kelburn.

Heavy rain in the capital may have contributed to at least one nose-to-tail crash, which briefly closed the Mt Victoria Tunnel in the afternoon. One lane of The Terrace Tunnel was also blocked by a breakdown just after 4pm.

Wairarapa experienced an unusually chilly spring day with a top temperature of 7°C in Masterton, the lowest in 17 years.

Snow made the going difficult for motorists in the Manawatu Gorge, Pahiatua Track and Norsewood areas, and high winds were reported on State Highway 1 between Sanson and Foxton and in the Ashhurst area.

State Highway 1, north of Bulls, was affected by flooding.

Mr Holland said residents in the central North Island and Bay of Plenty should watch for rising rivers and streams and surface flooding.

"Over the lower North Island and upper South Island, the combination of cold rain or snow and strong winds is likely to be stressful to vulnerable stock, and farmers in these areas should consider moving stock to shelter."

Satellite pictures showed particles from Sydney's dust storm drifting across the north of the North Island yesterday, ushered in by the low from across the Tasman, but Mr Holland said it was being dampened down by rain.

"It might just look like a hazy day."

Fresh southeasterlies were predicted to bring more rain and chilly temperatures to the Wellington region today but showers should gradually ease tomorrow.


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GOING NOWHERE: Kirsty McLean, of Upper Hutt, comes to a standstill in snow on the Rimutaka Hill Road,
where she was struck for “two freezing hours” yesterday. — ROSS GIBLIN/The Dominion Post


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SCARY CONDITIONS: Robyn MacKay, left, and Cassandra Christiansen of Masterton were stranded at
the Rimutaka Hill Road summit. — ROSS GIBLIN/The Dominion Post


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WHITE COAT: Earthworks contractor Greg Robertson checks out the snow accumulating on his truck.
— ROSS GIBLIN/The Dominion Post


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SLIP AND SLIDE: Drivers were stranded when the road was closed. — ROSS GIBLIN/The Dominion Post

STRANDED IN SNOW

Masterton friends Robyn MacKay and Cassandra Christiansen spent 1½ hours stranded at the Rimutaka Hill Road summit after snow closed in as they headed home after a day shopping.

"We'd already stopped the car because it was getting scary when we heard they had closed the road," said Ms MacKay, 20.

"It was freezing, we only had one blanket."

They left Wellington about 3.30pm and it was nearly 6pm when they got home.

"After they cleared the road, we took another half hour to get down the hill because it was such slow going."


http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/local/2900874/Snow-ice-chase-spring-away


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: dragontamer on September 26, 2009, 09:09:06 am
It's been a totally gorgeous morning, but looking to the south, the crap is on the way.  :-[

Oh, and to the west, oh and the north now.  The sun is still shining......



still,.........



its dimming.........



its trying to shine..........



going..........



going.........



gone!  :'(


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on September 26, 2009, 04:04:31 pm
bright sun, warm air glorious spring day here in Queenstown. (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/Tanny.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: dragontamer on September 26, 2009, 05:03:54 pm
At least it didn't rain here again.  I'm over soggy feet.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on September 26, 2009, 05:06:56 pm

Today started off grey and crappy, although at least it hasn't rained today at my place.

During the afternoon (and particularly after about 3:00pm) it has gradually fined up, although it is still bloody cold!




Here is a photograph of the weather as viewed in my street about an hour ago....

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: inky on September 26, 2009, 05:52:59 pm

    Auckland hasn"t made up its mind what to do. One of my daughters flew out to Australia
   at 6:00 this morning. I was up all night, walking around home & airport in a teashirt, it was
   coming down in buckets, to-day it hasn"t been raining,  but it"s been bloody cold


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: DazzaMc on September 26, 2009, 06:25:54 pm
The southerly has arrived - although it's not cold yet - but the fire is going just in case...

At least the southerly blew the rain away.

 ;D


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on October 04, 2009, 09:51:07 pm

Bloody freezing at my place today! (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/WarmingByTheFire.gif)

It was snowing on the hills to the west of Masterton late this afternoon as I was setting out for Wellington.

The snow was right down low almost to the plains.

In the Hutt valley, sleet was getting splattered on the locomotive windscreen between Manor Park and Waterloo.

In Wellington it wasn't raining, but it was bloody cold.




[size=10]Here are a couple of photographs taken earlier this evening looking across Wellington Harbour from the western shoreline....[/size]

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on October 05, 2009, 06:57:51 pm
Call me a moaning Jafa if you must.

It has been COLD today.

Colder than most of winter. The tempature still wasn't in double digits by 1pm.

I spent a large chunck of the early am awake due to Mr SP and Sally between them stealing most of the blankets. >:(

I would have lit the fire tonight but for the fact we "summerised" it a fortnight ago.



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Besto on October 05, 2009, 07:46:18 pm
It,s real brass monkey weather today,and yesterday all over Hawkes Bay.
So much for global warming!!!!!!!!
I remember the baths used to open on Labour Day. ::)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on October 05, 2009, 09:15:56 pm
LOL Besto they still might be  ;D


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on October 06, 2009, 11:33:47 pm

Bloody cold at the bottom of the North Island on Tuesday).



This photo was taken while crossing the railway bridge over the Waingawa River just after 10:30am. The Tararua Ranges are hidden in the clouds; what you see there are the foothills....

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Wellington Harbour just after lunch while heading back to Wairarapa....

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Wellington Harbour looking towards Wellington City, late afternoon while heading back to Wellington.....

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Matiu-Somes Island early evening while returning to Wairarapa on the last run of the day....

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Sir Blodsnogger on October 07, 2009, 07:44:34 am
Very nice and warm in Broome thank you very much


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on October 07, 2009, 09:07:32 pm

Mostly fine at the bottom of the North Island today although still a wee bit chilly.



Wairarapa weather this morning while travelling the long Matarawa straight....

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Hutt Valley weather near Silverstream early afternoon....

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on October 17, 2009, 04:29:53 pm


After holding off all day, the(http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/rain.gif)has arrived at my place.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on October 17, 2009, 05:01:40 pm
We've had a thunderstorm here in the last hour - now we have heavy rain.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on October 17, 2009, 07:57:06 pm
My old weather station outblew it's anemometer during our last big wind so I just finished setting up my new this time a  Pro WS1083  wireless touch screen station with a PC-Link, about 4pm. This one has a wind direction indicator and wind speed and a rain guage, as well as temp etc., so I can tell ya we've had 6mm of rain in the last hour, outdoor temp 8.6c. Wind has been swinging from N E to Se about 8kph this evening. Pressure 1001

Downloaded the pc programme and spent the last hour or so configuring it but I guess it will need to gather itself a day or so of records before I will connect it and see if that display works. 

I hope to be able to compare our microclimate with Dunedin's, eventually.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on October 19, 2009, 08:02:29 pm

Springtime weather in South Wairarapa this morning....

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on October 21, 2009, 10:23:25 pm

Another great spring day at the bottom of the North Island today in both Wairarapa and Wellington.

The temperature was considerably warmer in Wairarapa though compared with Wellington.




Wellington Harbour, just after lunchtime today....

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By way of contrast weatherwise — Wellington Harbour two weeks ago....

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on October 23, 2009, 03:08:48 pm

So....as it's a long-weekend for folks who don't work weekends, I wonder if the weather will shit itself?


Mr Murphy seems to have a lot to do with it....;D


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on October 23, 2009, 03:08:57 pm

A bit of a mixed bag at the bottom of the North Island today.

A bit of sunshine, lots of clouds, a bit of rain, a bit of everything.




South Wairarapa countryside early this morning (at 6:31am) as viewed from the foot-hills of the Rimutaka Ranges....

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on October 24, 2009, 07:51:40 pm

Another beautiful day in paradise.

Springtime Wairarapa weather near Matarawa late this morning....


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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on October 26, 2009, 12:11:11 pm

Another glorious spring day at the bottom of the North Island.

Warm temperatures and lots of sunshine on both sides of the ranges, although there is a lot more cloud on the western side.




The weather at Masterton and Waingawa, early-morning....

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The weather at Upper Hutt and in the Mangaroa Valley, mid-morning....

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South Wairarapa weather, late-morning....

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on October 27, 2009, 10:51:48 am


 ;)

Current data for my neck of the woods
Tuesday, 27 October 2009 11:44:44 a.m.

Temperature (°C):
Current          12.2
Trend (per hour) +1.5
Average today    11.3
Wind chill       10.3
Heat index       12.2
Dew Point        4.2
Rel Humidity     59%

Wind (km/h):
Current Gust     23.4 W
Average Speed    18.0 W

Rainfall (mm):
Current rate     0.0
Last hour        0.0
Total today      0.0
Total yesterday  4.5
Total this month 6.0 since startdate 17th October
Total this year  6.0

Pressure (hPa):
Current          1022.6
Trend (per hour) -0.3



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on November 02, 2009, 04:28:23 pm

Overcast (although with a bit of blue sky showing) and mild in “Dunners” this evening.


Back to Wairarapa weather tomorrow.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on November 02, 2009, 04:38:00 pm
  Awwww, In Dunners, no see? Doncha luv me any more!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on November 02, 2009, 04:45:09 pm

I only got here today (I was at a wedding at Waimate yesterday).

Dinner tonight at one of Dunners' restaurants, then time for some shopping tomorrow morning.

Back home again tomorrow afternoon....it's only a fleeting visit. I spent last Friday night in Christchurch, so decided to head home from Dunedin instead. Besides, some of the other guests at the wedding (friends of mine) were heading here, so that made up my mind.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on November 02, 2009, 05:24:18 pm
I go Town tomorrow, lunch date on the yacht, see ya next time  ;)

 Sun shining here, (http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p285/nitpnz/21109.jpg)

(https://cdn.smfboards.com/Smileys/smf/2funny.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on November 03, 2009, 06:47:27 pm

I got back to a nice, warm Wairarapa day.

A bit of blue sky, a bit of cloud, but nice temperature.

Tomorrow is another day and it's back to reality with a thud, starting work at 4:30am! (https://cdn.smfboards.com/Smileys/smf/angry.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on November 04, 2009, 04:53:19 pm

Strong winds lash Canterbury

Container ship breaks moorings

The Press with Stuff.co.nz (http://www.stuff.co.nz) | 10:44AM - Wednesday, 04 November 2009

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PRETTY: A beautiful sunrise at New Brighton pier today before the winds picked up. — JASON MOONEY.

Motorists are being warned to be on the alert as gale-force winds continue to batter Canterbury.

High winds at the Port of Lyttelton have seen a container ship break its moorings.

Chief executive Peter Davie said the incident happened just before 8am. A tug and pilot vessel were put into action and the ship's crew is reassessing the conditions.

Strong northwesterly winds are expected to continue around Wellington, Wairarapa and the top half of the South Island today.

A deep low over the Southern Ocean is forcing strong to gale northwest winds over the south of the country this morning, and the lower North Island through to late afternoon, the MetService said.

Severe weather warnings and watches for wind and rain have been issued for Wellington, the Wairarapa and Canterbury as a cold front moves across the country.

"There is likely to be a northwest gale over the South Island preceding this front," commented the MetService's Bob McDavitt.

The MetService said the winds had the potential to damage trees and powerlines, to lift roofs, and make driving hazardous, especially for motorcycles and high-sided vehicles.

Police were advising motorists to exercise caution when travelling through the South Wairarapa area and going over the Rimutaka Hill due to the high winds.

Brief heavy rain in the Westland ranges south of Otira had been expected this morning.

Mr McDavitt said the wind was expected to ease in time for Thursday, with showers clearing over the North Island and becoming confined to western districts in the South Island.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/3030365/Strong-winds-lash-Canterbury (http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/3030365/Strong-winds-lash-Canterbury)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on November 05, 2009, 08:37:19 am
 (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/sun.gif)                       

got all the lawns mowed yesterday cos we had severe weather warnings that didn't happen, GLORIOUS day here now after a new front swept up your way about 6am, I'm off to my gdaughter 's for lunch and have mothballed the longjohns till next year


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: dragontamer on November 05, 2009, 08:52:08 am
We got the wind, but it wasn't that bad.   A few buckets rolling around the back yard and the swing seat is lying on its back yet again. 

Usually by now we have lost 99% of the fruit that is setting on the apricot tree, but (fingers crossed) there is still a large number of fruits on there.  They are beautiful apricots, but we have been here 10 years and never get more than 3 or 4 off the tree. 


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on November 05, 2009, 09:02:22 am
It started raining sometime through the night - hasnt stopped been moving from a wee shower to thunderous rain.

We are replacing the roof on the deck at the moment - so over the last couple of fine days we have been removing the old smokey coloured plastic roofing - Ive got some plants that shouldnt get their leaves wet (according to the tags on them) they are the flowering begonias, Ive collected them for a few years now.  Forgot to bring them in off the deck last night - even knowing it was going to rain  :-\  Now they are all over the lounge drying out.  ;D

Our elderly neighbours are celebrating their mumble mumble wedding anniversary (gotta be about 60th I reckon) but every year they go to Te Awamutu for the night  ;D  Last year they had oysters as part of their celebratory meal and he had a really bad accident in bed  :-\  Mrs brought home the sheets, threw them out and provided the motel with 4 new sets of sheets.  Yesterday MrL helped the neighbour Mr get their suitcases down - he came back laughing, they are only going over night and they have a large suitcase each along with a box of shoes - just in case.  ;D



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: dragontamer on November 05, 2009, 09:08:23 am
Shoes or sheets?


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on November 05, 2009, 09:09:01 am
LOLOLOL  ;D


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on November 05, 2009, 09:28:17 am

You wouldn't believe the contrast on opposite sides of the main dividing ranges at the bottom of the North Island this morning. On the Wairarapa side, clear skies with lots of stars, then a lovely sunrise through clouds on the horizon. Through the Rimutaka Tunnel and the Mangaroa Valley was thick fog with visibility being only about ten metres. The Hutt Valley was overcast and Wellington Harbour looked kind of spooky....it was very still, but the hills surrounding it were shrouded in cloud and mist. Back to Wairarapa and it's a brilliant spring day with blue skies and lots of sunshine contrasting with the ever-so-green lush countryside.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on November 13, 2009, 02:49:54 am
 
We've had a dry spell, grass not recovering after being driven over or stood on, although there had been a trace of rain overnight on most days.

since 17.10.09


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on November 13, 2009, 03:50:44 am
Overcast, heavy dew with some rain coming along with the southerlies.     


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on November 13, 2009, 09:07:08 am

Sunny, but with a few clouds at my place.

The weather is forecast to turn to shit later today, then clear up overnight.

The forecast is looking good for the WWI Armistice Airshow at Hood Aerodrome (http://xtranewscommunity2.smfforfree.com/index.php/topic,4240.0.html) tomorrow afternoon.

However, the forecast is for more crap weather on Sunday at the bottom of the North Island. Good one....that should dampen down the drunken bastards at the Toast Martinborough festival....with a bit of luck they'll be better behaved than usual on the trains heading home.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: dragontamer on November 13, 2009, 09:22:06 am
I wouldn't want to be at the Canterbury Show right about now.  The winds have been really nasty.  There are sirens going off all over the place.  My swing seat is lying down again.  It can stay in that position for now.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on November 14, 2009, 08:31:29 am

It's a beautiful day for an airshow (http://xtranewscommunity2.smfforfree.com/index.php/topic,4240.0.html) at my place.

The southerly has gone and been replaced by blue skies, sunshine and no wind.

Fingers crossed that the forecast nor'westers don't get up too much this afternoon.

WWI fighter planes don't like high winds, particularly if in the form of gusts.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on November 17, 2009, 11:49:44 am


Early rain, sun
wind rain sun
and another front has just passed through.


I've put the mower away

what's going on up north?  http://www.metservice.co.nz/public/weatherWarnings/warningMap.html



 


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Sir Blodsnogger on November 18, 2009, 08:56:54 am
Rain storm rain storm rain storm


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on November 18, 2009, 11:14:30 am
We had no power all day yesterday from 9am - a planned outage till 3pm, so we went out for a ddrive till about 3pm .. at 8,30 last night we went to bed - only to be woken by the radio about 5 minutes later  ;D Half an hour after they got the power back on the storm hit.  Gale force winds and horizontal rain demolished a couple of the new sheets on the unfinished roof, sending pieces all over the neighbourhood and blew our new flag inside out.  I must say our wind has been stronger than usual over the last couple of months - weve had 2 new flags blow out and that never happens, they usually wear out.  :-\  Rain has gone now, flag is back up.  ;D Ive been out and moved some plants to stop them from drowning!

I needed more water, used too much water blasting the deck  :o and the wind weve had for the last 3 0 4 days is drying the ground (sand) out too fast for the gardens.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Ferney on November 18, 2009, 11:32:16 am
Its warm and raining here.   
I think we may be in for a windy summer too Lovelee.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on November 19, 2009, 06:58:10 am
We got some rain yesterday but not the heavy soaking the garden needs.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on November 19, 2009, 01:38:22 pm

It pissed down in Wairarapa yesterday morning. The afternoon was overcast, but fine. Wellington was also overcast, but fine when I was there at lunchtime and again late-afternoon/early-evening.

Today is a gorgeous day in both Wairarapa and Wellington with nice warm temperatures, blue skies, sunshine and a gentle breeze.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on November 21, 2009, 07:24:56 am
Current data for Taieri Mouth (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/HappySun.gif)
Saturday, 21 November 2009 9:18:09 a.m.

Temperature (°C):
Current          26.6
Trend (per hour) +1.6
Average today    18.6
Wind chill       26.6
Heat index       26.4
Dew Point        8.7
Rel Humidity     35%

Wind (km/h):
Current Gust     33.1 NW
Average Speed    24.1 WNW





Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on November 27, 2009, 11:31:10 am


OK, time to batten down the hatches: After a calm balmy brooding morning, the Nor Wester suddenly banged in a moment ago.

{WATCH Event 2009/1.379}
SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR WAIRARAPA, WELLINGTON, MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS,
OTAGO AND SOUTHLAND
ISSUED BY METSERVICE AT 0915hrs 27-Nov-2009

NORTHWEST GALES MOVING UP COUNTRY TODAY (FRIDAY)

An active front is expected to reach the south of the South Island
around midday today (Friday) and move onto the south of the North
Island during Saturday afternoon.  A very strong, moist northwest
flow should spread over the South Island and lower North Island ahead
of this front.  Northwest winds are expected to rise to gale in many
parts of Southland and Otago by midday, with the possibility of
severe gales in exposed places.  The winds are expected to turn
southwest and ease during the afternoon and evening.

Severe gales are also expected in Canterbury today and people should
refer to the Severe Weather Warning for more details.

Northwesterlies should also rise to gale about the Marlborough Sounds,
Wellington and Wairarapa late (Friday) afternoon or this evening.
There is a possibility that the winds will reach severe gale in some
places this evening then ease during Saturday morning.

People planning outdoor activities in these areas should keep up to
date with the latest forecasts in case this watch is upgraded to a
warning.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Friday 27 November 2009
Forecast prepared by: Allister Gorman


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Im2Sexy4MyPants on November 28, 2009, 04:38:48 pm
I think its groundhog day again here in Woodville because its that  shiitty rain again  ::)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: dragontamer on November 28, 2009, 06:04:41 pm
It's cold, windy and soggy here.

And we have extra teenagers (x3) so that's 6 teenagers.  I don't think we have any dry towels left, and I have a huge number of towels.  Even the sports/ tramping towels that aren't much bigger than a face cloth are damp.

Why can't they all stay when its fine, warm and windy?  Towels dry in about 10 minutes then. >:(



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on November 28, 2009, 08:00:25 pm

It's been a great day here, been out replanting white strawberries and weeding the barrel gardens, watering them and lawns. Dog rolled in sumpin dead and got bathed in cold water, dripped dry.


Current data for Taieri Mouth Beach Holiday Camp
Saturday, 28 November 2009 9:46:46 p.m.

Temperature (°C):
Max today    17.3
Current          11.1
Trend (per hour) -1.3


Wind (km/h):
Current Gust     6.1 SW
Average Speed    6.1 SW

Rainfall (mm):
Current rate     0.0
Last hour        0.0
Total today      0.0
Total yesterday  2.1
Total this month 68.1


Pressure (hPa):
Current          1004.9
Trend (per hour) +0.6




Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on November 29, 2009, 03:56:34 am
A pea souper out there over the paddocks at the moment come in off the sea.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on November 29, 2009, 04:07:00 am

Clear here, TGFT
if you are coastal, have you ever noticed that metservice cant tell the difference between fog and rain?


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on November 29, 2009, 04:13:52 am
Yes... odd that.   This is definitely fog and it looks glorious right this minute as the sky above is now clear blue and the sun through the fog  is a picture.  It will burn off quick now.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: DidiMau69 on November 29, 2009, 08:45:47 am
Currently 28c in Napier.

It might warm up later!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: wgtngirl on November 29, 2009, 08:50:17 am
Fine, smattering of white cloud, fairly windy.  At least it is no longer raining, misty or foggy.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on November 30, 2009, 07:10:58 pm

The weather has been a bit of a mixture at my place lately.

Some nice days and some not so nice days.

However, I'm off to bed shortly (real early start tomorrow morning).

When I wake up in the morning (during the wee hours), it will be SUMMERTIME!!  8)  ;D


(I might have to get my shit together tomorrow or sometime this week and upload some weather photographs covering the period from the end of October until the end of November, then post them into this thread)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on December 01, 2009, 10:44:38 am

So how is the first day of summer shaping up at your place?


It's a bit wet at my place. Definitely not summer-like weather at all!  :(


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on December 01, 2009, 02:58:35 pm
Well about an hour ago someone was trying to steal the sand dunes



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on December 01, 2009, 03:14:52 pm
It has been hot and muggy all day and fine all afternoon.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on December 01, 2009, 03:43:27 pm

Here's some weather photographs from the end of October that I never got around to posting.

All were taken in either Wairarapa or on the other side of the ranges at Wellington, apart from the last (sunset colours) photograph which was taken at Waimate in South Canterbury on the last day of October.

Hold your cursor over each photograph in turn to reveal more details.

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(http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/oo227/Kiwithrottlejockey/Scenic%20and%20Weather%20Pix%2001/DSCH3-04386-700px.jpg)

I'll post some weather photographs from throughout November later.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on December 01, 2009, 07:13:35 pm

It was beautiful spring weather at the bottom of the North Island on Friday 6th November....

(http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/oo227/Kiwithrottlejockey/Scenic%20and%20Weather%20Pix%2001/DSCH3-04392-700px.jpg)

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on December 01, 2009, 07:14:35 pm

Eleven days later and it was another beautiful day as thousands of motorcycles were parked up on the walkway into Wellington Stadium while the owners marched off to Parliament grounds and chanted, “bullshit ... bullshit ... bullshit ... bullshit ...” at ACC Minister Nick Smith.

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on December 01, 2009, 07:58:48 pm

Wellington weather on Sunday night and Monday morning just over a week ago, as viewed from above Featherston Street....

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on December 01, 2009, 08:55:51 pm

Wairarapa weather on Wednesday last week....

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Wellington and Wairarapa weather on Thursday last week....

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The weather last Sunday morning in the Mangaroa Valley near Upper Hutt....

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The final sunrise of Spring early on Monday morning....

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on December 01, 2009, 09:15:59 pm

The first day of summer was fairly crappy at the bottom of the North Island. You couldn't even see Matiu-Somes Island through the murk across Wellington Harbour this morning. Wairarapa was grey and wet, although at least it wasn't cold. Late afternoon, the weather started to clear and by sunset there was plenty of blue sky, but with clouds all around on the horizon.



Wairarapa weather this morning at the Waiohine River, then in my street just before 2:00pm this afternoon....

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Calliope on December 01, 2009, 10:33:20 pm
Well I am still waiting for the thunder which was promised for Tuesday


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: DazzaMc on December 04, 2009, 03:46:21 pm
A tad damp right now...

Watching for tornadoes!


 ;D


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: DazzaMc on December 04, 2009, 03:53:44 pm
The hills are falling down....  SH18 is blocked and SH1 is blocked (but should be for too long) ....  and the sky's are getting darker.

Oh YAY to real weather!

Now - where's all the thunder and lighting?!

 ;D


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on December 04, 2009, 05:00:57 pm
grumble grumble grumble f***ing rain grumble grumble f***ing humidity grumble f***ing headache.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: DazzaMc on December 04, 2009, 05:05:34 pm
SH1 north of Jafaland is open again.
 ;)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on December 05, 2009, 07:01:25 am


Current data for Taieri Mouth Beach Holiday Camp
Saturday, 5 December 2009 8:51:59 a.m.

Temperature (°C):
Current          16.1
Trend (per hour) +3.5
Average today    7.5
Wind chill       16.1
Heat index       16.1
Dew Point        10.0
Rel Humidity     68%

Wind (km/h):
Current Gust     7.2 SSE
Average Speed    7.2 SSE

Rainfall (mm):
Current rate     0.0
Last hour        0.0
Total today      0.0
Total yesterday  0.0
Total this month 0.3

Watering the lawns again, no rain today 'cos there's dew on the grass Things are getting desperately dry down here,


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: DazzaMc on December 05, 2009, 10:09:37 am
Coromandel cut off by floods

Some parts of the Coromandel Peninsula are still cut off by flooding following torrential downpours over parts of the North Island.

Hahei and the Hot Water Beach area were cut off by flooding on Hot Water Beach Rd 200m from State Highway 25.

Roading crews were trying to reopen the road but there was not time frame for reopening.

Some areas of State Highway 25a, by Hikuai and Duck Creek, were presently unpassable due to flooding, police said.

Tairua was accessible from the north but not from the south.

Onemana state 25 by Opoutere is blocked due to flooding.

Fire Service northern communications centre shift manager Jaron Phillips said the flooding also required one family in Waikawau, northwest of Thames, to abandon their house in waist-deep water. They drove to higher ground to wait for the water to recede.

Several residents of the town of Kuaotunu were also trapped by rising floodwaters. Mr Phillips said firefighters went door to door to ensure residents were OK.

Meanwhile, Mr Phillips said the Fire Service responded to several weather-related incidents in the Auckland region between 9pm and 4am,

Four homes were flooded in Stanmore Bay on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, north of metropolitan Auckland, forcing the occupants to evacuate. The basement of another home was flooded and pumped out by firefighters. A garage was also flooded in Torbay on the North Shore.

In Auckland City, a woman became trapped in her car by rising floodwaters underneath a motorway overpass in Ellerslie.

Mr Phillips said the woman was rescued by firefighters and her vehicle towed to safety.

Another driver was trapped by flood water in Remuera, while homes were flooded in Remuera, Orakei, Ellerslie and Mt Wellington. Commercial premises were flooded in St Johns and Penrose. Three properties in Mission Bay were impacted by an overflowing stream.

Residents in one Meadowbank house also had the unfortunate experience of having their home flooded by raw sewage "erupting" back through their toilet cistern, Mr Phillips said.

Five St Heliers homes were flooded by rain or raw sewage, while residents in another St Heliers home watched water rising through their floorboards.

Further east, the entire street of Vida Place in Howick was flooded, while homes and garages were flooded in nearby O' Halloran Rd and Juliet Ave.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/3129851/Coromandel-cut-off-by-floods


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on December 05, 2009, 11:53:33 am

Overcast but fine at my place.

The sun was shining at Upper Hutt this morning when I headed over to Wellington and back, but it was overcast in Wellington.

The temperature hasn't exactly been too shit-hot the past couple of days.

So much for the start of summer, eh?  (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/12emdgust.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on December 08, 2009, 08:02:29 am


Welcome to the redesigned metsrvice.com
 http://metservice.com/national/


I think I like it


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: dragontamer on December 12, 2009, 03:59:19 pm
It's beautiful here if you can ignore the wind.

Daughter decided she wanted to go kayaking.  Fine load up the kayak and gears and head up into the gorge because it's more sheltered.  But the Waimak is running bank to bank up there - there must have been some serious rain up in those hills.

So off to Kaiapoi and the Cam.  Not as sheltered, but less prone to flood and mayhem.

What a scream.  She had me crying I was laughing so hard.  You could see the wind gusts coming and she was like a flamin' alarm siren as it got closer and closer.  She stayed dry though.  Unlike that son of mine who insisted that he could do it better and promptly rolled when the first gust hit him which had me in total stitches with tears streaming down my face.   Poor bugger but it was so damned funny.

Magoo - you will be seeing a lot of us out your way while she trains for the Kaiapoi Classic in Nov.  Look for the silver double cab with the 'pink panther' kayak on top.   ;D


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on December 18, 2009, 04:44:52 pm

It was a nice sunny day in Hokitika when I arrived there late this morning.

South of there, the weather forecast wasn't good. I was supposed to fly down to Haast this after noon, but the weather wasn't looking the best, so I went for a ride in two of the old de Havilland aeroplanes around the Hokitika area (got lots of awesome photos), then drove the rental car I had hired down to Haast (I had originally arranged for someone else to drive it to Haast for me). I made it in three hours exactly from Hokitika to Haast in pouring rain, including stopping at Franz Josef to grab a lotto ticket. So now I know exactly how quickly I can get over that road if I'm in a hurry.

However, to my surprise, the vintage aeroplanes made it through to Haast about half-an-hour ago. It would have been an interesting trip. Off up the Waiatoto River in a jetboat early tomorrow morning (following tonight's piss-up) to sort the hangover out.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: DazzaMc on December 18, 2009, 05:22:03 pm
That sounds like a fun day!
And it strongly reminds me that I'm still stuck in JafaVil...

 :'(


Oh well... my turn soon enough!
 ;D


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on December 18, 2009, 05:24:19 pm


TJ,
if you got to the wee lake at the head of the Waiatoto,  I hope you got to take a look at the scar where the bit of Mt Aspiring fell into the lake and sent a 200ft wave up the walls on the other side, and down the river, maybe 1978 or '79. I was flown over it the day after it happened. At the end of the whitebait season.  

That was our last season of whitebaiting, the season that set us up for the next seven years as self employed gypsies.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: dragontamer on December 21, 2009, 07:35:53 pm
**glares at Mr DT for not letting me grab that camera yesterday meaning I had to use my phone to get this shot........which does NOT do the formation justice.**

(http://img683.imageshack.us/img683/6707/cloudsf.jpg)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on December 21, 2009, 07:49:23 pm


**glares at Mr DT for not letting me grab that camera yesterday meaning I had to use my phone to get this shot........which does NOT do the formation justice.**

(http://img683.imageshack.us/img683/6707/cloudsf.jpg)

??  http://surfermag.com/photos/flash/maui_expedition/



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: dragontamer on December 21, 2009, 08:23:39 pm
I know lol - that's what was so impressive about the formation, but my poor wee phone just doesn't have the gadgetry to capture the essence of what I was seeing.

That was a truely magnificent cloud bank over the roof of my neighours house.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on December 25, 2009, 04:34:11 pm


Thirty-two in DunedinNewstalk ZB
December 25, 2009, 4:37 pm

The official Christmas Day hot spot has been in the south.

WeatherWatch's Philip Duncan says the national high has been recorded in Dunedin, with 32 degrees this afternoon.

He says unofficially it hit 32 in parts of the Waikato.
Also warm today, Timaru and Alexandra, with 28 degrees.

Auckland got to 25.

http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/top-stories/6622293/thirty-two-in-dunedin/
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

"only" 27c here, from about 10am.  24.5c now - lucky a good part of the day has been cloudy


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on December 29, 2009, 06:45:43 am
On Sunday I was out checking the watering needs of the gardens and found the goldfish pond almost empty from evapoartion and also discovered the herb garden dry as a bone.  It happened in 2 days .. the lawns have browned off, plants are wilting.  I head down to the water tanks and find that the dear grandson has not put the hoses into the tanks as they should be meaning the water in the 2 smaller tanks for the gardens has all but drained out!!

So the rain, nah call it drizzle, we have had since yesterday morning has been a blessing, I was starting to think Id loose everything.  Im hoping the heavy rain they have forecast happens.  :(


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on December 31, 2009, 01:32:15 pm

No wonder it felt so bloody cold last night.

There's snow all over the tops of the Tararua Ranges on the Wairarapa side today. We got our (usual) December snowfall on the penultimate night of the year!

However, in spite of the backdrop of snow-covered ranges, it's a beautiful warm, sunny, but partly cloudy day in Wairarapa. It's not too foul on the Wellington side of the ranges either.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 02, 2010, 09:20:25 am

A beautiful, sunny, warm day (although with that bloody wind) yesterday on both sides of the ranges at the bottom of the North Island.

Today in Wairarapa, it's overcast and not so warm, although not cold.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on January 07, 2010, 04:56:26 pm


Mighty hailstorm for Invercargill about 2pm, it's associated front arrived here with a good loud thunderstorm and heavy heavy heavy rain about 5pm, just after a neighbour had helped me unblock a kitchen drain... couldn't have timed that job better.

the busiest season is over, TGFT, and only two sets of tenters to get a big thrill with the rain, so lucky not to get the hail that Ingill had!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 11, 2010, 02:10:32 pm

It has been a nice, fine, partly-cloudy but mostly-sunny day until about fifteen minutes ago.

Then the sky darkened and it pissed down accompanied by hail.

(http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/pouringwithrain.gif)

The rain was so intense that all the gutters overflowed and there was water all over the footpath and road outside my place.

After about ten minutes, it stopped as quickly as it began. Now the sun is trying to shine through holes in the clouds again.

The temperature also went from warm to cold and back to warm again over the past fifteen minutes.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 26, 2010, 02:39:55 pm

It's coming ....

I can hear it rumbling in the distance;

It's gradually getting louder ....

The air feels electrified and the first spots are falling on the concrete outside my kitchen window!


It's going to be “all-on” shortly....

            (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/donderwolk.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on January 26, 2010, 02:58:52 pm


Your zap catcher catching any zaps yet?

Its perfecto down here (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/05emsmilep.gif)



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 26, 2010, 03:16:06 pm

It's almost overhead now.

The last couple of blasts have shaken the house.

Yet there's still only a few spots of rain.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: akadaka on January 26, 2010, 03:21:09 pm
beautiful sunny auckland..........hot girls and cold beer..........blue skies and short skirts........i love it ;D


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Im2Sexy4MyPants on January 26, 2010, 03:36:35 pm
All ive got is thunder and rain a few blonds that go baaaa and lots of old cows  ::)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: k1w14ever on January 26, 2010, 04:43:37 pm
40 degrees here with no air con.
Cooking BBQ for Australia day and salad(not cooking that).

Hopefully in the next couple of weeks will have a air con. 
ery very very very very very hot


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 26, 2010, 05:19:42 pm

The lightning and thunder has gone.


But the rain has set in....:(


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: k1w14ever on January 26, 2010, 06:30:18 pm
I am very sorry I lied, it is 42


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Im2Sexy4MyPants on January 27, 2010, 07:20:53 am
I am very sorry I lied, it is 42

42 Thats much too hot for me .


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Calliope on January 27, 2010, 11:27:48 am
the rain is here but so far no lightning or thunder as promised.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 27, 2010, 09:07:48 pm

A lovely, warm summer day at my place today.

I worked an early shift and it was a lovely day on the other side of the ranges too.

Apart from the sea fog at Wellington. The Hutt Valley was beautiful this morning, then I departed Petone and ran into the fog. However, it was starting to lift by the time I was heading out of Wellington back to Wairarapa.



Fog blankets Wellington — again

The Dominion Post | 8:25AM - Wednesday, 27 January 2010

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LAYERED LOOK: A Picton ferry emerges from sea fog on Wellington Harbour after fog rolled in yesterday afternoon,
blanketing the eastern suburbs through to Eastbourne. — PHIL REID/The Dominion Post.


Heavy fog smothered Wellington this morning in what seems to have become a recurring feature of the capital's summer.

Fog also rolled over parts of the city yesterday afternoon, blanketing the eastern suburbs through to Eastbourne.

The phenomenon occurred when a warm, moist northeasterly air flow blew down the Wairarapa coast and met cooler sea surface temperatures out in Cook Strait.

MetService forecaster Matthew Ford said the weather mixture resulted in water vapour condensation and fog.

"The northerly also hooked around the bottom of the North Island and converted into a slight southerly. Hence we had fog making its way into the harbour and other parts of the city."

A spokeswoman for Wellington Airport said the fog did not disrupt flights yesterday.

Isolated patches of fog remained in the harbour last night.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/local/3264587/Fog-blankets-Wellington-again (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/local/3264587/Fog-blankets-Wellington-again)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 28, 2010, 01:39:25 pm

Sea fog ‘soup’ rolls into Wellington

The Dominion Post | 8:22AM - Thursday, 28 January 2010

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SOUPED-UP: Rowers on Wellington Harbour during yesterday's foggy period. — KENT BLECHYNDEN/The Dominion Post.

Sea fog poured into Wellington Harbour again and flooded up Ngauranga Gorge, leaving morning motorists to navigate through the "soup".

Though sea fog rolls into Wellington only about six times a year, the phenomenon appeared around the eastern suburbs on Tuesday afternoon and again yesterday morning. The fog is caused by warm, moist air blowing down the Wairarapa coast and mixing with much colder temperatures in Cook Strait. A southerly wind then blows it back toward Wellington.

MetService forecaster Paul Ngamanu was driving to work down Ngauranga Gorge about 8.30am yesterday when his car became engulfed in the fog. "I couldn't see anything, I was in a soup." The fog rose up about 3am but was clearing by 9am.

Mr Ngamanu said more fog was expected to form out at sea today but the northerly would probably push it away from the capital.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/local/3269115/Sea-fog-soup-rolls-into-Wellington (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/local/3269115/Sea-fog-soup-rolls-into-Wellington)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 28, 2010, 01:41:03 pm

It was a beautiful sunny day, but the afternoon thunderstorm has suddenly arrived.

Outside, it was bright and sunny, then it got real dark over a period of about two minutes, then the rain hit, followed a minute later by the lightning and thunder. It's ALL-ON now!

It's still bloody warm though.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 28, 2010, 01:41:56 pm

              (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/donderwolk.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 28, 2010, 01:42:57 pm


Here comes the hail as well....:P


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 28, 2010, 01:43:40 pm


Woo...hoo......what an AWESOME storm! (https://cdn.smfboards.com/Smileys/smf/afro.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 28, 2010, 01:47:49 pm


Far Out!

Less than five minutes of EXTREMELY HEAVY RAIN and the gutters outside are overflowing already and the entire road is under water.

Yee Ha.....I luuuuurve a real good storm!!  8)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on January 28, 2010, 02:50:04 pm
Meanwhile, on the other side of the Rimutakas - it's sunny and hot in the Hutt. It's 29.7oC in the house even with all of the doors and windows open.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 28, 2010, 03:00:40 pm

It's a sunny day again here too!


But I can hear the rumblings of another approaching thunderstorm way, way off in the distance....(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/05emsmilep.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on January 28, 2010, 03:17:56 pm

It's a sunny day again here too!


But I can hear the rumblings of another approaching thunderstorm way, way off in the distance....(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/05emsmilep.gif)

It's not coming from here!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Sir Blodsnogger on January 28, 2010, 05:38:16 pm
Hosing down!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Ferney on January 28, 2010, 07:50:31 pm
We had a tropical shower here today with raindrops the size of saucers but it only lasted about 3 minutes.  The 3 minutes I was walking across the carpark and got soaked through.   Being semi tropics here my clothes were dry by the time I got home.   ;)



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Ferney on January 28, 2010, 07:57:23 pm
I hope its fine in Wellington as my grandson drove down there from Ak yesterday to go to AC/DC.
His car broke down on the Desert Road during the electrical storm.  Just as well he's with AA !   My daughter was in a bit of a panic but they made it to Wellington ok. 


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on January 28, 2010, 08:00:40 pm
We heard thunder in the distance but only got the odd spit.

It all passed over south of us.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Ferney on January 28, 2010, 08:03:55 pm
Yes it did, and it landed on me  ;D


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on January 28, 2010, 08:15:08 pm
I hope its fine in Wellington as my grandson drove down there from Ak yesterday to go to AC/DC.
His car broke down on the Desert Road during the electrical storm.  Just as well he's with AA !   My daughter was in a bit of a panic but they made it to Wellington ok. 

It has been a fabulous day in Wellington - blue skies and lots of sunshine.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 30, 2010, 12:32:58 pm

(http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Cartoons%202010/2823LightningStrikes30Jan10.jpg)

No thunderstorms here yesterday or today.

I was hoping it would piss down with rain today (on the Wellington side of the ranges).

Nothing like a bit of heavy rain to dampen down the drunks at the Trentham Racecourse and moderate their behaviour on the trains going home.

Unfortunately, I hear it's a sunny day and I've got to drive a train over there in a couple of hours or so and pick up a few hundred of them and transport them to Waterloo, Petone and Wellington. I hope their behaviour isn't the same as last year, when drunken brawls broke out on just about every train from Trentham. A bit of rain WOULD have been nice.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 30, 2010, 02:16:20 pm

Happiness is DEFINITELY NOT a locomotive cab that has about the same inside temperature as an oven cooking a roast, because your workmate who was last in that cab late this morning closed all the windows up and left the cab shut up like a bank vault on a stinking hot day!!

GRRRRRRRR!!!  (https://cdn.smfboards.com/Smileys/smf/tickedoff.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on February 04, 2010, 07:02:37 am

Yet more low cloud today in Wairarapa.

It has been like it for four days on the eastern side North Island's dividing ranges.

I was talking to a mate from Gisborne on the phone last night and he reckon's it's just as bad up there.

I was hoping today would be fine and sunny, seeing as I've finally got a day off from work after doing the maximum number of shifts allowed in a row.

But no change....the weather is the same as yesterday, and the day before, and the day before that.

We've had a quarter of our annual rainfall in Wairarapa during January, according to a report in the Wairarapa Times-Age the other day.

Maybe next summer will be better?  :-\


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on February 04, 2010, 07:18:12 am
Its cloudy, but thats gonna burn off.  We got the boat ready, off across the other side for a couple of hours this morning, check out Ocean Beach see whats been left on the beach by last winters storms  ;D

We had 36 yesterday, no wind.  Humid as.  Ive got the house sussed for a breeze, open one side, shut the other.  The curtains are drawn about 3pm to keep the heat out  >:(


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on February 14, 2010, 08:05:09 pm
It is 10pm and 21 degrees.....that doesn't sound too bad does it.

However the dew point is 20 degrees and the humidity is 94%.



This is not one of Auckland's good points >:(


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on February 17, 2010, 09:15:36 am
Cyclone prolongs hot humid nights
By Michael Dickison 8:43 AM Wednesday Feb 17, 2010 

Muggy nights of up to 100 per cent humidity have swamped the north of the country since the weekend and look set to continue for a couple more days - or longer, if Cyclone Rene tracks back towards New Zealand.

Metservice forecaster Andy Downs said the particularly humid spell had begun in the north of the North Island at the weekend.

Auckland is experiencing 98 per cent humidity, Northland's Kerikeri 100 per cent, Hamilton 97 per cent, Tauranga 98 per cent and Gisborne 99 per cent.

Their temperature highs are between 25 degrees Celsius and 27C.

"With temperatures over 20 degrees and 100 per cent humidity overnight - it's not an exception for the end of summer but it's way up there," Mr Downs said.

A humidity of 100 per cent means the air is completely saturated and sweat cannot evaporate from skin.

Mr Downs said Cyclone Rene was looking like it would veer off to the east and miss New Zealand, bringing cooler, dryer air on Friday.

But the cyclone, which was downgraded to a category one cyclone overnight and could lose its tropical cyclone status today, could still affect the northeast, including Gisborne, prolonging the muggy weather, he said.

WeatherWatch.co.nz head weather analyst Philip Duncan said humid days and nights would continue all week as a low resulting from Cyclone Rene would come very close to Northland.

"It's going to be hot, sticky and damp for the next few days as Rene passes by - especially in Auckland, Northland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty."

Humidity levels would peak tomorrow in most northern regions at between 80 and 100 per cent humidity, Mr Duncan said.

Cyclone Rene is also expected to generate a small perk for surfers - swells of up to 2 metres along the east coast between the Bay of Plenty and the Far North for the next few days.

The main cause of the muggy weather was rising sea temperatures at the end of summer and early autumn, which evaporated more water into the air, Mr Downs said.

The lower North Island and South Island are not expected to be affected
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10626700 (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10626700)

Arrrrrrrgggggggghhhhhhh!!!!!

24°C Feels Like 26°C


Partly Cloudy
 
Wind
From North North East at 16 kmph

Humidity   83%

Pressure  1,014.9 mb

Dew Point  21°C

Visibility  10 km
Last Updated: 11:00 17 Feb (local time), 22:00 GMT
Observation Station: Auckland http://uk.weather.com/weather/today-North-Shore-City-NZXX0028 (http://uk.weather.com/weather/today-North-Shore-City-NZXX0028)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on February 20, 2010, 05:45:16 pm

It's warm at my place.

In fact, it's very, very warm! (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/HotandSweating.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on February 28, 2010, 06:38:22 pm

Both yesterday and today have been a beautiful end to a disappointing summer.

Very warm in Wairarapa with clear blue skies, no clouds and lots of sunshine.

Ditto in Wellington.

Currently 30°C inside my place, with all the windows open and fans going in every room.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on March 05, 2010, 08:01:58 pm

It is absolutely pissing down at my place (it started about fifteen minutes ago).

I'm talking total cloudburst intensity of rain!

(http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/pouringwithrain.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on March 12, 2010, 01:04:22 pm


{WATCH Event 2010/1.69}
SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR CLUTHA AND DUNEDIN REGIONS
ISSUED BY METSERVICE AT 1316hrs 12-Mar-2010

SOUTHWEST GALES EXPECTED AT THE WEEKEND

A strong southwesterly airstream over southern New Zealand will
probably bring a spell of gales to parts of the Clutha and Dunedin
regions over the weekend. Wind gusts could reach 100km/hr and
possibly more at times from mid morning on Saturday until Sunday
night, especially near coastal hills and headlands.

There is the potential for damage to trees, powerlines and insecure
roofs and driving conditions could be hazardous for high sided
vehicles and motorcyclists. People are advised to keep up to date
with weather forecasts and forecasters will maintain a watch in case
a wind warning is necessary.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Friday 12th March
Forecast prepared by: Ian Miller

For further information after 1pm Friday contact Duty Forecaster
Heath Gullery


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on March 15, 2010, 12:58:53 pm


now that the weather warnings for "a spell of gales to parts of the Clutha and Dunedin regions over the weekend." was lifted this morning after two issues daily for the last 3 days  the wind has subsided at last I gotta go pick up our cabbage tree leaves from about 70m away and pinetree bits from across the road, pump up the moa's flattie and attack the lawns.

Shhheeesh. If that was the beginning of our equinoxial gales I am not wanting another one.

 


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on March 15, 2010, 01:56:26 pm
Oh sheesh Nitz... you want me to come visit and bring the lawn sweeper?       Those cabbage tree leaves are the bane of my life. 


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on March 16, 2010, 12:01:46 pm

Wintry blast on the way

By PAUL GORMAN - The Press | 11:16AM - Tuesday, 16 March 2010

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A vigorous cold front is preparing to burst its way up the South Island this afternoon, bringing plunging temperatures, squally winds and even hail and thunder in some places.

The front will be similar to the one that brought massive wind gusts and hail to the Marlborough coast and Wellington last Friday, but forecasters believe it will peak further south this time, over coastal mid- and South Canterbury an hour or so either side of 6pm.

On current thinking the cold change should reach Christchurch between 7pm and 8pm, with predicted thunderstorms, temperatures falling to single figures and southerly winds gusting as high as 110km/h.

The Press online wants to hear from you when the cold front passes your place and about what weather it brings.

MetService spokesman Bob McDavitt said it would be a "humdinger" of a change. Thunderstorms were highly likely along the cold front between about Oamaru and Cheviot, with a risk of rainfall rates of up to 20mm an hour, hail between 5mm and 15mm in diameters and gusts to 110km/h.

"This one's going to peak around 4 to 6pm over north Otago and south and central Canterbury, that's the current timing."

"With a good nor'west ahead of it, temperatures should rise in Christchurch to 24 degrees Celsius this afternoon, ease to around 20°C after sunset then drop to single digits with the southerly change."

The nor'wester should arrive in Canterbury in the early afternoon.

While the front was highly active, it was fortunately arriving at a generally quieter time of year around the autumn equinox, he said.

"The other [spring] equinox is when you get the strongest temperature gradients between land and sea which cause the most violent changes."

At 10.30am the front was moving across Stewart Island heading for the Southland coast.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/3457350/Wintry-blast-on-the-way (http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/3457350/Wintry-blast-on-the-way)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on March 16, 2010, 12:09:29 pm



 It just arrived here, temp went from 19.5 to 15.5 in a few minutes.. If I hadn't taken time off for lunch I'd have finished the lawn, but at least it's ready for the next cabbagetree moult


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on March 16, 2010, 12:58:29 pm

I hope the weather is fine in Christchurch over the weekend.

I'm flying down there at lunchtime on Saturday, then flying out again late Sunday afternoon.

The following weekend I'll be in JAFAville (shudder).

The weekend after that I'll be at Queenstown and Wanaka.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on March 25, 2010, 08:05:00 pm


now that the weather warnings for "a spell of gales to parts of the Clutha and Dunedin regions over the weekend." was lifted this morning after two issues daily for the last 3 days  the wind has subsided at last I gotta go pick up our cabbage tree leaves from about 70m away and pinetree bits from across the road, pump up the moa's flattie and attack the lawns.

Shhheeesh. If that was the beginning of our equinoxial gales I am not wanting another one.

 

but wait - oh NO!

A westerly flow is expected to strengthen over the far south of the
South Island tonight (Thursday). The westerlies are likely to rise to
gale force in parts of Southland and south Otago overnight Thursday
and Friday morning. It is possible that these winds could gust to
severe gale for a time in exposed places of southeast Southland and
the Clutha District, so a watch for strong winds will be maintained
for these areas.




Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on May 27, 2010, 04:52:39 pm



{SWW Event 2010/22.2}
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST IN:
CANTERBURY OTAGO BULLER NELSON MARLBOROUGH


SEVERE WEATHER WARNING.
ISSUED BY MetService AT 16:44 pm 27-May-2010
MEDIA
HEAVY SNOW EXPECTED TO ABOUT 400 METRES FOR PARTS OF BULLER, NELSON
AND MARLBOROUGH TONIGHT AND OVERNIGHT.
HEAVY SNOW EXPECTED TO ABOUT 400 METRES FOR PARTS OF CANTERBURY AND
NORTH OTAGO OVERNIGHT THURSDAY AND FRIDAY MORNING.

Snow is now falling to about 300 metres in places over the upper
South Island.
Heavy snow is now forecast for some inland parts of Buller, Nelson
and Marlborough this evening and overnight tonight.  10 to 15cm is
possible down to near 400 metres, with lesser amounts to 300 metres.

Snow showers are expected to around 300 metres over eastern parts of
the South Island today in a strong cold southerly flow.  Heavy snow
is now forecast for inland parts of Canterbury and North Otago
overnight Thursday and Friday morning as another area of low pressure
passes to the east.  The largest snow accumulations of 20 to 40cm are
expected above 600 metres in these areas,with 10 to 20cm possible
down to near 400 metres, and lesser amounts to 300 metres.

Southerly gales and steady rain are also expected about coastal parts
of Canterbury and North Otago during this time, with the heaviest
snowfalls on the coastal hills, such as Banks Peninsula and the Port
Hills, likely to be above 500 metres.

Many high level roads are likely to be affected by snow, especially
the Main Alpine Passes, such as Porter Pass, and motorists are
advised to check road conditions before travelling.  Also likely to
be affected tonight are many inland roads of Buller, Nelson and
Marlborough.  The combination of cold temperatures,snow and strong
winds are likely to produce sub zero wind chills in exposed places.
These conditions are likely to be stressful for stock and farmers may
wish to move them to sheltered locations.

The snow level is forecast to rise above 600 metres in Otago and
Canterbury during Friday, with further heavy snow becoming confined
to higher elevations than covered by our warning criteria.  Further
rain is expected for parts of North Otago and Canterbury during the
remainder of Friday and also on Saturday and there is a possibility
of significant rainfall amounts, hence a watch for heavy rain will be
maintained for these areas.

FOR THE LATEST WEATHER AND FORECAST CHARTS PLEASE GO TO
http://metservice.com

MORE DETAILED INFORMATION FOR EMERGENCY MANAGERS AND TECHNICAL USERS
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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: guest49 on May 27, 2010, 05:15:22 pm
They say a picture is worth a thousand words.
From my patio an hour or so back.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v231/Ash01/snow10.jpg)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on May 27, 2010, 05:29:14 pm
I can do it it one Yak.   Cold.  So far so good at our place.   


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on June 10, 2010, 08:02:36 am

My weather station lost sensor contact at about 9 pm when I encouraged a tap to run then filled the lecky jug so I'd be able to have a cuppa in the morning.

the old indoor outdoor sensor poked through a window says -4.5      my ranchslider is stuck shut

I have a dinky wee LV electric pad for warming/propogating seedlings.

I wish someone would invent heated keyboards


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on June 10, 2010, 08:48:28 am
You could make a tent under the blankets and set up your lappy Nitz.    Geez 4.5 is a bit rough and I suppose you won't be going anywhere till the door opens.   Poor animals.  Not sure what it was here.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on June 10, 2010, 10:03:30 am
You could make a tent under the blankets and set up your lappy Nitz.    Geez 4.5 is a bit rough and I suppose you won't be going anywhere till the door opens.   Poor animals.  Not sure what it was here.
My animals don't seem to mind, now that it's daylight.

I didn't expect the heatpump to work, should have turned it on earlier. It is helping the indoor temp anyway.  Perhaps I should leave the doors open to warm up the outside? 
 

(I belted the frame of the ranchsliderwith the heel of a shoe, got out and went to check the pumpshed.  Nearly lost my footing on a slope, so gave up and checked facilities taps. Frozen.)

But it gets worse,

sky cloudy,

no wind,

looks like rain.



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on June 10, 2010, 10:25:42 am
I noted the forecast for your neck of the woods wasn't too flash today.   Maybe you need a big of sacking or summat to wrap around the outside taps.   The sun is out here and a reasonable forecast but still too much frost out there for my liking.     I shall use one of my Gold coast photos for a desktop wallpaper today.. ;D


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on June 13, 2010, 12:14:23 pm

Today looks great through the CCTV.  Bright sun, dear wee fluffy cloudlets, gentle breeze occassionally disturbiing the trees.


temp 5.8c. 



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Calliope on June 13, 2010, 01:16:23 pm
crap


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on June 13, 2010, 01:29:36 pm
A bit of watery sun out there just now but colder than a frogs d....  ::) (http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i83/VinegarBits/Smilies/Frogrollyeyes.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 13, 2010, 02:10:15 pm

The sun is shining at my place at the moment (lots of blue sky visible, but also lots of clouds), but it isn't forecast to last.

We've already had one front go over (it pissed down and the temperature dropped dramatically), but it's forecast to deteriorate during the afternoon, with snow down to 400 metres at the bottom of the North Island, possibly closing SH2 between Featherston and Upper Hutt (the Rimutaka Hill Road). And although it's sunny at the moment, it definitely isn't warm. There is a distinct chill in the air.

I've got to go to work later....I guess I'll get to see all the shitty weather close-up while driving a train over to Wellington and back this evening. And if it's high tide, then the journey from Petone to Ngauranga will be spectacular with waves crashing over the tracks.

The forecast is for it to clear up here tomorrow, then turn to crap again on Tuesday.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 13, 2010, 03:16:03 pm

Well....the CRAP has hit in the last twenty minutes or so.

Rain, hail & sleet....and I reckon the temperature has dropped down close to zero outside (I've just been out down the road).

Brrrrrr....I reckon it is probably snowing in the hills to the east as well as in the ranges and hills to the west.

The countryside around here might be pretty tomorrow when it clears up (well, it's forecasted to clear by tomorrow).



I'm going to wear a “700 loft” hooded down jacket to work. The outer fabric layer is wiindproof and waterproof, so I don't need to worry about getting the down wet. You can never dress too warmly when the weather is like this!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Brownie55 on June 13, 2010, 04:34:59 pm
The sun is out here.....


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on June 14, 2010, 06:39:21 am


hail woke me at some unearthly hour this morning, I am surprised it isn't still lying around. 


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on June 14, 2010, 07:13:52 am
Crunchy grass, everything coated in frost, overcast, minus 3 and supposed to go into decline as the day progresses with snow to low levels and gale force southerlies. 


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Im2Sexy4MyPants on June 14, 2010, 11:02:07 am
Is it just me or is global warming cold Brrrrrrrrrrrrrr


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 16, 2010, 12:13:52 am
Is it just me or is global warming cold Brrrrrrrrrrrrrr


Errrrrrrr.....haven't you noticed it is now WINTER?  (https://cdn.smfboards.com/Smileys/smf/crazy2.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Im2Sexy4MyPants on June 16, 2010, 01:54:38 am
 ::)
(http://www.ssqq.com/stories/images/mud%20volleyball%202002%20wind%20god.jpg)
(http://www.ssqq.com/stories/images/mud%20volleyball%202002%20sungod.jpg)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on June 16, 2010, 07:06:44 am


::)

(http://www.ssqq.com/stories/images/mud%20volleyball%202002%20sungod.jpg)

and it's time this group got it's nice warm winter skin, like we had last winter. Even my eyes get cold with this blue grey one (https://cdn.smfboards.com/Smileys/smf/coolsmiley.gif)



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on June 22, 2010, 11:05:10 am

Beautiful day, chilly, but it feels like snow... Had a rainbow in my rearvision mirror almost all the way to town yesterday, strange phenomenon.  Cellphone cam on the blink GRRRRR. 



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 22, 2010, 12:12:16 pm
and it's time this group got it's nice warm winter skin, like we had last winter. Even my eyes get cold with this blue grey one (https://cdn.smfboards.com/Smileys/smf/coolsmiley.gif)


I reckon Dazza's skin he had with the Xmas theme was nice and warm.

I pulled it a couple of months ago, but left it installed in the group's toolbox. However, I haven't managed to remove those xmas pressies that show whether new posts have been made on a messageboard since you last visited. I'm buggered if I know where the code for those are.....certainly not amongst the headers & footers stuff.

Perhaps I could put that xmas theme skin back up, but without all the xmas stuff that originally went with it?


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on June 22, 2010, 03:05:06 pm


What a difference the passing of a coupla hours makes.

Snow is predicted to fall to low levels in Canterbury overnight as a southerly front passes through.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/3839847/Snow-predicted-for-Canterbury
 

News 4 u:  it's on it's way

Cold wet miserable




Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 22, 2010, 03:14:14 pm

It's a beautiful sunny day in Wairarapa today, with clear blue skies and not a breath of wind.

Wellington was gorgeous and postcard-picture-perfect this morning, also with clear blue skies and no wind.

Mind you, that was after an extremely cold frost that was still melting in Wairarapa late-morning when I got back here. In Wellington, even the sleepers and points boxing in Wellington rail yard was covered in ice, and you seldom get a frost there.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on July 12, 2010, 07:59:54 am

minus 5.5c and I have to break my exhaled breath off before I can take another


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on July 12, 2010, 08:51:58 am
Its about the same here.   Will have to go out and knock the dog off the fence shortly. (https://cdn.smfboards.com/Smileys/smf/huh.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on July 12, 2010, 12:21:35 pm

After many days of cold temperatures, low cloud, the occasional fine day (still with low cloud), fog, drizzle and rain in Wairarapa, today is a complete change with blue skies, sunshine, mild temperatures and a lovely backdrop of snow-covered mountains.


I wonder how long it will last?  (https://cdn.smfboards.com/Smileys/smf/undecided.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on July 22, 2010, 11:16:07 am
Rain stopped at the moment but the air is as cold as mother in laws breath.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on August 08, 2010, 11:07:45 am

where's the wind?


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: dragontamer on August 08, 2010, 12:47:00 pm

where's the wind?

Here :(


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on August 13, 2010, 02:12:07 pm

14.5c here, someone somewhere must be getting something nasty soon baro rising pdq


Wild weather forecast
NZPA
Last updated 12:52 13/08/2010

LATEST: Heavy rain and high winds will buffet much of the country today and over the weekend, forecasters say.
Severe gales were possible for Wellington, the Marlborough Sounds, Northland and Taranaki today while heavy rain could hit the eastern Waikato.

Heavy rain was also forecast for Northland, the Coromandel Peninsula and the Tararua Range.

MetService forecaster Heath Gullery said the weather was the result of an active front expected to move slowly eastwards across much of New Zealand during today, Saturday and early Sunday.

The front was expected to bring heavy rain and strong to gale northerlies to western and northern regions.

Rocks Rd, one of Nelson's main routes, was shut from the bottom of Richardson St to Tahunanui due to waves smashing onto the road.

The road was closed at 11.30am during high tide and stormy weather.

Roger Ball from Nelson Tasman Emergency management advised that the road was likely to remain closed for at least a couple of hours while high tide passed.

Motorists were advised to use Waimea Rd as an alternate route and to take extra care while driving today as very heavy rain is predicted this afternoon around the Nelson-Tasman region.

The Manuka St ford in Nelson was also shut to traffic due to the volume of water in the stream.

Heavy rain warnings are in effect for:

- The Westland ranges from Mt Cook National Park to Otira;

- Headwaters of the Canterbury lakes and rivers ;

- Paparoas;

- The ranges of northwest Nelson;

- The Marlborough Sounds and Richmond Ranges;

- Mount Taranaki;

- Bay of Plenty, and Gisborne north of Ruatoria;

- The hill country of eastern Taranaki, Taumaranui and Tongariro National Park, including the Whanganui Headwaters;

- The northern and eastern hills of Northland;

- The Coromandel Peninsula;

- The Tararua Range.

- with The Nelson Mail

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/4020791/Wild-weather-forecast




Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Ares Abani on August 13, 2010, 02:21:31 pm
The weather in my area is a sample of living in hell! It's been hot hot hot for the past 2 months. It was 103 degrees F ( 39.5 C) here today and it has hovered around that temperature all summer since mid-June anyway. GAG I hate summer in the Southland! I can't wait till fall gets here.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on August 13, 2010, 05:12:56 pm
It was 103 degrees F ( 39.5 C) here today and it has hovered around that temperature all summer since mid-June anyway.


See....global warming....it's happening!  (https://cdn.smfboards.com/Smileys/smf/azn.gif)  (https://cdn.smfboards.com/Smileys/smf/wink.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Ares Abani on August 14, 2010, 02:41:04 am
It's damn sure heating up around here. Today we are supposed to have a cold spell only going to get 99 degress F (37.3 C). Peoples aircondition unit are buring out in record numbers as well according to what they showed on the local news last night due to them having to run day and even at night because the tempuratures stay around 80-85 F (26.7-29.5 C)at night. Glad I have a basement house because my system shuts off nearly all night and doesn't run constantly during the day due to the earth helping keep the place cool. Can't go in the fricking yard tho and my garden is burnt to a crisp and useless now. >:(


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: dragontamer on August 18, 2010, 09:36:44 am
I don't think I've seen so much consistent rain in Christchurch in the 15 years I've been here. :(

Those aquifers better be nice and chocker.   

I'm sick and tired of being wet and yuck.  Roll on summer!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on August 18, 2010, 09:46:12 am
Wet  ::)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on August 18, 2010, 10:30:52 am

The sun came out an hour ago when I started 3 weeks worth of washing, I should have done it yesterday, but the machine was busy all day with a casual user's 12 days of a 4-person family's washing. It's earning more income than the camp at present.

brewing up for rain again.

Visit the MetService website:
http://www.metservice.com
{ROADSNOW Event 2010/1.114}
 
Issued by MetService at 10:16am Wednesday 18th August 2010
Valid until 9:00pm Wednesday 18th August
 
PORTERS PASS
Any remaining snow showers near the summit should turn to rain showers by
afternoon, but snow showers are likely again from tonight. In the period from
9pm tonight to midday Thursday, 2 to 3cm could accumulate near the summit.
 
DESERT ROAD
Showers, possibly with some sleet, should turn to snow on higher parts of the
road this evening. In the period from 9pm tonight to 9am Thursday, 2 to 3cm
could accumulate near the summit.
 
LEWIS PASS
A period of light snow is possible on higher parts of the road today. In the
period from 11am to 3pm today, 1 to 3cm could accumulate near the summit.Light
snow flurries are possible after this time, but little if any snow should
accumulate after 3pm.
 
ARTHURS PASS
Light snow showers on higher parts of the road this morning should clear by
early afternoon. Little if any snow is expected to accumulate on the road.
 
MILFORD ROAD
Showers are expected about and south of Lake Gunn today and should turn to
snow
above about 600 metres overnight. In the period from midnight tonight to 6am
Thursday, 1 to 2cm of snow is possible near Lake Gunn, but only light snow
flurries further north. 
 
Disclaimer: These warnings provide information regarding expected
weather conditions. They contain no information about current road
conditions or about the amount of snow currently lying on any road.
 



__________________________________________________________________
(C) Copyright Meteorological Service of New Zealand Ltd 2010
__________________________________________________________________
View this forecast on the MetService website at:
http://metservice.com/national/warnings/road-snowfall-warnings
Definitions for MetService Weather Warnings are available at:
http://metservice.com/help/help-warning
__________________________________________________________________
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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on August 18, 2010, 10:52:18 am
I think the rain as stopped .....for the moment.

It has been pretty much constant since it chased me inside half way though pruning a rose yesterday.




and it just started again


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on August 18, 2010, 12:41:43 pm
And now the sky is blue and the sun shining. :-\


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on August 23, 2010, 02:19:30 pm

Far out!

Until ten minutes ago it was a beautiful day at my place with blue skies and sunshine.

Now, the sky is black and the rain has just started to fall about four minutes ago. The raindrops are absolutely humungus....I thought it was hail at first (and went outside to check), but it wasn't....just enormous raindrops. However, in the past 30 seconds, those huge raindrops have suddenly turned to HUGE hailstones with NO rain!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on September 30, 2010, 03:44:25 pm

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/4182312/Nelson-Wellington-soaked-as-rain-sweeps-country


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: dragontamer on October 11, 2010, 10:21:26 am
Wind:   22 km/hr.
Rain Today:   0.8
Humidity:   65%

from metservice.

Someone needs to tell the weather gods they getting it all wrong.

22km wind - not 220
.08 rain, not 80
Humidity 65 not 650


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: dragontamer on October 11, 2010, 10:50:18 am
We have a tilta-door leaning against the fence.  The wind just stood it completely upright before dropping it back against the fence.  Daughter is now moving my car out of the line of fire because we haven't a hope in hell of lifting that door by ourselves. (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/09emcrook.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Bruno Bastardo on October 11, 2010, 12:08:03 pm
Brisbane in its fourth day of rain, we are now in the wettest October since 1903. Am seriously thinking of building an ark in the swimming pool.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on October 11, 2010, 01:49:51 pm
My bean frame is on a dangerous lean and I only put it up last week.

Last week I was wearing t-shirts and wishing I had a decent pair of shorts, this morning the longsleeves, warm trousers and jacket are back on and we are getting intermittant hail squalls.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Ares Abani on October 11, 2010, 01:57:18 pm
We are in a severe drought in TN, no rain for about a month but at least the temperatures are getting cooler.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on October 11, 2010, 01:59:13 pm
Three pm and it finally looks like it might be clearing a little.    Arthurs Pass was closed to towing vehicles this morning and everyone else needed chains.  ::)  Poor wee lambs.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: AnFaolchudubh on October 11, 2010, 04:27:57 pm
cold, sunny with smatterings of liquid snow (cold rain)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: PerilousBeats on October 11, 2010, 05:01:30 pm
  ::) Freezing cold even though the sun came out for part of the day.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Im2Sexy4MyPants on October 11, 2010, 05:22:14 pm
We have a little fluffy white patch of snow on the hills above Woodville

and I was hoping for lil global warming...


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on October 11, 2010, 05:30:44 pm
The sun is just coming out here now and my online temp gauge says 10.  Almost tropical.     Pantsy my daughter was in Woodville yesterday and was peering into the  local radio station there and was invited in and was interviewed on air about the earthquake.  ;D  5 minutes of fame in Woodville. (http://smfsupport.com/support/Smileys/smfnew/smitten.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Im2Sexy4MyPants on October 11, 2010, 06:07:38 pm
Itssssss cccccoldddd here brrrrrrrrrrr


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on October 11, 2010, 09:25:59 pm

I worked a shift from 1000hrs until 2020hrs.

During the day, at various times, I encountered blue skies & sunshine, rain, hail, sleet and snow.

And it's absolutely bloody freezing!!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Bruno Bastardo on October 11, 2010, 10:06:43 pm
20 in Brisbane - all the local reckon that's cold!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on October 17, 2010, 11:22:33 am


At 8am here today = 16c Norwester and no dew this morning which is a sign of rain to come, so stoked up lawnmoa; GOT IT GROUNDED on a hidden obstacle, had to tow it out with poor wee RAV4  GRRRRRR     30 minutes lost.

Southerly change at 10.30am, baro dopping FAST, sign of wind,  984 hpa  near to 980 which is a sign of snow, got 1/4 of the grass mowed, met service is probably right.

http://www.metservice.com/national/warnings/index



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Bruno Bastardo on October 18, 2010, 05:32:43 pm
Brilliantly fine for the second day - our furniture finally arrived this morning, took two months to come from Wellington!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on October 19, 2010, 01:42:07 pm


At 8am here today = 16c Norwester and no dew this morning which is a sign of rain to come, so stoked up lawnmoa; GOT IT GROUNDED on a hidden obstacle, had to tow it out with poor wee RAV4  GRRRRRR     30 minutes lost.

Southerly change at 10.30am, baro dopping FAST, sign of wind,  984 hpa  near to 980 which is a sign of snow, got 1/4 of the grass mowed, met service is probably right.

http://www.metservice.com/national/warnings/index



just repeating but I got the reat of the lawns finished before today's rain. Met service is probably right.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on October 19, 2010, 03:15:23 pm
Mowed for 3 hours this morning to get the grass done before the promised rain got here.  4pm and not a cloud in the sky.     


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on October 19, 2010, 04:38:03 pm
Mowed for 3 hours this morning to get the grass done before the promised rain got here.  4pm and not a cloud in the sky.     



Hang about, see them clouds? It's probably coming in about an hour?


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on November 11, 2010, 02:33:49 pm

Temp dropped from 25.5 to 17c within the last 90 minutes, Norwester turned Easterly,   :o   dinky little thunderclump dodged us and headed to Dunedin, rain has started ...  (https://cdn.smfboards.com/Smileys/smf/cheesy.gif)
  pithing down   


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: dragontamer on November 11, 2010, 02:41:45 pm
Send it this way.  I'm over 25 degrees.  Sucky hot.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Bruno Bastardo on November 11, 2010, 06:57:52 pm
27 degrees at 6pm - love this place!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on November 20, 2010, 08:57:29 pm

I got home from work at about 9:40pm to discover the temperature was still 28°C inside my place.

I've been running fans in every room since then and the temperature has now dropped to about 26°C.

However, it's now pissing down outside. I hope it continues to piss down tomorrow, because that'll dampen down all the drunken bastards at the Toast Martinborough Food & Wine Festival. I've got to drive a bloody huge trainload of them back to Wellington late tomorrow afternoon. The sort of people who go to Toast Martinborough are the stuck-up high & mighty of Wellington society, but we get to see them in their TRUE colours....totally pissed, chundering everywhere, falling off their high-heels and putting it ALL on display (in the case of the women), pissing their pants, behaving like the drunken yobos they are, and generally displaying that their shit really does stink and they aren't as high & mighty as they think they are! So I hope it rains big-time on them!!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on December 22, 2010, 06:54:07 pm

It's blowing like forty-million bastards at my place.

There are rain clouds over the Tararua Ranges (about 15-20 kilometres away) and raindrops are reaching my place, even though it is blue skies and was sunshine until the sun set.

Nice warm temperatures too....pity about the wind.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on December 22, 2010, 07:06:36 pm
It is blowing a gale here too.   I could hardly stand up in it this afternoon.    It has been very hot here today and is still 19º


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: sickofpollies on December 23, 2010, 09:43:54 am
It's an absolutely beautiful day here in the capital. One could almost forgive a politician for breathing.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on December 28, 2010, 05:51:33 am

sometimes it doesn't pay to pray for rain   

I only needed 10mm or thereabouts, not 80  ::)


 


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on December 28, 2010, 06:53:10 am
Quote
sometimes it doesn't pay to pray for rain  
Make sure you say how much you want next time. (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/02emteeth.gif)
We are getting a dousing of nice steady rain at the moment but the cloud is getting higher so I think it will ease off soon.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on December 28, 2010, 11:00:16 am

Judging by the HUGE amount of water surging down the Wairarapa rivers (Tauherenikau, Waiohine and Waingawa) beneath the railway bridges, it must be absolutely pissing down in the Tararua Ranges.

The wind blew heaps of trees over south of Carterton. I smashed them up with the train on the way home. There's something really satisfying about hitting trees at speed and watching the debris go flying in all directions! No doubt the locals around there will stock up with firewood for next winter....;D


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: dragontamer on December 28, 2010, 01:24:57 pm
The old Waimak bridge is closed.  I think between earthquakes and floods the poor old thing is feeling its age.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on December 28, 2010, 02:09:03 pm

SH2 over the Rimutaka Range (the Rimutaka Hill Road) has been closed since 10:00am this morning due to high winds.

As a result, the train returning from Upper Hutt to Masterton late-morning was packed.

However, it's amazing how many motorists who abandon their cars and catch the train when the road closes think they should be allowed to travel through the Rimutaka Tunnel to Featherston on the train for free. A lot of them reason that using the road is free (in their dreams), so therefore when the cops close the road, KiwiRail should be obliged to transport them for free. They then get in a huge argument with the Train Manager (Guard) when payment of a fare is enforced. Some of them can get real nasty! The onboard crew evicted a few of them at Maymorn (just before entering the Rimutaka Tunnel) because they point-blank refused to pay a fare.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 03, 2011, 09:35:13 am

Some of that Queensland rain headed our way

By PHILIP DUNCAN (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/news/headlines.cfm?a_id=602) - HERALD on SUNDAY (http://www.nzherald.co.nz) with WEATHERWATCH (http://www.weatherwatch.co.nz) | 12:54PM - Sunday, January 02, 2011

(http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/News%20Story%20Pix%202011/NZHerald_QldFlooding_02Jan11.jpg)
Queensland under water. — Photo: Central Queensland News.

ANOTHER SIGNIFICANT shift in our weather pattern may be arriving as soon as this coming Friday.

I'm sure many of you are aware of the flooding in Queensland, being described as "of biblical proportions" (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10697408) by authorities.

Well, by the end of this coming week New Zealand may start being affected by the same belt of tropical weather that's producing these big rain makers for Queensland. (Don't worry, we aren't forecasting flooding yet).

The computer models are predicting a fairly large low will move into the Tasman Sea around mid-week and could start bringing more cloud, more north east winds, and much more humidity by Friday.

The long range maps for the week after show more lows bubbling up north west of New Zealand and a considerable lack of high pressure over us - meaning those lows and fronts have the potential to stick around for several days. We're now also getting into the true Cyclone Season.

You can view long range weather maps for the next nine days here (http://www.country99tv.co.nz/weather/long-range).

The colours on those maps indicate wind — not rain — but from the wind direction and the area of low pressure in the Tasman it means humid, cloudy weather is likely — with a high chance of precipitation.

Someone hassled me the other day about using the word "precipitation". For those that don't know, this particular word is used when we aren't 100 per cent sure of the type of rain we're going to get (or we're covering all the types which will be affecting various regions). In other words, will it be a period of rain, will it be showery, or will it just be drizzle? The word "precipitation" covers all of those bases. Otherwise, yes, it is a nerdy word to use!

So I guess my advice to people who are camping - make the most of the sunny, hot, weather this week. It may not be around for a while after this week is done. If you're a farmer wanting more rain in the north - perhaps make hay while the sun shines...quite literally.


http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10697519 (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10697519)



More rain and wind on way for campers

By KIRAN CHUG - The Dominion Post | 5:00AM - Monday, 03 January 2011

WET AND WINDY conditions caused by the same weather patterns behind Queensland's devastating floods will hit the North Island, and campers are being advised to stay on alert.

WeatherWatch forecaster Philip Duncan said there would be a return to unsettled weather by the end of the week. Warmer-than-average sea temperatures off eastern Australia, part of the La Nina weather pattern, had been responsible for flooding in Queensland and were expected to affect New Zealand.

High air pressure over the Tasman Sea had been sheltering New Zealand from those conditions, but that air was set to clear and leave the country exposed to the effects of the warm seas.

"That brings these rainmakers. With the high moving away it opens up a direct path from the northern Tasman and Coral Sea areas."

Mr Duncan advised campers on the east coast of the North Island to prepare for windy conditions later this week.

It was possible the rain would remain offshore, but conditions would at least be humid, if not wet.

"This link to the weather in Queensland could result in much-needed rain moving back into Northland, Waikato and other fairly dry regions in the coming weeks."

New Zealand should stay hot, sunny and calm until Wednesday, he said.

The weather coming toward New Zealand has caused devastation in Queensland and cut off the city of Rockhampton, where the airport is also closed.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/4508573/More-rain-and-wind-on-way-for-campers (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/4508573/More-rain-and-wind-on-way-for-campers)



Enjoy the sun before La Nina returns with rain

By VAIMOANA TAPALEAO (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/vaimoana-tapaleao/news/headlines.cfm?a_id=367) - The New Zealand Herald (http://http:/www.nzherald.co.nz) | 5:30AM - Monday, January 03, 2011

(http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/News%20Story%20Pix%202011/NZHerald_Holidaymakers_03Jan11.jpg)
Holidaymakers cool off from the new year's sunshine at Mount Maunganui. — Photo: Christine Cornege.

THE SUNSHINE is expected to last a few more days as a northwestern front brings subtropical weather that has caused major flooding in Queensland.

Most parts of the country have seen sunny, hot and calm weather in the past week, with many people making the most of it at the beach.

However, this is expected to last only until Wednesday, when La Nina weather conditions arrive, bringing humidity, clouds and possibly heavy rain in northwestern parts of both islands.

WeatherWatch head analyst Philip Duncan said the unsettled weather is part of a tropical pattern which has caused major flooding in Queensland.

Thousands of people have been evacuated from at least 20 towns because of the widespread flooding, described as being of "biblical" proportions. Yesterday the body of a woman was found after her car was swept away.

Although New Zealand is soon to get some of that tropical weather, it is not thought that it will bring major flooding, Mr Duncan said.

"We don't think we'll be getting extreme stuff, like what's happened in Queensland. But there is the potential that we might get flooding rains eventually," he said.

"In the meantime, make the most of the sunny, hot, calm weather which is forecast to stick around until at least Wednesday."

Areas expected to be affected will include both the northern and western parts of the North and South Island including Nelson, which has already experienced flooding and strong winds in the past week.

Mr Duncan said although no heavy rains were expected at least in the next few days, the La Nina weather conditions could mean unexpected downpours next week.

People needed to be prepared for those unexpected changes to the weather.

"That's the problem with La Nina weather patterns.

"It could be sunny and hot for a whole week and then torrential rain for a day. We just have to be aware of it."


http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10697611 (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10697611)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on January 16, 2011, 03:44:25 pm


{WATCH Event 2011/1.38}
SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR
ISSUED BY METSERVICE AT 1704hrs 16-Jan-2011

RAIN AND WINDS HAVE EASED THIS AFTERNOON.
Watch is now lifted.
NO FURTHER SEVERE WEATHER WATCHES WILL BE ISSUED

(C) Copyright Meteorological Service of New Zealand Ltd 2011



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on January 16, 2011, 04:12:24 pm
 

20c here overnight, 11.6c now tgft!

Thirty-four in CHRISTCHURCH?

Christchurch is scorching in 34 degree temperatures this afternoon.

A blustery norwester and mainly clear skies have brought the heat.

There is a cooler southerly change moving in behind the hot air.

The North Island has seen temperatures of 30 in Wairoa and Hastings and 29 in Gisborne.

Gusty winds are hitting Wellington with near gales.

They are reaching over 80 kilometres an hour.

Philip Duncan of WeatherWatch.co.nz says Invercargill is totally different with only 13 at the airport.

It will get warmer again tomorrow in Southland.

http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/top-stories/8657831/thirty-four-in-chch/


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on January 16, 2011, 05:42:17 pm
Had a friend call in ( and dropped off a lobster he caught this morning) and he had come via Woodend where the temp registered 43 º C on his cousins verandah.   It has dropped to a respectable 20 at the moment.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 16, 2011, 06:03:25 pm

It was very bloody hot down the eastern side of the North Island today.

In fact it was hot enough to head for Rush Monroe's Icecream Garden in Hastings (they've been there on the same site since 1931) to enjoy a delicious Manuka Honey flavoured icecream in a waffle cone before setting off for Wairarapa and home.

It's still bloody hot in Masterton....currently 30°C inside my place in spite of all the windows being open and lots of fans going.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: dragontamer on January 16, 2011, 10:34:07 pm
Had a friend call in ( and dropped off a lobster he caught this morning) and he had come via Woodend where the temp registered 43 º C on his cousins verandah.   It has dropped to a respectable 20 at the moment.

I believe that!  Today was just as bad. 



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 17, 2011, 09:44:31 am

I reckon it has been at least 30°C in Masterton since 10 o'clock this morning....(http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/hot.gif)

It's oppressively hot with no breeze whatsoever.

Kinda like being in the oven!  (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/HotandSweating.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on January 17, 2011, 01:40:59 pm
we have rain!!!!!   ;D

For my birthday this year I got a you beaut weather station .. even tells me how much snow is lying on the ground and how long its been there  ;D


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 17, 2011, 02:03:22 pm
For my birthday this year I got a you beaut weather station .. even tells me how much snow is lying on the ground and how long its been there  ;D

So spill the beans.....how much snow is lying on the ground up your way, and how long has it been there?  (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/SkiJump.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 17, 2011, 02:20:38 pm

It is now 33°C at my place and still not even a hint of a breeze!  (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/IceMelted.gif)


You gotta laugh....it's blue skies with just a few white fluffy clouds on the horizon, yet the weather forecast on the radio says “showers easing this afternoon in Wairarapa and clearing early tomorrow morning” — I wonder which planet the forecasters are on?  ::)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on January 17, 2011, 02:24:41 pm
For my birthday this year I got a you beaut weather station .. even tells me how much snow is lying on the ground and how long its been there  ;D

So spill the beans.....how much snow is lying on the ground up your way, and how long has it been there?  (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/SkiJump.gif)

.. after consulting the oracle .. nothing .. nought .. not a snowflake!!!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on January 17, 2011, 05:11:08 pm
2.7mm in the last hour  ;D


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 17, 2011, 06:17:05 pm
2.7mm in the last hour  ;D


Snow?  (https://cdn.smfboards.com/Smileys/smf/shocked.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on January 17, 2011, 06:27:49 pm
nope .. none yet .. but Im hopeful  ::)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 17, 2011, 06:36:54 pm

Will it measure snow falling on Mount Pirongia (http://xtranewscommunity2.smfforfree.com/index.php/topic,4511.0.html)?

Is it that good?  (https://cdn.smfboards.com/Smileys/smf/huh.gif)



BTW....it's still 31°C at my place in Masterton!  (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/HellFire.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on January 18, 2011, 06:06:19 am
Ha no ... but I can see that from here!!

This is what it tells me this morning .....



Current data for Aotea Harbour Weather
Tuesday, 18 January 2011 8:03:46 a.m.

Temperature (°C):
Current          22.1
Trend (per hour) +0.1
Average today    21.6
Wind chill       22.1
Heat Index       22.1
Dew Point        20.2
Rel Humidity     89%

Wind (km/h):
Current Gust     19.4 E
Average Speed    7.2 ENE

Rainfall (mm):
Current rate     0.0
Last hour        0.0
Total today      0.6
Total yesterday  6.0
Total this month 9.6
Total this year  9.6

Pressure (hPa):
Current          997.5
Trend (per hour) -0.1


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on January 18, 2011, 07:11:46 am

22°C
Mostly Cloudy Last Updated: 07:00 18 Jan (local time), 18:00 GMT
Observation Station: Auckland Wind
From North North East at 24 kmph

Humidity
100%

Pressure
1,005.08 mb

Dew Point
22°C

Visibility
5 km

It is hot and like breathing soup.

It isn't raining at the moment but the air is so full of moisture you can see it.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: guest49 on January 18, 2011, 08:34:44 am
A pleasant gentle rain, which is badly needed as we haven't had any since Xmas/new year.....


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on January 18, 2011, 09:27:25 am
Ha no ... but I can see that from here!!

This is what it tells me this morning .....



Current data for Aotea Harbour Weather
Tuesday, 18 January 2011 8:03:46 a.m.

Temperature (°C):
Current          22.1
Trend (per hour) +0.1
Average today    21.6
Wind chill       22.1
Heat Index       22.1
Dew Point        20.2
Rel Humidity     89%

Wind (km/h):
Current Gust     19.4 E
Average Speed    7.2 ENE

Rainfall (mm):
Current rate     0.0
Last hour        0.0
Total today      0.6
Total yesterday  6.0
Total this month 9.6
Total this year  9.6

Pressure (hPa):
Current          997.5
Trend (per hour) -0.1


I lurved my weather station, but the main sensor battery is flat and I can't get the unit down till a mate gets back from holiday

How does yours correspond with this? 

...The tidal graph below shows the height and times of high and low water for Aotea Harbour, New Zealand, New Zealand. The horizontal lines show the maximum range of the tide for a year either side of the present. The red flashing dot shows the tide state right now. Use the links above to view the Aotea Harbour, New Zealand weather forecast, surf conditions and current weather observations. ...

http://www.tide-forecast.com/locations/AoteaHarbour-NewZealand/tides/latest



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 18, 2011, 10:31:40 am

28°C at my place at the moment.

A wee bit sticky too, although no rain....yet!

You know it's humid when the walls of the 8.8km-long Rimutaka Tunnel are dripping wet. Normally, the tunnel is very dry, but when it's humid, the trains suck moisture-laden air into the tunnel behind them and drag it all the way through. As it is always cold inside the tunnel, all that moisture in the air condenses on the tunnel walls which turn black when they get saturated. Yesterday, the tunnel was dry....this morning, it was soaking wet.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on January 18, 2011, 03:44:56 pm

Thats a good tide chart Nits ... I use the one out the window though -- its deadly accurate and I dont have to go online to check it out  ;D

Looking through the links on that page .. its close .. shows the temp ok ... but the situation isnt quite right - we havent seen sun all day.
The barometer at the moment is dropping - my alarm is going off every 5 minutes.

Nits .. do u loose your info when the battery goes .. ummm Im worried even if i change batteries that I will loose the accumulated info I have.  What program do u use to hold your info?  Always looking for something better than what I have  ;D


Current data for Aotea Harbour Weather
Tuesday, 18 January 2011 5:09:10 p.m.

Temperature (°C):
Current          25.5
Trend (per hour) -0.4
Average today    23.4
Wind chill       25.5
Heat Index       25.5
Dew Point        23.3
Rel Humidity     88%

Wind (km/h):
Current Gust     41.8 NE
Average Speed    25.6 NE

Rainfall (mm):
Current rate     0.0
Last hour        0.6
Total today      1.2
Total yesterday  6.0
Total this month 10.2
Total this year  10.2

Pressure (hPa):
Current          989.7
Trend (per hour) -0.6



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 18, 2011, 05:22:03 pm

In spite of the forecast for rain in Wairarapa today, there has been none.

No even so much as a few drops or spits.

There was very thin high cloud early this morning, which thickened up a wee bit by mid-morning, then by late-morning it was all blue skies and sunshine, although with heavy dark clouds over the Tararua Ranges.

I don't know what the rivers have been like....the Waingawa, Waiohine and Tauherenikau rivers were at low levels when I passed over the rail bridges across them in each direction this morning, and since then, I wouldn't know. There's one river (the Waipoua) only a couple of hundred metres from my place, but it has been too bloody stinking hot for me to be bothered wandering down the road to see if it is carrying a flood flow from the ranges.

It's currently 34°C inside my place, according to every thermometer in the house....they all agree with each other.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: AnFaolchudubh on January 18, 2011, 06:21:50 pm
What's the Weather like at your place?


Crap... but at least the hay is growing


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 18, 2011, 06:56:57 pm
What's the Weather like at your place?

Crap... but at least the hay is growing

Many of the cow cockies in Wairarapa are already doing their third cut of hay.

They did their first cut back in late September when we got an early summer, then another cut in November.

I wish they could keep their dairy cows in the paddocks though....I'm getting pretty good at stopping trains to shift entire herds of cows off the rail corridor and into an adjacent paddock. I've had to do it twice in the past week. Actually, I always find it easier to get a herd of cows to move where I want them to go than to move a single dairy cow....they can be difficult when they are by themself.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 19, 2011, 11:30:08 am

Another sunny, warm day at the bottom of the North Island (on both sides of the ranges).

Not quite as hot as the past two days though.

Currently 29°C at my place....(http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/WaterCooler.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on January 19, 2011, 03:27:23 pm
At the moment it's 30.3oC in the house and 47.1oC in the conservatory.

I'm on night shift tonight and tomorrow nights - and trying to sleep during the day is almost impossible.

We had some fairly heavy rain in Wellington last night. When I finished my shift and walked to the car park, the rain was lightly but I still got rather wet. It was very muggy in spite of the rain. It was 27.3oC in the house when I went to bed at 1.00am this morning.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on January 23, 2011, 04:08:52 pm
                         


                               ?

sheesh, anyone left up there north or South of the Bombays ? Anyone got updates for this http://xtranewscommunity2.smfforfree.com/index.php/topic,8824.0.html


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on January 23, 2011, 04:20:34 pm
Done. :)

Wet weather means kids hogging computer.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on January 23, 2011, 06:48:53 pm
Current data for Aotea Harbour Weather
Sunday, 23 January 2011 8:45:34 p.m.

Temperature (°C):
Current          23.3
Trend (per hour) +0.2  GOING UP AT THE MOMENT!!
Average today    19.0
Wind chill       23.3
Heat Index       23.3
Dew Point        21.7
Rel Humidity     91%

Wind (km/h):
Current Gust     28.1 ESE
Average Speed    18.4 E

Rainfall (mm):
Current rate     0.0
Last hour        0.3
Total today      37.2
Total yesterday  11.7
Total this month 72.9
Total this year  72.9

Pressure (hPa):
Current          984.9
Trend (per hour) -0.5 GOING DOWN!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Bruno Bastardo on January 24, 2011, 01:13:15 pm
Brisbane stinking hot. Got up at 6am to potter in the garden, it was already 26 dgs so pottered back to bed. Heading towards 30+


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on January 30, 2011, 02:22:44 pm
My place is fine .. 25 degs, slight breeze, no rain.

I wonder where the cyclone sitting over Fiji is going?  The wee one by Oz is hitting there in the morning some time, the big one over Fiji is undetermined at the moment.

(http://www.meteo.gov.vu/metfiles/satimg/300100Z.JPG)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on February 05, 2011, 04:30:20 pm

One thermometer in my place is currently showing 35°C.

The other thermometers are reading 34°C.

In other words....it's diabolically bloody stinking hot!  (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/HotandSweating.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Brownie55 on February 05, 2011, 09:55:34 pm
I am all on my own in the middle of mid Canterbury and the forecast is for nor westers reaching gale force at times.   :o :o :o :o The wind roars through the trees making a hell of a noise. Just been outside and the temperature is rising and so is the wind so I think it will be a long noisy night. Hope I don't blow away. :o :o :o :o


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on February 06, 2011, 05:28:34 am

I am all on my own in the middle of mid Canterbury and the forecast is for nor westers reaching gale force at times.   :o :o :o :o The wind roars through the trees making a hell of a noise. Just been outside and the temperature is rising and so is the wind so I think it will be a long noisy night. Hope I don't blow away. :o :o :o :o
19.9c here when I got up.. wind not too strong yet. Hope you got some sleep.

Not looking forward to this: http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/top-stories/8783346/sweltering-heat-forecast-today/


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on February 06, 2011, 05:30:19 pm

Reply #555



Another (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/hot.gif) day in Wairarapa.

Last night, it was still 30°C inside my place when I went to bed just after 10:00pm.

I worked this morning and it was quite pleasant to emerge from the Rimutaka Tunnel on the Wellington side to find it was a drizzly day with low cloud and the temperature below 20°C compared to Wairarapa where it was 25°C when I got up and went to work.

We carried a large number of passengers (mostly family groups with children) over to Wairarapa to the horse races at Tauherenikau. They got off at Featherston and emerged from air-conditioned train carriages into a wall of heat. It was interesting watching the reactions of the passengers when they realised how hot it was (it was already around 30 degrees by then). Tranzit Coachlines had a fleet of buses waiting at Featherston to transfer them to the racecourse.

During the afternoon it has gradually got hotter and it is now 35°C inside my place.

I guess it's going to be another hot night!  (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/IceMelted.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on February 06, 2011, 06:48:13 pm

We got the tail-end of the heatwave,  16 overnight up to 35 by 10am, then a welcome wind change dropped the temp to bearable about 22.  Only a gentle Norwester then after a brief bout of Westerly, Souwest brought healing rain,  16 again now. tgft


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Brownie55 on February 06, 2011, 08:13:01 pm
The wind wasn't so bad last night....  Today was HOT. It is 37.3 in the house right now but cooler outside. Trouble is if I open the windows bloody huge big moths come flying in   and there is thousands of them tapping on the windows. 
The stars outside are briliant so much better than in the city.
Only a few more days then back to civilization   :'(


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: k1w14ever on February 07, 2011, 05:10:35 am
we had over 40 at our place all last week.  Cooking at work was horrible.  It is now alot cooler and although cool week we will only have a couple of large tempt again.
Rock on Winter


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on February 07, 2011, 09:14:35 am

Another hot, sunny day in Wairarapa.

It is forecast to rain today....no sign of any precipitation yet.

There aren't even any sign of clouds that could remotely be rain clouds.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Ferney on February 07, 2011, 09:38:51 am
Its 36 degrees in my work today and that is every day during summer.  With high humidity on top of that I can only take it for 2 hours so Mr F stops and helps me so I can get 4 hours work done in 2.   
We were at the beach all weekend and was just as humid and no breeze to speak of. 


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on February 07, 2011, 09:54:36 am
Current data for Aotea Harbour Weather
Monday, 7 February 2011 11:51:29 a.m.

Temperature (°C):
Current          22.9  Indoors 23.7
Trend (per hour) +0.4
Average today    21.5
Wind chill       22.9
Heat Index       22.9
Dew Point        20.2
Rel Humidity     85% indoors 75%

Wind (km/h):
Current Gust     15.8 W
Average Speed    12.2 W

Rainfall (mm):
Current rate     0.0
Last hour        0.0
Total today      0.0
Total yesterday  0.0
Total this month 4.8
Total this year  106.5

Pressure (hPa):
Current          1007.4
Trend (per hour) 0.0



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on February 07, 2011, 02:35:53 pm

South swelters in real scorcher

By PAUL GORMAN - The Press | 5:00AM - Monday, 07 February 2011

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SUMMER FUN: Chris Collins with his sons Rory, 13, and Manny, 8, cool off.
 — KIRK HARGREAVES/The Press.


SOUTH ISLANDERS endured stifling and record-breaking temperatures yesterday as the effects of Cyclone Yasi finally reached our shores.

Timaru Airport registered a record 40.3 degrees Celsius maximum about 4pm after several hours of hovering between 38°C and 39°C.

Other parts of Canterbury, including Christchurch Airport and Ashburton, sweltered as temperatures peaked at 35.9°C.

In Dunedin, the temperature reached 35.2°C, while Blenheim recorded 34.1°C and Kaikoura 32.1°C.

Last night, a southerly change was making its way north up the Canterbury coast, promising lower temperatures and some rain today before ushering in a cooler week with highs of around the 20°C mark.

New Zealand's highest temperature remains 42.4°C in Rangiora on February 07, 1973.

Hundreds of Cantabrians flocked to the beach yesterday.

However, in Timaru the extreme heat caused health problems.

St John ambulance staff attended several emergency calls to help people who had fainted, while Timaru Hospital's emergency department was busy dealing with heat-related issues, including blood pressure problems.

The conditions were ideal for generating high temperatures, with a north-westerly airstream stretching back across the Tasman Sea to inland New South Wales and Queensland.

The already warm air was made even hotter when it crossed the Southern Alps, dropped its rain on the West Coast and then descended and blew across the eastern side of the South Island.

The special ingredient that helped push the mercury up to Australian heights was the influence of Cyclone Yasi, which devastated North Queensland last week. Since Thursday, Yasi has drifted into the Australian interior as it degenerated into a normal low-pressure system.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/4624063/South-swelters-in-real-scorcher (http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/4624063/South-swelters-in-real-scorcher)



Timaru swelters as heat breaks records

By AL WILLIAMS - The Timaru Herald | 5:00AM - Monday, 07 February 2011

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MAKING A SPLASH: Catching some relief from the baking temperature
are Olivia Cockroft, 13, left, Emma Te Raki, 13, Laura Cockroft, 13,
Madelaine Lysaght, 12, and Gracyn Lindsey, 10, all of Timaru.
 — OISIN DUKE/The Timaru Herald.


THE TEMPERATURE in Timaru hit a record 40.3 degrees celsius yesterday, sending hundreds of residents flocking to the beach but causing health problems for others.

The extraordinary heat proved too much for several elderly people, with St John Ambulance attending a number of calls to help people fainting from the heat.

Timaru Hospital's emergency department was busy dealing with a number of heat-related injuries, South Canterbury District Health Board communications adviser Arlene Goss said.

"Blood pressure problems, sprained ankles, cuts and bruises; the heat made it particularly hard to cope.

"The emergency department is very busy with heat-related incidents and a mixture of things."

MetService spokesman Bill Singh said the heatwave broke the town's most recent record temperature of 37.8°C, set in 1998.

In Timaru the record was beaten when the thermometer hit 38°C shortly after 2pm. It then went on climbing, hitting 38.4°C at 3pm, 38.9°C at 3.15pm, through to 39°C at 3.30pm and topping out at 40.3°C after 4pm.

Temperatures only started to fall significantly after 5pm.

Those inland were feeling the heat as well, as soaring temperatures had people hiding from the sun and stripping off.

Pleasant Point Dairy owner Murray Dryden recorded a roasting 43.7°C on his thermometer by mid-afternoon, saying everyone in the township was stripping off to ease the heat.

Pareora's Melanie Bumett said her thermometer had hit 38.2°C in the shade while Craig Meechin recorded 37.8°C in Waimate. Two hours later at 3pm, Heather Hanson said Waimate had hit 41°C.

Mr Singh said very strong nor-wester winds moving ahead of a cold front had caused the extreme spike in temperatures.

A foehn effect had brought about hot and dry conditions, he said.

"It means the nor-west wind approaches the alps, dumps rain on the divide and dries out, then on its way eastward it compresses and in doing so, it warms up," Mr Singh said.

MetService forecaster Allister Gorman called it "a classic Canterbury nor'wester".

"Essentially what we're getting is a lot of hot tropical air from Cyclone Yasi. That air has come from the remains of the cyclone across the Tasman and impacted on the Southern Alps."

Timaru police were uncomfortable in the searing heat but no busier than usual, Timaru's acting police sergeant Simon Heeley said.

"It's business as usual; unfortunately we're still in stamped vests so it's not that nice."

Dunedin residents were also sweltering in 35°C heat — a temperature believed to have broken the region's previous record of 32°C.

South Canterbury temperatures are likely to fall in coming days. Morning rain then fine spells are expected today before southerlies die away, with a more comfortable high of 20°C expected in Timaru. Northeasterlies with late showery southwesterlies are forecast for tomorrow.

Drizzle is expected on Wednesday and Thursday with fine weather on Friday and sunny skies for the weekend.

Record books will be checked today to see where yesterday's scorcher ranks.

It is possibly the highest temperature recorded since at least the 1960s.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/4624076/Timaru-swelters-as-heat-breaks-records (http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/4624076/Timaru-swelters-as-heat-breaks-records)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on February 07, 2011, 02:38:15 pm

The place that summer forgot

By TOM HUNT - The Dominion Post | 5:00AM - Monday, 07 February 2011

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WELLINGTON SUMMER: Fishermen at the end of Oriental Bay, Wellington, oblivious to the fact that it's summer
in the rest of New Zealand. — KENT BLECHYNDEN/Dominion Post.


WELLINGTONIANS can be forgiven for thinking summer has been and gone as other parts of the country swelter.

About 25 flights in and out of Wellington Airport were delayed or cancelled yesterday because of low fog, with the airport still working through a backlog at 5pm.

WeatherWatch.co.nz (http://www.weatherwatch.co.nz) said the extreme heat in parts of New Zealand was connected to the same heatwave that pushed Sydney's temperature to 42 degrees Celsius on Saturday and gave them their hottest night on record.

Timaru's temperature hovered around 39°C for much of the day yesterday, but peaked at 40.3°C, breaking its previous record of 39.7C recorded in February 1973.

"Sydney reached 27.6°C as their overnight low last night, beating their record by a whole degree set in February 1973."

"That same heatwave also hit Timaru in 1973 and again today, that record has been broken by 0.6 of a degree," weather analyst Richard Green said.

Christchurch, Alexandra, Ashburton and Oamaru all reached 36°C officially, although private weather stations in Christchurch were closer to 40°C.

MetService said Wellington's high yesterday was 21°C.

Forecaster Ian Gall said the conditions were caused by humid air from the tropics moving over New Zealand.

Wellington and the Kapiti Coast were drizzly and cloudy yesterday, with more expected today.

The tropical air created warm temperatures right down the east coast of the North Island. The east coast from Otago to Gisborne was mostly around 30°C, with 31°C recorded in Hastings and Masterton.

In the west, including Taranaki, Taupo, Whanganui and Manawatu, temperatures were between 20°C and 25°C.

The entire west coast of New Zealand was cloudy and humid, with rain on the South Island's West Coast.

The warm weather was caused by the "foehn effect", where warm moist air rose over mountain ranges and came down the other side, warming up further.

The weather in Wellington today was expected to be rainy later in the morning, changing to southerly winds and cooling down.

It would be cloudy and drizzly tomorrow, with a southerly change and drizzle on Wednesday.

Mr Gall said it was hard to say whether summery weather would return to Wellington but "we are not getting a particularly good time of it".

The National Climate Centre said the aftermath of three tropical cyclones in January caused wetter than usual weather in northern New Zealand, with hotter than usual temperatures across the North Island and parts of the South Island.

In New Zealand's six main centres, rainfall in January was well above normal, with sunshine hours below or near normal.

The 347mm that fell in Tauranga was 475 per cent of normal. Wellington got 83mm of rain last month — 115 per cent of the normal rainfall.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/4623836/The-place-that-summer-forgot (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/4623836/The-place-that-summer-forgot)



Wairarapa turns on brilliant sunshine for fair and races

The Dominion Post | 5:00AM - Monday, 07 February 2011

BLAZING SUNSHINE and an influx of outsiders ensured a weekend out of the box for Wairarapa.

An estimated 25,000 people descended on Martinborough for the first day of the tiny township's annual two-day fair on Saturday, while 6000 picnicked under trees at Sunday's Waitangi Day race meeting at Tauherenikau.

Martinborough Fair convener Mary Mason said the fair was "a huge success, as usual".

She had not received official numbers but said the crowd was about the same size as previous years.

With temperatures hitting the mid 30s, there was a run on cold drinks, but other stalls also proved popular.

"We had a stall from Tauranga selling salami — I saw them not long after lunch and they had sold out.

"There was another group from the Wairarapa who sell potato rosti and they had a huge line the whole day."

She expected another bumper crowd for the second fair, on March 05.

Five was the lucky number at Tauherenikau racecourse, with horses wearing that number winning the two big races of the day.

Andrew Calder rode Her Royal Highness to victory in the day's feature race, the $45,000 Wairarapa Thoroughbred Breeder Stakes.

Shotgun Start, ridden by Buddy Lammas, beat George Almighty by "a bob of the head" to take the Wairarapa Cup, Wairarapa Racing Club president Selwyn Donald said.

"It was certainly keenly contested."

It had been a great day, he said. "There's brilliant sunshine and a nice crowd."


http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/4623835/Wairarapa-turns-on-brilliant-sunshine-for-fair-and-races (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/4623835/Wairarapa-turns-on-brilliant-sunshine-for-fair-and-races)



Rain ‘bomb’ set to hit Tararuas

The Dominion Post | 9:07AM - Monday, 07 February 2011

A HEAVY RAIN WARNING has been issued for the Wellington region with up to 130mm expected in the Tararua Range today.

Met Service issued the severe weather warning (http://www.metservice.com/national/warnings/severe-weather-warnings) this morning.

It said a front over the centre of the South Island is moving north-east and is predicted to bring heavy rain to the Wellington region at noon today.

In the 18 hours from noon, 90mm to 130mm of rain is expected to fall. The rain should be heaviest tonight when up to 20mm per hour is forecast.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/4624929/Rain-bomb-set-to-hit-Tararuas (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/4624929/Rain-bomb-set-to-hit-Tararuas)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on February 07, 2011, 06:54:15 pm
I for one am quite willing to send the weather we have had south to Wellington.

If you want temps in the high 20s 24/7 with humidity at 80%-100% and a dew point that drops to 19 on a good day you can flippen well have it.

I had sweat running down my back at 8am while doing nothing more than standing in a boat heading out of the harbour on Saturday. It wasn't even sunny.  I also have heat rash behind my knees of all places and well as in the usual spots and sunburn where I sweated off the sunblock.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on February 15, 2011, 06:59:03 pm
Holy shit shes been a hot day!!



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on March 02, 2011, 06:41:51 am
Auckland had its warmest February, with an average afternoon temperature of 25.8C at the Leigh monitoring station.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10709534 (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10709534)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on March 02, 2011, 06:44:47 am
It is 25 already here and is blowing a gale.     ::)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on March 22, 2011, 11:34:38 am


It is (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/Raining.gif) at my place today!  (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/Animated%20emoticons/27_Hippie.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on March 22, 2011, 11:45:21 am
Weve got 25 and its just lovelee!!  Hardly any wind so the harbour which is full looks so inviting Heinz has goe for a swim after mowing the lawns.  Not for me though 21 deg is too cold for me!  ;D



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on March 27, 2011, 01:13:38 pm

It was a nice fine day at my place until about twenty minutes ago.

Now, it's (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/pouringwithrain.gif)

I've got to go to work in an hour and a half. Bugger....I'll get wet walking out to start up the locomotive!  (https://cdn.smfboards.com/Smileys/smf/angry.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on March 27, 2011, 01:37:10 pm


(http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/Raining.gif)

pithed down about midday. Clearing a bit now, 20mm in less than 3 hours

My running repairs on the storeroom roof couldn't cope.

  Back to the drawing board


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on March 27, 2011, 01:40:36 pm

Five minutes ago it was still pissing down.

Then it suddenly stopped.

Now it's a mixture of blue skies and clouds outside and the sun is shining.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on April 05, 2011, 04:29:49 pm
One person had to be freed from debris after a "tornado" ripped the roof off a south Auckland storage facility this afternoon.

A Northern Fire Communications spokesman said the high winds - which he described as a tornado - hit the Safe Store storage facility at 2.40pm, ripping the 40 metre by 20 metre roof off, in the suburb of Papatoetoe.

The spokesperson said one person was trapped but has just been released.
It is not known what condition the person is in.
"It must have been very isolated because we have had no other calls about damage from a tornado.''

A Safe Store staff member said they were very busy and could not comment when contacted.

http://www.weatherwatch.co.nz/content/big-wind-lifts-auckland-roof?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on April 08, 2011, 01:04:27 pm

Brrrrrrrrr.....it's bloody freezing at my place.

Yestday morning, not long after I departed Masterton driving a train to Wellington, the clouds lifted towards the northwest for about twenty minutes to reveal the Tararua Ranges covered in snow.

No wonder it's so bloody cold!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on April 25, 2011, 05:12:24 pm

It's been a good weekend here, now dirty great cloud patches are coming in from the west and spilling the odd drop or two as they pass.  Baro rising fast with a wind to match at first - gentle Westerly now, tending SW but I think it's rain threat is past us. (https://cdn.smfboards.com/Smileys/smf/grin.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on April 25, 2011, 05:41:47 pm
weve got 16.4 outside .. had 8.4mm rain since midnight.

No wind .. cant see the sand dunes for the low cloud which is at 79m.

Bloody cold inside .. think I will put the heater in the kitchen b4 I get dinner together.  :)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on April 25, 2011, 05:44:32 pm
It is 9 here just now and pizzling down out doors.  Has been all day.    I got soaked at the service this morning and haven't warmed up since.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on April 25, 2011, 08:33:38 pm
Weve had 15mm now  :D

make that 17.4


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on April 26, 2011, 08:57:47 am
If you're unhappy with the current weather then we have bad news for you - the forecast for the next 10 days looks fairly similar.

The weather patterns have locked into a new position for at least the next week and a half predicts WeatherWatch.co.nz which will see plenty of easterlies, clouds and rain over the North Island but fairly dry, sunny, weather over the South island.

Long range models also indicate low after low forming in the north Tasman Sea and Coral Sea areas with high pressure to our east and south making the upper North Island vulnerable to heavy rain events.

The set up over the next 10 days also puts Taranaki and other central western areas of the country in the squash zone between low and high pressure - in other words, where the isobars will bunch up bringing strong winds at times from the easterly quarter.

WeatherWatch.co.nz says after today's downpour another weaker low could bring in further wind, rain, showers and cloud for the rest of the week, while another more aggressive sub-tropical low is expected this coming weekend/early next.

The South Island should be mainly dry under a ridge of high pressure this week but heavy rain in the west and strong northerly winds in the east are likely to arrive next week.

Despite a brief cold snap heading up the South Island over the past 24 hours WeatherWatch.co.nz believes most places across New Zealand will have temperatures above average, particularly at night, over the coming week or so.

NIWA says La Nina is now starting to weaken as we head into winter but it is still fairly active.

- WeatherWatch.co.nz


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on April 26, 2011, 08:58:41 am
Current data for Aotea Harbour Weather
Tuesday, 26 April 2011 8:57:53 a.m.

Temperature (°C):
Current          14.4
Trend (per hour) -0.2
Average today    15.2
Wind chill       13.6
Heat Index       14.4
Dew Point        10.6
Rel Humidity     78%

Wind (km/h):
Current Gust     19.4 N
Average Speed    12.2 NE

Rainfall (mm):
Current rate     0.0
Last hour        0.0
Total today      22.8
Total yesterday  18.0
Total this month 107.4
Total this year  471.6

Pressure (hPa):
Current          1004.5
Trend (per hour) +0.5



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on April 26, 2011, 10:42:21 am
Ok, I am a chicken.

I was planning on getting up and going to a dawn service yesterday.

The stumbling block is the service I was going to go to was at the Catacombs on Motutapu Island - and I was staying on Rangitoto Island a full 90min walk away.

That meant a 4:00am start in order to get the kids out of bed, dressed and fit to go by 4:30am.

It was raining at 4am.

It was raining even harder at 4:30am.

Given that one kid (the 7 year old >:() didn't have a raincoat and I was the only one with overtrousers and we had all walked the same trek on Easter Sunday (with a lift part way which we didn't think we would have this time) and a heck of a lot further on Saturday as in from the crossroads up to the summit via the scoria slide (45 mins), round the crater rim (30mins), down the summit track to Rangitoto Wharf (1 hour)and back to Islington Bay via the coastal track (2½ hours) fueled by breakfast and a couple of chocolate chip biscuits.

The kids were so knackered that one of the 15 year olds was in bed by 7pm and by 8pm only the remaining 15 year old and 2 out of 3 adults were still awake. The 7, 9, 10, and 12 year old having all volunteerily gone to bed by 7:30.

We threw in the towel and went back to sleep.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on April 26, 2011, 10:45:12 am
hahah
Yep I reckon most of us would have done that.

Did your easter buns make it all the way??


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on April 26, 2011, 11:02:06 am

SsweetP has a good excuse note for non-attendance, but she coulda held her own Dawn Parade right where she was, with her captives!

  Still rainless here, but no dew and cloudy so I spose we'll get rain - ccccold though but I got lawns to mow for the last of the season, I hope.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on April 26, 2011, 03:41:13 pm
Current data for Aotea Harbour Weather
Tuesday, 26 April 2011 3:38:39 p.m.

Temperature (°C):
Current          17.4
Trend (per hour) +0.2
Average today    15.6
Wind chill       16.2
Heat Index       17.4
Dew Point        7.6
Rel Humidity     54%

Wind (km/h):
Current Gust     58.7 E
Average Speed    30.6 ENE

Rainfall (mm):
Current rate     0.0
Last hour        0.0
Total today      25.2
Total yesterday  18.0
Total this month 109.8
Total this year  474.0

Pressure (hPa):
Current          1003.7
Trend (per hour) -0.1

Our power went off about 11.30 .. just came on .. seems most of the Waipa area was out.  There was no wind here when it went, but about 15 minutes later it started howling .. still going .. weve been outside heaps of times to pick things up.  It was so strong it blew over a 2 n a half foot high cast iron pot, with a plant in it!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on April 26, 2011, 03:54:02 pm
Gale force winds from an uncommon direction are causing issues for properties and motorists in both islands this afternoon.

New Plymouth has had gale south easterlies gusting over 100km/h causing delays for flights at the airport.

Our local reporter Greg Taylor says high winds have damaged a self storage building.  A urea truck was also blown off the road at Mokau, an hour north of New Pymouth.

"Wind bursts" have torn roofs off houses in Picton as high winds and heavy rains continue to lash the country.

The strong winds follow heavy rain overnight which brought flooding and slips to much of the top half of the North Island, particularly in Waikato and Bay of Plenty, closing several roads.

The roofs of three houses in the Picton suburb of Waikawa have been blown off by what the fire service described as a "small tornado".

Emergency services were called by a resident whose house was damaged by strong winds described as a tornado at about 10am.

Fire Service southern communications spokesman John Goodliffe said fire crews found three roofs had been blown off houses into neighbouring properties.

They worked together with builders and police to waterproof the houses with tarpaulins, he said.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on May 01, 2011, 06:08:47 pm
It is blowing ... I'm indoors knitting.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on May 02, 2011, 12:48:29 pm
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The sub-tropical low, responsible for bringing gales to northern New Zealand over the past 24 hours, is today lying over the central Tasman Sea and can be quite clearly seen in our latest satellite map.

One of the main rain bands still lies over the North Island and is gradually heading south today, with rain expected on the western side of the Gisborne and Hawkes Bay ranges, and through central North Island regions.

Later today the low is expected to turn to the south or south east and curve back towards New Zealand and by Wednesday it is likely to cross the lower South Island but bringing heavy rain to northern parts of the South Island...watch for rain warnings.

Warm winds (for this time of year) will continue to blow in many regions with slightly warmer weather predicted for Canterbury today following a miserable day yesterday.  Most main centres reached 11 degrees in Canterbury on Sunday with Christchurch hitting 13 and Darfield only making it to 10 degrees.  On the other side of the Southern Alps the high was 26 making for the hottest May day on record for the coast.

Temperatures on the coast are again expected to be warm today but will drop back to normal levels from tomorrow onwards.

Meanwhile warm north west winds will move into the upper North Island tomorrow.

In Wellington mild winds from the northerly quarter will remain for the rest of the working week with only a few spits of rain expected later today and on Tuesday.

http://weatherwatch.co.nz/content/low-heads-tasman-rain-heads-south


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on May 15, 2011, 10:14:28 am
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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST.
This warning affects people in the following local government areas: STRATFORD, SOUTH TARANAKI, RUAPEHU, WANGANUI and NEW PLYMOUTH.
 
At 09:45 am, MetService weather radar detected severe thunderstorms near NORTH TARANAKI BIGHT.
 
These severe thunderstorms are moving towards the southeast, and are expected to lie near MOUNT MESSENGER and URUTI at 10:15 am and near WHANGAMOMONA and THE HILL COUNTRY WEST OF NATIONAL PARK at 10:45 am.
 
These thunderstorms are expected to be accompanied by very heavy rain and damaging wind gusts.
Very heavy rain can cause surface and/or flash flooding about streams, gullies and urban areas, and make driving conditions extremely hazardous.
 
Very strong wind gusts can break branches from trees, damage roofing, and make driving hazardous especially for high-sided vehicles and motorcycles.
 
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch remains in force for TARANAKI, TAUMARUNUI, WAIKATO and WAITOMO.
 
The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management advises that as storms approach you should:
 

    * Take shelter, preferably indoors away from windows;
    * Avoid sheltering under trees, if outside;
    * Move cars under cover or away from trees;
    * Secure any loose objects around your property;
    * Check that drains and gutters are clear;
    * Be ready to slow down or stop, if driving.
    * During and after the storm, you should also:
    * Beware of fallen trees and power lines;
    * Avoid streams and drains as you may be swept away in flash flooding.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 15, 2011, 12:36:46 pm

I can hear thunder in the distance.

It's too far away though to determine whether it is getting closer, or going away.

It was raining earlier today, but at least the temperature is mild.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: reality on May 15, 2011, 12:50:18 pm
beautiful, fine, 26 ;D...just like yesterday....just like tomorrow ;)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on May 15, 2011, 01:04:21 pm
weve got a 25kn souwester - rain - 17 outside.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on May 15, 2011, 01:29:45 pm

beautiful mornig here,
10am brekky outdoors at one of our picnic tables, maybe bbq 2pm lunch - 16.5c in shelter from the wind?

Baro dropping 987 ooops 986hps


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on May 15, 2011, 03:56:17 pm
our baro is 1012 and rising

but the weather watch people say .. UPDATE: Conditions improving over northern NZ but the next front will arrive in a few hours bringing more heavy showers - that next front is now moving into the lower North Island and NW of the South Island. Further south and the next cold front is right on the doorstep of Southland.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on May 15, 2011, 04:02:58 pm

Points north better get their woollies on, the shit is just right now starting it's trip up the island baro 985hpa


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on May 24, 2011, 02:03:45 pm
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OOPS .. best to tie everything down and get the brollys & raincoats out!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Ferney on May 24, 2011, 02:48:43 pm
Bugger.   Will be here just in time for Saturday rugby I guess. 


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on May 30, 2011, 05:05:44 pm
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this was a water spout filmed at Avoca Beach in NSW today .. they have some wicked storms there at the moment ... and they are coming our way!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on June 12, 2011, 12:03:49 pm

Beautiful winter's day here, gentle draught of wind, tending Westerly

 {WATCH Event 2011/1.586}
SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR OTAGO,SOUTHLAND
ISSUED BY METSERVICE AT 0732hrs 12-Jun-2011

POSSIBLE SEVERE SOUTHWEST GALES ON SUNDAY FOR SOUTHEAST CORNER OF
SOUTH ISLAND

A cold front is expected to sweep northeastwards over Southland and
Otago Sunday afternoon. It is likely to bring a period of
southwesterly gales to many coastal parts of Southland and Otago.
About exposed coasts between about Bluff and Dunedin, winds may reach
severe gale force. Winds should start to ease overnight Sunday.
People potentially affected should keep up to date with the latest
forecasts, and look out for any upgrade of this watch to a full
warning.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Sunday 12 June 2011
Forecast prepared by: Gerard Barrow


(C) Copyright Meteorological Service of New Zealand Ltd 2011

Grrrr we need rain, not wind. Had only a trace while I was on holiday, 23rd May  and only 6 drops on the odd occassion since then.

Baro dropping weather station indicating rain, not wind


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on June 20, 2011, 04:28:55 pm

SkyWarn New Zealand is issuing a Tornado Watch for Monday 20th June 2011 for the north of New Zealand based on the http://metservice.co...erstorm-outlook

Criteria: Tornadoes are possible within the times specified
Please post any discussion, observations or reports in the topic below.

Further information:

A low will lie just west of the North Island on Monday morning, with an associated trough and rainband moving onto western areas from Northland to Taranaki from mid-morning.
This trough is likely to contain a few embedded thunderstorms, mainly about the coast between Manukau Harbour and New Plymouth, with a lower risk elsewhere as indicated on the chart.
Brief heavy rain and small hail can be expected with any thunderstorms in these areas. There is also the possibility of one or two small tornadoes near the west coast.

Elsewhere, no thunderstorms expected during Monday morning.

The low is forecast to move onto the upper North Island near Auckland late Monday, with bands of rain and showers affecting areas from Taranaki and Taihape northwards during the afternoon and evening.

There is a continued moderate risk of thunderstorms near the coast from Waitomo to northern Taranaki as the trough moves onshore there early afternoon. These storms may bring localised heavy rain and small hail, with one or two small tornadoes also possible about the coast. A lower risk of storms extends up to western Northland and across to Bay of Plenty as indicated on the chart, although the risk is considered a little higher about coastal Bay of Plenty late afternoon and evening.

Elsewhere, no thunderstorms expected during Monday afternoon and evening.

http://www.nzweather.net/index.html/_/archive/skywarn-nz-tornado-watch-monday-20th-june-2011-r78


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 26, 2011, 05:47:59 pm

Winter has finally hit at my place this weekend.

Yesterday was mostly fine & sunny (although bitterly cold) until late afternoon, then the rain began.

Today has been intermittent rain and bloody cold.

I reckon it must be snowing in the nearby Tararua Ranges....it sure feels like it!  (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/Shivering.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on June 26, 2011, 05:54:22 pm
Weve got 10 outside ... been bitter cold all day here ... but sunny.

Think we might have our first frost of the year in the morning.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 29, 2011, 02:06:33 pm

Cold snap nips at Wellington

Blankets come out as temperatures drop

The Dominion Post | 12:56PM - Wednesday, 29 June 2011

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BRRRRRRR: It's wintertime today in Wellington.

PEOPLE IN WELLINGTON are walking around the city with blankets on as temperatures in the capital plunge.

The MetService website says while it is 9 degrees Celcius in the city at the moment, it only feels like 4°C due to the wind chill.

The lower North Island is getting battered by heavy rain and possible thunderstorms this morning while snow is forecast for the Desert Road.

"Rain in Gisborne and Hawke's Bay north of Napier is likely to be heavy at times, with possible thunderstorms this morning," the forecasters say.

The heavy rain is expected to ease to showers in Hawke's Bay by this afternoon and Gisborne by this evening.

Streams and rivers are expected to rise quickly throughout the day.

"There will probably not be enough rain to justify a warning," the MetService said.

The MetService is also warning the southeast winds could reach gale force at times on and round Mount Taranaki today.   

Wind gusts are unlikely to reach warning criteria but these blustery winds will require extra care on the roads.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/5205647/Cold-snap-nips-at-Wellington (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/5205647/Cold-snap-nips-at-Wellington)



How to survive Wellington's winter

CHRIS KALDERIMIS — Capital Life

The Dominion Post | 5:00AM - Wednesday, 29 June 2011

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RUG UP: Getting outdoors, whatever the weather, can help
with seasonal affective disorder.


WE HAVE JUST passed the shortest day of the year and the amount of daylight we see is still very much reduced.

Although southern hemisphere winters are nowhere near as long and dark as their northern counterparts, about one in 300 people in Australasia are believed to suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

For most people, winter means we feel more tired and less motivated than we do in summer, but others can become seriously depressed.

Even people with less severe symptoms should try to increase their exposure to light as much as possible. Even an hour or two can make a significant difference.

It is important to enjoy winter as much as you can. Learning to enjoy the warmth of a roaring fire and not becoming intimidated by the weather wrapping up warm and going for a walk outside can be very helpful.

Having a dog can be good, because you have to go for a daily walk no matter what the weather is like.

Light therapy also works well for a lot of people. This involves sitting about 50 centimetres from a special light box, which has lights that vary from a full spectrum to those that are more blue or green, for about 30 minutes at a time, every day.

Medication and counselling also have a part to play for those who are severely affected by SAD.

In some Nordic countries, medical authorities also say that eating fish that is high in vitamin D and taking supplements may minimise the symptoms of SAD, as well as a number of other neurological diseases.

If you think you may be suffering from SAD, it is essential that you do not just sit at home, feeling miserable.

Keep up with social relationships, join a gym, arrange to meet friends for winter walks, or go to the library or the movies. Being proactive will minimise the effects of the winter months, but if that is not sufficient, do seek help from a health professional.


Chris Kalderimis is a Wellington GP.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/capital-life/5203086/How-to-survive-Wellingtons-winter (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/capital-life/5203086/How-to-survive-Wellingtons-winter)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Ferney on June 29, 2011, 04:53:43 pm
Its cold and am wearing my thermals.   I have to go out tonight and sit in a cold school hall.   I don't like winter.  Brrrrrrr.   We've only had one frost so far and that was Monday but it won't be the last.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on June 29, 2011, 04:56:27 pm
We didnt get a frost .. it was 17 outside a couple of hours ago .. but now its 13 :( 

Time to shut the doors and put the heater on I guess


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: TokGal on June 29, 2011, 07:59:48 pm
Brass monkey weather here I reckon.........well it seems like that to me although i have no doubt it is colder in many other places of NZ, Tokoroa for instance, my friend is always saying how cold it is down there...........I've forgotten.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 29, 2011, 08:07:28 pm

The actual temperature wasn't too bad in Masterton today, although it was getting down a bit.

It was the wind and the wind-chill factor that went with it.

Out of the wind it was okay. Exposed to the wind it was bloody freezing, even when the sun came out mid-afternoon.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 30, 2011, 02:52:09 pm

After chilly week, Wellington to get sun this weekend

By KIRAN CHUG - The Dominion Post | 5:00AM - Thursday, 30 June 2011

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WINTER HAS FINALLY HIT, but Wellingtonians feeling the chill after two mild months will be pleased to know the weekend is forecast to be fine.

The wind chill in the capital saw the temperature "feel like" 3 degrees Celsius, according to MetService yesterday.

Duty forecaster Stephen Glassey said temperatures in the city reached a high of 10°C yesterday — the lowest maximum temperature recorded in Wellington this year.

"But it felt a lot colder because of the wind-chill factor."

That icy blast was caused by a southerly, which would still see temperatures feeling "quite fresh" today, he said.

Wind gusts reached 80km/h at Kelburn yesterday, and about 8mm of rain had fallen by 4.30pm.

Showers fell across much of Wairarapa, while heavier rain was experienced in Hawke's Bay and Gisborne because of a southeasterly flow.

The cold weather comes after a record May, during which the average temperatures were warmer than ever registered. June has also been on track to be warmer than average.

However, while showers would linger around today, temperatures would rise a little and conditions would be fine over the weekend, Mr Glassey said.

"There will be a high moving over the country, which should bring good weather for most people."

WeatherWatch spokesman Philip Duncan said most North Island centres had only made it to between 11°C and 14°C yesterday, with Hamilton the warmest on 15°C.

He warned drivers this morning to be wary of black ice on the Desert Road as well as in sheltered areas away from the wind, adding that frosts were not expected around the lower North Island.

There was a chance of frosts on Friday and Saturday, however, as the high started to push in from the southwest.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/5209672/After-chilly-week-Wellington-to-get-sun-this-weekend (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/5209672/After-chilly-week-Wellington-to-get-sun-this-weekend)



Warmer weather outlook for July

By KIRAN CHUG - The Dominion Post | 1:26PM - Thursday, 30 June 2011

THIS WEEK'S ICY BLAST should give way to milder conditions which will stay with the country until late winter.

The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research released its seasonal climate outlook for July to September today.

For those feeling the bite of the southerly conditions passing over the lower North Island, the outlook will come as a relief.

Staff at NIWA's National Climate Centre says temperatures for late winter, or July to September, are likely to be above average in the North Island.

However, the outlooks comes with a warning.

"Cold snaps typical of winter will occur from time to time through the period."

Rainfall is likely to be at normal levels for much of the country, including the central and lower North Island.

For the central North Island, Taranaki, Wanganui, Manawatu and Wellington, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay and Wairarapa, temperatures are likely to be above average.

News of the mild conditions comes on the back of a record-breaking warm May, and this month which is also likely to be warmer than average.

However, the warm weather has caused disappointment for those eagerly awaiting the start of the  ski season.

Delayed snowfalls meant a late start to the ski season on Mount Ruapehu, although Turoa finally opened this week. It was scheduled to open last Saturday.

Whakapaka is due to open next week.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/5213901/Warmer-weather-outlook-for-July (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/5213901/Warmer-weather-outlook-for-July)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on June 30, 2011, 04:22:35 pm
we had 3.2 this morning at 6.45am

its 15.9 outside at the moment


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on July 01, 2011, 10:26:17 am

It's a nice, sunny day in Wairarapa.

Now wind, and while the temperature is a wee bit chilly, it isn't too bad.

The clouds have lifted from the Tararua Ranges for the first time in about a week and they are covered in snow!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on July 10, 2011, 03:17:21 pm

Hello snow!

By JOHN EDENS in QUEENSTOWN - The Southland Times | 10:34AM - Friday, 08 July 2011

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PEAK INTEREST: Long queues of skiers make the most of the first snow dump at Coronet Peak.
 — Photo: LISA WILTSE.


A MUCH-NEEDED SNOWFALL yesterday boosted hopes of getting Queenstown and Wanaka's ski season in full swing.

Between 10cm and 25cm of snow fell over the Southern Lakes district after unseasonably warm weather delayed the ski season by almost a month.

More snow was forecast to fall overnight and today.

NZSki-run skifields Coronet Peak and The Remarkables had 10cm to 15cm of fresh snow yesterday.

Coronet Peak ski area manager Hamish McCrostie said more snow was forecast, possibly through to early next week.

Snow was starting to "join the dots" and cover exposed trails and runs on the skifield, which opened last week with limited terrain.

The Remarkables ski area manager Ross Lawrence said snow was fattening trails and covering tussock on exposed runs.

Treble Cone, which remains closed, had 25cm overnight while Cardrona, which opens today, had at least 13cm.

Treble Cone marketing manager Nigel Kerr said the westerly weather front benefited the skifield.

"When it comes from the west we're first in the food chain. We helped ourselves to 25cm."

Snow was starting to cover tussock and groomers were out packing tracks, he said.

It was not enough to declare the ski area open but another dump was expected overnight, he said.

Snow Farm director Mary Lee said the snow was starting to pile up. "It's fantastic. We're really excited. We will be opening early next week," Ms Lee said.

Snow Park, near Wanaka, had 10cm yesterday.

Heavy snow has closed the Crown Range until further notice. The Queenstown-Lakes District Council said people would need to check its status this morning.

MetService forecaster Geoff Sanders said freezing levels would remain low today.

The forecast said the freezing level in the Southern Lakes was expected to go down to 600m overnight.

More snow was forecast today, with a freezing level rising to 1000m.

Snow could form down to 300m over the weekend.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/5255176/Hello-snow (http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/5255176/Hello-snow)




Snow hits Queenstown

By EMMA DAWE - The Southland Times | 5:00AM - Saturday, 09 July 2011

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WINTER has hit Queenstown with full force during the past 24 hours, with reports of at least 5cm of snow already on the ground in the town, and more still falling.

Police have reported no problems on the roads to date, but the same cannot be said for the region's skifields, with most closed for the day because of the heavy snow and wind.

At Wanaka's Treble Cone skifield, general manager Louise van der Voort could see the irony in the heavy snowfall closing the skifield for the day.

"On Thursday we had nothing and now the mountain is completely blanketed."

The skifield had hoped to open for the first time today, but Ms van der Voort said there was no chance of that happening, and with storms predicted until Thursday, the outlook for the week looked bleak.

"If we do open in the next few days, it will only be the learners area open as the risk of avalanche in the other areas is too high."

"Until we've got that risk controlled, the other areas won't be opening."

Cardrona and the Snow farm, in Wanaka, are also currently closed, along with the Remarkables, in Queenstown.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/5259514/Snow-hits-Queenstown (http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/5259514/Snow-hits-Queenstown)



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YOU'VE GOT MAIL: A letterbox is covered in snow in Fernhill. — Photo: SHAUN O'NEILL.

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WHITE OUT: Up to 10cm of snow had fallen in Dalefield by 9am. — Photo: DENISE GREER.

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ALL WHITE: Snow dusts the mountains in Queenstown. — LISA WILTSE/The Southland Times.

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ICY SURPRISE: Snow dusting Sunshine Bay in Queenstown. — LISA WILTSE/The Southland Times.



Snow cuts off Milford

The Southland Times | 5:00AM - Saturday, 09 July 2011

STATE HIGHWAY 94 from Te Anau to Milford Sound was closed yesterday after heavy snowfall.

NZ Transport Agency Southland area engineer Peter Robinson did not know when the Milford road would reopen, but about 20 vehicles were escorted out of Milford Sound about 2.30 yesterday by a snow plough and safety vehicle.

And rough weather looks set to continue, with MetService forecaster Ian Gall warning it was expected to carry into next week.

The Milford road was expected to get between 40 and 60cm of snow at road level, and up to 80cm higher up. The Lindis Pass road, which was closed for 19 hours this week, could also get 60cm of snow. "Winter has finally arrived."

The Lindis Pass road was still closed to towing vehicles. Motorists planning to drive over the pass or the Crown Range, between Queenstown and Wanaka, must carry chains.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/5259525/Snow-cuts-off-Milford (http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/5259525/Snow-cuts-off-Milford)



Snow and a nor'west blow in store

Get ready for a stormy weekend

By KATARINA FILIPE - The Timaru Herald | 5:00AM - Saturday, 09 July 2011

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SNOW WOES: Constable Craig Bennett, of Kurow, checks a car that left the road near
the top of the Lindis Pass. — JOHN BISSET/The Timaru Herald.


SOUTH CANTERBURY is in line for a stormy weekend.

The stormy westerly flow that has dominated the country's weather since Wednesday is likely to continue into early next week, MetService spokesman Bob McDavitt said.

"Over the weekend, a significant amount of snow is expected over the South Island mountains, affecting higher roads. Snow could also fall to very low levels in the west and south of the South Island. Also during this weekend, northwesterly winds are expected to be strong or gale force at least for a while in many places."

Heavy snowfall on Thursday evening closed the Lindis Pass until late yesterday morning. About a dozen vehicles, including a tour bus, got stuck as they went through the pass before the barrier gates were locked.

Constable Craig Bennett, of Kurow, said it was still snowing west of Omarama into the hills yesterday afternoon and it was expected to snow to lower levels on Sunday.

Apart from some "morons", travellers were driving to the conditions. "Some people, who I can only describe as morons, cut down the fence so they could drive around the barrier gates and through the Lindis Pass, putting themselves and all the road workers at risk."

He said fence next to the barrier gate had been cut so someone could drive around it and through the pass while the contractors were clearing the road.

"The guys were there from 4am and they would have had two trucks operating side by side, taking up the whole road. Obviously, with the road closed, there's no issues with that because you're never going to meet anyone coming the wrong way ... But [the contractors] had to take evasive action to avoid them."

He was not sure how many vehicles went through while the road was closed, but said it was into "double figures". "The guys said at one point there was a line of about six to seven cars."

The vehicles had gone through between about 8am and 10.30am. The Lindis Pass reopened at 11am, but drivers were advised to carry chains due to ice, and towing vehicles were still not allowed through. By lunchtime, the road was back to normal.

Mr Bennett said he believed the main perpetrators had come from the Tarras end and urged anyone with information to contact him at the station on (03)4360807.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/5259773/Snow-and-a-nor-west-blow-in-store (http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/5259773/Snow-and-a-nor-west-blow-in-store)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on July 11, 2011, 11:38:49 am

Heavy snow closes skifields

Avalanche risk ‘too high’

By EMMA DAWE - The Southland Times | 5:00AM - Monday, 11 July 2011

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PRETTY PICTURE: A snow-covered Queenstown
after heavy snowfalls during the weekend.


OH THE IRONY!

After weeks of praying for snow so Wanaka's skifields could finally open for the season, it was the very thing that forced most of them shut at the weekend.

After a wintry blast hit Queenstown, Wanaka and parts of Central Otago, Treble Cone, which had hoped to open yesterday, was forced to remain closed.

General manager Jackie van der Voort could see the irony in the heavy snowfall closing the skifield for the day. "On Thursday we had nothing and now the mountain is completely blanketed."

Ms van der Voort said it did not look like the weather would clear until Thursday and, even if the skifield opened in the next couple of days, it would be only the learners area open.

"The risk of avalanches in the other areas is too high."

"Until we've got that risk controlled, they won't be opening."

While Cardrona skifield was also closed yesterday because of snow, high winds and poor visibility, it did open on Friday, for the first time, and on Saturday.

Operations manager Gary Husband said a good number of skiers took to the slopes, with everyone having a great time and happy to be out skiing at last.

Coronet Peak received at least 20cm of new snow overnight on Saturday and was open yesterday.

The Remarkables ski area was closed for the day.


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WINTER WONDERLAND: Snow has finally arrived in Queenstown. — Photo: KEITH SCOTT.

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SNOWBOUND: Heavy snow forced most of the Southern skifields to shut at the weekend.
 — Photo: KEITH SCOTT.


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SNOW MECCA: Business appeared to be picking up in Queenstown, with more people in the shops
and cafes following the snowfalls. — Photo: KEITH SCOTT.


Queenstown cafe worker Sylvia Menzies said there had been a "great buzz" around the town during the past few days, as the wintry weather finally hit the town.

"Everyone seems excited they can finally go skiing and work on the mountains. They've been waiting for so long."

Business appeared to be picking up in the town, with more people in the shops and cafes, she said.

Despite snow reaching low levels in Queenstown yesterday, police reported only one crash on the roads in and around town.

Acting Sergeant Mel Rowlands said a car lost control and rolled down a bank near the Nevis Bluff about 10.15am.

The two occupants of the vehicle were taken to Lakes District Hospital. Their condition was unknown.

Ms Rowlands said it was too early to determine whether road conditions were a factor in the crash.

Meanwhile, several Air New Zealand, Pacific Blue and Qantas flights in and out of Queenstown were cancelled yesterday because of the weather.

An Air New Zealand spokesman said the airline had cancelled or diverted 10 flights, with about 1000 passengers affected.

The passengers were either transferred to the next available service or, in a couple of cases, transported by road to Queenstown.

Snow also fell in some parts of Southland at the weekend.

The Milford road between Knobs Flat and Milford Sound was closed as snow fell to road level, while other parts of State Highway 94 were closed to towing vehicles.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/5264516/Heavy-snow-closes-skifields (http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/5264516/Heavy-snow-closes-skifields)



It's snow time

Long-awaited snow flurries arrive

By EMMA BAILEY - The Timaru Herald and Fairfax Media | 5:00AM - Monday, 11 July 2011

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TOUGH TRACK: Northern Irishman David McCulla (left) is
working at Mount Dobson skifield this season and is seen
here with owner-operator Peter Foote.


AMID severe weather battering the country, the snow gods have smiled on South Canterbury's high country with a good dump on the region's skifields.

While skifield owners were delighted the ski season had finally got the kickstart it needed, conditions were rough up in the mountains with a nor'west gale blowing gusts of up to 180km/h, which were expected to continue overnight. The hills surrounding Timaru also had a good dusting of snow.

Ohau Skifield had received a massive 105 centimetres of snow since Thursday night, with snow still falling yesterday, manager Mike Neilson said.

The skifield has been open since July 01, with the help of manmade snow.

"Since Thursday night we've had 1.05 metres. We were operating with a manmade snow base of 30cm-plus."

"It's snowing now and for the rest of the week we are likely to have at least three days of snow. The snow gods never do it in halves."

The Mackenzie Country had a good dusting of snow over the weekend, with Twizel senior constable Les Andrew saying around 15cm of snow dropped overnight on Saturday. Heavy snowfall on Thursday closed the Lindis Pass, but it reopened on Friday, with drivers asked to carry chains.

"I drove from Twizel to Tekapo at 8am (yesterday) and there was a covering of snow all the way through. Looks like it is going to snow overnight as well. The roads were icy and didn't clear until around 11am."

"There were no accidents, though, as drivers were obviously driving to the conditions."

Mount Cook Village had 30cm of snow, which was still falling yesterday following strong winds on Saturday night.

Mount Dobson Skifield owner-operator Peter Foote was yesterday battling snowdrifts to get to the top of the mountain, where 25-30cm of snow had fallen since Thursday.

"There are huge drifts on the road from a gale force wind which is blowing up to 180km/h. There is another front coming through so we are planning to open this weekend, in time for the school holidays."

Roundhill Skifield director Christian Burtscher said the field would open on Wednesday after 40cm of snow fell on Friday and Saturday night. "We are very pleased. There is more snow forecast."

Cold temperatures had helped with snow-making, which had provided a base of 40-50cm.

Fox Peak Skifield, in the Two Thumb Range near Lake Tekapo, had 20-30cm of snow over the weekend, club treasurer Lloyd Kane said.

"It will need time to settle. The snow gods normally smile around this time of year, despite some people getting a bit worried. We will be opening next weekend."

Mount Hutt closed because of the "crazy and wild" conditions, ski area manager David Wilson said.

"But, on the other hand, we have had quite a bit of snow out of it."

Nearly 30cm of snow had fallen since Thursday night, with the skifield expected to reopen today.

Most South Island alpine passes were affected, with snow flurries in Arthurs Pass, Lewis Pass and Lindis Pass.

Metservice issued a strong wind warning yesterday afternoon and predicted severe nor'west gales overnight. Winds were expected to reach 70kmh in exposed places, with gusts up to 140 km/h.

Snow was expected near the divide down to 1000 metres overnight, lowering to 600 metres tonight. Tomorrow snow would rise to above 900 metres. Snow showers near the divide were expected on Wednesday and Thursday as well.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/5264389/Its-snow-time (http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/5264389/Its-snow-time)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on July 11, 2011, 11:39:12 am

Wellington lashed by storm

The Dominion Post | 10:49AM - Monday, 11 July 2011

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WILD WEATHER: Wellingtonians battle against the elements this morning. — ROSS GIBLIN/The Dominion Post.

AFTER BEING lashed with wind and rain, Wellington is now bracing for a cold front forecast to hit this afternoon.

Related stories:

Waikanae cleans up after twister (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/5264058/Waikanae-cleans-up-after-twister)

Tornado victim: ‘I thought it was my time’ (http://www.preview.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/5264065/I-thought-it-was-my-time)

Runners dodge tornado at cross-country champs (http://www.preview.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/sport/5263900/Runners-dodge-tornado-at-cross-country-champs)

How to survive a winter in Wellington (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/capital-life/5203086/How-to-survive-Wellingtons-winter)

A north-west storm has caused chaos for the Wellington region today with a trampoline being blown onto railway tracks in Upper Hutt and power cuts reported.

A tornado warning for the Kapiti Coast issued earlier by the MetService was cancelled at 9am.

A police spokesman said several power outages in the Upper Hutt area had been reported, and the fire service said power lines had come down in Pollen Street, Johnsonville.

A trampoline was reported "bouncing around" near railway tracks in Maymorn, Upper Hutt, about 7.50am, police said.

The MetService this morning issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Horowhenua and the Kapiti Coast, saying accompanying wind and possible tornadoes could cause damage and make driving difficult.

Just after 4am weather radar detected severe thunderstorms off the Manawatu coast, which were moving southeast towards Otaki and the southern Tararua ranges.

They were expected to be accompanied by damaging wind gusts and possible tornadoes, the MetService said in a statement.

Strong wind gusts can break branches from trees, damage roofing, and make driving hazardous, especially for high-sided vehicles and motorcycles.

Fire spokesman David Meikle said they already had reports of two trampolines, one in Porirua and one in Titahi Bay, taking off due to the wind.

The storm comes as Waikanae residents pick up the pieces (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/5264058/Waikanae-cleans-up-after-twister) in the wake of a tornado that hit on Saturday.

The MetService has issued a severe weather warning, with thunderstorms and gale-force winds expected in the lower North Island from early today.

Police are asking drivers to take extreme care on the roads this morning.

Wellington police spokesman Mark Oliver said a large wave warning was in place along Centennial Highway, on State Highway 1 north of Pukerua Bay.

High tide passed earlier this morning but rain and winds continue to lash the West Coast of both islands.

Mr Oliver said police were also urging extra caution over the Rimutaka Hill road, especially for high-sided vehicles and motorcycles.

"High winds and strong gusts have been reported in the area although currently the road is still open."


http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/5265114/Wellington-lashed-by-storm (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/5265114/Wellington-lashed-by-storm)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on July 11, 2011, 12:21:11 pm
Whats the weather like .. its pissing down, violent thunder and lightning, wind blew my sensor apart this morning :(  Waiting for my son to visit this weekend to get it down and check it out.  So far the roof on the deck is holding but who knows how long that will last LOL


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on July 11, 2011, 12:27:21 pm

I think it may be the calm before the storm at my place.

Currently, it's a grey day, although not cold, with the sun peeking through the clouds occasionally.

However, during the morning I have been hearing thunder in the distance (possibly over the Tararua Ranges) and the sky to the west looks threatening. I guess time will tell whether it changes to rain throughout the afternoon.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on July 11, 2011, 04:15:10 pm

It all turned to crap (rain) at my place mid-afternoon.

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The temperature dropped a wee bit, but it still isn't particularly cold.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on July 11, 2011, 05:10:53 pm

Came home to find a frostfree cloudless gentle Norwester 8c warm day, but baro rising sharply from 950.5 hpa to present 978 and a wind change bringing clouds from the souwest now.

I guess this Southland and Otago. A few showers. Snow to 300 metres. Widespread showers tomorrow, with squally thunderstorms and westerly gales in the south. Snow lowering to near sea level.
is on the way


 


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on July 11, 2011, 05:46:12 pm
Weve had the most massive storm here .. thunder cracking overhead for the last hour .. net connection dropping off .. power off and on and off and on .. dogs in a trembling state .. I trust the power holds till I get dinner finished!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on July 12, 2011, 10:15:47 am
7am =   rain from  WSW started, temp 4.5c now. Wind speed gusts to 28kmph


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9:55 am 12-Jul-2011
http://metservice.com/national/warnings/severe-weather-warnings





Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on July 12, 2011, 10:22:20 am
I havent checked the weather machine yet .. but so far this morning weve had hail, rain, gale force wind.

Yesterday was the worst weather Ive experienced since being here.  My lil dog was so upset she vomitted.  Im not looking forward to this afternoon, which is forecast as being much the same as yesterday.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on July 12, 2011, 12:02:07 pm

High winds forecast for Wellington

Gales send trampoline flying over train tracks

By STACEY WOOD - The Dominion Post | 5:00AM - Tuesday, 12 July 2011

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METAL MASS: Bernadette Sharky-Burns and son Finlay, 3,
with the remains of the family's trampoline which became
airborne despite being weighted down with sandbags.
 — CRAIG SIMCOX/The The Dominion Post.


UPPER HUTT mother Bernadette Sharkey-Burns was up and down all night worrying that her house roof was going to blow off, but it was the kids' trampoline that ended up on the railway tracks yesterday morning.

With winds up to 120km/h expected to continue today, the fire service is advising owners to tie down their tramps.

The Sharkey-Burns' trampoline had been weighted down by about 100 kilograms of sandbags, but that did not stop wind gusts throwing it over the fence, dangerously close to passing trains.

Mrs Sharkey-Burns said she had been up most of the night as strong winds buffeted the house. "I thought the roof was going to come off, so I was up every hour. Then about quarter to seven I looked out the window, and it was still really dark but all I could see were the sandbags."

"I said to my husband, ‘Oh my God, the tramp's gone,’ and he just lay there, and I said ‘I'm not kidding!’"

She got in her car and turned the headlights on so she could see across the fence to the train tracks.

"Sure enough, on the other side we could see the legs, really close to the tracks."

She called 111 and firefighters were dispatched to haul the trampoline away. They returned it later that morning to her children's delight — but that soon turned to disappointment.

"It was pretty munted, and in several pieces. They thought the firemen were bringing them a new one."

Mrs Sharkey-Burns said she and her husband would probably replace the trampoline with one dug into the ground that had no chance of ending up on the tracks.

Their trampoline was not the only one to take flight during yesterday's high winds. A fire service spokesman said there had been other displaced trampolines reported, and he advised owners to heavily weight them or tie them down.

Elsewhere, gates and power lines were damaged by strong winds, but there were no reports of serious damage.

MetService said that yesterday's strongest gust of 137kmh was recorded at Mount Kaukau in Wellington between 3am and 4am.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/5268861/High-winds-forecast-for-Wellington (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/5268861/High-winds-forecast-for-Wellington)



Tornado ‘was like a freight train’

By KAY BLUNDELL - The Dominion Post | 5:00AM - Tuesday, 12 July 2011

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MIGHTY FORCE: Peter Gibson, on his battered farm near
Waikanae, was flung down a bank by the tornado. He lost
500 pine trees. — KENT BLECHYNDEN/The Dominion Post.


ED GUZIKOWSKI was in his Waikanae home when three 30-metre-high pine trees crashed through his roof.

"Hail and lightning started, it sounded like a freight train but got louder and louder," he said, recalling Saturday's tornado that ripped out hundreds of trees, destroyed sheds and overturned cars.

"All of sudden the wind pushed the entire house, then trees crashed through the roof, glass broke when trees fell into the front door. My dogs were freaking out and barking."

About 150 pine and gum trees on his property in Huia Street were snapped in half or uprooted and a shed was scattered across a hillside.

Pine trees "ruptured his water tank like a balloon". "It is lucky no-one was badly hurt," he said.

Rain was pouring in through a hole in his kitchen roof caused by a branch smashing through on to the floor.

The twister ripped 200 tiles off the roof of Ngarara Road resident Peter Gibson, destroyed about 500 pine trees on his farm and threw him down a bank.

"I was walking up the driveway when there was a huge roar of wind. I could not see anything because of the size of the hail. All of a sudden, sleepers alongside the driveway flew away and I was sent over the six-metre bank."

Five seconds later there was dead silence, he said. He climbed up the bank and saw the devastation. "There was debris everywhere. If I had been three seconds closer, I would have been showered in all that stuff. Being sent over the bank saved me."

About 20 friends and contractors helped to clean up on Sunday. His roof had been temporarily fixed and the driveway cleared but he still had fallen trees, broken fences and damaged pine trees to take down.

"People have been really good. We will replant. You cannot let things like this knock you down."

Neighbour Dean McCarroll was about to move his car out of the hailstorm when the tornado hit.

"The wind came up quickly, it was really intense. It went from windy to full on ... It was frightening, that was for sure."

Doors were slamming inside the house, he said. "It was freaky. I yelled to the kids to get into the walk-in wardrobe. After about 30 seconds it all went quiet."


http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/5268864/Tornado-was-like-a-freight-train (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/5268864/Tornado-was-like-a-freight-train)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on July 12, 2011, 12:06:09 pm

There is only a gentle breeze at my place today.

The sun has been shining all morning and the temperature is in the low-teens.

However, clouds are now oozing over this way from the Tararua Ranges.

I don't think it is going to piss down, but we may get a wee bit of rain.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on July 12, 2011, 12:31:20 pm
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sheesh.  ::) poor ED GUZIKOWSKI, there went his carbon credits!


I don't think it is going to piss down, but we may get a wee bit of rain.  here too, sunshine at present

BTW ..."She said she had never had so many men in her bedroom before," ...

http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/newshome/9824893/tornado-rips-half-of-a-roof-off-northland-house/



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on July 12, 2011, 12:43:11 pm
Sally is at kill factor 8 today. Toy mouse has be murdered repeatedly.

On that basis I think the wind will return.

Mr Sp got some fab shots of lightning last night as a thunder storm passed to the south of us at sunset.

The down side is that the wind was so strong overnight that I was picking up rubbish and recycling this morning and putting it back in the bins before the rubbish truck came down the street.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on July 12, 2011, 01:07:41 pm
Ive got my sensor sorted out now ..


Current data for Aotea Harbour Weather
Tuesday, 12 July 2011 1:07:06 p.m.

Temperature (°C):
Current          16.0
Trend (per hour) -0.4
Average today    15.5
Wind chill       14.1
Heat Index       16.0
Dew Point        8.5
Rel Humidity     62%

Wind (km/h):
Current Gust     43.9 W
Average Speed    36.7 W

Rainfall (mm):
Current rate     0.6
Last hour        0.3
Total today      18.9
Total yesterday  10.2
Total this month 93.0


Pressure (hPa):
Current          1001.4
Trend (per hour) -0.1



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on July 12, 2011, 02:19:40 pm

... People should be careful what they wished for as it seems that Wanaka and ski fields have heaps of snow but the fields aren’t open as it is too rough.

I was sitting in the car at lunch time watching the footpath signs sliding around on the footpath, sometimes falling over, which was  the best place for them to be as then they didn’t catch the wind, but sure enough this really helpful passing pedestrian went around putting them back the right way up just to get them to go once again all over the path, it kept me entertained for the half hour of my lunch break. ...

(an email today from up the island a bit)








Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on July 12, 2011, 02:32:14 pm

Colossal storm puts brakes on

The Press | 5:00AM - Tuesday, 12 July 2011

IT'S A COLOSSUS, it's parked on New Zealand's doorstep and it's not moving anywhere in a hurry.

The winter storm pummelling many parts of the country is on a scale seen perhaps once or twice a year.

It has brought thunderstorms, hail, metres of snow and tornadoes elsewhere — but Christchurch and coastal Canterbury residents could almost be forgiven for wondering where it is.

Across the Canterbury Plains, the worst experienced so far is a few showers, gusty winds, fluctuating temperatures and flickering lightning at night above the mountains.

The huge trough of low pressure now covering New Zealand, the Tasman Sea and southeastern parts of Australia has hardly moved since it settled in during the middle of last week.

Within this vast "long wave" or "planetary wave" trough, which extends over more than 120 degrees of longitude, deep cores of very low pressure keep rotating around each other, getting nowhere.

South of the South Island, the air pressure has fallen to extremely low levels, below 948 hectopascals, a figure rarely seen on our weather maps unless in the centre of a tropical cyclone.

Winds originating from close to the Antarctic are curving around the top of this dartboard of isobars as westerlies blast across the country, clobbering western and southern parts with ferocious squalls and worse.

On this side of the Southern Alps, thanks to their sheltering effect, all that is left are the remnants of thunderstorms; those icy, streaky clumps of cloud drifting eastwards that were the anvils of the storm clouds and which at worst bring isolated showers. The massive storm system is one of only four such vast areas of low pressure around the southern hemisphere at present. It is moving slowly across New Zealand because it is stuck in the meteorological equivalent of a traffic jam, held up by an equally huge high-pressure system ahead of it in the Pacific Ocean.

This blocking high brought very mild northerly winds and much warmer weather than usual through the autumn. By shifting further east, it has let the winter storm in.

The storm will have to move another few hundred kilometres into the Pacific before it can finally affect coastal Canterbury. That should happen later this week, allowing the winds to abate.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/5269363/Colossal-storm-puts-brakes-on (http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/5269363/Colossal-storm-puts-brakes-on)



Wild wind to blow all week

By ALANA DIXON - The Southland Times | 5:00AM - Tuesday, 12 July 2011

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QUICK FIX: Tony Clarke, of Power Services, re-attaches
lines to a power pole at Omaui in front of a stormy sea.
 — NICOLE GOURLEY/The Southland Times.


EIGHT HOMES were left without electricity for a night after strong winds across the south tore down power lines at Omaui.

Bluff Volunteer Fire Brigade deputy chief fire officer Paul Taylor said emergency services were called about 12.40am yesterday after reports of power lines falling in the blustery weather.

The brigade remained at the scene for about an hour, until staff from Power Services had isolated the fallen lines. One concrete power pole had snapped and had taken telephone lines with it, with live wires falling across a house and a shed, Mr Taylor said.

An occupant of one of the houses said the fallen line appeared to have caused just minor damage.

"I think the pole went through a bit of the fence, but that was about it," the occupant said.

PowerNet general manager for operations Gary Pritchard said contractors had worked through the night to complete repairs to the fallen lines.

Electricity was restored just after noon.

The wild weather also caused several short electricity cuts in the region on Saturday night, he said.

And it looks unlikely the weather will improve any time soon.

A MetService forecaster said yesterday the rough weather was expected to persist until the weekend.

Gusts up to 67km/h had been recorded yesterday, and westerlies bringing hail, sleet, thunderstorms and even snow down to sea level would continue to plague the south for the rest of the week, she said.

Showers were expected to ease by Saturday.

Road warnings were in place across several areas of Southland and Otago last night with part of the road between Knobs Flat and Milford Sound closed until further notice because of snow, while ice warnings were in place from Kingston to Five Rivers.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/5269235/Wild-wind-to-blow-all-week (http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/5269235/Wild-wind-to-blow-all-week)



South slammed by wintry blast

By JARED MORGAN and DEBBIE JAMIESON - The Southland Times | 10:07AM - Tuesday, 12 July 2011

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Queenstown was hit by heavy snow overnight. — DEBBIE JAMIESON/Southland Times.

A WINTERY BLAST had the south firmly in its grips this morning and more is to come, according to the MetService.

A heavy blanketing of snow has bought Queenstown and Central Otago to a stand still this morning.

Thundery, squally showers and hail and strong winds punctuated the start of the day across Southland bringing snow to some areas in a pattern of active troughs that began at the weekend and look set to continue throughout the week.

MetService forecaster Leigh Matheson said the fronts were in a "one after another, after another" pattern with this morning's the "most active''.

Wakatipu residents woke to several inches of snow this morning and schools and skifields have been closed.

In Central Otago roads are also closed and vehicles stranded.

Sergeant Derek Ealson, of Alexandra, said seven heavy trucks and a car were stuck between Alexandra and Roxburgh and the road would remain closed until the snow weakened.

A snow plough was working on the road to get the stranded vehicles out of the area and grit trucks were expected later today.

Areas that were elevated were heavily affected by snow, Mr Ealson said.


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WINTER: Queenstown was hit by heavy snow overnight. — GRACIE FEA/Southland Times.

NZ Transport is warning motorists in the area to watch out for ice and carry chains in alpine areas.

Queenstown police are urging motorists to use extreme caution when driving.

The Lindis Pass has been closed and other roads are currently being assessed.

The temperature in Invercargill was expected to limp to 7°C but any reprieve was going to be short-lived with another trough set to make landfall tomorrow, Ms Matheson said.

The day will start with more settled weather with a high 1degC above today's ahead of the front, which would again would bring heavy showers, although not as heavy as this morning and the possibilty of more sleet and snow to sea level on the back of cold westerly gales.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/5270630/South-slammed-by-wintry-blast (http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/5270630/South-slammed-by-wintry-blast)



Snow dump just in time for holidays

Manawatu Standard | 11:03AM - Tuesday, 12 July 2011

SNOWY CONDITIONS at Mount Ruapehu in the past week have caused the snow base at Whakapapa Ski Area to soar past July 2010 levels, just in time for the school holidays.

Snow at Knoll Ridge, Whakapapa has now reached greater levels than during the entire month of July last year.

Mount Ruapehu general manager Dave Mazey hoped once the dense conditions settled, this season would be on track to rival the winter of 2008 — the best snow season of the decade.

As of today, the snow base at both Turoa and Whakapapa Ski Areas has cracked the 1m mark and is expected to climb with the snow storm forecast through to Thursday.

Mr Mazey is delighted the snow dump has come just in time for the school holidays.

"Mount Ruapehu has seen a superb kick off to July with a huge amount of fresh snow setting us up for an even better season than last year.   Best of all, the weather is predicted to clear later in the week and we expect a beautiful start to the school holidays," Mr Mazey said.

"I would encourage families and snow lovers to make the most of the new snow now that it has arrived. Along with Mount Ruapehu's world class facilities, we have fun new Disney Club Penguin activities in place to keep the kids occupied during the holidays."


http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/5271456/Snow-dump-just-in-time-for-holidays (http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/5271456/Snow-dump-just-in-time-for-holidays)



Hardy skiers brave icy roads

By GRACIE FEA in Queenstown - The Southland Times | 11:21AM - Tuesday, 12 July 2011

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SNOW-CAPPED PEAKS: Snow continued to coat Queenstown
and Wanaka skifields yesterday and made for a moody
backdrop as the Earnslaw headed out for its first run
in six weeks. — TIM CLAYTON/The Southland Times.


THERE HAVE been a few skids and possibly a couple of 360s, but the icy roads did not stop keen skiers who have been waiting to get onto Queenstown and Wanaka skifields.

Poor weather proved no deterrent after the Remarkables received 20cm of fresh snow on Sunday night and 15cm was dumped on Coronet Peak.

Near Wanaka, Treble Cone has had about 120cm at the base in the past few days and remained closed because of the avalanche risk as it continued to snow. Cardrona, with 50cm of new snow at the base, was forced to close the access road.

Despite the weather and road conditions, people were still keen to make the first mark on the fresh snow, Coronet Peak ski area manager Hamish McCrostie said.

"We've had plenty of people up here today. Thousands in fact. It's a winter road and there's snow on it so people need to be careful and we have chain restrictions."

"A couple of vehicles blocked the road on Sunday when they got stuck and weren't carrying chains, which held up all the traffic trying to get down," he said.

Apart from that hiccup, there had been no crashes on the road and police had attended none yesterday.

A group of skiers that had just returned from the Remarkables said the mountain was in great condition, as were the roads, and the fresh snow just topped it off.

The cold did not deter the TSS Earnslaw from testing out its new deck yesterday on its first day back on the icy lake after a six-week renovation.

Strong winds and snow are expected until Monday, when the rain, gusty winds and snow showers will make way for sunshine and a chance to finally enjoy the season.

Today is forecast to be similar to yesterday, with snow showers expected to clear in the afternoon and blustery westerlies, so a brief period of clear skies will make way for those wanting to squeeze in a trip up the mountain before the end of the week.

The Crown Range road was closed overnight and would be again tonight from 10pm until 7am, Queenstown Lakes District Council transport manager Denis Mander said.

People who did not have chains and were not confident in driving on snow and ice should consider delaying their journey or, if possible, take an alternative route.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/5271552/Hardy-skiers-brave-icy-roads (http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/5271552/Hardy-skiers-brave-icy-roads)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on July 12, 2011, 02:39:17 pm

At my place....touch wood....the sun is still shining.   (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/shine.gif)

However the wind has got up a wee bit and there are a few spots of rain on the windows from time to time! (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/rain.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Im2Sexy4MyPants on July 12, 2011, 02:42:57 pm
Pritty shitty in Woodville its dark there's (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/rain.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on July 12, 2011, 04:16:27 pm

New Zealand's new record coldest day

NZPA | 6:32AM - Tuesday, 12 July 2011

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CLIMATE SCIENTISTS trawling through old records have unearthed the coldest day ever recorded in New Zealand.

The previous lowest recorded daily minimum temperature record was minus 21.6 degrees Celcius, recorded at Ophir in Central Otago in 1995, but now the official low has plunged to minus 25.6 degrees Celcius, at Ranfurly, about 60km from Ophir, in 1903.

The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) announced the new low was discovered while old New Zealand temperature records were being entered into the National Climate database.

The Tuapeka Times, July 18, 1903, reported: "It is some years now since frost of equal severity to the present has been experienced in the district."

"I was quite excited to find the record. It's like detective work," said NIWA climate scientist Georgina Griffiths.

"We know the early 1900s were really cold, with extremely cold spells. We know that the climate of Central Otago is really unique — it's the only region of New Zealand with a continental climate. It's not surprising that the [new] record is from this area," Griffiths said.

To check the accuracy of this new record low, the Niwa climate scientists looked at other meteorological data from stations in the area, which also experienced similar freezing cold conditions.

"It was consistent. The whole region (Southland and Central Otago) was extremely cold, with cold air trapped for days on end. The other observations support the extremes. The paper record from Ranfurly was consistent and the media reporting supports it," Griffiths said.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/5270028/New-Zealands-new-record-coldest-day (http://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/5270028/New-Zealands-new-record-coldest-day)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on July 12, 2011, 04:56:27 pm

... People should be careful what they wished for as it seems that Wanaka and ski fields have heaps of snow but the fields aren’t open as it is too rough.

I was sitting in the car at lunch time watching the footpath signs sliding around on the footpath, sometimes falling over, which was  the best place for them to be as then they didn’t catch the wind, but sure enough this really helpful passing pedestrian went around putting them back the right way up just to get them to go once again all over the path, it kept me entertained for the half hour of my lunch break. ...

(an email today from up the island a bit)








That is one of the disappointing things about having wheely bins for recycling now. When they get blown over they stay put if empty or rubbish gets blown around.
With the green crates we used to have they would not only get blown empty they would then get turned upside down and scuttle across the road like a cat under a cardboard box.

Driving on a windy rubbish day used to be fun.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on July 12, 2011, 05:24:27 pm
Our greens crates end up in the tide .. I think the councils not impressed.  But the green crates idea came from them .. not us  ;D


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on July 12, 2011, 09:46:55 pm

Milford stalled by storm damage

By MICHELLE COOKE - The Southland Times | 5:19PM - Tuesday, 12 July 2011

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STORMED IN: Road workers grade the only road in and out of Milford Sound as avalanche danger
rises with heavy snow. — BARRY HARCOURT/The Southland Times.


TWO OF Milford Sound’s main attractions will be closed until further notice after a battering from a severe storm.

The Milford Discovery Centre and Milford Deep Underwater Observatory are floating attractions that usually hook up to a landing pontoon in the sound to pick up and drop off customers.

But tourism operator Southern Discoveries says the pontoon suffered severe damage in the storm and the centre and the observatory will be out of action for about six weeks as a result.

People who have already booked would have their money refunded or their booking transferred to another date.

Meanwhile, people working at Milford Sound have been stranded. The access road has been closed since Friday.

New Zealand Transport Authority highway manager Niclas Johanson says more than one metre of snow had covered State Highway 94 since Friday and there was a risk of an avalanche around the Homer Tunnel.

"Even if it stops snowing and we can clear the road, it doesn’t mean we can necessarily open it because of the risk of an avalanche," he said.

The highway was closed is between the Hollyford turnoff and Milford Sound.

He says the earliest the road will reopen was Friday "but it’s looking doubtful".


http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/5273622/Milford-stalled-by-storm-damage (http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/5273622/Milford-stalled-by-storm-damage)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: dragontamer on July 12, 2011, 10:31:42 pm
It's..
2 pairs thermal socks, 1 pair thermal tights, pair of jeans, 2 merino spencers, a thick hoodie and merino scarf weather.  That's what it is.




And I'm still blardy cold. >:(


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on July 13, 2011, 09:17:25 am
 We are getting fine days but everything goes to custard at sunset.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on July 13, 2011, 01:47:04 pm

It's snowing all around

By ALANA DIXON and Staff Reporters - The Southland Times | 5:00AM - Wednesday, 13 July 2011

MOTORISTS are again being urged to travel with caution this morning, with Southland roads affected by black ice and surface flooding.

A Winton police spokeswoman said State Highway 6, between Winton and Centre Bush, was affected by black ice and while she did not believe any incidents had been reported to police so far, the roads were "very, very bad" this morning.

Surface flooding has also been reported throughout the province.

Strong, cold winds and heavy snowfalls were again expected to hit the south today.

The MetService has issued a severe weather warning for Fiordland, with snow expected to fall near sea-level there.

New Zealand Transport Authority highway manager Niclas Johansson said yesterday more than one metre of snow had covered State Highway 94 since Friday, with the Milford road closed again yesterday, and there was a risk of an avalanche.

The earliest the road could open would be Friday but that was unlikely, he said.

Snowfall was also expected to hit roads across Southland and Otago again later today.

Meanwhile, the wintry winds buffeting the south were at a level not experienced since September, with the possibility of snowfall at week's end, according to a weather forecaster.

The weather was a factor in a handful of minor crashes in Southland yesterday, while snowloading was responsible for intermittent power cuts across Eastern Southland.

WeatherWatch.co.nz (http://www.weatherwatch.co.nz) head weather analyst Philip Duncan said the south and much of New Zealand was caught in numerous fronts, which came with the belt of strong winds that strengthened and weakened from day to day as a low in the south and high to the west both "pulsated" in size.

The weather pattern, which set in more than a week ago, was due to a deep low in the Southern Ocean that was helping to lift the Roaring 40s up over the country, he said.

"It's almost a carbon copy of September last year."

That brought heavy snowfall to the south, causing the collapse of Stadium Southland at Surrey Park and Wren's in Yarrow Street and damaging the roof of Windsor New World and resulting in the deaths of thousands of newborn lambs and calves.

However, Mr Duncan stopped short of saying the weather was as extreme as the 2010 event.

A "very moist" front towards the end of the week posed the most risk of snow.

"Last year (in September) we were more confident of snow in Southland, but it is certainly likely to be a problem in Northern Southland and the Lakes district."

Yesterday, the cold air blowing through Southland and the Lakes district meant sleet to sea level, along with lightning, thunder and hail and snow to low levels, bringing with it problems for motorists.

A dump of hail appeared to be behind a car crash near Otautau, police said.

Constable Dave Cowie, of Otautau, said a 36-year-old woman was taken to Southland Hospital as a precaution after the car she was driving went off the road and rolled on the Otautau-Tuatapere highway just a few minutes northwest of Otautau, at 11.25am.

The women's two children, aged one and two, were unhurt.

"It looks like they slid in quite a nasty hail shower. The road was quite treacherous ... As we were driving out there it was pretty greasy," Mr Cowie said.

Meanwhile, Te Anau police spent much of yesterday dealing with motorists whose vehicles slid off the road in snow in the Gorge Hill area on State Highway 94.

A Te Anau police spokeswoman said three drivers had encountered problems in the snow with police dealing to three minor crashes about 7.45am, 11.45am and 12.15pm.

A car also crashed south of Kennington, about 9km east of Invercargill, after it slid through a bend at about 70km/h following a hail shower and rolled onto the grass runoff about 4pm.

No-one was injured in any of the crashes.

Snow was also responsible for power trips, or brief cuts, in the Gore area.

PowerNet systems control manager Kana Shanmuganathan said the intermittent power cuts were due to snowloading on lines, but were "nothing major", while a lightning strike in Invercargill caused street light outages across parts of the city last night.

The bitterly cold wintry blast had the south firmly in its grips yesterday, bringing with it low temperatures, thundery, squally showers, hail and strong winds across Southland and causing snowfalls in some areas.

An avalanche warning was also issued for Fiordland and especially along the Routeburn and Milford tracks.

MetService forecaster Leigh Matheson echoed Mr Duncan and said the fronts were in a "one after another, after another" pattern with yesterday's the "most active". Another trough was set to make landfall today.

The day would start with more settled weather ahead of the front, which would bring heavy showers and possibly more sleet and snow to sea level on the back of cold westerly gales. Tomorrow was likely to bring similar conditions with strong southwesterly winds.

Queenstown was blanketed by snow, forcing all skifields, Queenstown schools and several businesses to close on Tuesday. In Central Otago, seven trucks and a car were stranded between Alexandra and Roxburgh yesterday morning and the highway was closed.

Wakatipu High School, Queenstown Primary, St Joseph's and Remarkables Primary were all closed. Schools in the Alexandra, Cromwell and Roxburgh region remained open. Arrowtown School had a delayed start and Queenstown's SIT campus closed.

Queenstown Lakes District Council transport manager Denis Mander said the Crown Range was closed all day yesterday and would be reviewed before 7am today. The Lindis Pass was closed in the early morning but reopened and chains were required.

Two flights were cancelled, one diverted and a few others were delayed at Queenstown Airport.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/5275764/Its-snowing-all-around (http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/5275764/Its-snowing-all-around)



Snow closes roads at St Arnaud

The Marlborough Express | 10:53AM - Wednesday, 13 July 2011

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SLIPPERY ROAD: Roading contractors Charlie Sturges and Don Brittenden help motorist Jenny Young fit
snow chains to her car at Top House near St Arnaud. — MARTIN DE RUYTER/The Marlborough Express.


HEAVY SNOW has turned the village of St Arnaud into a winter wonderland, but also made roads treacherous.

Chains are essential on State Highway 63 from Wairau township to Kawatiri, while snow closed State Highway 6 at the Hope Saddle and Spooner Range south of Nelson this morning, stranding trucks and campervans.

Lake Rotoiti School at St Arnaud is closed today for the second day and it was "snowing heavily" in the Alpine Village this morning.

MetService said the weather was going to get colder, with snow to quite low levels tomorrow.

David Rees, of the Department of Conservation Nelson Lakes office, said they got a "good extra dumpage" of snow  about 150mm  at the St Arnaud office last night.

The Mount Robert road was closed, he said.

The office had intention sheets for four walkers doing the loop around the lake, he said. "There may be some people going as far as the John Tait hut, they might be stuck there for a day."

Rainbow Skifield was closed today. A staff member said it was snowing heavily, with gale-force winds. The field was expected to open once the storm had passed.

St Arnaud House bed and breakfast owner Margery Chilton was preparing to "hunker down" as snow continued to fall in the Nelson Lakes region. Mrs Chilton had no power and snow was at least 30cm deep when contacted by The Marlborough Express at 10am.

Helen Campbell, who lives at Wairau Pass by the Rainbow turnoff, was snowed in today.

"It's pretty phenomenal at this time of year. When we had the big snow in 2008 that was mid-August so this is a month earlier."

WET 'N' WILD WEEK LINGERS

A heavy shower in Kenepuru Sound this morning continued a week of wild weather in the Marlborough Sounds.

Waitaria Bay School principal Brenda Sutton said since the weekend the area had experienced thunder, lightning and heavy rain. On Monday, the power was knocked out at 1am and did not come back on until 1pm.

That day children who travelled by boat did not make it to school because of strong winds but today the sea was calm. After heavy downpours about 5am, the rain seemed to be lifting.

Kenepuru and Central Sounds Residents' Association president Pat Williams said in the six months to the end of June 1226mm of rain had fallen on his Waitaria Bay property compared with a 16-year-average of 916mm. May was especially wet with almost three times the normal rainfall.

Ellen Plaisier, of Tui Nature Reserve in outer Pelorus Sound, said 2-centimetre hail-stones damaged corrugated plastic panels in their roof on Saturday. Bad weather left them unable to leave their boat-access-only property.

The Marlborough District Council website reported 7mm of rain in Blenheim between 5am and 9am.

The MetService was forecasting weather would clear this afternoon and gale-force winds would ease.

However, a front was expected to move on to the outer Marlborough Sounds today, the MetService warned. There was a risk that thunderstorms ahead of the front could become severe and produce wind gusts over 110km/h, one or two small tornadoes, bursts of heavy rain and hail.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/5277663/Snow-closes-roads-at-St-Arnaud (http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/5277663/Snow-closes-roads-at-St-Arnaud)



Will the wild weather ever end?

The Dominion Post | 11:28AM - Wednesday, 13 July 2011

HEAVY RAIN and strong winds continue to hit Wellington this morning with more bad weather to come.

 • Related story: Windy weather killing birds (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/5275444/Windy-weather-killing-birds)

Strong winds brought down a tree and power lines in the Kapiti Coast this morning causing traffic delays.

The Met Service is forecasting bad weather for the capital for the rest of the week.

The westerlies hitting the region today will switch to a southerly on Friday which will bring a drop in temperatures.

TREE UPROOTED IN KAPITI

The tree in Kapiti toppled about 8am and was now blocking Ratanui Road in Paraparaumu.

Police central communications Inspector Mike Coleman said the road from State Highway 1 and Mazengarb Road was closed.

The council was in the process of clearing the tree, but police feared more trees could come down due to the weather.

An Electra spokesman said a couple of houses lost power this morning, and a crew was currently working on fixing the power lines.

Police in Porirua are also warning motorists to use their lights while driving.

SNOW FORECAST

Strong cold winds and heavy snowfalls were expected to hit areas across New Zealand today.

MetService said it was another cold windy day for New Zealand with heavy rain or showers falling on western areas of both islands.

North-west gales were today expected to return to Wellington.

The gales could briefly become severe in exposed parts of Hawke's Bay, Wairarapa and Wellington.

Snow would fall over the South Island mountains, and on higher parts of Mount Taranaki Mount and Ruapehu.

Heavy rain with thunderstorms was also expected for the Tararua ranges this morning, with 100 to 140mm rain forecast to fall.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/5276835/Will-the-wild-weather-ever-end (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/5276835/Will-the-wild-weather-ever-end)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on July 13, 2011, 02:13:00 pm


beautiful day, dear little cloud babies resting on their blue blankies, calm air,
warm sun ummm shall I go on?   (http://i602.photobucket.com/albums/tt102/DazzaMc/MSNXNC2/fetch1dd3.jpg)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on July 13, 2011, 02:44:02 pm

It's pissing down with rain at Whakaoriori.

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And there is a bloody huge thunderstorm going down over the Tararua Ranges.

The continual thunder in the distance has been never-ending for most of the day!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on July 13, 2011, 03:16:54 pm

Manawatu region battered by storms

By VICKI WATERHOUSE and STACEY OLIVER - Manawatu Standard | 1:00PM - Wednesday, 13 July 2011

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BATTLING: A woman fights the strong winds on Fitzherbert
Avenue while waiting at the bus stop.


A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH is in place for Manawatu, with the potential for one or two small tornadoes to hit the area.

Wind gusts over 110km/h are expected to blast the region, said Metservice, accompanied by bursts of heavy rain and small hail storms.

Wind gusts of this strength can cause some structural damage, including trees and power lines, and may make driving hazardous. If any tornadoes occur, they will affect only very localised areas.

Substantial thunder claps have caused power surges around Palmertson North. The Plaza manager Andrew Heaphy said that the complex had experienced several surges today.

"When you get a power surge the lights go out for around a quarter of a second, and then [the lights] take a while to warm back up," Mr Heaphy said.


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BRAVING THE STORM: Two women brave their way through the downpour of the hail storm
around 10am Tuesday in the city. — Photo: ROBERT KITCHIN.


Emergency services spent yesterday dealing with a spate of incidents related to the wild weather.

A trampoline was flung on to a roof by  strong winds in Levin yesterday, and police spent the afternoon dealing with crashes.

The chief fire officer at Levin, Lindsay Walker, said the trampoline was lifted by  winds and travelled across a park and a few streets before ending up wedged between two houses on Tiro Tiro Road about 3.40pm.

The tiling and spouting of one house was damaged and the trampoline was brought down by firefighters and secured.

Fire brigades in Tokomaru, Levin, Dannevirke and Foxton were all called out to attend various weather-related incidents, including a tree that had fallen across a road and powerlines arcing onto a house. The powerlines caused a small fire at a house on Cambridge Road in Levin about 6.25pm.

Strong winds also blew a truck and trailer unit  off the road when its driver attempted to do a U-turn in Awahuri about 4.45pm, blocking both lanes of State Highway 3 for about half an hour.

Sergeant Grant Lawton said the wild weather was a major contributor to the incident.

"It was windy and his truck just pushed straight across the road with the water," he said. "He just kept sliding."

There was no damage to the truck and the driver was unhurt. Police kept traffic flowing around the vehicle before a tow truck was brought in to clear it.

Police said at one stage there was only 15 metres of visibility in the area, and they left the scene to attend two other crashes nearby.

The river swelled to 6.3 metres yesterday in the upper Manawatu Gorge area. Horizons Regional Council monitored the situation overnight but it didn't rise further.

River operations group manager Allan Cook said it was difficult to know if the river levels would continue to decline or begin to rise.

"The Manawatu and Whanganui rivers are dropping and although more rain is predicted we do not anticipate there to be any cause for concern," Mr Cook said.

"That said, the variable weather pattern we are experiencing can change things quickly and we will continue to monitor and review the situation."


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SWAMPED: The wet weather is causing floods around many Manawatu farm lands, leaving some
cattle stranded, grass lands swamped and creeks over flowing. Photo taken at Lees Road,
near Feilding. — Photo: ANNA CAMPBELL .


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SWAMPED: Sheep take shelter from the relentless wet weather. — Photo: ANNA CAMPBELL.

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SEEKING COVER: Sheep shelter under pine trees to get out of the driving rain, and keep away
from flooding, which covers much of the paddock. — Photo: ANNA CAMPBELL.


Squally thunderstorms and hail were expected to return to Manawatu this afternoon, after MetService predicted a respite this morning.

Heavy rain is expected to hit the Tararua Ranges with between 100mm to 140mm before midnight tonight. Strong gusty northhwesterlies should also hit the region, reaching gale gusts of 100km/h in exposed places.

Forecaster Geoff Sanders said there was a possible risk of thunderstorms this afternoon, and showers would turn to heavy rain by this evening.

"Get set for lots of wind, rain and really much the same of what you've been having," he said.

The vigorous westerly flow is due to change direction tomorrow to a southwesterly, bringing icy temperatures and more showers.

By Sunday the weather is expected to ease, bringing fine and frosty mornings. State Highway 56 remains closed this morning after it was shut at 4.30pm due to flooding.

Mr Cook advised drivers to take care on the roads due to surface flooding.


• To view Horizons web cams, click here (http://www.horizons.govt.nz/keeping-people-safe/emergency-management/web-cams/).

http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/5276889/Region-battered-by-storms (http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/5276889/Region-battered-by-storms)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on July 14, 2011, 12:23:41 pm

Snow to sea-level — and lots of it

By JARED MORGAN - The Southland Times | 5:00AM - Thursday, 14 July 2011

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A SEVERE weather warning has been issued for much of the south with heavy snowfalls expected overnight and today.

Snow was expected down to sea-level in coastal parts of Southland and South Otago.

Snow showers are likely to continue throughout today across the remainder of Southland and South Otago and a heavy snow warning is in place. It is likely to affect all the main alpine passes and many roads in Southland and Otago.

Emergency Management Southland manager Neil Cruickshank said motorists needed to take extra care and check road conditions before travelling.

"The roads are probably going to be pretty treacherous and people should consider whether they really need to travel at all. While the snow may not settle in many places, people are better to be cautious when making their plans for Thursday."

With strong cold southwesterlies and snow showers forecast, farmers might want to consider shelter for any vulnerable animals, he said.

Some areas may have power outages because of the snow.

"Businesses and schools especially, should consider issues around transport of staff and students during Thursday."

Forecasters say the weather patterns dominating the south are a "carbon copy" of those that struck last September.

The snowfall then caused the collapse of Stadium Southland and Wren's in Yarrow Street, and damaged the roof of Windsor New World.

It also caused the deaths of thousands of newborn lambs and calves.

Meanwhile, the wild weather closed part of State Highway 1 in Southland last night after gale-force wind caused a Suzuki Swift to crash into a road barrier.

Senior Sergeant Dave Raynes, of Invercargill, said the 39-year-old woman's car was blown from the road 5km north of Bluff at Green Point and into the barrier.

Police and fire crews attended the crash about 7.35pm and the road was closed for about 1½ hours while the car was towed away and signs were put out to warn motorists of the wet and slippery conditions. The woman suffered minor injuries.

The Crown Range road has been closed since Monday night because of snow and would be until at least 10am today.

All ski-fields in the area opened yesterday except Treble Cone, which was closed due to snow loading above the access road.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/5281370/Snow-to-sea-level-and-lots-of-it (http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/5281370/Snow-to-sea-level-and-lots-of-it)



Isolation of Milford to continue

By SUE FEA - The Southland Times | 5:00AM - Thursday, 14 July 2011

HUNDREDS OF VISITORS a day have been turned away from Milford Sound, with road and air access closed off since Friday when the first of the week's big snow dumps fell.

Real Journeys area manager for Milford and Doubtful Sound operations Paul Norris said some staff were flown out by helicopter from Knobs Flat yesterday and another shift flown in.

"It's frustrating but they're using the time to clean up the boats and maintenance duties."

It would probably be the end of the week before operations could resume, mainly because of the weather.

Real Journeys chief executive Dave Hawkey told Radio New Zealand the company was turning away about 200 passengers a day at the moment.

Mr Norris said booked passengers had the option of a refund or were transferring onto the company's Doubtful Sound cruise, the TSS Earnslaw or Te Anau's glow-worm caves.

The road has been closed since last Thursday and phones lines were also down.

Meanwhile, the severe storm last Friday night damaged Southern Discoveries' landing pontoon for the Milford Discovery Centre and Deep Underwater Observatory.

Southern Discoveries marketing co-ordinator Anita Golden said although it was damaged this was not structural and the observatory's prized black coral beds were undamaged as they were lowered into deeper water before the storm hit.

However, it meant the centre and observatory would be out of action for probably the next six weeks. Passengers already booked would be refunded their upgrade price.

Ms Golden said there had been limited contact since Saturday with only spasmodic radio contact and the odd Facebook hook-up.

"They're used to road closures for extended periods of time, they're self contained in there in terms of power and have lots of food."

A convoy of visitors and some staff were ferried out before the main storms hit late last week.

Meanwhile, the NZ Transport Agency confirmed last night that Saturday was the earliest the road was likely to re-open based on weather forecasts and the avalanche risk.

SH94 from the Hollyford turn-off to Milford Sound was closed by heavy snow last Friday and nearly half of the 120km long highway is snowbound.

New Zealand Transport Agency Otago-Southland State Highways manager Niclas Johansson said their Milford Avalanche Programme was monitoring the risks.

There had been several avalanches since the road closed last Friday. While none had reached the road the wind blasts they created had hurled tree debris onto the highway.

A combination of some of the heaviest snowfalls seen in the area in decades and severe gales were hampering efforts by Milford area contractor Downer Ltd to get the road open as soon as possible.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/5281376/Isolation-of-Milford-to-continue (http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/5281376/Isolation-of-Milford-to-continue)



‘Snow and ice everywhere’

By JARED MORGAN and ALANA DIXON - The Southland Times | 10:45AM - Thursday, 14 July 2011

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ON TOP OF THE WORLD: Te Anau builder Tony Rayfield
thinks he still has the best job in the world regardless
of the weather. With the Murchinson Mountains as a
background, where in the world would you rather be.
 — BARRY HARCOURT/The Southland Times.


SNOW IS FALLING intermittently in Invercargill this morning while heavier dumps are beginning to affect roads and other services across the south.

However, most of the white stuff so far appears to be confined to the Fiordland region and the eastern coast of Southland and the Clutha district.

Motorists appear to be heeding calls to be careful on southern roads this morning, with no incidents reported to emergency services so far.

Te Anau police report a fresh cold snap this morning, with "snow and ice everywhere".

A heavy snow warning for Fiordland has now been lifted, but showers are expected to continue over most of Southland and Clutha until tomorrow.

Snowfalls of about 10 to 15cm may accumulate in places above 200 metres in these areas today.

Near record falls of snow have already been recorded on State Highway 94 close to Milford Sound, closing a large part of the 120km highway for several days.

The highway may not reopen until the weekend as severe gales are hampering efforts to get the road open again.

In Winton police say although there was ice around on roads, things were not nearly as bad as yesterday morning when black ice made an appearance.

In the Gore area an icy start, was followed by a sunny spell that turned to rain about 10.30am, but the MetService is still forecasting snow for the town.

Northeast of Invercargill snow is still falling.

Kelly Earwaker at the Tokanui Tavern in the Catlins settlement said snow had been falling since about 8am — forcing the closure of the school and was beginning to settle on low-lying paddocks.

At the South Island's most southern tip — Slope Point, in the Catlins — snow had given way to a coating of hail, according to Nadir Outpost owner Beverley Young.

However, the weather had disrupted some services, she said.

"I know the doctors couldn't get here (to Tokanui) from Balclutha today — that was cancelled."

In the Clutha district, Owaka Valley Road, between Hazeldale Road and Hunt Road, is currently open to four-wheel drive vehicles only because of snow.

Mount Stuart Road is passable with care.

Motorists are advised to take caution and drive to conditions in all other areas due to ice and snow.

Bridge inspections that had been scheduled to take place and cause traffic delays near Papatowai today and tomorrow have been postponed due to poor weather conditions. Alternative days will be notified in due course.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/5282637/Snow-and-ice-everywhere (http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/5282637/Snow-and-ice-everywhere)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on July 14, 2011, 12:27:07 pm

It's a nice (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/th_HappySun.gif) day at my place with just a gentle breeze.


Lots of clouds on the horizon in all directions though!  (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/th_BlackCloud.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on July 14, 2011, 01:05:11 pm
Sun, very cold moderate westerly wind, cloud coming from the west...

It was snowing at Gore and Lawrence a few hours ago, waiting for a wind change


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on July 23, 2011, 04:52:10 pm

Snow on the way for Wellington region

The Dominion Post | 3:13PM - Friday, 22 July 2011

A BITTER COLD BLAST from the Antarctic is set to bring snow down to sea level in parts of the country this weekend.

The MetService is warning the entire country will feel the chill and Wellingtonians could expect to see snow on the surrounding ranges come Monday. The Desert Road is also in for a blanketing.

Quake-hit Canterbury, Southland and Otago facing a dusting down to sea level come Sunday morning. The MetService also warned that snowfall was expected to 400 metres in North Canterbury and Marlborough from this afternoon.

"The cold air will move up the country this weekend, colliding with moisture from the Tasman, allowing snow to fall to very low levels," said MetService meteorologist Daniel Corbett.

"Late on Sunday, enough cold air will be in place to bring snow to the Desert Road, blanketing much of Taihape on Monday," said Corbett. "Waikato and Gisborne should also see snow on the ranges."

Elsewhere, the MetService said heavy rain should start easing in the Hawke's Bay tonight. However, a further 80-120mm was possible before then.

Strong to gale southeasterlies have also been hitting exposed areas of Taranaki, the central plateau, Wanganui and Manawatu, but they weren't expected to cause damage.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/5327083/Snow-on-the-way-for-Wellington-region (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/5327083/Snow-on-the-way-for-Wellington-region)



Snow at sea level looms

By RHONDA MARK - The Timaru Herald | 5:00AM - Saturday, 23 July 2011

IT COULD WELL BE a case of snow mixed with the sand on Caroline Bay tomorrow, with weather forecasters suggesting Timaru could receive up to 5 centimetres of snow at sea level.

Just how severe, or how cold the conditions will be, should become clearer today, but late yesterday MetService forecaster Richard Finnie, said the cool conditions coming from "way down south" were likely to affect much of the South Island's east coast.

"There could be some quite hefty showers, dry stuff [snow] coming from a long way south. We are not done with winter yet."

In spite of it being the middle of winter, it was still unusual for there to be snow right down to sea level in Timaru, Mr Finnie said.

It was expected the worst of the weather would pass through tomorrow, with conditions likely to start improving on Monday morning.

While yesterday's expected high of 4 degrees Celsius was exceeded — with 9°C being recorded at the Timaru airport at 2pm, the news is not so good for the coming days. Today's predicted high is 7°C while tomorrow only 5°C is being predicted. Lows for the next few days are all expected to be in the negative numbers.

Snow is not confined to coastal areas, with forecasts for the region's five skifields all indicating they are expecting snow daily through to Tuesday.

For those with no love of the cool temperatures, the news starts to get better on Tuesday. The long-term forecast through to Sunday week shows sun and calm conditions or light winds to be the norm, and temperatures getting up into double figures.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/5329763/Snow-at-sea-level-looms (http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/5329763/Snow-at-sea-level-looms)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Ferney on July 23, 2011, 05:24:10 pm
Warm.  I keep thinking its Friday as I was at work this morning.  Not that its got anything to do with the weather....apart from it being hot at work.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on July 24, 2011, 09:57:24 am
{WATCH Event 2011/1.756}
SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR TARANAKI,WAIRARAPA,MARLBOROUGH,NELSON,
CANTERBURY,OTAGO,FIORDLAND
ISSUED BY METSERVICE AT 0949hrs 24-Jul-2011

BITTERLY COLD SOUTHERLIES SPREADING NORTH OVER THE COUNTRY SUNDAY AND
MONDAY BRINGING SNOW TO MANY PARTS OF THE SOUTH ISLAND AND TO LOW
LEVELS ABOUT THE EASTERN AND CENTRAL NORTH ISLAND.

Very cold southerlies are expected to spread over New Zealand during
Sunday and early Monday. This cold outbreak is expected to bring snow
to southern, eastern, and northern areas of the South Island, and to
low levels in eastern areas of the North Island,including the central
North Island high country.
A warning is in effect for heavy snow in southern Fiordland,Southland,
eastern parts of Otago from Dunedin southwards, Canterbury from
Christchurch and Banks Peninsula northwards, Kaikoura, the central
North Island high country from Taupo to Taihape including inland
Wanganui and Manawatu, Hawkes Bay and Gisborne.

During Sunday and Monday snow is also expected in the remaining areas
of Fiordland, Otago, Canterbury, Marlborough and Nelson in the South
Island, and to low levels about regions in the lower North Island.

In many of these areas significant amounts of heavy snow are likely
above 500 metres in the South Island and above 1000 metres in the
North Island, with the possibility that accumulations could approach
warning amounts in some places below these levels. In particular,
accumulations on the Takaka Hill and Rimutaka Hill Roads may cause
problems for motorists, and snow amounts about the hills of Wairarapa
and Taranaki may approach warning criteria.

This winter outbreak has the potential to cause significant
disruption, especially to travellers with snow affecting many roads
and passes. Strong southerlies along with the cold temperatures will
make the wind feel bitterly cold. Farmers are advised that stock may
need shelter from the extreme cold and snow.

People in areas affected by this Watch should keep up to date with
the latest forecasts, in case it becomes necessary to upgrade any
part of this Watch to a warning.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Sunday 24 July 2011
Forecast prepared by: Gerard Barrow



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on July 24, 2011, 01:31:02 pm

Icy blast moves up from south

Police say take care on icy roads

The Southland Times | 12:20PM - Sunday, 24 July 2011

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ICY WALK (left): German hitchhiker Sarah Riesbek was not expecting this snowy walk down Te Anau's Mokonui Street
heading for the local youth hostel. — BARRY HARCOURT/The Southland Times. | WHITE OUT: Heavy snow has
fallen at Te Anau. — TINA HARDIE/The Southland Times.


POLICE are warning motorists to take extreme care of icy roads in Central Otago and Southland after snow has been falling this morning.

The New Zealand Transport Agency has put towing restrictions on vehicles travelling along State Highway 94 between Mossburn and Te Anau or Milford Sound, with Downer clearing snow and checking vehicles on the road are carrying chains.

Motorists should watch for ice and grit in shaded areas and be aware of black ice conditions in Southland, Coastal Otago and Dunedin.

Police are also considering closing Old Coach Road between Mataura and Clinton and advise people to stay home unless travel is essential.

The Josephville Hill south of Lumsden is only just barely passable with care and police say there is a large amount of ice and snow on it.

Chains must be used.

The Queenstown Lakes District Council is warning people to drive with care and carry chains if heading out of town.


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SOUTHERN WINTER: A house covered in snow on the Birchwood Wairio Road, Wairio.
 — CHANTAL McEWAN/The Southland Times.


Journalist Kimberley Crayton-Brown, who is one of 30 motorists on the Devi's Staircase between Queenstown and Kingston, said traffic had been stopped for about 15 minutes.

She and other drivers were attempting to move off the staircase and return to Queenstown, she said.

A police communications spokeswoman said the staircase on State Highway 96 was closed to all vehicles without chains, which had caused a traffic jam.

There was also a six car collision near Fairlight Station, near Kingston, where two cars had skidded on ice and snow and caused the other vehicles to slide off the road, she said.

"People are not driving to the conditions, they need to take care."

Police and grit trucks were on their way to the staircase and to Kingston.

State Highway 8 from Lawrence to Milton is closed due to snow.

Ranfurly to Naseby on State Highway 85 (Pig Route) is open but expect ice and chains must be carried.

The MetService issued a severe weather warning last night saying an extremely cold south southerly outbreak was expected for most of today.

Significant accumulations of snow were expected for Fiordland, Southland, and eastern Otago from Dunedin to Clutha.

This was likely to cause major disruptions to traffic and make driving conditions very difficult. Farmers are advised that stock may need shelter from the extreme cold and snow.

Queenstown police sergeant Steve Watt said there were several reports of vehicles stuck in snow.

He urged drivers to stay indoors if they did not have to travel but if they had to, to drive to conditions and fit chains were appropriate.

There had been report of a crash early thismorning on Glenorchy Road, and a man was taken to hospital as a precaution.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/5332078/Icy-blast-moves-up-from-south (http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/5332078/Icy-blast-moves-up-from-south)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on July 24, 2011, 01:33:19 pm

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It's very bloody cold and wintery today at my place in Whakaoriori.

I reckon it must be snowing in the hills!  (https://cdn.smfboards.com/Smileys/smf/buck2.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on July 24, 2011, 02:10:13 pm
6.05 am

Hi,

A new alert is available for you to view on the Police website:

Location: Dunedin, Otago and Southaland
District: Southern

Icy roads

Short description: Icy roads

Full description:
Police are warning of very icy roads in Dunedin, Central Otago and Southland.  
  Extreme care is needed and unless travel is needed people should stay home.


You can also view the full details of the alert online at:


http://www.police.govt.nz/news/updates/28829

Thanks,

New Zealand Police


8am sunlight hits top of Waihola hill

10.11 am

can't see top of hill

1 pm coupla inches on deck

luvvit  





Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on July 24, 2011, 02:12:23 pm
Its just started snowing in CHCH - the farm my son is on in Methven is deep with snow already

13 here outside


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: dragontamer on July 24, 2011, 03:41:21 pm
It's like this...

"It's snowing!!!!"

*blink*

"Jokes"


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on July 24, 2011, 03:56:20 pm
Overnight low of 12... Today?  around 23 at the moment.   ::)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on July 24, 2011, 07:35:33 pm
You arnt home Magoo .. where are u?


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: dragontamer on July 24, 2011, 09:50:50 pm
Overnight low of 12... Today?  around 23 at the moment.   ::)

Arrrgh!!!!  ;)


We are having that pleasant weather combination Mr DT likes to call Railow.... part rain, part hail, part snow. 

With wind..... don't forget the wind.  I watched a young black bird get blown out of the neighbour's cabbage tree. 


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on July 24, 2011, 09:55:04 pm

South feels brunt as blast covers country

Otago Daily Times and NZPA | Sunday, 24 July 2011

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Ella Mooney (3), of Millers Flat, enjoys her first snow.
 — Photo Paul Mooney.


THE COLD SNAP that is inching up the country has closed roads in Dunedin and made life difficult for motorists around the South, and few areas of the country are likely to escape snow, forecasters say.

Snow was expected for most of the South Island and to low levels around the eastern and central North Island until tomorrow night, the MetService said today.

The bitterly cold blast has brought warnings for travellers and for farmers to get stock to shelter. Queenstown Airport is closed, with all flights in and out either cancelled, diverted or delayed.

In Dunedin, the Northern Motorway, Castlewood Road, Highcliff Road, Three Mile Hill and Mount Cargill are closed, the Dunedin City Council reports, while warnings are in place on stretches of road around Otago and Southland.


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A squall passes over Mornington this afternoon, dusting houses and leaving Mornington Park (top left)
white with snow. — Photo Nyia Strachan.


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Snow in Castle Street, Dunedin. — Photo Tim Miller.

State Highway 87 from Outram to Middlemarch is closed, SH85 from Palmerston to Kyeburn is closed, as is SH94 from the Lower Hollyford turnoff to Milford Sound.

SH8 from Beaumont to Milton has reopened for essential travel only.

SH6 from Queenstown to Kingston, and from Kingston to Five Rivers is closed,  while from Five Rivers to Dipton towing restrictions are in place.

Towing restrictions are also in place on SH93 Clinton to Mataura and SH94 between Milford and Mossburn.

Police asked motorists to slow down and the drive to the weather conditions in Central Otago and Southland.

The freezing conditions caused havoc on roads in the South Island today, with many closed or passable only with chains.

Invercargill police reported attending eight car crashes between 12pm and 2pm, caused by drivers travelling too fast for the conditions.

Senior Sergeant Dave Raynes, of Invercargill police, said many cars had left the road because of severe ice on State Highway 6, between Josephville Hill south of Lumsden through to Kingston, 48km south of Queenstown.

Further north, Hawke's Bay, Gisborne, Waikato, Waitomo, Taumarunui, Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and Taupo should expect snow to 300m overnight.

Residents in the lower half of the North Island also need to rug up, with snow falling to 200m, the MetService said.

The first surge of cold air has moved over much of the South Island already but the coldest polar air was yet to reach Christchurch and with it heavier snow to lower levels, WeatherWatch.co.nz head analyst Phillip Duncan said.

"This isn't the snow storm of the century...but what makes this system different from previous cold blasts is the low snow level, which is sea level across much of southern and eastern South Island and to very low levels right across the lower North Island. This is a national event," he said.

Snow flurries expected around Auckland tomorrow, and snow could fall on the Hunua Ranges, south of Auckland and on the peaks of the Waitakere Ranges. Any snow which fell on the Waitakeres was expected to quickly melt.

"Our focus is mostly on the rareness of snow falling to such low levels rather than predicting heavy snow for the main centres," Mr Duncan said.

Snow accumulations are likely to affect many roads and passes, these include most of those passing through the central North Island, the Napier to Taupo Road, the Gisborne to Opotiki Road, the Rimutaka Hill Road, the Lewis Pass, Arthur's Pass, Porters Pass, the Lindis Pass and Milford Road.


http://www.odt.co.nz/news/national/170479/south-feels-brunt-blast-covers-country (http://www.odt.co.nz/news/national/170479/south-feels-brunt-blast-covers-country)



Snow could fall as far as Auckland

By CHLOE JOHNSON (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/chloe-johnson/news/headlines.cfm?a_id=721) - HERALD on SUNDAY (http://www.nzherald.co.nz) and NZPA | 1:04PM - Sunday, 24 July 2011

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Carparking is proving a little problematic in Dunedin this Sunday afternoon.
 — Photo: Peter Dunn.


A POLAR BLAST hitting the country is causing chaos on roads in the south, and has even triggered predictions of a dusting of snow for ranges around Auckland.

Temperatures in the South Island are barely above zero today, and the Metservice is warning the "significant winter weather" will hit many parts of the country unfamiliar with the white stuff.

WeatherWatch.co.nz (http://www.weatherwatch.co.nz) is even forcasting snow to fall on the Hunua ranges south of Auckland on Monday, with sleet on the tops of the Waitakeres.

The southerly is already creating headache for motorists — and those charged with rescuing them.

Queenstown police say they have been run off their feet so far today dealing with weather-related issues.

A police spokeswoman says there's been numerous callouts to help with traffic problems caused by snow and ice.

Police officers have been assisting with towing vehicles out of ditches.

Queenstown Airport is closed this afternoon with all flights in and out either cancelled, diverted or delayed.

Police communications staff say they have also dealt with numerous calls from people in Dunedin because of the ice and snow.

The city has been blanketed in snow within the past hour, and the main highway north of the city has now been closed.


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Heavy snow makes for slippery conditions, as discovered the driver of a truck whose trailer slid into a fence.
 — Photo: Peter Dunn.


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Heavy snow makes for slippery conditions, as discovered the driver of a truck whose trailer slid into a fence.
 — Photo: Peter Dunn.


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Dunedin streets are blanketed in snow as the cold front makes its way up the South Island.
 — Photos: Peter Dunn.


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Otago students brave freezing conditions outside the University Clocktower. — Photo: Elaine Stevens.

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The Pack 'n' Save carpark in South Dunedin today. — Photo: Claire McIntosh.

Snow in strange places

Wellington's hilltop suburbs are likely to be dusted with snow, while up to 15 centimetres is expected on the Rimutaka Hill Road north of the city from 9pm till midday tomorrow.

Snow is also expected in Gisborne, Hawke's Bay and about the central North Island high country from Taupo to Taihape, including inland Wanganui and Manawatu.

The Metservice warns heavy snow in these regions is likely to cause major disruption to traffic and make driving conditions very difficult.

Police in Alexandra say heavy snow and ice is affecting most roads in Central Otago and are asking people to stay home.

State Highway 8 from Lawrence to Milton has already been closed due to snow.

Ranfurly to Naseby on SH85 (also known as the Pig Route) is currently open but heavy iced over and chains are essential for all vehicles.

The Metservice says most of the South Island is likely to be blanketed as snow falls to low levels in the south and east of Island and also Nelson.

Significant accumulations of snow are likely in Fiordland south of Manapouri, Southland, eastern Otago from Dunedin to Clutha, north Canterbury, Banks Peninsula and Kaikoura.

Trampers rescued

Two trampers who became trapped in a blizzard in the Tararua Ranges near Otaki were rescued last night.

The Kapiti Coast couple, aged 30 and 20, were guided out from the sub-alpine Kime Hut by search and rescue workers.

Sergeant Noel Bigwood of the Levin Police said the inexperienced trampers would get a "talking to" about their lack of preparations.

Weatherwatch analyst Philip Duncan said it was the first time he had ever seen snow forecast for some regions.

"You don't associate Palmerston North, for example, with snow. It will be borderline between rain and snow.

"Most people might not know it has happened, or it may happen overnight," Duncan said.

And temperatures would certainly be icy, he said.

In the North Island, temperatures were expected to drop below 10°C tomorrow, making it one of the coldest days this year.

Polar air blew up directly from Antarctica last night.

It was due to hit the South Island before making its way up the North Island today. "You have the wind chill as well," Duncan said.

"That means you remove another four degrees off the daytime high for that chill affect when you're standing in the wind."

"There will also be flight cancellations and delays, especially around Southland, Otago and Wellington across Sunday and Monday," Duncan said.

Got snow? Grab skis!

Meanwhile, ski fields were brimming with skiers and snowboarders during the first week of school holidays.

Nigel Kerr, from Wanaka's Treble Cone ski field, said they opened their second carpark yesterday, which had been closed due to the possibility of an avalanche.

"When we opened [at the start of the season] we had just over 2-metres of snow at the base.

"There was also a slope overlooking the lower car park, which was being threatened," Kerr said.

Mount Ruapehu riders were showing off their freestyle skills at Turoa ski field yesterday at the Nitro Elan Jib Nationals competition.

Police chase an icy affair

Police an 18-year-old led police on a dangerous chase through icy roads after they clocked him doing 171km/h.

Labourer John McCleary was charged with dangerous driving and failing to stop after allegedly speeding past police on Pleasant Point Highway, near Timaru.

Sergeant Ian Howard said police chased McCleary's 1996 Nissan Silvia for about 12km before he came to a halt at an intersection.


Additional reporting by John Weekes.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10740507 (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10740507)



Icy blast moves up from south

NZPA | 2:33PM - Sunday, 24 July 2011

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A COLD SNAP is inching up the country today, with few areas escaping snow, forecasters say.

Snow was expected for most of the South Island and to low levels around the eastern and central North Island until tomorrow night, the MetService said today.

Hawke's Bay, Gisborne, Waikato, Waitomo, Taumarunui, Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and Taupo should expect snow to 300m overnight.

Residents in the lower half of the North Island also need to rug up, with snow falling to 200m, the MetService said.

The freezing conditions caused havoc on roads in the South Island today, with many closed or passable only with chains.


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ICY FUN: Some children enjoying the snow. — Photo: Sharron Bennet.

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FACE FIRST: Children enjoying the snow. — Photo: Sharron Bennet.

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WATCH YOUR STEP: German hitchhiker Sarah Riesbek was not expecting this snowy walk down
Te Anau's Mokonui Street. — BARRY HARCOURT/Southland Times.


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SLOW MOVING: Motorists stuck on the Devil's Staircase between Queenstown and Kingston.
 — KIMBERLEY CRAYTON-BROWN/The Southland Times.


Invercargill police reported attending eight car crashes between 12pm and 2pm, caused by drivers travelling too fast for the conditions.

Senior Sergeant Dave Raynes, of Invercargill police, said many cars had left the road because of severe ice on State Highway 6, between Josephville Hill south of Lumsden through to Kingston, 48km south of Queenstown.

The bitterly cold blast has brought warnings for travellers and for farmers to get stock to shelter.

Queenstown Airport was closed this afternoon, with all flights in and out either cancelled, diverted or delayed.

The New Zealand Transport Agency said Dunedin's northern motorway, State Highway 1, was closed about midday.

Towing restrictions were in place and chains were essential for Porters Pass, SH93 from Clinton to Mataura, SH6 from Kingston to Dipton and SH94 between Milford and Mossburn.

SH8 from Lawrence to Milton was closed and there was heavy ice on the Pigroot — part of State Highway 85 from Kyeburn Road to Palmerston.

Sergeant Ian Kerrisk, of Alexandra police, said chains were essential for all vehicles and people should stay at home unless it was vital.


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WINTER FUN: Kids enjoy the snow in Arrowtown. — Photos: The Southland Times.

The first surge of cold air has moved over much of the South Island already but the coldest polar air was yet to reach Christchurch and with it heavier snow to lower levels, WeatherWatch.co.nz (http://www.weatherwatch.co.nz) head analyst Phillip Duncan said.

"This isn't the snow storm of the century ... but what makes this system different from previous cold blasts is the low snow level, which is sea level across much of southern and eastern South Island and to very low levels right across the lower North Island. This is a national event," he said.

Snow flurries expected around Auckland tomorrow, and snow could fall on the Hunua Ranges, south of Auckland and on the peaks of the Waitakere Ranges. Any snow which fell on the Waitakeres was expected to quickly melt.

"Our focus is mostly on the rareness of snow falling to such low levels rather than predicting heavy snow for the main centres," Mr Duncan said.

Snow accumulations are likely to affect many roads and passes, these include most of those passing through the central North Island, the Napier to Taupo Road, the Gisborne to Opotiki Road, the Rimutaka Hill Road, the Lewis Pass, Arthur's Pass, Porters Pass, the Lindis Pass and Milford Road.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/5332078/Icy-blast-moves-up-from-south (http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/5332078/Icy-blast-moves-up-from-south)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on July 25, 2011, 01:33:23 am
http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/webcams/octagon



an incomplete list of current Dunedin area road closures.

SH 1 Oamaru To Dunedin
Road Closed:

SH 1 Dunedin To Gore
Road Closed:

SH 1 Dunedin To Gore
Road Closed:

SH 93 Clinton To Mataura
Road Closed:

SH 87 Outram To Middlemarch
Road Closed:

SH 6 Five Rivers To Dipton
Vehicle Restrictions:


SH 8 Beaumont To Milton
Caution:

Quite a nice wee coating here.
 


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on July 25, 2011, 02:07:17 am

Location: Wellington region
District: Wellington

1:10am - 25 July 2011

severe weather conditions

Short description: severe weather conditions

Full description:

Police are advising that snow on the Rimutukas has caused its closure until further notice

There is also some snow/sleet falling and generally heavy weather conditions across the Wellington region which is causing issues on the roads and is the likely cause of two accidents - one on SH1 near Tawa and one on SH2 near Horikiwi. Motorists need to drive with extreme care and stay well below the posted speed limit

You can also view the full details of the alert online at:

http://www.police.govt.nz/news/updates/28843


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on July 25, 2011, 02:16:27 am

looks as if the country will be needing personal helicopters to get to work 2morro



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on July 25, 2011, 06:44:43 am
You OK Nitz?


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on July 25, 2011, 07:19:10 am
You OK Nitz?

I love this, 'Goo.  We probably have 50 or 60mm snow, temp  -1c and the fur people are keeping me warm.

Fed myself and the one and only punter on chicken soup and hot cheese scones yesterday   ;)

Put all my gas appliances at the ready last night, and filled a carrier with water in case pipes froze and power went off, the power is still on and no traffic on the road.

Was going to a funeral midday today, even with the wee Rav's 4x4 I won't be travelling in to town,  probably wouldn't get over the Lookout Point. Waiting for daylight so I can see what's going on there:  http://www.yobbo.co.nz/cams/dunedin_south_motorway.htm

This will be fun as long as it only lasts a day or two


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on July 25, 2011, 08:16:19 am
You are wise to stay off the road.  I see a few were stuck on the Kilmog and a truck slid through a fence.   Glad the fur babies are in and warm.  Don't want to be knocking them off the fence posts with a stick.  ;D  Will be pretty until the slush.   Keep warm Nitzy.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on July 25, 2011, 09:22:24 am

Thought it was funny that there were no furbaby prints on the deck ...

I have just noticed that snow had built up over the catflap;  they were unable to get out for their usual early morning P**s /S***s

and I had been wandering around in the dark - there is NOTHING nasty I could have stood in.

Now I see Houdi chose to climb the gate instead of using the wee table as a easy way over the lowest part of the fence.

Peppi took one look, turned round and has and crawled back under the blankets

Houdi just returned, expects to do the same, she is wearing a thick dusting of big flakes.


 


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on July 25, 2011, 11:06:20 am

The (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/shine.gif) is shining at my place at the moment (there are several holes in the clouds revealing blue sky), but it is absolutely freezing cold.

The hills all around (mostly the bottom of them that are visible and not covered in clouds) are white with snow and you can see snow clouds all around. Snow flakes were falling at my place last night before I went to bed, but they weren't settling on the ground.

A good day to stay inside.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on July 25, 2011, 04:16:48 pm

Well....there's definitely no sunshine in Masterton any more.

Just lots of snow dropping out of the sky and covering everything.

Bugger.....I've got to go out shortly....a couple of things I've got to do up town.

Just as well town is just down the end of the block!


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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on July 25, 2011, 05:56:58 pm

Brrrrrrrrrr.....I reckon I've got enough snow on my front lawn now to make a snowman.

But bugger that....it's too bloody cold outside, and the snow is still bucketing down.

I had to go out in it for a while earlier, but now I'm staying inside!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on July 25, 2011, 06:01:24 pm
Brrr no snow but its 6.6c


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: TokGal on July 25, 2011, 06:12:50 pm
No snow up here in Auckland, although my sis in law's deck was white this morning but that was hail. It's bitterly cold though, with a lazy wind........it'd sooner go through ya rather than round ya.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on July 25, 2011, 08:03:10 pm
We've had most of these today


Tell us all about the weather where you are!  :P

Or — even better — post some photographs.... ;D

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Ferney on July 25, 2011, 08:10:49 pm
Keep warm Nitz.  Be a good time to have a mid winter Xmas.  Bring out the Xmas lights, a hot dinner and a nice glass of your fav drink. 


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on July 25, 2011, 08:38:13 pm

Ooooooh.....Nitz got the magic #666 in this thread!  (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/Animated%20emoticons/38_Cool.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on July 25, 2011, 09:00:55 pm


Ooooooh.....Nitz got the magic #666 in this thread!  (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/Animated%20emoticons/38_Cool.gif)
   

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Keep warm Nitz.  Be a good time to have a mid winter Xmas.  Bring out the Xmas lights, a hot dinner and a nice glass of your fav drink. 

Had pancakes swimming in lemon juice and lotsa sugar for the evening meal. Should have done the Whisky Flambe touch of decadence to lend a festive air to the occcasion.  Must remember next time. Now it's off to bed for me. The snow is as good as gone. Dunno whether I'm glad or sad



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on July 26, 2011, 09:43:50 pm
Demand for electricity across Auckland increased by 24 per cent last night after a polar blast hit the region, creating a record demand for electricity.

Vector, the multi-company responsible for monitoring and balancing electricity supply in the area, said the cold temperatures caused a "noticeable increase" in demand.

"There was a unique change in electricity demand when the sun set and workers arrived home to very cold houses", a Vector spokesperson said.

The increase on the Auckland electricity network was up 256 MW (megawatts), increasing from 1454 MW a week ago to 1810 MW last night.

Last year's peak, also in July, was 1701 MW.

The Vector spokesperson said the increase was "equivalent to the daily electricity demand" of approximately 85,000 average homes.

"Similar changes have also happened in the past, notably during major sporting events, when demand peaks during advertising breaks."

http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/5342954/Electricity-demand-increases-after-cold-blast


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on August 11, 2011, 12:20:39 pm
(http://www.weatherwatch.co.nz/sites/all/files/Snow2.jpg)

WeatherWatch.co.nz forecasters say the predicted possible polar blast this Sunday to Tuesday lies in the control of an extremely large high building over Australia.

The high is huge - with models predicting it will grow tall, stretching over a massive 6000kms from the tropics to Antarctica.

It's the type of anticyclone that WeatherWatch.co.nz warned about a few days ago to watch out for this month and spring, while making a bold prediction that there is a "high chance" of further big snow events over the next 12 weeks.

Both WeatherWatch.co.nz and NIWA independently predicted last month that the second half of August could be more exposed to storms than the first two weeks of the month.

Image -- Red zone shows the huge high stretching from Papua New Guinea to Antarctica overnight Sunday. The blue zone shows the large area of low pressure.  It's where these two zones meet that the worst of the weather will be / Weathermap.co.nz & WeatherWatch.co.nz

"This monster high over Australia and the Tasman Sea will be crucial to whether or not the snow storm hits New Zealand" says head weather analyst Philip Duncan.  "We are very confident that a snow storm is brewing but still remain somewhat divided as to whether or not the bulk of the snow and wind will hit the mainland or hit further east over the Pacific Ocean and Chatham Islands".

Mr Duncan says it all comes down to the positioning of this high.  "It's not too often you see a high stretching from Antarctica to the tropics.  This is of serious concern but if the high widens - and stretches further east - it will push the snowy weather east of the country".

He says it is far too close to populated areas to dismiss but says the models aren't yet in full agreement.

When asked which way he thought it would go Mr Duncan said it was too early to tell.  "The models are still at odds although there has been a little more consistency today that a southerly blast is likely.  The question now is how much precipitation will be part of the equation".

Despite MetService warning that heavy snow could fall to "very low levels" it doesn't say what those "very low" levels might be.  With the exception of Queenstown on Sunday they aren't predicting snow in any of the main centres.

WeatherWatch.co.nz says the system definitely has the potential to bring snow to sea level but that the incoming high could affect the chances of snow to sea over New Zealand, indicating the majority of the energy looks as though it may be out to the east.

"The high just has to change shape in a small way and it's the difference between a memorable snow storm and a complete non-event".

WeatherWatch.co.nz will have extra updates over the next few days as we track all the models and likely forecasts.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on August 11, 2011, 12:35:37 pm
SPECIAL WEATHER ADVISORY FOR  NORTHLAND,AUCKLAND,WAIKATO,COROMANDEL PENINSULA,
WAITOMO,BAY OF PLENTY ROTORUA,TAUMARUNUI,TAUPO,TAIHAPE,GISBORNE,HAWKES BAY,
WAIRARAPA,TARANAKI,WANGANUI,MANAWATU,WELLINGTON,MARLBOROUGH,NELSON,BULLER,
WESTLAND,FIORDLAND,CANTERBURY,OTAGO,SOUTHLAND
ISSUED BY METSERVICE AT 12:30pm Thursday 11-Aug-2011

ANOTHER EXCEPTIONALLY COLD OUTBREAK TO SPREAD OVER NEW ZEALAND THIS COMING
WEEKEND

MEDIA STATEMENT
Another very cold outbreak, rivalling that of late July, is on the way.
On Saturday, a low will move away to the east of northern New Zealand, allowing
a progressively colder southerly flow to become established over the country.

The first big dip in temperatures will come on Saturday night when a cold front
moves onto the south of the South Island, bringing significant snow to sea level
from southern Fiordland to the Otago Peninsula. This outbreak will then move
over the rest of the South Island to reach the lower North Island by Sunday
night.

Significant snowfalls along with bitterly cold south to southwest gales can be
expected to spread up the east of the South Island to reach Wellington and
Wairarapa Sunday night and further north on Monday.

Another surge of cold air in the south and east of the country on Monday is
expected to reinforce this Antarctic outbreak, and eventually spread very cold
windy conditions over the remaining western and northern areas of the North
Island. There is still some uncertainty about the timing of the northward spread
of these cold conditions early next week.

This very cold outbreak is likely to cause significant disruption to the country
,
as was the case with the last cold outbreak about two weeks ago. Significant
snowfalls to low levels are likely to disrupt traffic on many roads in the South
Island and also for roads in southern, central and eastern parts of the North
Island. Newly born livestock are expected to come under extreme stress from
significant windchills and farmers are urged to take necessary precautions.

Large sea waves from the southwest are expected to arrive on parts of the New
Zealand coast during Monday and persist into mid week. For more details, refer
to MetService's coastal marine forecasts.

Members of the public are urged to keep up to date with the latest weather
information, since watches are warnings are likely to be issued as we get closer
to this event.



The next Special Weather Advisory will be issued by 12:30pm Friday 12-Aug-2011



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on August 11, 2011, 01:19:34 pm

I wasn't taking too much notice of the long-range weather forcast broadcast on Radio NZ National at about 12:35PM, but my ears pricked up when I heard “snow down to sea level”, followed by the forcast for the following day for Wairarapa.

Now I was concentrating on something else I was doing, but I'm pretty sure that was what I heard.

They then moved onto Marlborough and forcasted snow to sea level there too!

It looks like a bloody cold weekend is coming up!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on August 11, 2011, 01:42:34 pm
wont bother me  ;D  wont be here hahaha


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on August 12, 2011, 12:27:49 pm

Heavy snowfall forecast for Christchurch

By KEITH LYNCH - The Press | 10:44AM - Friday, 12 August 2011

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POLAR BLAST: Snow blankets Christchurch city in July 2011.

UP TO 20 centimetres of snow could fall to sea level in Canterbury from Sunday to Wednesday, forecasters say.

Blue Skies Weather said today cold weather would hit Canterbury on Sunday, with major snowfalls expected.

"Over the period from Sunday evening through Wednesday, expect around 15cm to 20cm accumulating to sea level, with possibly 25cm to 30cm in North Canterbury and 30cm to 40cm on Banks Peninsula. Accumulations could easily exceed 50cm over three days above 200m," it said.

Snow was expected to lower to sea level overnight on Sunday, with 3cm to 5cm falling, and 5cm to 10cm above 200m.

Blue Skies forecasters predicted "cloudy and bitterly cold weather on Monday, with periods of snow to sea level, easing to snow showers late in the day".

On Monday, "strong, gusty southerly winds may be near gale force on Banks Peninsula and will bring severe wind chills [with] 10cm to 15cm snow accumulating during the day at sea level, with a risk of 20cm to 25cm about Banks Peninsula and in North Canterbury. Accumulations of at least 20cm to 25cm are likely above 200m, maybe up to 40cm," forecasters said.

It was expected to be cloudy and cold on Tuesday and Wednesday, with sleet showers and snow flurries near sea level, with about 5cm to 8cm above 200m.

"It appears likely to be a rather similar snow event to the one we had a couple of weeks ago," a Blue Skies forecaster said.

The Christchurch City Council said it would keep residents updated over the weekend if snow closed roads or affected other services and infrastructure.

Residents were urged to take extra care when driving on earthquake-damaged roads as potholes and bumps could be covered by snow.

"If it does snow, please do not drive unless you have to. If you do have to drive, please drive to the conditions, reduce your speed and be alert for hazards," the council said.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/5434942/Heavy-snowfall-forecast-for-Christchurch (http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/5434942/Heavy-snowfall-forecast-for-Christchurch)



Snow storm to hit Wellington region

By ANTONIO BRADLEY - The Dominion Post | 11:00AM - Friday, 12 August 2011

A SIGNIFICANT snow storm is predicted to hit the Wellington region from Sunday, with snow to "very low" levels in Wellington and the Hutt Valley.

The MetService said a southerly was forecast to spread across the whole country, sweeping over the lower South Island tomorrow afternoon and creeping up the North Island late Sunday.

Forecaster Allister Gorman said it would linger across the country until Wednesday.

WeatherWatch.co.nz (http://www.weatherwatch.co.nz) head weather analyst Philip Duncan described the predicted weather as an "extensive polar blast'' due to cause widespread travel problems across New Zealand.

"Our data has lined up for the first time all week and we're now ready to predict snow to sea level from Otago to Hawke's Bay," head weather analyst Philip Duncan said.

Duncan said data this morning, from the same source that accurately predicted snow in several main centres last month, called for snow to very low levels in Wellington and the Hutt Valley and the chance of snow in Napier, Hastings, Masterton, Dannevirke, Palmerston North, Hawera, Stratford and potentially Wanganui.

Snow was unlikely to settle for long to sea level, or near sea level, in the North Island.

Snow could cause travel issues for motorists right down to sea level in Wellington to Wairarapa, Hawke's Bay to Central Plateau, Canterbury to Marlborough, and Southland to Otago. Highways as far north as Gisborne could be affected.

Very heavy snow was predicted on the North Island mountain ranges. Snow showers were predicted for the Desert Road from Sunday night until Wednesday.

A very large southerly swell was expected in Cook Strait from Monday to Wednesday, potentially affecting ferry crossings.

"This snowstorm is really the perfect storm" Duncan said. "We have a high stretching over 6000 km from the tropics to Antarctica expected to form in the Tasman Sea, meanwhile a low in the central Tasman Sea will move east into the Pacific Ocean over the weekend, combining with a Southern Ocean low.

"All three systems will work together to provide an impressive southerly blast rarely seen here".

Farmers, who are in the middle of lambing season, have been advised to urgently move livestock.

Forecasters predicted the heaviest snow in southern and eastern regions of both islands, from Southland to East Cape.

Severe southerly gales were expected with wind chills bringing temperatures of well below zero.

There was the potential for blizzards from Canterbury to Marlborough.

"It's likely this snow event will have much higher totals than the July snow storm."


http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/5434392/Snow-storm-to-hit-Wellington-region (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/5434392/Snow-storm-to-hit-Wellington-region)



‘Polar blast’ expected

By ALANA DIXON - The Southland Times | 11:13AM - Friday, 13 August 2011

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MORE TO COME: Forecasters are expecting more snow and icy conditions.

THE MetService is warning a cold snap expected to hit this weekend could be even worse than the wintry blast that wreaked havoc across the south last month.

MetService weather ambassador Bob McDavitt said this morning Southland was likely to bear the brunt of a southerly bringing an "extensive polar blast'' across the country.

Much of the region was gripped by icy conditions just last month, with heavy snow around Southland forcing road closures for several days.

However, the wintry conditions were likely to hang around for longer this time around, Mr McDavitt said.

The MetService has issued a special weather advisory, warning a cold front expected to cover the deep south from Saturday night would bring "significant snow to sea level from southern Fiordland to the Otago Peninsula" and plummeting temperatures.

Overnight temperatures during the next week would reach below zero, while rain, snow and strong gales were also expected throughout most of the south.

A warning issued by Emergency Management Southland manager Neil Cruikshank earlier this morning said farmers throughout the region should be prepared to shift stock to shelter, while families should check their essential supplies of items like bread and milk, ahead of snow forecast to strike during the weekend.

The MetService will be updating their weather warnings again later today.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/5435285/Polar-blast-expected (http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/5435285/Polar-blast-expected)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Im2Sexy4MyPants on August 12, 2011, 12:55:48 pm
Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on August 12, 2011, 09:59:15 pm
Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr


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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on August 13, 2011, 09:08:50 am
Oh boy, it looks as if it'll be snowman time again at Queenstown - I wonder if this one will grow again?

It was probably the most-photographed snowman ever?

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The photographer says she had not seen this being built - then, as she was showing a guest and the guest's child into a upstairs unit -  

 "What's that, Mummy?"

There were two people there when she took the pic,  but cars were stopping there all day

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on August 13, 2011, 10:37:06 am
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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on August 13, 2011, 01:14:00 pm

It's the calm before the storm at my place.

Temperature is in the low-teens, there is no wind, and it is fine but overcast.

The sun is even trying to make itself seen through the clouds.

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on August 13, 2011, 02:17:21 pm

Storm to bring road closures and power cuts

By SHABNAM DASTGHEIB - The Dominion Post | 5:00AM - Saturday, 13 August 2011

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A FIERCE BLIZZARD is set to smash its way up the country, bringing atrocious weather, freezing conditions and dumping heavy snow to sea level.

Emergency services are bracing for chaos and possible power failures, and widespread road closures are expected to disrupt thousands of motorists.

Huge waves are likely to pound Wellington's south coast and ambulance authorities are warning the elderly and very young to stay indoors and watch for signs of hypothermia.

"This is not just a cold snap coming up, it's a major winter storm," MetService spokesman Bob McDavitt said.

Blue Skies forecaster Tony Trewinnard said the models signalled it could be one of the coldest storms in living memory.

The intense surge of freezing air is being labelled a "perfect storm". WeatherWatch predicts temperatures will dip even lower than in last month's cold snap, when they reached near zero.

Freezing winds fresh off the Antarctic ice-shelf will hit the lower South Island from today before moving north.

MetService says the big chill will reach the southern North Island by tomorrow night and last several days. The south coast of the North Island can expect a hammering from large waves.

Wellington Electricity said it would monitor the blizzard and put more crews into action if needed. Prepay power customers are being urged to top up in advance.

Freezing temperatures led to overloading of the grid and power cuts last month.

The Transport Agency is warning motorists to take extra care as roads become treacherous, and to avoid driving if possible. Contractors will be clearing snow and laying grit but road closures will be unavoidable as some areas get blanketed with snow.

Both the Desert Road and Rimutaka Hill Road are likely to be shut. Stranded motorists are being asked to stay in their vehicles and await help.

"We don't want to be killjoys, but when people leave their cars it can cause further delays or safety risks, so we ask that people remain with their vehicles," NZTA Wellington operations manager Mark Owen said.

Lambing season is in full swing and farmers are bracing for heavy stock losses. They were being urged last night to take precautions to protect animals and provide shelter.

WeatherWatch forecaster Philip Duncan said the storm was expected to bring more energy and more moisture than last month's chill, as well as potentially record-breaking lows.

"The worst is likely to hit overnight Sunday. Monday is going to be an absolutely atrocious day with gale-force southerlies and wind chills below zero."

Snow could fall in Wellington's central city and at the airport and was likely to settle in hill areas in the Hutt Valley and Karori.

Wellington Free Ambulance also reminded motorists to drive to the conditions. A fleet of off-road vehicles is on standby to supplement road ambulances if conditions deteriorate.

MetService forecaster Allister Gorman said that, although it was hard to predict exact snowfall levels, the coming storm was a major one that was likely to hang about until Wednesday.

"This weather system is directly off the ice-shelf and is moving a lot more slowly than the last one. Whereas the last storm moved on from most places in a day or two, this is likely to linger."

Most roads on the Central Plateau were likely to be affected, including many that would not normally be closed by weather.

Mr Gorman said the Masterton to Mount Bruce road, the Napier-Taupo highway and roads between Hawke's Bay and Gisborne could all be closed.

Fiordland, Otago and Southland are tipped to be worst hit and Christchurch can expect more snow. The only region that might escape snow flurries and freezing temperatures was the West Coast, Mr Gorman said.

MetService predicts temperatures will bounce back a little by Tuesday but cold, showery and blustery conditions are likely to lurk throughout the country for most of the week.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/5439027/Storm-to-bring-road-closures-and-power-cuts (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/5439027/Storm-to-bring-road-closures-and-power-cuts)



Snow, ice ‘could last all week’

STAFF REPORTERS - The Press | 5:00AM - Saturday, 13 August 2011

CANTERBURY is bracing for what could be a snowstorm for the record books.

Forecasters warn a major storm is about to be unleashed across much of the country.

Frigid Antarctic air has left the Ross Ice Shelf and is heading for the South Island.

Bitter weather could hit Canterbury between tomorrow afternoon and Wednesday, when snow flurries to low levels and cold southerly winds may ease.

However, snow and ice are likely to be a problem all week, with heavy frosts likely to stop the snow melting as quickly as it did after last month's fall.

MetService and Blue Skies Weather predict that gales and heavy snow will combine to cause chaos for Canterbury farmers, workers, schools, motorists and travellers over the next few days, with up to 20 centimetres settling close to sea level, 40cm on Banks Peninsula and inland, and more than 50cm above about 200m by Wednesday.

Gale or severe gale south to southeasterly winds are likely to batter the South Island's east coast on Monday.

However, forecasters say it is too early to tell where the worst weather will be felt.

Snow several weeks ago fell in about 18 hours, but this storm may last at least twice that long.

Blue Skies forecaster Tony Trewinnard said the forecast models signalled it could be one of the coldest storms "in living memory", but there was a chance the iciest air might miss the South Island.

"I am a little bit suspicious that the computers may be overestimating the severity of the storm. So, we could end up with as much snow as we had in July, or we could end up with more. We won't know for a day or two yet."

Maximum temperatures would struggle to rise much above 0 degrees Celsius on Monday, with temperatures at 1500m likely to be as low as minus 10 degrees Celcius, he said.

MetService spokesman Dan Corbett said the cold air on its way north was "just as cold, if not colder [as in July], so you have got a greater chance of snow".

Christchurch International Airport is preparing for a "worst-case scenario".

Spokeswoman Leeanne Carson-Hughes said the airport was prepared.

"We've got all our equipment out and ready to go; we've rostered all our staff on; we've filled up all our fuel tanks and we've briefed our airlines. We're just ready and waiting for this snow to arrive," Carson-Hughes said.

The Canterbury District Health Board said yesterday that all staff were "considered essential" and were expected to turn up for work.

Chief executive David Meates said managers were co-ordinating with teams to ensure staff could travel safely by four-wheel-drive vehicles. Graders and a gritting team were available to clear hospital sites and contractors had also been organised for Lincoln and Rangiora hospitals.

Meates urged people to look out for older neighbours and relatives.

Civil Defence regional emergency management office manager Jon Mitchell said he was aware some people had not topped up power managers before last month's snowfall. Snow could fall over a wider area this time, meaning people in rural areas also needed to be prepared.

PLANNING

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION: The Ministry said it was up to individual schools to decide if it was appropriate to open or close.

POWER SUPPLY: Orion said contingency plans were in place, including standby crews and diesel generators. It was confident the network could cope if householders plugged in extra heaters.

ENVIRONMENT CANTERBURY: ECan said any changes to bus services would be advertised on its website.

CHCH CITY COUNCIL: The council said it would keep residents updated on roads and services.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/5439131/Snow-ice-could-last-all-week (http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/5439131/Snow-ice-could-last-all-week)



Polar blast expected

The Timaru Herald | 5:00AM - Saturday, 13 August 2011

SOUTH CANTERBURY is battening down as a polar blast makes its way up the country.

The snow storm is forecast to hit the region today, bringing bitterly cold winds and sub-zero temperatures.

Drivers were urged to take care on the roads, especially in the high country. Farmers were advised to move stock to sheltered areas.

MetService is predicting an extremely cold southwest flow will sweep over the region later today. A southerly change will take the temperature down to -1°C.

Snow is forecast to sea level tomorrow. Bitterly cold southerlies will continue through to Wednesday with the mercury dropping to -3°C.

South Canterbury police urged drivers to take care especially in the high country.

Senior Constable Brent Swanson, of Tekapo, said police would be vigilant.

"There will be a zero tolerance for anyone not driving to the conditions. Sunday is going to be the biggest concern with people coming home. We ask that motorists limit travel and if they do, ensure they have chains that fit the car," Mr Swanson said.

If road closure signs were ignored, a $150 fine would be issued.

Sergeant Mike van der Heyden, of Waimate, said motorists in the Waitaki Valley should take care with snow and ice forecast for the area. "If it gets extreme, we ask motorists to avoid driving there [Waitaki Valley] at all."

Downer maintenance supervisor Neale Diack said yesterday the snow ploughs were being prepared.

"We have got the ploughs ready to push the snow off the road and then grit is sprayed on to the road to help break up the ice. We cover Skipton Bridge up to Fairlie and then Fairlie through the Burkes Pass to Tekapo where we meet the Twizel depot which also looks after Mount Cook road."

"Keeping State Highway 8 open is our main priority, followed by State Highway 80 up to Mount Cook," Mr Diack said.

NZTA urged drivers to take care and plan ahead this weekend. People should check the latest weather reports before hitting the road, with the possibility of black ice forming on all Canterbury highways.

Farmers have been advised to urgently move livestock, with the heaviest snow in southern and eastern regions of the South Island. Severe southerly gales will add to the misery with wind chills well below freezing point predicted.

Federated Farmers' South Canterbury meat and fibre chairman Neil Campbell said only a few coastal farms would have lambs this early.

"The further inland you get the later the lambing, it is normally September and October."

"There will have been pre-lambing shearing, so farmers will be keeping a close eye on their stock and moving them into more sheltered areas."

MetService spokesman Bob McDavitt said it was a significant winter event.

"This is not just a cold snap coming up. It's a major winter storm."

WeatherWatch.co.nz (http://www.weatherwatch.co.nz) head weather analyst Philip Duncan predicted extensive polar blast lines up for Sunday.

"Canterbury to Marlborough will have blizzard potential," he said.

WEATHER WARNING TO MOTORISTS

Motorists in the Mackenzie Country are being urged to carry chains, especially tomorrow, and to only drive when essential if the predicted snow arrives.

For up-to-date information today on the roads, go to: HighwayInfo.govt.nz (http://www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic)

The latest weather conditions are available on line at MetService.com (http://www.metservice.com/national/index) or WeatherWatch.co.nz (http://www.weatherwatch.co.nz)


http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/5439460/Polar-blast-expected (http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/5439460/Polar-blast-expected)



Warnings as polar blast hits country

By ALANA DIXON - The Southland Times | 5:00AM - Saturday, 13 August 2011

AN ICY BLAST is expected to start crossing New Zealand today, with southerners warned to prepare for a storm to rival July's snowfall.

MetService weather ambassador Bob McDavitt said yesterday the forecast for the country for the next few days was bleak.

"This is not just a cold snap coming up," he said. "It's a major winter storm."

Southland was likely to bear the brunt of a southerly bringing an "extensive polar blast" across the country, he said.

Much of the southern region was gripped by icy conditions last month, with heavy snow forcing road closures.

However, he said he expected gale force winds, rain and heavy snowfalls to hang around even longer this time.

The cold winds and rain or snow could bring extreme wind chill to some parts of the country, which could cause significant stress for newborn livestock, while snowfall was also likely to disrupt traffic, he said.

Temperatures are expected to plunge over Fiordland, Southland and parts of Otago today. The southerly storm should then move over the rest of the South Island and reach the southern North Island by tomorrow night.

Conditions are expected to be coldest on Monday, with overnight temperatures expected to plunge below zero, before easing on Tuesday or Wednesday. However, severe frosts and icy roads could still cause concern even after conditions appeared to have eased, he said.

Both the police and NZ Transport Agency warned motorists to take care before hitting the roads.

Acting southern district road-policing manager Inspector Peter Muldrew said people in Southland and Otago should not to travel on the roads unless it was essential, and to carry chains, warm clothing and blankets.

NZ Transport Agency chief executive Geoff Dangerfield said it was important motorists took conditions into account when getting behind the wheel.

"In winter, weather conditions can change quickly and often without warning, so it's important to be prepared for the unexpected by checking road conditions in advance."

"In some cases, the best advice will be not to drive at all."

"We're urging people to take this weekend's forecast seriously and to look after the safety of their families."

The agency would update its website with information on highway conditions throughout the weekend, while motorists unable to access a computer could phone 08004HIGHWAYS (0800 444449).

Drivers were unlikely to be the only people affected by the storm, with farmers warned to be ready to shift stock and households to stock up on essentials.

Emergency Management Southland public information manager Michelle Poole said forecasts from the MetService indicated conditions were likely to be more severe than expected initially.

Her organisation would be updating its own weather advisories throughout the weekend, based on information from the MetService, she said.

Earlier yesterday, Emergency Management Southland manager Neil Cruickshank said farmers needed to be prepared to move stock, while road closures could not only disrupt motorists but also the supply of goods such as bread and milk throughout Southland.

Rural parts of Southland could face power cuts from the storm.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/5439144/Warnings-as-polar-blast-hits-country (http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/5439144/Warnings-as-polar-blast-hits-country)



Huge sea swells and snow in weather warning

By NICOLA RUSSELL and CHARLEY MANN - Fairfax Media | 12:06PM - Saturday, 13 August 2011

WAVES up to nine metres high are expected to batter the South Island's east coast as a ''bitterly cold and unpleasant'' front rolls in.

Met Service forecaster Mads Naeraa said, in addition to snow, coastal areas should expect a big south-south east swell to hit on Monday.

Naeraa is predicting it will be "a very significant swell event."

South facing Banks Peninsula and the Kaikoura coastline are predicted to be the worst hit, with waves up to nine metres high.

North-facing coastlines should be relatively sheltered from the swell.

"We will probably see a swell of around six metre waves," Naerra said.

"Some waves will be quite a bit bigger, possibly 40 to 50 per cent bigger."

The huge swells will be part of a severe weather storm forecast to hit the New Zealand sometime today with the South Island the first to feel the brunt with snow falling to sea level in places.

Naeraa said overnight temperatures will drop dramatically in the far south and it is going to be bitterly cold with a harsh wind chill.

"This is going to be very cold air in conjunction with quite alot of snow and very strong winds so the wind chill will be very severe."

The severe weather will be isolated to around southern Fiordland, Southland and Otago tonight and Sunday morning but the cold air will spread over the North Island later tomorrow.

"Late Sunday and Monday it looks pretty bad in the North Island as well. Some places could get snow to near sea level on Monday night and Tuesday morning with very cold southerly winds."

Naeraa said people need to keep up to date with the latest warnings and forecasts and consider where they drive and farmers should look after their livestock carefully.

"This is likely to disrupt a lot of traffic, first in South Island and later in the North Island... In some places the height of snow could bring down trees and powerlines."

"It is going to be quite a long event the cold. Southerlies are only likely to ease during Wednesday and into Thursday."

He said temperatures in some places will drop to minus five to minus 10 degrees Celcius.

Naerra said although it can often reach -10 to -15 on a cold morning in Central Otago and be quite benign, this event will be much more severe because of the combination of wind and snow.

Winds are going to be particularly strong in the North Island from Monday night and Tuesday morning before they start easing.

"This snowstorm is really the perfect storm," WeatherWatch.co.nz (http://www.weatherwatch.co.nz) head weather analyst Philip Duncan said yesterday."

"We have a high stretching over 6000km from the tropics to Antarctica expected to form in the Tasman Sea, meanwhile a low in the central Tasman Sea will move east into the Pacific Ocean over the weekend, combining with a Southern Ocean low."

"All three systems will work together to provide an impressive southerly blast rarely seen here."


http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/5440557/Huge-sea-swells-and-snow-in-severe-weather-warning (http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/5440557/Huge-sea-swells-and-snow-in-severe-weather-warning)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on August 14, 2011, 10:55:30 am
Expect snow in strange places as massive low arrives
By Jospeh Aldridge 5:30 AM Sunday Aug 14, 2011 

A bitterly cold snow storm making its way up the country looks set to dump heavy snow throughout much of the South Island and lower North Island in coming days.

Snow is predicted to settle to sea level in Southland, Canterbury and Wellington, and a dusting is expected to fall in Napier, Taupo and even Rotorua.

The snow will be the result of a massive low pressure weather system currently making its way up the east coast.

Weather Watch senior analyst Philip Duncan said the low-pressure system was one of the biggest he's ever seen.

"This set-up is something that you see only a few times in a lifetime."

"The highest risk area will be Wellington. There is a risk of snow settling to low levels in Wellington." Duncan said heavy snow may close the Desert Road and State Highway 2 at the Rimutaka ranges.

"Motorists may find the only way they can drive to Wellington is through Taranaki," he said.

The storm will travel north in waves, Duncan said. The first will pass over the North Island tonight and the second, more-serious blast will pass over on Tuesday night. People in Waikato and Auckland would possibly see snow on the mountain ranges in their areas, Duncan said."This is Auckland's best shot of getting snow."

"If this storm had formed more to the west, I have no doubt that snowflakes would be falling over Auckland. Freezing level will be similar to July. We don't expect the levels to be any lower, but there will be probably more snow."




By Jospeh Aldridge
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10745066 (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10745066)

August usually has a bit of a sting in its tale but after the warm winter we have had up in Jafaville this is some what more sting than usual.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on August 14, 2011, 04:27:20 pm

South braced for super-cold blast

By BRONWYN TORRIE - Fairfax Media | 2:58PM - Sunday, 14 August 2011

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AND SO it begins — the first flurries of snow have started to fall at the bottom of the country as people gear up for blizzard conditions.

Snow has started to fall in Southland and Otago and hail has arrived in Christchurch as the Antarctic blast travels north.

"This initial surge of cold air with snow in the mix may not reach all areas today and whiteout conditions mightn't occur for some however the next wave is still likely to be more widespread and heavier," WeatherWatch (http://www.weatherwatch.co.nz) analyst Richard Green said.

Dunedin Police Senior Sergeant Mel Aitken said snow was falling intermittently all morning but there had been no road closures or weather-related accidents.


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Snow tops the roofs on Dundas Street in North Dunedin. Photo: — EMILY REYNOLDS.

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A cyclist caught out in Barrington in Christchurch. — Photo: KIRK HARGREAVES/The Press.

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Jayda Wootton, aged 4, helping her grandmother Jane Steele fill her boot with firewood before
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Getting ready for another polar blast. Leanne Price of City Firewood loads a trailer of wood
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Flights to Queenstown and Wanaka had been affected by the polar blast by midday.

Christchurch Airport cancelled Air New Zealand's 1:55pm flight to Wanaka due to "weather conditions" while the 2:40pm flight from Christchurch to Queenstown was also cancelled.

Snow prevented domestic midday flights from Queenstown to Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland from leaving the airport.


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COLD FRONT (left): Hail has started to fall in some parts of the Christchurch. | PANIC BUY (right): Christchurch reader
Sam Lockton sent in this photo: “Our local Countdown has completely emptied of skimmed milk, bread, mince, and
other empty shelves all over the place. Not even the earthquake caused this much panic buying.”


The North Island will see some heavy falls of snow throughout the week and down to very low levels in the south and east and also central areas.

Temperatures have plummeted overnight and sleet and snow are expected in the capital's hill top suburbs and Upper Hutt this evening with heavier falls expected tomorrow.

Motorists are being warned to take care on the Desert Road where snow showers are likely to dump up to 15cm of snow today and up to 30cm on Monday.

The Rimutaka Hill road could also become treacherous as snow starts to fall from about 3pm to midnight. Up to 8cm is expected to pile up tonight.

Heavier falls will develop tomorrow morning with up to 30cm expected.

Interislander ferries are still crossing the Cook Strait. Waves of up to 2m have been reported.

Once waves reach 5.5 passenger ferries would be cancelled. Freight ferries can continue until waves reach roughly 6.5m, an Interislander spokeswoman said.

Mount Ruapehu ski fields had 5cm of fresh snow in the past 24 hours. Turoa now has a 218cm base and Whakapapa has 167cm. Both are open but not all lifts are functioning.

The MetService.com (http://www.metservice.com/national/index) last night warned people to stay at home rather than venture out as a cold front moved up the country, bringing air direct from Antarctica.

"Strong southerlies, gale about exposed coasts with the cold temperatures will make the wind feel bitterly cold and create blizzard-like conditions in some places," its forecast said.

If the worst of the predictions come true today it could be a disaster for the farming community, with some parts of the country lambing.

At the other extreme, Auckland — which yesterday woke up to heavy fog but enjoyed a balmy afternoon — is already well into spring.

Fog closed Auckland International Airport to smaller provincial services yesterday, although most trunk and international services continued.

MetService (http://www.metservice.com/national/index) forecaster Geoff Sanders said people should not be fooled. "It's really quite a significant event... it's a very cold outbreak and the strength of the wind associated with it will make it very cold. It leads on to Monday, where we could be looking at blizzard conditions in some inland areas – particularly the Canterbury high country."

An "extremely cold southerly outbreak" will see "significant accumulations" of snow in Fiordland south of Te Anau, Southland and Otago.

WeatherWatch.co.nz (http://www.weatherwatch.co.nz)'s Philip Duncan said winds were going to be strong over the North Island tomorrow and on Tuesday.

"We have a high stretching more than 6000km from the Tropics to Antarctica, and a low in the central Tasman will move east into the Pacific, combining with a Southern Ocean low. All three systems will work together to provide an impressive southerly blast rarely seen here."

Nine-metre waves were also expected to batter the South Island's east coast.

Hundreds of Cantabrians queued for firewood yesterday. One operator said well over 1500 people had been through the gates since they opened at 7.30am, loading their cars and trailers with firewood.

"It's pretty crazy," City Firewood staff member Tineke Ward said. "We've loaded trailer after trailer. Cars have been backed up 200 metres down the road and having to wait about an hour."


http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/5441237/South-braced-for-super-cold-blast (http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/5441237/South-braced-for-super-cold-blast)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on August 14, 2011, 06:00:51 pm
We've had a snow flurry in Lower Hutt. There was sleet while I was driving home after work but that turned to snow about half an hour ago.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: wgtngirl on August 14, 2011, 06:06:03 pm
couple of inches of snow over here in Johnsonville, Wellington.  We are on Stewart Drive and a number of cars have been abandoned as they can not get any traction on our rather steep road.  Kids and I have had a snowball fight.  Cats don't wanna try the snow.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on August 14, 2011, 06:08:05 pm
We have had some hail today but it melted very quickly.

Wind is up.

The mercury is dropping.

We will be lighting the fire for the first time in a week.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on August 14, 2011, 06:35:42 pm

The snow in Masterton is now covering everything.

I had to go down the end of the block to the service station for some milk about half-an-hour ago and it's getting rather slippery out there.

And this is supposed to be only the appetiser before the blizzard is forecast to hit tomorrow!



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on August 14, 2011, 06:43:39 pm

Well that didn't take long.

Boy racers are out in force going stupid on the snow-covered roads.

The wankers have been doing hand-brake slides and donnuts in my street.

I hope the dumbfucks crash into something solid and waste themselves, just so long as they don't hit my place!



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on August 14, 2011, 08:41:14 pm


We've had whiteouts and the occassional blizzard since 10am, with patches of sunshine in between them until about 4pm when it really set in. Probably 5cm real soft powdery snow lying on the deck now, and it's .08c now so I guess it'll be a nasty sort of night.

I have all the gas appliances ready for when the power goes off, filled the stomach with real thick homemade Pea soup, put the old telecom phone ready for use if that happens... torch under the pillow and leckky blankie doing it's best to keep the bed inhabitable.

Lucky there is only the one longtermer in camp, she works nights but was luckily sent home before dark, said even the oneway system in town was icy and cars sliding.

It's going to be interesting tomorrow.

luvvin it  as long as the power stays on



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on August 14, 2011, 11:17:05 pm

My street in Masterton earlier this evening. The camera was hand-held, with the result that the photos aren't entirely sharp, but I ramped up the ISO setting, so the night-time images appear lighter than reality....


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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on August 14, 2011, 11:42:47 pm
great pix, TJ.

I see SH2 is closed at Mt Bruce  ::)

I have just poked my nose outside,

 it's thicker than I expected, and the pathway from front door to deck gate that I cleared twice yesterday looks as if it hasn't been


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on August 15, 2011, 12:33:03 am
I see SH2 is closed at Mt Bruce  ::)


Yep....the cops were warning yesterday that SH2 was likely to be closed by snow north of Masterton.

SH2 between Featherston and Upper Hutt (the Rimutaka Hill Road) is also closed.

The only way in and out of Wairarapa now is by train through the Rimutaka Tunnel.




Meanwhile, I'd piss myself laughing if this happened in Auckland....

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on August 15, 2011, 08:24:15 am
I am going to go nordic walking on Takapuna beach in just over an hour. I am taking the camera in the off chance of Rangitoto being a different colour.

I am currently tossing up between my really mad brown beanie (very warm but looks like a sea anenome) and two anoraks or the thinner red beanie I knitted last night and the thick mustard jersey. I haven't worn my warm anorak yet this winter.

I think that mad brown beanie is winning. I have a matching scarf.

We are planning to go down to the snow next weekend....I may go driving to see if I can find some closer to home  8)

Then again there is no such thing as a snow plough in Auckland so .... maybe just from a distance.

Update: I checked a few heights - The higest point in the Waitakere Range in 474m the high point in the Hunua range is higher, the Brynderwyn lower. Mangarei Mountain at 267m is slightly taller than Rangitoto Island.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on August 15, 2011, 09:52:30 am

The sun was shining when I got out of bed this morning....


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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on August 15, 2011, 09:53:37 am

However, just after I took the last lot of photos, it started snowing in Masterton again.


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And now it is a total white-out and the snow is absolutely bucketing down. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: TokGal on August 15, 2011, 10:26:57 am
Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! I wonder what that strange 'pinging' sound is?  Oh it must be the balls falling off the brass monkeys.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on August 15, 2011, 11:36:24 am

6.30pm Saturday night I had a text from panicked Qtown daughter.  One of her motel guests had been reported missing since 2.30pm on Coronet Peak, 2 choppers and SAR and CP staff were out searching and the  bad weather was due to hit..

Apparently this not-so-young woman had been up the hill with a skiing party, couldn't keep up with them, had decided to go back to the carpark.

Much consternation with the bitter cold weather getting worse, Qtown daughter and family dealing with the guest's husband and friends, justifiably distraught.

Eventually news came that the guest had turned up at a farm on a road on the way to Arrowtown and was being taken to the Frankton hospital suspected to be suffering  from concussion... Much relief all round .

I understand they all spent yesterday trying to dodge the media .....take your pick of the stories now published:

http://www.odt.co.nz/news/queenstown-lakes/173565/wrong-turn-skier-hikes-10km

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/5444277/Skier-treks-five-hours-to-safety

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10745203

or 14 others

BTW, the snow is stll coming in fits and bursts with big wind gusts here.  We have at least 5cm remaining after partial thaws 
 
This morning I cleared the track again and tried to find somewhere for cat to dig.  She has seen snow in other years but refused to go far through it today and came back inside.

Had to point her at a big plantpot I had planted Christmas Lillies in, and had put under cover.  I think I'll have to watch where I put my feet while ths lasts. She ain't keen on Christmas lillies.

 another view from surveillance cam, taken through office window yesterday

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I lurvvvve snow It hides the puddles.  and mud.



















 



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: TokGal on August 15, 2011, 12:24:27 pm
I lurvvvve snow It hides the puddles.  and mud.


untill you step in them! Lol


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on August 15, 2011, 01:35:57 pm
It is snowing on the Bombay Hills.
It is snowing on the Waitakere hills.
It has been snowing at Pukekohe and Karaka.
There are reports of sleet mixed with rain as far north as Khyber Pass, Newmarket.

It isn't snowing on Takapuna beach or wasn't when I was there but it sure feels like it could. The air feels like the central plateau in ski season. Currently it is 7 but feels like 3.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Calliope on August 15, 2011, 01:37:25 pm
bloody cold up the Thames Coast but no snow  :(


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on August 15, 2011, 01:50:11 pm

Some more photographs, first in my street, then in Queen Elizabeth Park just down the road from my place....


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About an hour-and-a-half ago, the weather cleared up and the clouds lifted off the Tararua Ranges. I got the binoculars out and scanned the mountain peaks and could see snow avalanches surging down the faces of the various peaks. You wouldn't want to be up there at the moment. Since then, it has started snowing really heavily again. The snow is now 25cm deep on my section (I measured it with a steel ruler).



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on August 15, 2011, 01:52:59 pm

Hehehe.....when I was up town before I noticed one of the cafes had put their outside tables & chairs on the footpath as usual.

I guess they must have been really hopeful, eh?

The staff had then built a snowman on each table and decorated each of them with hats, etc.

However, none of their customers were silly enough to indulge in alfresco dining!  (https://cdn.smfboards.com/Smileys/smf/smiley.gif)



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Ferney on August 15, 2011, 02:02:14 pm
My daughter just phoned and said its snowing at her place in the hills east of Drury.   She got a call from a neighbour so she went home and took photos.      She had a call from a colleague at the Pukekohe Station who has taken photos of the snow there as well.         
We had sleet at Wiri this morning and its hailstones at the moment.   There's been hail off and on since last night.   


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Ferney on August 15, 2011, 02:03:39 pm
Love your pics TJ.   


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on August 15, 2011, 02:05:39 pm
Plenty of hail off and on here as well.

Love that photo of the bridge.


If it tries to snow here Sally is going to get a shock. I have always wanted to see what she would make of snow but as that cat is such a bad traveller this maybe the only chance I get.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Ferney on August 15, 2011, 02:42:55 pm
I've just had a phone call to say there are snowflakes falling in central Auckland.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on August 15, 2011, 03:15:42 pm

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10745187 (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10745187)

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/5442971/Wellingtons-once-in-a-lifetime-polar-blast (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/5442971/Wellingtons-once-in-a-lifetime-polar-blast)

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/5442969/Snow-falls-in-downtown-Wellington (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/5442969/Snow-falls-in-downtown-Wellington)

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/5445265/Another-three-days-of-snow-for-Wellington (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/5445265/Another-three-days-of-snow-for-Wellington)

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/5444357/Readers-photos-Snow-hits-Wellington (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/5444357/Readers-photos-Snow-hits-Wellington)

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/5443420/Major-weather-disruption-around-NZ (http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/5443420/Major-weather-disruption-around-NZ)

http://www.stuff.co.nz/5445623/Readers-pics-snow-hits-the-country (http://www.stuff.co.nz/5445623/Readers-pics-snow-hits-the-country)

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/5444411/Schools-airports-and-roads-closed (http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/5444411/Schools-airports-and-roads-closed)

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/5447189/Queenstown-grinds-to-a-halt (http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/5447189/Queenstown-grinds-to-a-halt)

http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/5444541/Snow-closes-Burkes-Pass (http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/5444541/Snow-closes-Burkes-Pass)

http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/5444851/Avoid-non-essential-travel (http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/5444851/Avoid-non-essential-travel)

http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/173580/snow-brings-region-standstill (http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/173580/snow-brings-region-standstill)

http://www.odt.co.nz/news/national/173602/polar-blast-one-50-year-event (http://www.odt.co.nz/news/national/173602/polar-blast-one-50-year-event)

http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/news/5444663/Rare-snowfalls-blanket-region (http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/news/5444663/Rare-snowfalls-blanket-region)

http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/5447294/Snow-in-Hamilton (http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/5447294/Snow-in-Hamilton)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on August 15, 2011, 03:19:13 pm
If it tries to snow here Sally is going to get a shock. I have always wanted to see what she would make of snow but as that cat is such a bad traveller this maybe the only chance I get.


Most of the cats in my neighbourhood are sitting on their respective front porches looking really pissed-off.

It isn't supposed to snow in Masterton (well, it does occasionally but generally doesn't settle on the ground), but the town is plastered in snow at the moment and I don't think the animals quite know what to make of it all.

The scary thing is that the forecasters are warning that the REAL storm won't hit until tonight and it will last for up to three days.

I'm looking rather nervously at the amount of snow piled up on the roof of my house and shed and wondering how much it weighs.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on August 15, 2011, 03:36:55 pm



Most of the cats in my neighbourhood are sitting on their respective front porches looking really pissed-off.



There are 3 cats in Avalon that I know of sitting inside in front of the heater (they have just got out of bed). Two of them had a quick look out the window at the snow lying on the ground and now the hail coming down and walked back to the heater. The last time it snowed in Wellington I was living in Newlands - one of my cats came running when I called and did a few skids and donuts in it.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on August 15, 2011, 04:25:47 pm
The kids say that a little sleet fell at both Beach Haven school and Birkenhead College at about 2pm.

Unlike most local kids they know what falling sleet and snow look and feel like.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Crusader on August 15, 2011, 05:01:01 pm
It is definately like Pearl Harbour outside - 'Nasty Nip in the air'


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on August 15, 2011, 05:14:29 pm

Hahaha.....there are still a few neighbourhood pussy-cats sitting on their front porches looking highly pissed-off.

Their owners obviously turfed them out when they went to work this morning.

And some of them have clearly been working a long day and still aren't home!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on August 16, 2011, 12:41:02 pm
Mrsp recons that a little bit of snow falling in central Auckland can empty a building faster than a fire alarm.

He, being English was largely unimpressed but thought the reactions of many of his co-workers, Indian, Malasian, Pasifica the the like was priceless.

The footage shown on the news last night of TV stations empting onto the street to stand and stare at the pathetic smattering of hexangonal crystals was pretty representitive.

Unless you make a special journey most Aucklanders never get to stand outside while snow is falling in real life. I didn't until I was a mother of 3 and I am from the 'Naki!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on August 16, 2011, 12:50:11 pm

It hasn't snowed at my place since mid-afternoon yesterday, but the neighbourhood is still covered in the white stuff.

All of the snowmen on front lawns along the street appear to be holding up well too.

However, a lot of the snow on my roof has melted overnight, which makes me feel less uneasy about the weight on the roof.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on August 16, 2011, 12:50:29 pm
Lotsa snow.  No electricity for about 12 hours.  No coffee was the worst part.  ;D  God bless the linesmen.(https://cdn.smfboards.com/Smileys/smf/angel.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on August 16, 2011, 01:42:57 pm
Our thaw began yesterday, we didn't lose power in the Big Winds but I noticed my shower mixer has had to be seta coupla notches higher than usual. The coldwater temp must be lower.

My external doorbell push thingy ain't working. Hope it's only that it's battery is too cold.

I feel lucky that I have so little to complain about.

I guess the country will be getting ready for flooding now.

I LLLLoathe  floods


I've been wondering how the roof on the Forsakenyth Barstewardr Stadium held up, and I bet it's designers were wondering too.








Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on August 16, 2011, 02:51:42 pm
No thaw here yet Nitz.   Had another couple of sprinkles and it looks pretty ominous in the south and they have predicted another dump.  I have my fingers crossed it will go right out to sea first.     We are on a knoll so won't have flooding problems around the house but the yard won't be too flash.    Your furbabies will be glad to see the dirt again.  ;)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on August 20, 2011, 07:44:02 am
We actually have a real frost this morning.  By that I mean that there is ice on the windscreen of the van at the bottom of the driveway - not sure if the same applies to the front lawn.

The last couple of days there has been a little bit of frost on the top of the section but it hasn't been any closer to the house and was gone by 7:30am so I don't think that counts.

I am off to the snow today ;D - as in Ruapehu that is.


If your house is the same design as those in Chch I wouldn't be worry KTJ you don't hear of them collapsing. I would only be concerned if the roof was flat.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on August 20, 2011, 07:51:11 am

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on August 22, 2011, 11:36:14 am

NZ can expect more big snowstorms

Polar blasts do not mean global warming isn't happening

By MICHAEL FORBES - The Dominion Post | 3:04PM - Saturday, 20 August 2011

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WHITEOUT: Snow covers Makara wind farm. — Photo: ANDREW GORRIE/The Dominion Post.

YOU might have had better luck selling ice to eskimos than peddling global warming theory on the streets of Wellington this week. After an almost unprecedented wall of snow and ice blasted its way up New Zealand to tickle the Bombay Hills, you could forgive the average frost-bitten person on the street for being a tad sceptical about our planet getting hotter.

At times like these, the inbox of James Renwick, principal climate scientist at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, fills up with emails from disbelievers who tell him — in slightly more colourful terms — to look out his window.

Freak weather occurrences, like the one-in-40-year storm that hit this week, actually offer no proof that the planet is getting colder or warmer, he says.

"When you look at the globe, New Zealand is a tiny little patch on the Earth and to try and relate what is going on here, in terms of temperature, to global change is really meaningless."

"It can be quite cold here but a lot warmer in other places around the world, so the overall model will average out."

The same wave of scepticism has washed over Europe and the United States in recent years, especially in Britain, where the winter of 2009-10 saw temperatures plummet to 30-year lows of about minus 22 degrees Celsius.

Dr Renwick says we need to remember that global warming does not necessarily mean every year will be warmer than the previous one. Rather, there will be an increasing frequency of warmer temperatures and a decreasing frequency of cooler ones. The extreme weather events at both ends of the spectrum will remain.

But the intensity of storms appears to be increasing as a result of greenhouse gases locking more solar energy into the atmosphere and oceans, he says.

In fact, while this week's polar blast was a rare event for New Zealand, the formation of such weather systems in the southern hemisphere is nowhere near as uncommon.

"If the whole thing had happened a few degrees of longitude further east then we would know nothing about it."

"A storm like this — in terms of the southern hemisphere — is not a one-in-40-year event. It's probably a one-in-several-months sort of event."

The intensity of the storm may be something this country has to learn to deal with. "There's been an observed increase [in the intensity of storms] in the middle latitudes of both hemispheres in the last few decades and that is consistent with what you would expect from a warming climate.

"There is more energy in the ocean and in the atmosphere so you can build bigger storms. Basically ... the risk of getting more of these kind of storms is expected to increase through the rest of this century and beyond. The amount of extra heat now evident in the top few hundred metres of the ocean is staggering."

One thing he and University of Auckland climate scientist Chris de Freitas agree on is that New Zealand has more extreme snowstorms in its future.

Where they differ is that Dr de Freitas — who is critical of the view that carbon-dioxide emissions are to blame for global warming — thinks snow could become a more common feature than bouts of extreme heat.

Dr de Freitas says there is evidence suggesting climate changes are more natural than man-made; driven primarily by the Sun and the variations in its solar energy output, periodic changes in solar winds and solar magnetic fields. "This is the main explanation for why global climate changes naturally all the time."

He believes that, after 20 years of slight global warming, there has been none in the past 12 years, and some scientists predict a period of global cooling will begin as early as next year and peak about 2055.

Dr de Freitas says this week has provided the Government with a chance to "take a step back" and think about the effect on New Zealand if extreme cold starts visiting more often. "In my view, to try and stop climate change by simply taxing CO2 is, at best, a naive approach, given the realities of climate variability."

A Bit Chillier Back Then

MetService severe weather forecaster Erick Brenstrum says a three-week polar blast that ripped through New Zealand in July 1939 still takes the cake as this country's worst winter storm on record.

"With that one, we actually had snow fall at the lighthouse at the very top end of the North Island, in a place called Cape Maria van Diemen," he says.

"We also had snow in the hills behind Kaikohe, it snowed in Dargaville, and Auckland had five centimetres of snow lying on top of Mount Eden — so it was a bit more than just a snowflake that three people saw."

Areas of the country that got "hammered" by the 1939 storm were Southland, Otago and Banks Peninsula. "In those places, they talked about drifts of snow that were 10 metres deep — if you can imagine that."

"The consequence for Dunedin was that the snow came with very strong winds, which blocked all the road and railway links, so Dunedin was cut off to supplies of things like food and coal for about four days."

"At St Kilda, there was 35cm of snow on the beach. In the hill suburbs, like Roslyn and Maori Hill, they had snow lying a metre deep."

There were also some "terrific" frosts.

"About eight hectares of the Pauatahanui Inlet, just north of Wellington, froze solid."

"Even in the Bay of Plenty, at Opotiki, we had tidal waters freeze. So when the tide went out, you were left with rings of ice around the wharf pillars ... I've heard nothing this time around remotely comparable to that."

The Southland rugby team even managed a Ranfurly Shield defence, beating Manawatu 17-3 in 10cm of snow in Invercargill.

"So when you put all those sorts of things together, to me, there's no question that what happened back then was worse."

"The storm this week might be second behind that."


http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/5478486/NZ-can-expect-more-big-snowstorms (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/5478486/NZ-can-expect-more-big-snowstorms)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on August 22, 2011, 11:39:10 am

Today is fine at my place with blue skies, (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/shine.gif), no clouds and no wind.

The Tararua Ranges are covered in snow down to low levels and many of the lower hills are also still covered in snow.

Only a week-and-a-bit to the end of calendar winter, eh?  (https://cdn.smfboards.com/Smileys/smf/afro.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on August 22, 2011, 11:02:48 pm
Wonderful day on the mountain on Saturday - the only problem was the number of Jafas.

There were snow patches from the top of the spiral getting more common the further up we got. We didn't even get to the top of the Bruce in the end but parked at the enterance to the track to the Whakapapaiti Hut to play with the sled and saucer and build snowmen.

Beautiful power snow it was and it was so clear that we could see Mt Taranaki. It was so warm that half the woolies stayed in the car.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on September 14, 2011, 08:51:48 am
We missed the brunt of the latest episode, needed what rain we got over the last coupla days, normal winds but extra cold.

NOT TO BE BROADCAST AFTER 12:00pm Wednesday 14-Sep-2011


SEVERE WEATHER WARNING.
ISSUED BY MetService AT 8:26am 14-Sep-2011
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST IN: Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula,
Waikato, Bay Of Plenty Rotorua, Taranaki

A FEW MORE HOURS OF VERY STRONG WINDS OVER COROMANDEL PENINSULA AND
AUCKLAND THIS MORNING. FURTHER SOUTH FROM TARANAKI TO BAY OF PLENTY
WINDS HAVE EASED.
Severe gale gusts of 120km/hr can be expected about Auckland, and
over and in the lee of Coromandel Peninsula until mid to late morning
before easing below severe gale. However, strong to gale west to
southwest winds are expected to continue today but gradually ease as
the day wears on.Further south over Taranaki, Waikato and western Bay
of Plenty winds have eased below severe gale and the strong wind
warning is lifted.
FOR THE LATEST WEATHER AND FORECAST CHARTS PLEASE GO TO
http://metservice.com
MORE DETAILED INFORMATION FOR EMERGENCY MANAGERS AND TECHNICAL USERS
FOLLOWS.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on September 25, 2011, 02:17:39 pm

So far, so good at my place today.

It has been a beautiful sunny day up until now.

But the clouds are rolling in and the forecast is for the weather to turn to crap! Bummer!!

(http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/BlackCloud.gif) (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/PartlyCloudy.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Calliope on September 25, 2011, 02:25:29 pm
pissing down


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on October 18, 2011, 08:34:05 pm
pissing down

what she said. 

http://water.orc.govt.nz/WaterInfo/Catchment.aspx?r=Taieri

http://water.orc.govt.nz/WaterInfo/Catchment.aspx?r=Dunedin

Flooding in Dunedin after heavy rain
updated 21:19
Published: 9:37AM Tuesday October 18, 2011
Source: ONE News


Heavy rain has caused flooding in a number of homes and basements in south Otago today.

The Fire Service has responded to more than 30 jobs since lunchtime and are warning drivers to be cautious with debris and surface flooding on the roads.

Police say Dunedin and South Otago have been hardest hit by the heavy rain and gale force winds.

Further downpours are expected overnight in eastern Otago and South Canterbury and could lead to further flooding.

Snow down to 800 metres is also possible inland parts of Southland, Otago and South Canterbury.

MetService says there is a possibility heavy rain falls and south-east gales will also affect northwest Nelson and northern Canterbury overnight and into tomorrow.

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/flooding-in-dunedin-after-heavy-rain-4470055

and those poor Occupy Octagon protesters are still there (well, the tents are, anyway)

http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/webcams/octagon

refresh to check



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on October 26, 2011, 09:08:02 pm

What is the weather like at my place?  (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/Animated%20emoticons/03_Huh.gif)


(http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/WetDog.gif)


That is what the weather is like at my place. It has been like that since late afternoon.



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on November 04, 2011, 10:08:20 am


http://www.skyline.co.nz/queenstown/webcams/

check the Qtown weather today: click on  "play"

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Calliope on November 04, 2011, 10:15:34 am
glad it's not here. ;D


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on November 04, 2011, 10:23:00 am

Walking across Whitmore Street at the intersection with Featherston Street in Wellington was an interesting exercise at lunchtime yesterday.

The sun is shining in Wairarapa this morning, but it has been very windy for most of the morning.

The forecast is for more of the same for most of the day.

I've got to go to work this afternoon (doing a single return trip to Wellington, working on a rostered day off), so I guess I'll get to discover how windy it is in the Windy Capital City today.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on November 04, 2011, 10:46:30 am

glad I'm not at Qtown. Off for a bit of retail therapy while waiting for lawns to dry after overnight showers.

(http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/shine.gif)

 


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on November 04, 2011, 10:54:48 am
It is blowing a gale here and the wind is icy.      I suppose southern stone fruit will be getting a battering.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on November 05, 2011, 06:00:32 am
 

There's probably 20 or 30mm of snow or hail out there this morning,

I've been waiting all night for the power to go off,

Ya don't always gotta like  it

2c

tents still in the Octagon  


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on November 06, 2011, 11:27:48 am

Bugger.....it's (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/pouringwithrain.gif) at my place.


It was such a nice, fine day earlier this morning, too!  (https://cdn.smfboards.com/Smileys/smf/cry.gif)



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on November 27, 2011, 08:23:55 am

grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

{WATCH Event 2011/1.1136}
SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR SOUTHLAND,CANTERBURY,MARLBOROUGH,WELLINGTON,
WAIRARAPA
ISSUED BY METSERVICE AT 1000hrs 27-Nov-2011

STRONG NORTHWESTERLIES FOR SOUTHLAND OVERNIGHT SUNDAY AND FOR NORTH
CANTERBURY, MARLBOROUGH, WELLINGTON AND WAIRARAPA ON MONDAY

A trough and associated front over the Tasman Sea are expected to
approach the country today, and move over southern and central New
Zealand during Monday. A north to northwest flow ahead of the front
is expected to strengthen and rise to gale for a time in exposed
areas of Southland overnight Sunday and about North Canterbury,
Marlborough, Wellington and Wairarapa from early Monday.
There is a risk that these winds could gust to severe gale for a time
in exposed places.
People are advised to keep up with the latest forecasts in case it
becomes necessary to include any of these areas in a full warning.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Sunday 27 November 2011
Forecast prepared by: Gerard Barrow


(C) Copyright Meteorological Service of New Zealand Ltd 2011


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on November 27, 2011, 08:14:16 pm

It was too bloody hot in Wairarapa today!  (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/HotandSweating.gif)

I worked 10½ hours on my day off....taxi over to Upper Hutt this morning, then 2nd-manned a freight train from there to Woodville through the swealtering Wairarapa heat, then drove a crew car back to Masterton, then prepared a passenger train and ran it over to Wellington and back on a late-afternoon/early-evening service. No bloody air-con in either locomotive cab either.

Still, it was nice and cool in Wellington early evening, and it has now cooled off somewhat in Wairarapa.

Bloody strong nor'westers forecast for tomorrow....time to batten down the hatches for another BIG BLOW!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on November 28, 2011, 01:08:03 pm

It has been (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/WindyGale.gif) all morning at my place, but now it has calmed down.


However, there are big black clouds forming to the south, so I think the weather may be about to turn to crap.



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on November 28, 2011, 02:37:15 pm
the day here began with light NWester, temp at 24.9 which is well past my wilting point.
By midday SWester brought a healing rain, temp now 12.9 cloud breaking - I
 am looking for my longjohns again
  




Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on December 03, 2011, 01:15:06 pm

(http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Cartoons%202011/3900_Summer_03Dec11.jpg)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on December 03, 2011, 01:18:32 pm

It's a lovely day in Masterton today....nice and warm but bugger-all wind.

Perfect weather for the Xmas Parade, which came down my street this year after turning off the main road.


Hehehe....one of my workmates who was supposed to be working this morning went off sick....(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/Animated%20emoticons/10_RollingEyes.gif)

He was so sick that he was in the Xmas Parade....I saw him as the parade passed my place!  ;D


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on December 03, 2011, 07:49:34 pm
It have been very dry up here.

We have had rain over the last few weeks but most of it is so light that it barely dampens the ground and the hot wind dries it up almost immediately.

Lake Pupuke is still high enough to flow out through Thorn Bay though.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on December 06, 2011, 11:20:49 am

(http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/pouringwithrain.gif)


Absolutely bloody pissing down at my place!  (https://cdn.smfboards.com/Smileys/smf/angry.gif)



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on December 19, 2011, 05:44:56 pm

Crank up the barbie because Christmas looks sunny

By KATIE CHAPMAN and MICHELLE DUFF - The Dominion Post | 11:16AM - Monday, 19 December 2011

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WELLINGTON SOUTHERLY: Reid Corleison (right) braves huge crashing seas on a breakwater near
the airport while his brother Lee films him. — CRAIG SIMCOX/The Dominion Post.


TEMPERATURES plummeted in Wellington over the weekend, with a strong southerly lashing the city - but hopes are still high for a warm Christmas Day.

After a week of humid weather and temperatures in the 20s, a southerly wind and showers over the weekend saw temperatures drop to a cool 12 degrees celcius.

Huge waves hit the South Coast with brothers Reid and Lee Corleison bearing the full brunt of their force when they stopped near Lyall Bay on the way from collecting the family Christmas tree to check them out.

While walking along a breakwater Reid was drenched by a massive wave. "The waves were huge, and then a really, really big one came along and just swamped me," he said.

The slightly sodden pair managed to make it home with their Christmas tree intact.

Metservice Duty Forecaster Janet Syme said the southerly should calm down in the next day  or so, leading in to some settled weather over the Christmas period. "We are just verging on the start of summer really, we can always expect a southerly flick in Wellington.

MetService meteorologist Daniel Corbett said on Friday that Wellington should have a settled and dry Christmas weekend.

While it was still too early for concrete predictions, Christmas weekend was looking far better than the weather Wellington has had for the past few days, he said.

A high-pressure anti-cyclone would linger across New Zealand during the week, bringing warmer temperatures and clearing away this weekend's expected showers.

"The plan and the hope is that the anti-cyclone stays in place for Christmas Day, but something could start to creep in from the Tasman Sea in the next few days."

The whole country was looking fairly good, with a high likely to bring warm settled conditions for those planning to crank up the barbecue on Christmas Day.

"I expect we might have a fair few people looking to sneak home early from work this week."

Most main centres would be dry and fairly sunny, with average temperatures in the low 20s.

The area from Wellington to Christchurch was looking the most settled and Nelson and Marlborough were likely to be the "places to be" for Christmas.

WeatherWatch forecaster Philip Duncan said the forecast for the capital was looking good, although some light southerlies were possible.

There was one concern on the horizon, Mr Duncan said, which was that computer models were picking another La Nina rain-maker coming out of the Coral Sea and sub-tropics.

"However, the data tends to agree it may not be a risk for New Zealand until after Boxing Day."

"So at this stage we're not too concerned about that rain — but it may come down from the sub-tropics for the week between Christmas and New Year's Eve."

He cautioned that, at present, he could be only about 60 per cent confident in his predictions.


• For Wellington's weather forecast, click here (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/weather/wellington-forecast?label=Wellington+weather).

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/6154166/Crank-up-the-barbie-because-Christmas-looks-sunny (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/6154166/Crank-up-the-barbie-because-Christmas-looks-sunny)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on December 20, 2011, 06:11:56 pm


Quote
Crank up the barbie because Christmas looks sunny

 yeahbut    :o 
http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/mp/12408758/battle-in-skies-before-new-year-s-eve/


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: chevy on December 21, 2011, 10:33:13 pm
Horowhenua nice and Sunny. like a dream run! roll on Christmas day hopefully sunny mild weather too


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on December 27, 2011, 07:35:47 pm

Best Christmas weather in 37 years

By TOM HUNT - The Dominion Post | 8:08AM - Tuesday, 27 December 2011

WELLINGTON is basking in the best Christmas weather in almost four decades but the spectacular summer will take a hiatus for New Year's Eve.

The hot, dry, and still days Wellingtonians experienced in the leadup to Christmas, which are forecast to continue until tomorrow, were "quite unusual", National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research principal climate scientist James Renwick said.

Wellington's last rain was recorded on December 17 and if the rain held off till later this week Wellington would have recorded about two dry weeks.

"In 1974 was a period of almost that time with no rain over Christmas," Dr Renwick said.

But there was usually rain within two to three days of Christmas each year, he said.

"It's pretty rare to have it this sunny, this consistently, right through Christmas."

A high of 24.9 degrees Celsius was recorded in Lower Hutt on Christmas Day. Wanaka Airport was the country's hottest spot, with 28.5°C, while Hawke's Bay's Takapau Plains was the coldest, with a low of 4.7°C.

While rain was forecast around New Year's Eve for much of New Zealand, the long-range forecast for the lower North Island was for a more settled, drier, and warmer summer than usual.

However, areas exposed to the north — such as Northland, Auckland, and Nelson — could expect more rain than usual, he said.

The unusual weather was being caused by a La Nina weather pattern.

MetService spokesman Bob McDavitt said the large anticyclone that brought sunny weather throughout New Zealand for Christmas would drift east as the end of 2011 approached.

In the North Island a rain band would sweep across with a wet northerly, bringing rain to much of the island later this week.

"There is also likely to be a southerly change over the South Island at the same time and this may cause some of the rain to stall around central parts of the country or over the northern half of the South Island by the end of the week."

It was unclear exactly where the rain would fall, how much there would be, and when it would peak.

Campers should pay attention to weather forecasts, he said.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/6191689/Best-Christmas-weather-in-37-years (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/6191689/Best-Christmas-weather-in-37-years)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on December 27, 2011, 07:37:48 pm

Photographs taken at Cape Palliser, South Wairarapa, at the southern-most tip of New Zealand's North Island on Christmas Day (late afternoon), including at the “bulldozer heaven” of the village of Ngawi....


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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on December 29, 2011, 11:00:08 am

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on December 29, 2011, 01:11:21 pm
It is windy up here, warm, humid and windy. So windy that it was like being Wellington last night on Milford beach, opening the door of the van and walking in a straight line was a challenge.

I wish the promised rain would arrive. (I may eat my words in a couple of days) This wind is drying out my garden and making watering difficult.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on December 29, 2011, 02:12:58 pm

It's been nicely warm all morning, then

7 plump drops that dried as soon as they hit the deck about an hour ago, 17.5c down from 22c,  barometer dropping, cloud breaking now. 

where's my crossed fingers gif!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on December 29, 2011, 02:30:45 pm

The rain hasn't hit in Wairarapa yet, although it has been trying — occasionally there has been a few HUGE spots of water falling from the sky, although they've been all gone again after a minute or so.

However, I suspect that is all due to change sometime over the next few hours.

The temperature is less than the past few days, although it's still well into the 20s and it's bloody humid.

I've gotta get out of bed at 3:30am in the morning....on the very early shift again....I expect it'll be pissing down by then.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on December 29, 2011, 04:03:14 pm
Yay, the rain has started.

Better still my purple asparagus and lily seeds that I thought were goneburgers have started growing.

I won't mention my tomatoes :( they are still only 8 inches high with no sign of flowers and so far I only have one pumpkin plant but I think I can blame the rat I saw running on the power line for that state of affairs.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on December 29, 2011, 05:48:52 pm

 rain started here at 6pm but not enough to resurrect the lawn,  seemed to have passed over again by 7  but someone found some more to send us a minute ago   

The Island is once again accessible from the mainland at low tides so the camp smells of BBQed paua, kina, mussels, pipis, blue cod, kawhai.


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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on December 29, 2011, 07:58:55 pm
 :PWish I was there.

Bobby is voicing his discust at the wet weather. He is sitting at the open door reowing and brrrmping at the rain.



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on December 30, 2011, 05:11:38 am
We have some welcome rain - but it's still muggy in Wellington.

Yogi has come inside to complain about the rain - he's a bit wet and thinks it's my fault - something about a switch we humans can flick on and off for them or something (https://cdn.smfboards.com/Smileys/smf/coolsmiley.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Crusader on December 30, 2011, 07:11:52 am
Ferry Crossing to Wellington today. Hopefully the Wellington weather can clear up.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on December 30, 2011, 07:38:56 am
Ferry Crossing to Wellington today. Hopefully the Wellington weather can clear up.

It's fairly calm - only a slight breeze, but constant light rain. Maybe it will clear for you tomorrow?


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on December 31, 2011, 10:17:27 am

WET....WET....WET in Wairarapa.

(http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/pouringwithrain.gif)

Pissing down on the other side of the ranges in the Hutt Valley too!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on December 31, 2011, 10:59:54 am
Yesterday it rained.

Last night it pissed down. The wheel barrow that was empty on Thursday is now overflowing.

It is now as muggy as. Humidity is up into the 90s


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on December 31, 2011, 11:36:18 am


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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on December 31, 2011, 03:03:52 pm
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SKITE!!  (https://cdn.smfboards.com/Smileys/smf/cry.gif)


It's still pissing down in Wairarapa....(https://cdn.smfboards.com/Smileys/smf/angry.gif)



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 01, 2012, 04:39:06 pm

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 02, 2012, 01:42:47 pm

Wet weather set to recede this week

Rainy days to give way to sun this week

The Dominion Post | 12:08PM - Monday, 02 January 2012

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TOMORROW is set to be a pearler across the bottom of the North Island with warm, still weather forecast for Wellington.

Metservice forecaster Mark Pascoe said Tuesday was expected to be a fine, warm day across much of the North Island.

While there was no rain forecast around the region in the coming days, cloud and winds might develop later in the week.

The dry weather brings an end to a wet patch for the Wellington region which saw 68mm of rainfall last Friday and 36.4mm on Saturday.

The bad weather led to the cancellation of Wellington City Council's planned New Year celebrations and fireworks display on the waterfront.


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LOOKING UP: Joseph Tiso, 10, of Berhampore examines some kelp on the beach at Owhiro Bay.
 — PHIL REID/Fairfax NZ.


Meanwhile officials hope to have at least one lane open on the main road between Opotiki and Whakatane later today, after flooding and slips closed the route.

NZ Transport Agency state highway Bay of Plenty manager Brett Gliddon said crews were out overnight working to clear rock falls and slips on State Highway 2 in the Waimana Gorge between Opotiki and Whakatane.

It should be possible to have the road open to at least one lane by later today, Gliddon told Radio New Zealand. The blocked road caused long delays soggy festival-goers leaving the Rhythm and Vines concert in Gisborne.

A damage assessment was needed on the Pikarahi bridge further along the section of road, but if the bridge could not be reopened a localised detour could be put in place.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council rivers and drainage manager Ken Tarborton said rivers in the region were now coming down, having peaked yesterday.

After several days of rain, land was saturated. Ponded water would be sitting on some farms for several days, but drainage systems were all working, Tarborton said.

Providing the water could be removed from flooded fields quickly, new grass should come through.

The wild wet weather in the past few days had also turned festival grounds to mud, causing the cancellation of some New Year's Eve parties.

Popular holiday spots in the Bay of Plenty and Coromandel suffered downpours on the days leading up to New Year's Eve and rain didn't let up for the big night.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/6208056/Wet-weather-set-to-recede-this-week (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/6208056/Wet-weather-set-to-recede-this-week)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Ferney on January 05, 2012, 08:58:14 am
Back early from the beach because of the wind and rain.  The wind was worse than the rain.  Going back tomorrow until Monday but forecast doesn't look promising.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on January 05, 2012, 09:40:15 am

still praying for rain here.

We have been getting occassional heat spots - not worthy of being called heat showers - that don't even show on the ground.   

No green grass left on the top level of the camp, and when the wind blows we get sandstorms blowing off the dry brown lawns.

Drought signals began 15th December


See http://xtranewscommunity2.smfforfree.com/index.php/topic,2434.0/msg,125853.html

see http://xtranewscommunity2.smfforfree.com/index.php/topic,11184.0/msg,125856.html

see http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/6197191/Fire-risk-leaps-as-La-Nina-gets-grip


...Lowest December rainfall totals were recorded in Milford Sound, Puysegur Point, Dunedin, Manapouri, Queenstown, Lumsden, Gore, Invercargill, Balclutha and Tiwai Point.

Mean temperatures in December were well above average (more than 1.2 degrees Celsius above the December average) in much of Southland, Otago and the West Coast. ...

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/december-downpours-break-records-4675524




Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on January 08, 2012, 07:39:22 am

Computer Generated Days 4-10 Forecast

Days 4-10 Morning Daily Chance of Rain
 Min Max  1+mm 10+mm
Wed 11 11°C 19°C 55%        5%
Thu 12 11°C 19°C 65% 5%
Fri 13 11°C 20°C 75% 15%
Sat 14 11°C 19°C 95% 25%
Sun 15 10°C 19°C 75% 10%
Mon 16 9°C 18°C 55% 0%
Tue 17 9°C 18°C 45% 5%

http://www.metservice.com/rural/clutha

What I’ve been telling my people  -  since Christmas -  that “we will get no rain before 11th January”  -  looks as if is on it’s it’s way to being updated to Saturday 14th. 

One month since I stopped mowing the lawns every 10 to 12 days. 

This is the longest dry spell I have experienced in our area since we moved here in 1986.   :'(




Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on January 08, 2012, 08:39:40 am
It rained overnight in the Hutt - still raining - steadily but not heavily.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on January 09, 2012, 06:10:38 am

RAIN OVER MARLBOROUGH AND NORTH CANTERBURY HAS EASED OVERNIGHT SUNDAY.


Rain over Marlborough and north Canterbury has eased overnight Sunday
and the Watch for heavy about the Kaikoura ranges is lifted.

NO FURTHER SEVERE WEATHER WATCHES WILL BE ISSUED

(C) Copyright Meteorological Service of New Zealand Ltd 2012

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

{SWW Event 2012/1.7}
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST IN:

NOT TO BE BROADCAST AFTER 09:00pm Monday 09-Jan-2012


SEVERE WEATHER WARNING.
ISSUED BY MetService AT 6:21am 09-Jan-2012
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST IN: Manawatu, Wellington, Taranaki,
Hawkes Bay, Marlborough, Taihape, Wairarapa

HEAVY RAIN ABOUT WELLINGTON AND WAIRARAPA AND SOUTHEAST GALES FROM
WELLINGTON AND THE MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS TO TARANAKI HAVE EASED
OVERNIGHT SUNDAY.
Heavy rain about Wellington and Wairarapa and southeast gales with
severe gusts from Wellington and the Marlborough Sounds to Taranaki
have eased overnight Sunday. Warnings for these areas are lifted.
FOR THE LATEST WEATHER AND FORECAST CHARTS PLEASE GO TO
http://metservice.com


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Ferney on January 09, 2012, 08:45:21 am
Went back to the beach (west coast) on Thursday and had 2 gloriously fine days before the drizzle started again.  Mr F caught 2 of the biggest and fattest fish he's ever caught off the beach.   Kawhai and travally   Had the travally smoked for tea last night. yum.   
Back to work tomorrow.   


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on January 18, 2012, 02:39:11 pm

we had 28mm rain here on 13th and 14th, followed by wind that dried us out again  :'(

Now I am Hating it, while others are (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/SunWithBall.gif) (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/sun.gif) (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/Tanny.gif) I got aircon going, and we're back to severe drought conditions

http://www.metservice.com/towns-cities/dunedin



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 18, 2012, 03:11:43 pm

It is an absolute cracker of a day at the bottom of the North Island.

It was, however, very chilly in Masterton early this morning when I walked down to the railway station at about 6:30am to catch a train over to Wellington (I had a few things to do in the capital on my day off from work), but that had changed by the time I got to Welly. Over there, it was a beautiful fine day with the temperature in the low-to-mid twenties, although a few clouds wafting across the sky. Back in Masterton about 2:30pm and I alighted from the air-conditioned comfort of the train into an oven. No wind, no clouds, and bloody warm!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on January 22, 2012, 03:52:11 pm

they tell me it's warm in chch, I can hardly believe that!


Snow falls and settles on SI roads

WeatherWatch.co.nz, Fuseworks
January 22, 2012, 2:18 pm


Mid-Summer snow is falling and settling on Porters Pass this afternoon in the South Island, along with hail and other winter conditions on Arthurs Pass reports WeatherWatch.co.nz.

WeatherWatch.co.nz's West Coast reporter, Andy Thompson, says traffic is heavier than usual and describes the current weather conditions as "completely winter-like".

WeatherWatch.co.nz exclusively predicted the cold snap a week ago and says reports coming in to the weather news authority from Southland to Canterbury talk of people lighting fires, turning on heaters and heat pumps and generally saying it feels like the middle of winter.

WeatherWatch.co.nz says summer will return by Tuesday.
- WeatherWatch.co.nz Exclusive

http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/top-stories/12684455/snow-falls-and-settles-on-si-roads/

 11.2c here, we have had loverlee heavy showers and not much warmer all day.  I luvvit



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on January 22, 2012, 05:09:00 pm
We have just had a torrential downpour, the lawn is covered in hail stones, thunder and lightning.   I hope it doesn't turn around and come back again.  :o


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Crusader on January 22, 2012, 06:29:03 pm
OMG it rained in Blenheim today! Oh well I guess with it being 2012 we will see many unexplained events as a prelude to the end of the world.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 22, 2012, 09:52:48 pm

Today was a beautiful fine day in Wairarapa until about 3:30pm.

Then, it suddenly got cold (and I mean bloody freezing) as the wind changed to a southerly.

By 4:00pm (not long after I started work) it was pissing down and even colder.

Over on the Wellington side of the ranges, it wasn't raining, but it also wasn't exactly tropical.

Back in Wairarapa and the rain had stopped, although it was still rather chilly.

Now it's pissing down again.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 22, 2012, 09:53:56 pm
OMG it rained in Blenheim today! Oh well I guess with it being 2012 we will see many unexplained events as a prelude to the end of the world.


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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 24, 2012, 08:11:44 pm

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on January 30, 2012, 01:28:30 pm
As our drought has had an intermission I have just finished mowing the lawns for the first time since 15th December.

Really only a deadheading of seedheads, it's still too dry to cut it short and this "mowing" was done with the blade carriage in the travelling position and the delivery chute held open 'cos my moa hasn't got a catcher.  

Mushrooms was the lunchtime treat - I beat the punters to them.

Blackberries had a great flowering but their fruits are ripening like hard little rabbit droppings.

There was a red sky sunrise, weather station says rain


SEVERE WEATHER WARNING. Ref: OMS29-75907 says
North to northwest gales are also expected to develop over Fiordland
and exposed inland parts of Southland, Otago and Canterbury overnight
Monday, and are likely to become SEVERE at times during Tuesday,
especially from mid-morning through to late afternoon, with gusts of
120 to 140 km/h.

I hope this lot doesn't reach the coast.   :-\





Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on February 06, 2012, 09:03:40 am

We're back to drought and I have set up trickle watering for a hebe hedge that I don't want to lose.

6 days since last deadheading of the lawns which still show no new growth and the blackberries fruit is more like mouse droppings now...

21c with noreasterly, feels like 16c which is my kind of weather.

http://www.metservice.com/national/maps-rain-radar/rain-radar/all-new-zealand





Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on February 06, 2012, 10:56:46 am

It's overcast in Wairarapa today, with the temperature in the low-20s.

I just transported a trainload of punters (most of them family groups) over to Wairarapa, heading for the horse races (gallops and trots) at Tauherenikau, just out of Featherston.

Most of them were carting chilly-bins and picnic baskets off the train and onto the waiting buses at Featherston railway station.

I guess they won't have to worry too much about getting sunburnt today.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on February 15, 2012, 08:24:16 pm



Wild weather hits Auckland

Yahoo! New ZealandFebruary 15, 2012, 4:15 pm


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Wild weather hits Auckland

Yahoo! New Zealand
February 15, 2012, 4:15 pm

There are reports that a waterspout has been spotted near the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

A police communications spokesman has told Fairfax Media emergency services have only just been made aware of the waterspout.

They haven't received any emergency calls or sightings of damage so far.

WeatherWatch has told boaties to get out of the way as it heads out to sea.

"Waterspouts are generally fairly safe to watch from land but should it move towards land people should immediately take cover indoors away from windows," says Weatherwatch.co.nz forecaster Philip Duncan.

Earlier today, the MetService issued a severe thunder warning for the city.

Downpours, thunder and lighting were forecasted to hit Northland, Auckland and the Coromandel until later this week.
High winds felled a large tree at Epsom Girls Grammar, damaging seven staff vehicles.

http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/top-stories/12914667/wild-weather-hits-auckland/

http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/top-stories/12914667/wild-weather-hits-auckland/#post-comment


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on February 16, 2012, 05:49:25 am
The annoying girl from down the road raced into our house yesterday just as we were leaving spouting excitedly about a tornado near the Sky Tower (she is prone to tall stories).

A couple of minutes later, about 4:20pm driving to pick up Sp1 from Birkdale, I rounded Verran's Corner and there was this f$%^#ng big funnel cloud visible over Windy Ridge. We could see that it hadn't grounded but for a wee bit it looked like it might. Judging from reports I would say it was the same one that was spotted over Mairangi Bay.

It was shrinking back into the cloud as Sp1 was trying to take a photo on her cell phone from outside the school so the picture she got doesn't do it justice.

I have seen waterspouts serveral times before and narrowly missed the tornado last year (which I didn't see due to the incredible rain) but I have never see one that big or that close before.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on February 17, 2012, 11:52:42 am
Heck of a front is just moving in.

It has gone from a hot fine day to black, cool wind with thunder in minutes.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Ferney on February 17, 2012, 12:17:00 pm
Heard the thunder about half an hour ago but it passed over quick.  The raindrops were big but only last 2 minutes.   Not like the water spout day.  I was out in that !
Yesterday we had another tropical rain storm about 6pm as I was driving home.   Waited in the car for about 5 minutes for it to stop and in the end moved the car as close to the front door as I could then got out the passenger door.  Still got drenched but that was nothing compared to what I did.   Because I got out the passenger door I didn't get the bell that sounds if the headlights are on.  When I checked the car was locked before I went to bed I wondered why the car wouldn't lock.
Dumb me.   Mr F couldn't find a spanner (an engineer couldn't find a spanner?! ) because they were all at work!!  but he got the battery out using something else.  Its a wonder the battery charger wasn't at work as well.   
....then this morning I forgot to let the car run for 10 minutes to let it reset everything so I had to stop on the side of the road and let it run for 10 minutes.   Grandson go out and started running to school so after 10 minutes I caught up with him and got him to school about 2 minutes before the bell.  He's usually at school half an hour before the bell.   


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Ferney on February 17, 2012, 12:34:30 pm
Another torrential downpour.  Its black out there just as I am about to leave for the school. 
I must not leave the lights on.  I must not leave the lights on.  I must not.....

Shit!   like an explosion.  It came with the lightning and sounded like the house next door blew up.  Phew, must turn computer off.  I'm amazed the power didn't go off. 


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Calliope on February 17, 2012, 01:51:38 pm
I cant believe it. Sunny, little wind and no rain, been like that all day


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on February 17, 2012, 04:24:26 pm

 Just finished the first real lawnmowing since DECEMBER.  Whatever rain we have had since then has been dried off the next day by high temps and winds.

Today was wonderful, but we do need real rain. Perhaps it's our turn this weekend.

 


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on February 17, 2012, 06:04:32 pm
It's been a fabulously sunny day in Hastings and Napier. A friend and I went over to Napier Municipal Theatre for the Royal NZ Air Force BAnd Concert. It was fantastic. We had lunch over there before heading back to Hastings mid afternoon.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on February 17, 2012, 06:21:26 pm
Another torrential downpour.  Its black out there just as I am about to leave for the school. 
I must not leave the lights on.  I must not leave the lights on.  I must not.....

Shit!   like an explosion.  It came with the lightning and sounded like the house next door blew up.  Phew, must turn computer off.  I'm amazed the power didn't go off. 

It looked very much like the day of water spouts here at 1:30pm.
The thunder was pretty continuious until around 3:30pm, not much rain but like you I had the computers turned off.

By the time it fined up again it was gone 4o'clock so the washing went in the drier.

Thunder again all through dinner.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on February 17, 2012, 09:22:34 pm


http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/flooding-in-auckland-thunderstorms-lash-north-island-4728105/photos

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/power-lines-down-thunderstorms-threaten-auckland-4728105


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on February 18, 2012, 09:31:11 am
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/6441657/Auckland-mops-up-after-flash-floods (http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/6441657/Auckland-mops-up-after-flash-floods)

Some really good photos of the clouds.

Cloud formations that tall are highly unusual for Auckland.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on February 21, 2012, 07:58:27 am
It's a bit cloudy in the Hutt this morning. We are meant to get intermittent cloud, intermittent rain and intermittent sunshine.

The forecast today for Wellington and the Hutt is .... intermittent!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on February 21, 2012, 09:11:16 am
It's a bit cloudy in the Hutt this morning. We are meant to get intermittent cloud, intermittent rain and intermittent sunshine.

The forecast today for Wellington and the Hutt is .... intermittent!

what she said   :o


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on February 22, 2012, 08:55:30 pm
Well .... we had another of those intermittent days in the Hutt and Wellington again today.

What I would really really like now is rain for the next 4 days. I'm on night shift and would love it if the good folk of the Hutt Valley who live near me were unable to mow their lawns and use other noisy outdoor equipment (https://cdn.smfboards.com/Smileys/smf/evil.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on February 23, 2012, 06:25:41 am
Well .... we had another of those intermittent days in the Hutt and Wellington again today.

What I would really really like now is rain for the next 4 days. I'm on night shift and would love it if the good folk of the Hutt Valley who live near me were unable to mow their lawns and use other noisy outdoor equipment (https://cdn.smfboards.com/Smileys/smf/evil.gif)

If it keeps going much longer down here the mower will  need a snorkel like those all terrain 4x3s cos the lawns will all be under water


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on February 23, 2012, 01:10:11 pm
The rain is pretty steady up here too but it is still warm so the humidity is up around 95%. :(

My dofuss of a cat (Bobby - the one in my avitar) has been sitting out in it until it soaked though to the skin.

He is walking around the house mrrowing his discust, smelling like a wet sheep and wondering why I am not keen to head scratches and back rubs.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on February 23, 2012, 02:15:46 pm
27 here at the moment.   FANTASTIC.     ;D


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on February 23, 2012, 02:20:27 pm
The rain is pretty steady up here too but it is still warm so the humidity is up around 95%. :(

My dofuss of a cat (Bobby - the one in my avitar) has been sitting out in it until it soaked though to the skin.

He is walking around the house mrrowing his discust, smelling like a wet sheep and wondering why I am not keen to head scratches and back rubs.

Oh come on SP - do the decent thing and get a towel and dry the poor wee man!

Mitzi loves going out and getting wet then coming inisde for a good rub down with a towel. Once dry she'll head back outside for a repeat peformance. A little furry girl can never have too many towel rub downs!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on March 03, 2012, 01:42:46 am
I finished work at 3.00am and drove from Wellington Central City out to the Hutt - it was a bit of a hairy drive. It's hosing down with a lot of surface water and poor visibility - not too much traffic thank goodness. I'll be safely tucked up in bed soon. The wind gusts haven't arrived yet but it's only a matter of time.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on March 03, 2012, 01:43:20 am
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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: guest49 on March 03, 2012, 05:44:51 am
Currently misty, not a breath of wind, and no rain yet in sight.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Crusader on March 03, 2012, 10:09:47 am
Today's weather is a bit of a disappointment given the hype before hand.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Ferney on March 03, 2012, 12:17:29 pm
Blowing a gale where we are.  Was kept awake half the night by the shed banging.   Discovered this morning that part of the roof has come apart......and wouldn't you know it......the engineer said the drills are at the beach and the one at home needs recharging.   The ladder is standing on a pile of bricks to force the pieces in place while the drill is on recharge becaus I feel sorry for the neighbours as they were probably kept awake half the night as well.    I knew those bricks would come in handy one day.   
Its also weta weather.   There was one under one of the bricks and another sitting on an envelope in the mail box this morning.   They are one thing that makes me scream!     


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on March 03, 2012, 12:45:06 pm

Well....the winds have died down and the rain has stopped (it was blowing a gale and pissing down all morning and into the early afternoon).

So I guess it's either the calm after the storm or the calm before the next storm.

I've gotta go to work in less than an hour. I guess I'll get to find out what the seas are like in Wellington Harbour when I discover whether the train is going past the sea or through it while travelling down the western side of the harbour.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Newtown-Fella on March 03, 2012, 02:32:16 pm
stuffed up my dinner plans ....

was going to dine on the balcony sadly plan b had to be implemented .... INSIDE not the same but more comfortable and warmer ..


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on March 04, 2012, 01:40:45 am
The drive home from work at 3.00am this morning was much more pleasant than last night.

Time for ..... (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/Animated%20emoticons/34_Sleep.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on March 04, 2012, 07:17:50 am

I bunged a link to Online NZ Weather Stations forecasts, alphabetical list search, http://xtranewscommunity2.smfforfree.com/index.php?action=links;cat=2

The one listed for my neck of the woods is not my station, but BTW  Today is poor camping weather in my neck of the woods
http://www.meteovista.co.uk/Oceania/New-Zealand/Camping-Taieri-Mouth/4568996/4

I want to go home (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/11emcry.gif)




Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on March 10, 2012, 10:04:00 am
The leaves aren't turning yet but I think summer is done, dusted and gone.

Bobby after 3 months of eating his ration without asking for more is now begging for extras of anybody walking past or looking like they might walk past his food container. No piece of wool or Sally tail is safe from him either.

Sally on the other hand has gone from lazy sunbathing to what can only be discribed as killcrazy. "Low flying blond cat" is at the mild end of her behaviour. Scratch pole, toy ferrit, toy mouse and living room rug have been killed several times this week. She has even been eyeing up Bobby (double her size even if he does have shorter legs and tail).

Mr Biscuit and Cinnamon are moulting - giving the cats cloulds of rabbit fur to chase everytime they are groomed.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on March 17, 2012, 04:11:43 pm
 
Summer's back, Cloudless sky  21c  calm   (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/42emhot.gif)



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on March 17, 2012, 04:22:47 pm

Fine, warm & sunny (with no wind) in both Wairarapa and Wellington today.

Wellington Harbour was as flat as a millpond when I drove a train over there this morning.

A lovely afternoon in Masterton....I finished the new front fence at my place earlier this afternoon (with assistance from a couple of neighbours).

Then off around the corner for a couple of beers with those same neighbours, before heading back home.

Early shift again tomorrow....hopefully the weather will again be nice!  (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/42emhot.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on March 18, 2012, 11:14:32 am
21, clear blue sky, very light breeze.    Now if it would just stay like this the tomatoes might ripen.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on March 18, 2012, 12:50:05 pm



15c all night, no dew this morning meant rain coming so I was out on the moa at 9AM, had to pump up a tyre,  cigarette-lighter pump fizzed, use old foot-pump... reinflated  the wrong one, pumped the correct one, set off and did a circuit, BIG NOISE  blade driveshaft HOT

Cabbagetree leaves around shaft lucky the whole caboodle didn't go on fire..

Rain came at 11.30

 :'( The blade will have to come off, and I think it may have chewed out it's cloverleaf so will have a trip to town coming up tomorrow.  Rain has cleared now. Cloudy.
 


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on March 18, 2012, 01:30:40 pm
I share your pain with the cabbage tree leaves.  We have about 20 cabbage trees around the property here and they are a real headache.  We stripped the trees of the dead leaves about two weeks and got two trailer loads.    25 here now.   Sposed to rain later.  Hope it goes around us.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on March 18, 2012, 04:02:18 pm

I got home from work about an hour and a half ago and it was like a bloody oven inside my place.


After having all the windows open and fans going for the past 90 minutes, the temperature is now down to 25°C. (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/HotandSweating.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on March 19, 2012, 01:49:31 pm
It has been chucking it down all night and most of the day - there were only 4 people and one dog walking on Takapuna Beach this morning (my rain gear kept me dry ;D but my shoes did not :()

No wonder this is happening up in Northland - check out the photo of Haruru Falls.




http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/6596862/Rescues-in-flooded-Northland (http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/6596862/Rescues-in-flooded-Northland)

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10793062 (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10793062)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on March 20, 2012, 07:39:50 am
Power cut last night - lasted nearly an hour.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on March 25, 2012, 02:47:59 pm
 massive thunderstorms passing overhead , I hope zapcatcher works

hail poor tomatoes  I wanna not be here just now


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on April 05, 2012, 10:22:46 pm

Enroute from Wellington to Queenstown today....

(http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/oo227/Kiwithrottlejockey/Scenic%20and%20Weather%20Pix%202012/IMG_4602_800px.jpg)

(http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/oo227/Kiwithrottlejockey/Scenic%20and%20Weather%20Pix%202012/IMG_4604_800px.jpg)

(dirty airliner windows and glare from the sun mars the images a bit, but you get the picture)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on April 06, 2012, 05:51:48 pm
Since I am stuck on the mainland this Easter I went on the annual Easter walk held by the combined churches of Beach Haven and Birkdale.

The weather was fantasticly good.

Let's hope that the council continue to allow us to hold this without hiring traffic marshalls on top of the cost of hiring a bus for the very young, very old and the weak of legs and the hundreds of hot cross buns and cups of tea at Birkenhead Baptist.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on May 01, 2012, 06:28:55 am
 

the drought broke yesterday.



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 02, 2012, 03:27:52 pm

Coldest night of year last night

By CLIO FRANCIS - The Dominion Post | 9:52AM - Wednesday, 02 May 2012

(http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/News%20Story%20Pix%202012/6843673s_02May12.jpg)
BRRRRR: Cold and blustery conditions are expected in Wellington for much of the day.

THOSE dragging out the heaters and reaching for the flannel pyjamas overnight were right — last night was the coldest night of the year in Wellington.

An overnight low of 6.2 degrees celcius was recorded at the Kelburn weather station — the coldest temperature of the year to date.

The coldest place in the country overnight was Timaru Airport with a chilly -1.8 degrees, according to the Met Service.

The capital also came in for a drenching yesterday with the Kelburn weather station winning the  title for wettest place in the country with 16.2mm of rain recorded.

It was also the second windiest place yesterday, after Kaikoura, with gusts of 81km/h.

Strong winds disrupted some air services. A flight from Sydney due to land at Wellington International Airport about 11.30pm was unable to land on its first attempt. It pulled up and landed on the second attempt to applause from passengers.

Rain showers — some heavy — are set to continue in Wellington and Wairarapa today before easing this afternoon. They are expected to clear this evening, Met Service said.

It recommends Wellingtonians don four layers of clothing and one windproof layer today.

The NIWA National Climate Centre's outlook for early winter, released today,  said a mild start to winter could be expected for New Zealand.

Wellington and the central North Island could expect temperatures to be near average or above average in the early winter.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/6843654/Coldest-night-of-year-last-night (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/6843654/Coldest-night-of-year-last-night)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 05, 2012, 09:22:55 am

The weather is nothing to write home about this morning where I am....


(http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/oo227/Kiwithrottlejockey/Scenic%20and%20Weather%20Pix%202012/IMG_8457_800px.jpg)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on May 05, 2012, 10:25:07 am
We have has two frosts on the top of the section this week.

The days however have been fabulous if not overly warm. So good that I took myself off for a walk many km away from Clevendon to a couple of spots I haven't been to since I was 9.

Didn't quite have the beaches to myself - it was me, a keen fisherman (I don't know what he expected to catch at noon on a low tide) and a campervan of oldies.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 05, 2012, 02:46:59 pm

What a difference a few hours can make....


(http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/oo227/Kiwithrottlejockey/Scenic%20and%20Weather%20Pix%202012/IMG_8459_800px.jpg)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on May 14, 2012, 09:59:30 am

Taumarunui is getting it  
http://www.metservice.com/national/maps-rain-radar/rain-radar/all-new-zealand

we'd like a wee bit. Not tooo much. Just enough.  

 


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 14, 2012, 10:40:48 am

Rather wet in Wellington this morning....(http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/WetDog.gif)

However, out at the airport (on the other side of a ridge of hills from downtown Wellywood) it is a lot better, although still a crappy day.

I guess I'll find out what the weather in Napier and Hastings is like when I get there about half-way through the lunchhour.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 14, 2012, 02:06:09 pm

No rain in Napier or Hastings.

No sunshine either, though.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 17, 2012, 01:18:45 pm

It's a beautiful day in Wairarapa today. Sunshine, blue skies, no clouds and a mere gentle breath of wind.

Shit it was cold this morning though....BRRRRRRRRRR....I had to get up just after 3:30am and started work before 4:30am.

There's a bit of snow on the hills around here too....the first snowfall of the year at the bottom of the North Island.



Chill hits region as temperature hit -1°C

By MICHELLE DUFF - The Dominion Post | 9:14AM - Thursday, 17 May 2012

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EARLY TASTE OF WINTER: Snow on the eastern side of Tararua Range as viewed from Masterton.
 — SEAMUS BOYER/The Dominion Post.


IF YOU reached for another blanket and thought it felt chillier than usual last night, you were right.

A bitter chill descended over Wellington, with temperatures dropping below zero in some parts of the city.

The average temperature across the city was 5°C, and while Metservice clocked a technically cooler 4°C on a night in early May, the southerly

wind chill factor last night meant it felt much colder.

In Wallaceville in Upper Hutt, residents would have been justified in cranking up the heaters as temperatures dropped to -1°C.

The chill was also felt in Wairarapa, with -1°C recorded in Martinborough at 7am today and just above 2°C in Masterton.

Snow fell on the Rimutaka Ranges last night.


(http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/News%20Story%20Pix%202012/6938024s_17May12.jpg)
EARLY TASTE OF WINTER: Snow on the eastern side of Tararua Range as viewed from near Masterton.
 — SEAMUS BOYER/The Dominion Post.


(http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/News%20Story%20Pix%202012/6938025s_17May12.jpg)
EARLY TASTE OF WINTER: Snow on the eastern side of Tararua Range as viewed from near Masterton.
 — SEAMUS BOYER/The Dominion Post.


It was slightly warmer in Lower Hutt at 2°C, with central Wellington enjoying a comparitively balmy 5°C.

This morning, temperatures had risen to 6°C, with Metservice recommending three to four layers and one windproof layer of clothing.

Forecaster Derek Holland said a cold southwesterly change had swept over the country, bringing up freezing air from the south.

It would remain cold until Sunday, when it would start to improve.

Snow had fallen in the central North Island, with a farmer calling to report snow at ground level near Tangiwai in the Central Plateau.

The Mount Ruapehu website was reporting snow falls for the past two days.

Turoa Ski Area opens on 16th June and Whakapapa Ski Area opens on 23rd June.




http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/wellington-weather/6938088/Chill-hits-region-as-temperature-hit-1degC (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/wellington-weather/6938088/Chill-hits-region-as-temperature-hit-1degC)



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 17, 2012, 04:58:51 pm

It is going to be another cold-one tonight where I am.

The sun has set and the temperature has plummetted already!  (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/WarmingByTheFire.gif)



However, one good thing is that I don't have to get out of bed at 3:30am tomorrow morning as I go onto late shift and start at 2:30pm. However, the downside is that I don't finish until well after midnight, when the temperature will no doubt be freezing.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on May 17, 2012, 05:03:20 pm
A lot of wind and power flicks last night.

It made a change from the thunder and lightning.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on May 26, 2012, 12:06:22 pm
It is noon and the fog still hasn't lifted in Auckland.

It might be only on the harbour but it is a little hard to tell from here. We are still in it.


Heavy fog disrupts Auckland flights
Last updated 10:56 26/05/2012  JOHN SELKIRK/Fairfax

 LATEST: Heavy fog has disrupted flights at Auckland Airport this morning.

Some aircraft have been unable to land at the airport due to the fog and it has caused flights departing the city from being delayed as well.

Flights will be able to land once fog is 550m from ground level, an airways control spokeswoman said.

Both international and domestic flights have been disrupted.

As of 10.30 this morning, seven flights out of Auckland had been delayed and a further five were cancelled.

Flights to Rotorua, Tauranga, Christchurch, Whakatane and the Bay of Islands had all been cancelled.

Domestic flights to Wellington, Hawkes Bay, Nelson and Blenheim had been delayed by one to two hours. It is not known whether all of these flights were disrupted due to the fog.

Dozens more flights into Auckland had also been either delayed or cancelled.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/travel-troubles/6993446/Heavy-fog-disrupts-Auckland-flights (http://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/travel-troubles/6993446/Heavy-fog-disrupts-Auckland-flights)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 26, 2012, 01:11:04 pm

Nevermind....


On another thread, I recently posted an "Auckland to Wellington in five minutes" video guide for JAFAs who wish to escape the dreary JAFA weather (and all the other negative JAFA things). I think I may has posted it to the REAL NZers versus the JAFAs thread.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on May 26, 2012, 09:59:53 pm
The one with all the rain south of Auckland?


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on May 27, 2012, 09:49:03 am
It was sunny when I opened the curtains this morning. It's now cloudy and looks like there might be a few showers today.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on May 27, 2012, 10:39:34 am

extract from
{WATCH Event 2012/1.366}
SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR OTAGO, WESTLAND, BULLER, NELSON, MARLBOROUGH,
WELLINGTON, WAIRARAPA, TARANAKI, TAUMARUNUI, WAITOMO, BAY OF PLENTY
ROTORUA
ISSUED BY METSERVICE AT 0902hrs 27-May-2012
http://metservice.com/national/warnings/severe-weather-watch

Calm here, cloudy warm. Norwesterlly tending. With a bit of luck some of the SI hydro lakes may get  a topup before the winter snowfalls lock the water up till spring thaw.






Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on June 06, 2012, 08:43:07 am


We had very fine snow between 4 and 5:30AM, it looked more like frozen fog falling in windless conditions.  Sun coming up from a clear sky now... 0c  looks pretty out there but I ain't going out to play in it


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: guest49 on June 06, 2012, 10:14:38 am
Mixed rain and snow at present.  Not sleet - big flakes amongst the raindrops.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on June 06, 2012, 11:03:24 am
No snow here but we had a decent thunderstorm overnight. It was loud enough to wake me up as was the hailstorm. At one stage I thought someone was throwing lots of stones against my bedroom window it was so loud. It's cold here now with light rain.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: robman on June 06, 2012, 12:41:26 pm
We've still got a moist northerly and about 19 deg. I think that will change in the next 24hrs.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on June 06, 2012, 12:53:21 pm
Still snowing heavy here.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on June 06, 2012, 01:15:10 pm
Air New Zealand has cancelled flights to and from Wellington Airport this morning due to snow and icy conditions in the South Island.

Nearly 20 flights in and out of Wellington Airport have been cancelled, mainly to and from Christchurch and Dunedin.

Sixty-eight of the airline's flights have been affected by delays and cancellations nationwide, these also include flights for  Blenheim and Palmerston North.

Air New Zealand communications manager Brigitte Ransom said flow-on cancellations and delays across the network were expected and the airline apologised passengers for any inconvenience caused.

Resuming a normal schedule would depend on weather conditions in Christchurch and Dunedin.

Customers on cancelled services have been rebooked on flights later today where possible but some had chosen to return home and fly tomorrow instead, she said.

None of the airline's international flights have yet been affected.

They would issue an update on flight cancellations later today, she said.

Jetstar's 10.50am flight from Wellington to Queenstown was cancelled.

The airline was forced to cancel 14 flights in total including two international flights between Melbourne and Christchurch.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/7051678/South-Island-snow-stops-Wellington-flights


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on June 06, 2012, 05:54:07 pm

it's been bitterly cold all day, -2.4 at present. I have set a wardrobe heater in the pumpshed, under the filters and plumbing.

 hell, -2.9 already


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 07, 2012, 10:38:32 am

The sun is now shining in Masterton.  (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/42emhot.gif)

I've just got back from Wellington and am about to head out the gate (finished work for the day).

It's still bloody cold though!  (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/12emdgust.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on June 07, 2012, 06:34:26 pm
No wonder it was a bit chilly.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/7055292/Coldest-day-in-130-years-of-records


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: guest49 on June 07, 2012, 06:42:27 pm
No wonder it was a bit chilly.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/7055292/Coldest-day-in-130-years-of-records


So much for global warming! (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/10emsad.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on June 07, 2012, 07:40:45 pm
I am sure we never used to get frosts, much less snow at sea level  years ago.   Maybe in my old age I have a selective memory.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on June 08, 2012, 09:03:12 am
I am sure we never used to get frosts, much less snow at sea level  years ago.   Maybe in my old age I have a selective memory.


I have been in this neck of the woods since 1986. It is a recognisable micro climate here but seems to me the the seasons have been all mixed up during the last 10. Dunno whether to blame the govt or el nino/la nina



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 08, 2012, 03:00:11 pm
So much for global warming! (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/10emsad.gif)


Well....the climate scientists have been telling us for many years that increasing average temperatures will mean more extremes of weather, both hot and cold.

I guess climatic events around the world over the past few years are proving them right, eh?



Anyway, it was bloody freezing in Wairarapa when I started work at 4:30am this morning.

Although, the temperature is much more pleasant now.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on June 10, 2012, 09:12:19 am
It's a bit chilly here this morning with lots of clouds. Maybe rain soon.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 10, 2012, 12:12:35 pm

Trentham was like Siberia when I passed through there enroute to Wellywood about 9 o'clock this morning.

It had thawed out when I passed back through there about 10:25am on the way home, but it was still bloody chilly.

Back in Wairarapa where it was bitterly cold early this morning, it is a beautiful fine day, but there is still a mean chill in the air.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 12, 2012, 01:10:49 pm

Passing showers with drizzle between the showers in Masterton at the moment.

And it is absolutely bloody freezing when you step outside.

You can definitely feel that it is snowing in the hills around here!

BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!  (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/ColdBreath.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on June 12, 2012, 01:25:03 pm

temp is rising, 4.7c  now. showers sleet occassionally. Real Nasty stuff going out to sea.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: robman on June 12, 2012, 09:21:49 pm
First fire of the winter tonight but I'm still in shorts, not for bloody long though. I think I'll change back to jeans before bedtime..


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on June 17, 2012, 07:24:11 am

-5.1c here now now.  Tap frozen, had to kick the petflap in front door open so as to prevent pet distress!

 lucky we have more than one toilet, two flushes used up already: best frost since year before last;

glad I had a wardrobe heater set on timer in pumpshed, hope it's been enough to keep things right for the pump and filtration system

I even checked a local online weather station, http://www.fairfieldweather.info/   as I was needing confirmation.

Check the records button on the linked site.

DCC Octogon webcam says  3°C Partly cloudy, 2km/hour East. Local time: 07:15 am

Waiting for the windchange here, deadcalm at present.
   


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on June 17, 2012, 08:41:06 am
Very similar here.    Won't be doing the washing this side of lunch time I suspect.   Ice in the insides of the windows.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on June 17, 2012, 10:20:02 am
It's cold In the Hutt today - it was cold yesterday and it was cold the day before. I know it's not as cold her as Nitz and Magoo's little piece of paradise but it's still brass monkeys (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/11emcry.gif)

Heaters are on - cats are inside - enuf said.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on June 17, 2012, 10:21:42 am
Oh .. and I've taken a weeks leave - do you think the sun might like to shine?


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 17, 2012, 12:27:03 pm
It's cold In the Hutt today - it was cold yesterday and it was cold the day before. I know it's not as cold her as Nitz and Magoo's little piece of paradise but it's still brass monkeys (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/11emcry.gif)

Heaters are on - cats are inside - enuf said.


Beyond the fog, there was plenty of snow on the hills out the back of Upper Hutt this morning.

It was still there late-morning when I was on the return trip heading home.

And over in Wairarapa, the hills to the west of the railway line between Featherston and Carterton were covered in a dusting of snow, as was the Aorangi Range to the southeast. The Tararua Range is covered in snow, including right down low into the bush.

And it's still bloody chilly outside, inspite of blue skies, sunshine and absolutely no wind.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 17, 2012, 12:29:55 pm
Oh .. and I've taken a weeks leave - do you think the sun might like to shine?


You're definitely tempting MR MURPHY to chuck a spanner into the perverbial there....(https://cdn.smfboards.com/Smileys/smf/buck2.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on June 17, 2012, 03:08:11 pm
Oh .. and I've taken a weeks leave - do you think the sun might like to shine?
The sun is shining here and I hope the sun shine where you are Ali is spreading more warmth than ours.   It has reached a high of 6.    I am cancelling today due to a lack of interest.  ::)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on June 17, 2012, 03:22:20 pm
Oh .. and I've taken a weeks leave - do you think the sun might like to shine?


You're definitely tempting MR MURPHY to chuck a spanner into the perverbial there....(https://cdn.smfboards.com/Smileys/smf/buck2.gif)


I'm in long need of a break ... if the sun doesn't shine, so be it. This is the first time in over 18 months when I can have me time - if it means staying put and doing f-all, a break is a break.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on June 17, 2012, 03:30:22 pm
I agree and sometimes an at home holiday is the best kind.    I am always resolved never to care about the weather when I am travelling anywhere though.   Not a time to be negative.   I hope you enjoy your break what ever you do.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: guest49 on June 17, 2012, 08:31:56 pm
Minus 2 at 1100hrs today @ home.  Reached a high of +5 @ 1500hrs before dropping again.  I've now moved down country to where its cooler.  Dont have a thermometer here.  Must buy one.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on June 17, 2012, 09:14:29 pm
Minus 2 at 1100hrs today @ home.  Reached a high of +5 @ 1500hrs before dropping again.  I've now moved down country to where its cooler.  Dont have a thermometer here.  Must buy one.

Sometimes it's best not knowing the numbers! Hot is hot, warm is warm, cold is cold and freezing is brass monkeys!!!!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on June 17, 2012, 09:15:05 pm
I agree and sometimes an at home holiday is the best kind.    I am always resolved never to care about the weather when I am travelling anywhere though.   Not a time to be negative.   I hope you enjoy your break what ever you do.

I'm enjoying spending time with the furbabies - even the one with teeth!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on June 18, 2012, 05:49:24 am
It's cold In the Hutt today - it was cold yesterday and it was cold the day before. I know it's not as cold her as Nitz and Magoo's little piece of paradise but it's still brass monkeys (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/11emcry.gif)

Heaters are on - cats are inside - enuf said.

these younguns musta been on painkillers even way back in May


http://www.3news.co.nz/Youths-strip-off-for-greener-transport/tabid/315/articleID/255903/Default.aspx


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on June 18, 2012, 06:35:48 am
Some relief from the frost, which according to ZB this morning was the hardest in 25 years.   I was very pleased to hear rain on the roof during the night.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on June 18, 2012, 07:54:50 am
I hope our frost, that started as the sun went down and was -3 by 8pm, has had time to thaw the Northern approach to the bridge before traffic has to use it. There were several interesting wheelies tyremarks in the ice when I went to town yesterday

No rain yet, temp began rising with Northerly breeze. 4.5 now. Baro dropping.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on June 18, 2012, 10:28:08 am
It's cloudy in the Hutt this morning. Heater's on with 3 furbabies well settled in front of it. The poor wee souls had to crawl out from under the duvet and walk the 5 metres to the heater. I'm expecting a call from the SPCA in answer to the complaint they will have received from my poor cats. I'm sure they think I could have left the bed unmade all day to keep them happy.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on June 26, 2012, 05:20:18 pm
quick, before it gets dark - take a qick trip round Queenstown
http://www.tourism.net.nz/listing/nztg/visitor-information/106524?from=http://www.tourism.net.nz/region/queenstown/visitor-information/web-cams/other-listings/


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on June 30, 2012, 09:42:42 am
It's cold in the Hutt this morning. I thought I saw a glimmer of blue sky and a little sunshine earlier but it didn't last. It will be cold and wet when I finish my shift at 10.00pm tonight. Methinks heavy coat and brolly weather!

Why is it that I have to go out to work, yet my cats are still in bed cuddled up nice and snug? Not fair!

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on June 30, 2012, 10:23:02 am
It is 2.    ::)  Why is it that winter always seem so looooooooooooong?


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 30, 2012, 03:28:31 pm

The sun is shining....well, sort of....


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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on July 01, 2012, 07:43:09 am

dawn is breaking, eastern sky is picture perfect.

temp -5.7  pipes are frozen, can't flush loo or brush my teeth


I didn't buy those USB handwarmers, too late now.


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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on July 01, 2012, 10:38:26 am
-2.   Moan, gripe, whinge, mutter.   Make that -3


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on July 02, 2012, 07:53:26 am
Edited somewhat

dawn is breaking, eastern sky is picture perfect.

temp -6.5  pipes are frozen, can't flush loo or brush my teeth


I didn't buy those USB handwarmers, too late now.


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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on July 02, 2012, 09:38:55 am
Moan, gripe, whinge, mutter.


Yep....x10 at Auckland Airport.

Bloody hoardes of ankle-biters and teenagers everywhere.

It must be the bloody school holidays.

I hope I don't end up with heaps of them on my flight.



Anyway....an average day in Auckland. Mostly cloudy, but a few patches of blue sky visible.

Temperature in the low teens.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on July 02, 2012, 01:21:16 pm

The weather is definitely better in Wellington today than in Auckland.

And the mountains of Tongariro National Park looked a real picture again as they slipped past....


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I guess I'll find out what the weather is like in Wairarapa in about 30 minutes or so when the train emerges from the Featherston side of the Rimutaka Tunnel.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on July 03, 2012, 08:13:48 am
dawn has broken, eastern sky is picture perfect.

temp -2.6 and rising

 drizzling in Dunedin,

My weather station was saying rain but now it says SNOW, baro says 1014, I say it's gonna rain

That'll make some fun on the local roads


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on July 03, 2012, 08:29:32 am
Not as cold in the Hutt but it's still cold enough. I'm on night shift - bed time for me!

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on July 03, 2012, 08:30:22 am
Oh, and if you don't mind Mr Weatherman ... I'd like some rain please so no-one can mow their lawns or use their weedeaters.

Thank you.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on July 05, 2012, 12:10:58 pm
There must have been a huge down pour here on Tuesday (3 July) there is bark chips and garden debre right across the back yard and the neighbour behind us came close to being flooded by the water coming down the hill and across our place.

Today it is fog, lots and lots of fog. It is still too foggy to drive without headlights along Glenfield Rd, Birkdale and Windy Ridge.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on July 10, 2012, 11:39:10 pm

The sun was shining on both sides of the ranges at the bottom of the North Island this morning!  (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/shine.gif)

However, by late lunchtime, it had clouded over on the Wellington side, although it did clear somewhat by late afternoon when I headed back there again.

Meanwhile, it remained clear skies and sunny all day on the Wairarapa side.

It's a clear, but bloody freezing night tonight in Wairarapa.

There's a bloody mean frost out there.....BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on July 11, 2012, 10:14:55 am

12 days without rain, 5 without frost.

Had to water my tub gardens

Spring Drought starting?                    (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/IceMelted.gif)



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on July 11, 2012, 09:46:51 pm

Shit it was cold this morning!  (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/Shivering.gif)

That was followed by a beautiful sunny day....(http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/Sunshine.gif)

Now it's back to freezing again....another bloody cold night with a mean frost!!  (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/Shiver.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on August 12, 2012, 02:19:13 pm

It's bloody pissing down at my place, and has been ALL day.


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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on August 14, 2012, 09:48:55 am


Yesterdays rainfall  26.0 mm

Mud, mud, glorious mud

Home » News » Dunedin

 
By Ellie Constantine
Tue, 14 Aug 2012
News: Dunedin
 
Testing the course for Sunday's Mud Sweat and Tears Challenge at Wingatui Racecourse is Dunedin operations manager Paul Vlietstra.
When we grow up, opportunities to play in the mud become few and far between, but 500 people will do just that in Dunedin this Sunday. ...

http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/221476/mud-mud-glorious-mud


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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on August 14, 2012, 09:58:52 am

It's a glorious, sunny day at my place.

And I just noticed this morning that the blossoms are out on my apple trees.

Yet it's still winter!!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on August 14, 2012, 05:19:59 pm




Mud, mud, glorious mud





I had a good chuckle when I read this. It reminded me of that glorious (pardon the pun) song from way back ...

Mud, mud glorious mud
Nothing quite like it for soothing the blood
So follow then follow
Down to the hollow
Where all of us wallow in glor-ious MUD.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on August 14, 2012, 05:26:50 pm
Pisculating down here.  So much water we could almost weigh anchor.    Ducks have moved into the flooded paddocks.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on August 14, 2012, 05:40:55 pm
Sunny in the Hutt for most of the day.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on August 14, 2012, 05:47:10 pm
It was warm up here this morning. So warm that I was hot in a long sleaved top and one of the mums at Mainly Music was in T-shirt and shorts.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on September 03, 2012, 03:02:30 pm
It threw it down this morning about 9:30am. I was driving at the time and was hard pressed to see the car in front. Nobody with half a brain was travelling at 50km/h.

Houses flooded in Auckland downpourhttp://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10831376 (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10831376)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on September 08, 2012, 02:05:54 pm

Wild winds batter Wellington

Winds cancel flights and close Rimutaka Hill Road

By MICHELLE COOKE - The Dominion Post | 12:49P - Saturday, 08 September 2012

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WILD: Large waves bash the seawall along Oriental Parade. — MAARTEN HOLL/The Dominion Post.

ABOUT 6000 homes in Upper Hutt are without electricity after high winds caused a power outage.

High winds in the Wellington region have caused flights to be cancelled, uprooted trees and blown roofs off buildings.

Homes in Trentham and Brown Owl lost power about midday.

Wellington Electricity spokesman Hugo Armstrong said crews were working to fix the outage but he did not know how long it would take.

He said the outage may have been caused by power lines clashing due to high winds.

Several flights in and out of the capital have been cancelled, diverted or delayed, forcing passengers to rebook.

One Southgate resident watched as a Jetstar plane made two failed attempts to land before landing safely on the third, while another Jetstar flight was forced to return to Auckland, a Wellington Airport spokesman said.

State Highway 2 over Rimutaka Hill will be closed until 7am on Sunday due to high winds.

Police described the driving conditions as "extremely dangerous".


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SMASHED: A window lies on the footpath after being blown out at the Amora Hotel in Wellington.
 — MAARTEN HOLL/The Dominion Post.


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CRASHED: A window lies on the footpath after being blown out at the Amora Hotel in Wellington.
 — MAARTEN HOLL/The Dominion Post.


Meanwhile, the wind has also forced windows to crash out of buildings, send trampolines flying, uprooted trees and brought telephone lines down.

The wind forced a window at the Amora Hotel to crash onto Wakefield Street, while a large sign on Dixon Street was uplifted and came smashing down onto a car, breaking its windscreen into pieces.

A trampoline was lifted by the wind and thrown into powerlines in Northland, Wellington, while sheets of corrugated iron have been ripped off Shed 6 on Wellington's waterfront.

The Fire Service has responded to a number of calls relating to uprooted trees and parts of roofs lifting off in Island Bay, Kilbirnie and Wainuiomata, fire central communications shift manager David Meikle said.

The lights at the intersection of John Street, Riddiford Street and Adelaide Road in Newtown stopped working, but council staff were tmanually managing the traffic.

Peter Lambrechsten and his wife were surprised to awake to tree which had crashed onto their three daughter's tree hut, causing some minor damage.

The Fire Service responded, because it was a health hazard, and it was now chopped into pieces all over their lawn in Strathmore Park.

Waves were being forced across both lanes on Cobham Drive, near the airport, Lambrechsten said.

"It's definitelty crazy, crazy weather out there."


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HANGING IN THERE: Yachts moored off Hataitai Beach in Evans Bay.
 — GRAEME MOWDAY/The Dominion Post.


The strong winds have forced the cancellation of the rugby fanzone ahead of the All Blacks Argentina test at Westpac Stadium tonight.

Heavy rain is also expected for the Tararua Range and the central North Island.

The MetService is expected about 100mm of rain from 10am on Saturday to 10pm on Sunday.

Yesterday, strong winds brought power lines down cutting power to about 350 Paparangi and Newlands customers.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/wellington-weather/7638630/Wild-winds-batter-Wellington (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/wellington-weather/7638630/Wild-winds-batter-Wellington)



Location: State Highway 2, Rimutaka Hill
District: Wellington

12:28pm - 8th September 2012

Rimutaka Hill Road Closed

Short description: Rimutaka Hill Road Closed

Full description:

Police advise that the Rimutaka Hill is closed until further notice due to  high winds causing extremely dangerous driving conditions.

Please delay travels or use an alternative route.

You can also view the full details of the alert online at:

http://www.police.govt.nz/news/updates/32653 (http://www.police.govt.nz/news/updates/32653)



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on September 08, 2012, 03:03:58 pm

It has been great, warm, 19c, bright sun here today

yeahbut

the arse has fallen out of the baro and we've got 970 hectawatsits  so sumpin's brewing

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on September 08, 2012, 08:30:08 pm

I can see faint flashes in the sky and hear thunder in the distance!


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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on September 11, 2012, 05:23:01 pm
A new alert is available for you to view on the Police website:

Location: State Highway 1, Rimutaka Hill
District: Wellington

Rimutaka Hill Snowfall

Short description: Rimutaka Hill Snowfall

Full description:
State Highway 1, Rimutaka Hill is currently experiencing rain, hail, and patchy snowfall which is forecast to increase over the remainder of the evening.  The current advice from NZTA is that 10 centimetres plus of snow is likely to fall and there is a significant chance of the road closing this evening.
Motorists having to travel over the Rimutaka Hill are urged to plan their travel sooner rather than later, and to drive according to the conditions.


You can also view the full details of the alert online at:


http://www.police.govt.nz/news/updates/32677

Thanks,

New Zealand Police


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on September 11, 2012, 05:23:22 pm
It's cold in the Hutt but nothing like it is down in the deep South.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Newtown-Fella on September 11, 2012, 07:48:09 pm
im feeling left out ......

in Newtown its 9c no rain no snow no hail ......

come on Mr Weatherman whats happening ........


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on September 12, 2012, 06:34:40 am
I got caught in the hail storm in Central Wellnigton last night just before 8.30pm on my way to work. It was cold when I left work at 6.00am this morning. Electric blanket is on, hot bath has been run so I can thaw out before going to bed ... it can snow, rain and do whatever the hell it likes now .....



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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on September 12, 2012, 09:36:18 am

Awww Ali! Just think how lucky you are that it didn't happen ON YOUR WAY to work!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on September 12, 2012, 12:17:09 pm

Awww Ali! Just think how lucky you are that it didn't happen ON YOUR WAY to work!


It did. There was light rain on the drive from the Hutt into Wellington. I called into the supermarket and when I came out the hail was bucketing down. I waited for a little while but in the end had to brave the dash to the car. It took quite a while for my hair to dry and for the hail stones to melt.

I'm tucked up in front of the heater now but have to go to Physio in another hour. If I didn't have an appointment I would not be getting out of my nice warm PJ's and going out.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on September 12, 2012, 12:31:45 pm
Yesterday was weird up here.

Fine, nek minnit, pissing down, nek minnit blue sky, nek minnit pissing horizontally. I swear the weather was changing every 30 seconds.

It all seems to have blown through last night cos at the moment it is a lovely sunny day and I have been out in the garden.

Pity about the very muddy lawn.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on September 12, 2012, 03:26:06 pm

It was snowing in Masterton when I got out of bed this morning.

But as the ground isn't cold, it wasn't settling for long.

Driving a train over to Wellington late-morning, it was snowing south of Carterton.

It was also snowing up near the Wairarapa portal of the Rimutaka Tunnel.

And the hills are covered in snow down to low levels in Wairarapa.

It looks like the worst of it has moved to the northeast now.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on September 12, 2012, 09:23:06 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kLHfNabaK0 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kLHfNabaK0)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on September 13, 2012, 10:50:08 am
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=xSpDv_2yICA


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on September 13, 2012, 03:15:04 pm

It's a beautiful, sunny, blue-skies spring day in Wairarapa today.

The birds are singing, the blossoms are still out after yesterday's storm, and the hills are covered in snow to low level, creating a lovely backdrop.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: dragontamer on September 13, 2012, 03:17:25 pm
Beautiful, but a cool 13 degrees (the breeze is cool).


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on September 17, 2012, 05:48:40 pm
It started off with sun. rain.sun.hail.sun. hailrainsunrainsun in quick succession, till about 3pm

Musta missed the worst of it, 'cos it seems ChCh got it

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Community/MessageBoard/Messages.aspx?id=1117875&topic=45

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on September 17, 2012, 06:48:20 pm
Started off beautiful here this morning and then a sea fog rolled over about 10am.  It was glorious just down the road but stayed foggy and grey here all day.      At 4pm black clouds rolled over and I had to put the lights on, followed by torrential rain and thunder.   Didn't look out to see if there was lightning too.    Four seasons in one day today.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on September 21, 2012, 01:40:11 pm

An overcast day in Masterton today with the sun occasionally peeking through the clouds.

No wind and the temperature at my place is currrently 16.5°C.






So....what's the weather going to be like in Auckland this weekend? A group of us are going out to a long lunch at a restaurant in JAFAville on Sunday. Some of the people are flying up there from the bottom of the North Island for the day, and some of us decided to make a weekend of it. I'm flying up there from Masterton this evening so I can go shopping for some more SLR camera lenses at a place in Glenfield tomorrow (they have the best prices in the country). I don't have to work again until the middle of next week, so I'm not flying home again until Monday evening. So I expect you JAFAs to turn on good weather.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on September 21, 2012, 02:50:36 pm
Enjoy your lunch.   It is about 12 here, fine and sunny.    Would have been an ok day except for the 4.5 that gave us a reality check.  ::)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on September 21, 2012, 03:44:51 pm
When we get it good here it's often the worst ever up there.

Today is brilliant, no wind and I have finished half the lawn already.

It's going to be a great weekend.  



started this at 2 o'clock, have just finished a nanny nap. what a way to spend a beautiful afternoon.



22oc


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on September 21, 2012, 04:46:33 pm
It's been a glorious day in the Capital - apparently. I'm on night shift so have been in bed most of the day. It was stunning when I drove home this morning just after 7.00am and when I got up at 3.30pm it was still sunny. Wellington Harbour was simply gorgeous this morning as I drove along the motorway. We are forecast for a fabulous weekend too.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on October 12, 2012, 09:39:01 am

weather doesn't look too good in my neck of the woods for Labour Weekend and our School's 150th anniversary and reunion  :'(

http://metservice.com/national/maps-rain-radar/rain-radar-forecasts/rain-forecast-7-day



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on October 17, 2012, 03:47:40 pm

'twas a wee bit blustery (well, gale-force winds) and overcast where I was this morning.

However, I've switched locations during the first half of the afternoon and now it's fine weather where I currently am.

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on October 18, 2012, 12:18:11 pm


http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/top-stories/15148525/your-official-labour-weekend-forecast-and-travel-forecast/

nice day here, clouding over now: (promised us rain yesterday too, we got FOG. Metservice can't tell the difference;)

 my weather station is registering CLOUDY now, temp 16.1c.



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on October 18, 2012, 03:09:31 pm

Bloody hell....it has been blowing like Wellington, or Wairarapa in Auckland today.

I went over to Devonport to meet up with someone for lunch, and crossing the road from the Devonport ferry terminal was almost as bad as crossing Whitmore Street in Wellington in wild winds. Queen Street was just as bad this morning too. And it was raining. Good “turning umbrellas inside-out” weather. Just like Wellywood!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Ferney on October 18, 2012, 03:30:30 pm
I thought you must be in Auckland TJ cos it looked like the museum, sky tower and Mt Eden in the background but wasn't sure.   Have you ever been to North Head and walked around it when you've been up here.   Its just along the road that goes east from the
Devonport wharf.   Its a great view of Ak and the harbour  right up to Whangaparoa.   I'd live in Devonport if I could afford it.
Devonport was one of my teenage haunts for the movies and band practice was up on Mt Victoria.

Would have been nice and windy up there today.   


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on October 18, 2012, 04:15:35 pm

I've been for a walk around to North Head, last year (I also checked out the Navy Museum). It is a great walk. Too bloody windy today though.

I'm on a lighting visit to Auckland (2 nights) because I'm off to the performance in the Town Hall tonight (http://apo.co.nz/concert-events/bach-mass-in-b-minor) of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and the University of Auckland Chamber Choir (and soloists) performing J. S. Bach's “Mass in B Minor”. It's one of those huge works that is seldom performed live in NZ, because it is such an epic for both the choir and orchestra. It was performed in Wellington two years ago by the Vector Wellington Orchestra and Orpheus Choir, but unfortunately I couldn't get the time off work due to staff shortages, so when I discovered it was being performed in Auckland this year, I made sure I got in early and got the time off. I had rostered days off yesterday and today, so I just had to take tomorrow off. I'm flying back to Wellington tomorrow morning then catching the train over to Masterton. Back to work on early shift Saturday morning.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on October 18, 2012, 10:16:20 pm

Well....it's still blowing like Wellington/Wairarapa in Auckland. I suppose it's calm in Wellington?   ::)


Anyway, the Bach Mass in B Minor was absolutely superb....well worth travelling up here for. The amazing thing is that Bach himself never ever heard the completed work. In fact, he only heard a tiny fraction of it. After he died, the score gathered dust for over a hundred years (basically Bach's music went out of fashion and died with him). It was only when a much later generation of musicians and composers, beginning with Felix Mendelssohn started digging out Bach's musical scores and putting on performances of his works that the world woke up to what a huge musical genius Bach was. And even today, people have no clue as to why Bach (who was a staunch protestant) wrote as his finest choral work, a Roman Catholic Latin Choral Mass. Many people consider Bach's Mass in B Minor to be the greatest choral work ever written. It is certainly an epic feat for any orchestra and choir which sets out to perform it.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on October 26, 2012, 12:41:46 pm

It's was a reasonable sort of day in Wairarapa this morning (a wee bit cloudy, but also a wee bit of sunshine).

It isn't too bad in Wellington at the moment either, although a wee bit chilly outside.....


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(those aren't UFOs....they are floodlights inside the domestic terminal at Wellington Airport reflecting in the windows)


I guess I'll find out what the weather is like in Gizzy when I get there.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on October 27, 2012, 09:47:33 am

How's the weather? NICE.....about 26°C with a gentle breeze. I'd forgotten about Gisborne's early summers that begin in September or October.

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on October 29, 2012, 09:49:45 am

Yet another nice, very warm day in Gizzy, although a thin layer of high cloud is slighly diluting the sun.

I'll head up Kaiti Hill to take a weather piccy before I fly out to Ork-lund just after lunch. I'll post the piccy to this thread at some point, possibly later in the day. I may even stick an Auckland weather piccy into the thread as well, just for a bit of variety. I'll have a mad dash in Auckland to get into the downtown area to do a couple of things I've got to do, then I've got to get back to the airport for a 6:30pm flight home to Masterton. I might take another weather piccy or two on the way home.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on October 29, 2012, 04:27:36 pm

Gisborne weather, late morning....

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Auckland weather, late afternoon....

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on October 29, 2012, 08:06:34 pm

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Wairarapa weather this evening....

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on November 02, 2012, 07:57:35 am

meanwhile as of this morning in my neck of the woods:  cloudy, Norwester, 19c   


YEAHBUT
http://metservice.com/national/warnings/index

 ::)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on November 02, 2012, 08:54:21 am

Another cracker of a day in Wairarapa. Sunshine, blue skies and a gentle breeze with temperatures heading for the mid-20s yet again.

Just like every other day this week since I got back from Gizzy and Orks.

We're having an early summer where I live....and it has been bloody good over in Wellington too.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on November 02, 2012, 02:28:06 pm


25°C Showers, 13km/hour North West. Local time: 03:16 pm at http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/webcams/octagon

had 6 drops here a while ago. Northerly now, 29c. but the sensor is in the sun at present



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Ferney on November 02, 2012, 03:24:52 pm
Because its Friday the weather is turning crap as usual.    Going to the beach tonight for the weekend no matter what with my grandson and granddaughter and her partner.      I'll swear we haven't had one decent weekend since last summer...bugger.   


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on November 02, 2012, 03:54:04 pm
Because its Friday the weather is turning crap as usual.    Going to the beach tonight for the weekend no matter what with my grandson and granddaughter and her partner.      I'll swear we haven't had one decent weekend since last summer...bugger.   

seems like that down here too! nemmind

http://www.metservice.com/rural/seasonal-forecast-north-island

http://www.metservice.com/rural/seasonal-forecast-south-island

new email from Queenstown daughter:

we have just got back from a very windy trip to Kingston, I have never seen it like it before, water was blowing across the paddock from the lake outside our lounge window and trees were losing their branches, I was too scared to drive home but we got here okay and it seems to have eased off.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: dragontamer on November 03, 2012, 10:13:16 pm
It's wet, wet, wet.  But that didn't stop the house on Trices Rd, Prebbleton catching fire.  Huge fire!  Probably fireworks.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on November 03, 2012, 10:34:55 pm
It's wet, wet, wet.  But that didn't stop the house on Trices Rd, Prebbleton catching fire.  Huge fire!  Probably fireworks.

A bit of a drizzly day in Masterton, but it wasn't cold during the day.

Over in Wellington (I worked a late shift) it was bloody freezing.

Back to Masterton and the temperature had dropped, the rain had got steadier, and it sounded like the Battle of the Somme with all the fireworks explosions everywhere around the town. My neighbours over the road were going for it with fireworks in the rain when I got home too.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on November 23, 2012, 05:21:33 pm

The weather wasn't too bad where I am today, although it was probably better down in Wairarapa and Wellington (as usual)....

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Now, there are a lot more clouds around....

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on November 23, 2012, 08:21:09 pm
Told ya the weather changes fast up here in Auckland.

We even had some spits of rain around 6 pm. Just enough for us to move the cake stall under cover but still warm enough that the biggest seller was pineapple on a stick rather than my homemade sweets.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on November 23, 2012, 09:01:42 pm

I forgot the Scenic Hotel Group provide an umbrella in the wardrobe in their premium rooms.

It's one of those top-shelf BLUNT umbrellas too....the extra large one which retails for $135 at Kirks in Wellington, or Smith & Caughey in Auckland.

I didn't really need to pack my own umbrella (which is also a BLUNT, but the mini-one).

I wonder how many of those flash BLUNT umbrellas get nicked by the guests as they check out?


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on November 25, 2012, 04:48:12 pm

Some late-morning weather pix from earlier today....


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Another day of temperatures in the mid-20s. Currently sitting at Auckland airport waiting for a late incoming aircraft which means a late flight home (delayed by one hour, but I'll believe it when I see it if it ends up only being an hour late).


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on November 25, 2012, 07:34:04 pm

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on November 26, 2012, 08:11:06 pm

Another warm day in Wairarapa today.

Although it clouded over early this evening.

It's still 24°C inside my place, in spite of heaps of windows being open.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on November 27, 2012, 11:45:50 am

Partly cloudy and 24°C in Masterton today.

I've got to return to reality (the situation, not the group's idiot) tomorrow....awake at 3:00am and off to work.

The shift that used to start at 4:30am when I went on leave almost two weeks ago now starts at 4:00am.

Bugger!  :'(


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on December 02, 2012, 03:10:35 pm

it must be summer?


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on December 02, 2012, 03:42:02 pm
Gorgeous in the 'Naki yesterday.

Not so good today - plenty of wet stuff.

It isn't in Jafaville yet but there is plenty of wind - The plants I didn't water 3 days ago are in a bad way. :(


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on December 06, 2012, 10:50:31 am
There was thunder in the distance at my parent's place just as I was heading up to Albany.

On the return journey from the south end of the Albany Highway one can normally see all over Wairau Valley, Takapuna, Rangitoto and even Coromandel on a good day.

Today the pale cloud was so low that we couldn't even see North Shore Hospital (in Milford, north of Taka). Albany Highway itself was under high cloud.

In the other direction out west was an ominous wall of black. I could just make out the downpours and was scanning the black line for the water spouts that looked like should be there.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on December 16, 2012, 12:40:38 pm

We're in drought conditions here.   ::) 


btw, the new metservice website will be running in January, I wonder whether they'll make sure we get the weather we want?

http://blog.metservice.com/2012/12/the-new-metservice-website/


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on December 16, 2012, 01:12:20 pm

Hot at my place.

27°C in my lounge and 26°C in the room this computer is in.

Gotta go to work shortly....I hope the chap who was on this morning left the locomotive windows open. I'll be spewing if he hasn't.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on December 16, 2012, 08:52:25 pm

It's still 27°C inside my place (it's going to be a real bugger sleeping tonight).


Here are some early evening photographs taken from Orangi Kaupapa Road in Wellington just over a week ago (on Friday 7th December) showing a storm rolling in from the south. It was still sunny in Wellington, but the crap was about to hit the fan.



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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on December 20, 2012, 07:16:14 am
I left work just after 7.00am this morning after night shift. The drive home along the motorway was stunning. Wellington Harbour was spectacular - what a fabulous sight.

I'm knackered (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/Animated%20emoticons/35_GuteNacht.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on December 21, 2012, 11:54:29 am

Another gorgeous day in paradise (Whakaoriori).

I'll find out what the weather is like on the other side of the hill in Wellington when I drive a train over there later this afternoon.



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on December 25, 2012, 09:04:52 am

A couple of hours ago it was ⅝ cloud-cover in Masterton.

Now it's more like ⅞ cloud-cover.

It's bloody warm though and no wind....just muggy.



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on December 25, 2012, 09:07:57 am

Wellington gets blue skies for Christmas

Weather gods smile on Wellington

By MATT STEWART - The Dominion Post | 9:20AM - 25 December 2012

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CHRISTMAS MIRACLE: Wellingtonians awoke this morning to fine, blue skies in the capital for Christmas.
 — Photo: EMILY LEADBITTER.


CHRISTMAS DAY is shaping up to be subtropical with hot, humid, drizzly and damp weather forecast for the lower North Island.

MetService forecaster Peter Knudsen said the muggy weather was being generated by a slow-moving low on the tale of ex tropical Cyclone Evan that will keep hugging the east coast of the North Island over the coming days.

“It’s a long time since it’s been a cyclone. It’s not an active machine so we don’t expect any wild weather — Christmas Day will be humid and hot and generally fine with cloudy periods, especially morning and night. Wherever there’s morning cloud there’ll be a few drizzle patches associated,” Mr Knudsen said.

There is also a chance of heavy afternoon and evening showers especially in Taranaki, Wanganui and Manawatu.

On Boxing Day the low and an associated trough are likely to move onto central New Zealand bringing rain to many areas and a low risk of heavy rain over the North Island from Waitomo to Wellington, the central high country and in Wairarapa.

The long-range forecast for New Year’s eve and New Year’s day around the lower North Island was for gusty nor’westers and rain as twin highs squeezed the country.

WeatherWatch head analyst Philip Duncan said although the system would make the central North Island vulnerable to rain the overnight temperature should please revellers and sit at reasonably warm maximum of 18°C.

“But the system might arrive a day earlier or a day later, so fingers crossed — that’s the thing with a long-range forecast,” Mr Duncan said.


______________________________________

Christmas Day Weather

WELLINGTON
Mainly sunny and fine apart from morning and evening cloud. chance of evening showers. Southerly change overnight. Maximum of 26°C.

WAIRARAPA
Muggy, morning cloud and drizzle. Maximum for Masterton of 31°C.

HAWKE’S BAY
Mainly fine, humid nor’easters. Maximum for Napier of 29°C.

TARANAKI
Patchy rain and drizzle developing to scattered showers in afternoon and evening. Humid nor’easters. Maximum for New Plymouth of 25°C.

MANAWATU/WHANGANUI
Cloudy periods with a few showers and nor’easters. Maximum of 30°C for Whanganui.

KAPITI
Cloudy with a few showers. Nor’easters developing. Maximum for Paraparaumu of 27°C.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/8115888/Wellington-gets-blue-skies-for-Christmas (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/8115888/Wellington-gets-blue-skies-for-Christmas)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on December 25, 2012, 10:09:15 am
It's stopped raining - for now but the wind is up a bit.

Lord knows what that is going to do to the old gazebo up at my sister's place we are planning to eat Christams dinner under.

Typical Jafa Christmas in other words  :)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on December 25, 2012, 10:27:16 am

Woohoo....the cloud is breaking up at Whakaoriori (Masterton for those of you who don't know the original name).

Earlier today it was about ⅝ cloud-cover, then that increased to about ⅞ cloud-cover a couple of hours ago.

Now it's about ⅜ cloud-cover. And it's already 30°C at my place....the afternoon is going to be HOT!  (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/HotandSweating.gif)



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on December 25, 2012, 03:26:48 pm

Wellington enjoys sun-soaked Christmas

Oriental Bay a hot spot for festivites

By SOPHIE SPEER - The Dominion Post | 2:56PM - Tuesday, 25 December 2012

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GREAT DAY FOR IT: Aussie visitors, from left, Chelsea Lewis, 17, Caitlyn Lewis, 13, and Lyndell Karo, 11,
with Adventure Wellington Santa Roy Hoogmoed at Oriental Bay. — KEVIN STENT/Fairfax NZ.


ALFRESCO Christmas celebrations are on the cards for Wellingtonians as the sun shines down on the capital.

By 11am, Oriental Bay was teeming with families and friends taking a Christmas dip and soaking up the sunshine.

Among beach revellers are members of meet up group Adventure Wellington, who are holding an all-day Christmas party on the beach for people without family in Wellington.

Member Simon Carter said they were expecting more than 100 people to head along to the event, where there will be a secret Santa, food, music and games.

Dressed in Santa suits, Mr Carter along with Roy Hoogmoed, Ronel Ellis and Chris Campbell paddled in kayaks and on paddle boards from the lagoon to Oriental Bay, with a Christmas tree attached to a kayak.

They became attractions as beach goers lined up to get their photo taken with the festive Santas.

Australians Chelsea Lewis, 17, Caitlin Lewis, 13, and Lyndell Karo, 11, are spending Christmas in Wellington after visiting family in Matamata and Whangarei.

Chelsea said she did not expected it to be so hot and sunny on Christmas day, and they were loving spending the morning on the beach. “This sand isn’t as nice as Australia’s though.”

Eight-year-old Sam Davidson, from Upper Hutt, was at the beach with her parents playing with her Lalaloopsy doll she received from Santa.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/8117871/Wellington-enjoys-sun-soaked-Christmas (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/8117871/Wellington-enjoys-sun-soaked-Christmas)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on December 25, 2012, 03:29:29 pm

It's 33°C at my place now and no wind (or even a gentle breeze) to cool things down.

Too bloody hot!  (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/MeltingHot.gif)



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on December 25, 2012, 03:45:49 pm

Storm warning for Wellington

By MATT STEWART - The Dominion Post | 5:33PM - Tuesday, 25 December 2012

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CHRISTMAS could end with a thunderstorm in Wellington, as the remnants of Cyclone Evan push through tropical weather.

The capital is on watch for a severe thunderstorm this evening, with parts of the Wairarapa and Manawatu already lashed with torrential rain, thunder and even hail.

Metservice severe weather forecaster John Crouch said that weather could drift over the mountain ranges to Wellington tonight.

“There is a potential for flash floods, that is a real risk with these torrential downpours,” he said.

The rain and thunder comes after the low pressure system that was Cyclone Evan hit Northland and Auckland and pushed hot humid conditions down the North Island.

The rain will bring with it a temperature drop in Wellington, which is likely to persist through till Friday, accompanied by frequent showers.

A severe thunderstorm watch is in place this afternoon for the lower part of the North Island from Whanganui to Wellington and part of the upper South Island, between Nelson and Hokitiki.

Rain is expected to spread through most of the North Island south of Auckland and the upper South Island down to North Canterbury tomorrow.

Christmas Day had been subtropical with hot, humid, drizzly weather experienced in the lower North Island.

The long-range forecast for New Year’s eve and New Year’s day around the lower North Island was for gusty nor’westers and rain as twin highs squeezed the country.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/8115888/Storm-warning-for-Wellington (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/8115888/Storm-warning-for-Wellington)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Newtown-Fella on December 25, 2012, 10:39:04 pm

It's 33°C at my place now and no wind (or even a gentle breeze) to cool things down.

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a group of us went for a swim off the beach by the Freyberg pool ..... it was 28c at 9.45 .....

no sign yet of any thunder storm or rain @ 12.38am and its still bloody HOT !!!!!



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on December 26, 2012, 06:02:53 pm
Still muggy in Wellington but not as hot and humid as the last few days.

I've had heat stroke for the last 3 or so days - feel so sick at times that I want to throw up. I've been at work during the day and at least the air conditioning has stabilised me, but as soon as I'm out of there and back home in teh Hutt - too too much heat!

Wellington is STUNNING on a beautiful day and we have had some magnificient days but can we have just a little less humidity please?


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on December 26, 2012, 07:38:53 pm

Wellington weather, early evening....


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The temperature has dropped and it has got a wee bit chilly.

Very similar weather today across the other side of the ranges in Wairarapa.



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on December 26, 2012, 08:26:40 pm
Still muggy in Wellington but not as hot and humid as the last few days.

I've had heat stroke for the last 3 or so days - feel so sick at times that I want to throw up. I've been at work during the day and at least the air conditioning has stabilised me, but as soon as I'm out of there and back home in teh Hutt - too too much heat!

Wellington is STUNNING on a beautiful day and we have had some magnificient days but can we have just a little less humidity please?

It has been so humid up here that my pastry isn't turning out right and the icing on the christmas cake ran. It has been 92 to 98% for several days. Sp1, 2, 3  and I are all having skin problems as a result.

Even the aircon in Glenfeild mall isn't coping. Albany mall aircon is better - maybe that is why it is rent a crowd up there.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: donquixotenz on December 27, 2012, 05:55:14 am
Some late-morning weather pix from earlier today....

# post 937 et al

where in auckland is that???? ktj



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on December 27, 2012, 08:18:02 am
Some late-morning weather pix from earlier today....

# post 937 et al

where in auckland is that???? ktj


Orakei Basin Walkway. Get the train to either Orakei or Meadowbank on the Eastern Line, the setout walking. You can walk right around the Basin back to the starting point, or you can walk from one station to the next. You can also simply walk across the causeway if you only wish to go for a short walk. It's actually a lovely peaceful spot, although when you are walking across the causeway it gets a bit noisy occasionally when a train goes past.

http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/parksfacilities/walkingtracks/Documents/orakeibasinwalkway.pdf (http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/parksfacilities/walkingtracks/Documents/orakeibasinwalkway.pdf)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on December 28, 2012, 08:57:11 pm

Woo-Hoo.....I can hear lots of thunder in the distance.

And I mean LOTS....it's almost continuous. There's a bloody HUGE thunderstorm somewhere.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on December 29, 2012, 07:22:25 am
Cloud but humid in the Hutt this morning. Rain forecast for tomorrow - wahoo - I'm on night shift and love when it rains during the days. Rain=no lawnmowers so rain=sleep (https://cdn.smfboards.com/Smileys/smf/smiley.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Newtown-Fella on December 29, 2012, 03:12:09 pm
last night [ 28th ] we had several HEAVY downpours that lasted no more than 2 or 3 mins each then stopped ...

they were loud enough on the roof to drown out the TV and great in that the balcony pots got a soaking ...

there was a waterfall out the back where the gutter couldnt cope with all the water trying to get down the drainpipe  ;D

i heard one rumble of thunder coming from a northerly direction but no flash or flashes of lightening ..

today windy and sunny and very warm .....


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on December 30, 2012, 01:34:31 am
Just arrived home from work. It rained very heavily while I was on the motorway. Window wipers were on double time - heavy rain indeed.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 01, 2013, 01:44:51 pm

The weather for the first day of 2013 is nothing to write home about at the bottom of the North Island, although at least it isn't raining.

This was the weather in Wairarapa this morning....


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And this was the weather across the other side of the ranges in Wellington....

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 05, 2013, 03:43:58 pm

A gorgeous summer day at the bottom of the North Island today. About 28°C at Masterton.

Here are some photographs taken on both sides of the ranges while I was at work this morning....



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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on January 05, 2013, 05:29:59 pm

too bloody hot here. I wilt at 24c.   Had to go for groceries temp 31c had to leave dog in car with engine off = no air con. so I found an outside tap and wet her down, neither of us is adjusted to this.

home now to aircon with the heatpump. tgft. outdoor temp? 27c I HATE it  indoor 24 and dropping TGFT  (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/24emrosesad.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on January 06, 2013, 08:39:13 am
It's another sunny and stunning day in teh Capital - off to work soon so will miss it all.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on January 07, 2013, 02:02:56 pm

10.9c, strong SWester, heavy brief showers.  LOVIN IT

ever since I was very young I have had adverse reactions to what we know as NORWESTERLY winds. I feel absolutely wiped out and my feet and legs swell. In my younger days working in Canterbury I actually felt as if I was walking round in gumboots full of water, and noticed this was during the season of the hot norwesters.
I abandoned Canterbury in favour first of Southland, then to my present area, where Norwesters are fewer. 
Saturday’s temp in the 30c+ range had me putting my survival skills into practice, (running a shower of COLD water over the FRONT not the back of my clothes so I could lie or sit with feet up without leaving a wet patch), drinking LOTSA water, and running the heatpump on cooling.
 
I am so grateful that I have now really retired, but feel so sorry for the new owner, she was wiped out too, and camp was BUSYBUSY and she didn't have time to share my (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/Animated%20emoticons/38_Cool.gif) lounge.

TG4 retirement, everyone should do it. 
 
   


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on January 10, 2013, 08:48:44 am
Posted by wwadmin on Thu, 10/01/2013 - 10:20
Filed in:News
A small tornado has been reported forming over Kaikoura this morning. Damage has been limited but lifted a roof and downed powerlines. Power has also been cut to parts of the town affecting businesses and homes.There have been no reports of injuries at this stage.

Eyes are also on Lake Wakatipu this morning near Queenstown after rising half a metre in the last 24 hours as a result of very heavy rain in the region and the alps.

Winds are still blowing quite fiercly north of Mid Canterbury and motorists are advised to take care on alpine passes and exposed inland areas. Wellington and lower parts of the North Island are also experiencing hefty gusts.

Temperatures are still very high across central and eastern areas and 30 degrees is likely to be surpassed again today in normal hotspots during nor' west conditions.

The fire risk has climbed significantly in areas from Gisborne down to North Otago as hot and dry winds evaporate any remaining moisture from plantations. There's also a total fire ban in the Waitaki district.

Seas have cut up rough with significant swells forming across many areas as winds have picked up on waters over southern and central areas.

Sunny areas today are looking at an extreme UV index reading between 10 and 5pm and WeatherWatch.co.nz advises to slip, slop, slap and wrap if outside for an extended period.

WeatherWatch.co.nz


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Lovelee on January 10, 2013, 08:50:26 am
we are smothered in smoke from the bushfires ... can hardly see Mt Karioi this morning


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on January 11, 2013, 03:18:34 pm
Hot in the Hutt today - and I have bloody heat stroke again! Now don't get me wrong - I love summer and I love the beautiful days we are getting, but heat STROKE - NOT FAIR!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 13, 2013, 11:45:27 am

Counting down to Wellington Anniversary Weekend in a week's time.

Fingers crossed on good weather for the Wings Over Wairarapa airshow.



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 13, 2013, 11:45:33 am

A real mixed bag, weatherwise, at the bottom of the North Island today. A mixture of blue skies and clouds in Wairarapa accompanied by warm temperatures.

The Waingawa River, looking upstream and downstream from the railway bridge this morning....


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Chasing the same rainbow south from Waingawa, with the photos taken at Matarawa and at the railway bridge across the Waiohine River looking upstream....

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Wellington (what more can I say) with Matiu/Somes Island hiding in the sea fog, and Rocky Point along the western shoreline of Wellington Harbour.

The temperature was considerably cooler on the Wellington side of the ranges than the Wairarapa side.


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The weather was no better in the Hutt Valley, or in the Mangaroa Valley (seen here)....

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Back to Wairarapa and the immediate rise in temperature on emerging from the 8.8km-long Rimutaka Tunnel was immediately noticeable.

Clouds over the Aorangi Range on the far side of Lake Wairarapa, but at least the sun is shining.


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Back in Masterton and the digital thermometer on the wall inside my place is currently showing 30°C as I post this.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 26, 2013, 12:10:27 am

Ten days of sunshine forecast for Wellington

Ladies safe to bring out their hats for the Cup

The Dominion Post | 11:31AM - Friday, 25 January 2013

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THE FORECAST for Saturday's Wellington Cup is spectacular — and the capital will be enjoying sun for more than week with not a gale in sight.

Wellington stands out, but the whole country is in for a golden run thanks to a "big, fat area of high pressure" building over New Zealand, according to MetService meteorologist Daniel Corbett.

"This one will build and it will sit in place," he said today.

"It's like a big mountain of air sitting over New Zealand. That's why the forecast is just looking spectacular."


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TEN SUNS: The 10-day forecast for Wellington is looking good for Wellington Cup day.

]It was difficult to pick the best spot to be in the country this weekend, he said.

"The high is pretty good and it covers most of the country. Everywhere is going to be good," Corbett said.

"If people want to be up in the mountains tramping that will be nice, if they want to be out in the boat that should be nice too.

"It's just perfect weather for the outdoors — just get out the barbecue or pop the tent on the beach and make the most of it."

The warm weather in Wellington was forecast to stick around until the middle of next week.

"We haven't had a big fat high this summer in Wellington. We've had some northerlies..."

"You know what it's like in Wellington, if you see one day with sunny conditions you grab it and make the most of it."


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HOLD ON TO YOUR HAT (left): The fine weather will be a relief to this year's crop of Fashion in the Field contestants.
Pictured is last year's supreme winner, Makere Bradnam. | GLORIOUS SUNSHINE (right): Wellington, there ain't
no better place on a sunny day.


Inland areas in the North Island should expect temperatures well into the mid-20s, while in Auckland the forecast was for 26 degrees Celsius today and temperatures in the mid-20s for the weekend.

In the deep south, Invercargill was forecast to hit 27°C tomorrow with Alexandra due for 30°C.

Christchurch — where hot and windy conditions have led to damaging scrub fires in recent weeks — could also expect warm weather.

"They have concerns about those warm dry northwesters down there but it looks like they won't have any of those for awhile," Corbett said.

"It's coolish there today and then they'll warm up by the weekend with some temperatures in the mid-20s."

Gisborne, the Coromandel and the Bay of Islands could expect some passing showers over the next day or so but Corbett said after that weather was looking good.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/8222885/Ten-days-of-sunshine-forecast-for-Wellington (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/8222885/Ten-days-of-sunshine-forecast-for-Wellington)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on January 26, 2013, 11:10:24 am
Huh?

We have a total fire ban in place in Auckland.

All that rain you lower North Islanders have had we've hardly seen a drop up here.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 26, 2013, 11:25:12 am

Tracksiders throw their own shade

Cup goers charmed with good weather

By OLIVIA WANNAN - The Dominion Post | 11:35AM - Saturday, 26 January 2013

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BEVY OF BONNETS: Wellington Cup hat shoppers Sarah Buttar, left, Lauren McAndrew
and Ebony Davison are all set to stun at the races. — MAARTEN HOLL/Fairfax NZ.


HATS AND FASCINATORS were snapped up around the city yesterday as people prepared for today's forecast cracker of a race day.

Bijoux Moda owner Claire Ferguson said the usual pre- Wellington Cup Day buying spree would even continue well into today.

"They come with their dresses on, man in tow, then jump in the car and head to the races," she said.

First-time racegoers Sarah Buttar, Lauren McAndrew and Ebony Davison were out searching for the perfect headgear — and of course, sunscreen — after checking the weather forecast. "It's going to be beautiful," Ms Davison said.

Fine, sunny weather and temperatures of 23 degrees Celsius were forecast today. Even better, the sun was predicted to continue for the next 10 days.

It's particularly great news for Wellington sevens fans, with sunshine expected for next weekend's event, and the long-range forecast showing highs of 24°C for both Friday and Saturday.

MetService meteorologist Dan Corbett said a "big, fat" high had moved over the country and would park itself over New Zealand for the next week, bringing mainly fine weather to most areas.

"Instead of weather systems moving along ... this high is going to drop its anchor and sit in place."

As the high lingered over the country, the mercury would rise, hitting 25°C in the capital on Tuesday and the late 20s in the Wairarapa and further north.

Wellington would also experience light, warm winds, Mr Corbett said.

"This is one of the nicest settled spells we would have seen for this summer."

Niwa climate scientist Andrew Tait said while it was common to see high pressure systems that "parked" for several days, it was rare for one to stay for a week, as this one was predicted to.

"It's something that probably only happens once or twice a year, if that."

With La Nina raining out most of the North Island last summer, while drought conditions hit the south of the country, this year's summer had been a reversal.

Most of the South Island had seen above average rainfall, while the upper North Island had basked in exceptionally dry, warm weather, Mr Tait said.

Holidaymakers might be revelling in the sunny conditions, but the low soil moisture content not only brought a higher fire risk, but was causing problems for many North Island farmers, he said.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/8226612/Tracksiders-throw-their-own-shade (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/8226612/Tracksiders-throw-their-own-shade)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 26, 2013, 11:33:39 am

Now the down-side.

All that warm, sunny weather means the punters at Trentham will drink to excess even more than usual and that combined with the hot sun will result in them being even drunker and more aggro & obnoxious by the end of the day when they board trains to head home. Which means big trouble for rail staff working on the trains.

I dread Wellington Cup Day....especially when I am unfortunate enough to be rostered to work a late shift, as I am today. It means I will be running an 11-car train out of Masterton on the usual late-afternoon scheduled service to Wellington, with four of those cars being for the usual weekend passengers, and the rest being loaded up with Wellington-bound drunks at Trentham. And there will be the usual argument with security at Trentham, with them wanting to cram as many people onto the train as they can, and us digging our heels in and insisting we aren't going to depart from Trentham with any standing passengers. We always win that argument, because we literally refuse to get moving until everyone has a seat and if security have crammed many more people onto the train than there are seats, then we insist that they remove sufficent people to ensure that nobody is standing. Unlike the electric multiple unit trains in the Wellington area, the Wairarapa carriages aren't set up for standing passengers, and when you have drunks packed into them, inevitably somebody falls into somebody else, then the aggro and biffo blows up out of control. Hence the reason why we refuse to accept drunk standing passengers out of Trentham. Then, on the return journey from Wellington to Masterton, the train will once again get diverted to the racecourse platform at Trentham in order to pick up the hoardes of Wairarapa drunks who have been at the races, and from past experience I know a majority of those (and by far the worst behaved) will be teenage girls who will proceed to cause havoc all the way home. And the odds are fairly high that at least one of them will hit the emergency stop button somewhere in the 8.8km-long Rimutaka Tunnel on the way home, just for the hell of it, bringing the train to a grinding halt.

Now you see why I dread Wellington Cup Day, especially when I am on late shift.



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on January 31, 2013, 06:02:41 pm

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on January 31, 2013, 06:52:37 pm
We get some rain on Monday
We get some rain on Monday
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Things are really dry up here.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on February 04, 2013, 08:14:23 pm

YeeHa....it's ALL ON at my place....

Pissing down with rain, lightning, thunder....the works!

A real good STORM!!




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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on February 04, 2013, 08:20:42 pm
We have had light rain followed by heavier rain.

The right sort of thing to soak into the soil rather than run off.


I just wish we had it before one of my hydrangeas grew roots into the sewer in the search for water. I could have done without the plumber's bill for unblocking it on the weekend.

I wondered why that one was the only one not wilting between waterings. :(


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on February 04, 2013, 09:29:36 pm

The rain has eased of to just light precipitation (although I bet it is pissing down in the Tararua Ranges).

However the lightning & thunder display is ongoing....real spectacular stuff.

It's still bloody warm though!



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on February 20, 2013, 11:35:16 am

No clouds.


No wind.
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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on February 20, 2013, 12:18:08 pm

No clouds.


No wind.
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Ditto for the Hutt


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on February 20, 2013, 12:37:17 pm

No clouds.


No wind.
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Ditto for the Hutt

ditto in Dunners


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on February 24, 2013, 11:49:29 am

Weather at the bottom of the North Island this morning. Notice how dry the Waingawa River is in the first and last photos....


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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on February 28, 2013, 06:47:09 am
12th day without rain, and only 34mm total  = 2 days worth so far this month.   ::)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on February 28, 2013, 12:43:07 pm
The ground is bone dry here too.   Transplanted some agapanthas the other day and have to keep the soil hosed as it is turning to dust on the top.   Haven't seen it this dry in a long time.  It is 22 here at the moment.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on February 28, 2013, 02:07:03 pm
The last rain we had was just before Waitangi Day.

The lawn was last mown in January. The only really green spots are where the hose runs when I walk from one fruit tree or shrub to the next and I have lost several plants because I am being a bit sparing with the water.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on February 28, 2013, 07:13:19 pm

I've just about forgotten what rain looks and feels like.

My front lawn is full of big cracks in the ground.

Much of the farmland around Wairarapa is the same, except the dairy farms where they are getting water from somewhere and irrigating their paddocks.

The rivers have got bugger-all water in them and in places the bed of the Tauherenikau River is bone dry, although I'm told the water is flowing through the shingle beneath the riverbed.



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on March 01, 2013, 06:41:31 am
You know it is bad when the dogs don't like walking on the grass.  It is all brown, hard and spiky.   They need wee sandals.  :D      No wasting water here to make everything look green. 


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: donquixotenz on March 01, 2013, 09:24:10 am
dry, brown, cracked, hot. and fly plagued. Water the pots and every bird cat dog and hedge hog congregate on the patio and drink the saucers dry.. I'm come times thempted to put vodka in the thaucers....


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on March 01, 2013, 12:55:55 pm
I am amazed at how often I have to fill up the bird bath aka Sally cat's drinking bowl.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on March 03, 2013, 10:10:57 am
We had a shower this morning :o


later: a 45minute shower does not a drought break. At least the rain was heavy enough for me to put the wipers on normal speed for 10 minutes or so.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on March 04, 2013, 12:06:22 pm


we are getting the brief light drizzle that shows on windows but can't even leave a spot on the wooden deck or register in the rain guage...

Things are grim here.
http://www.metservice.com/maps-radar/rain-radar/all-new-zealand



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on March 17, 2013, 08:24:13 am

Our area has had 2mm 6mm 1mm  rain on 3 of the last 31 days, last 24 hours a trace only, not enough to register

see attached 


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on March 17, 2013, 08:47:45 am
It was raining at 4am this morning, not heavily but nice and steady and heavy enough to be heard on the roof.

At 8am it was still raining.

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Lovely.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on March 17, 2013, 10:22:44 am

No rain at my place.

A few dark clouds over the ranges which could mean it is raining there, but nothing down in the Wairarapa valley.

It is cloudy overhead (although with patches of blue sky visible through the holes in the cloud), just not the sort of clouds which produce rain.

Oh well.....if it rains, it rains.....it it doesn't rain, it doesn't rain....shit happens!



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on March 18, 2013, 06:58:10 am

Still no rain at my place.....perhaps today it will happen? Or perhaps not!



Ooooooh.....I just realised I posted the 1,000th reply to this thread yesterday....8)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on March 18, 2013, 07:54:23 am
I had only just arrived home from work last night (after 11.00pm) and is p$ssed down - bloody fantastic sound it was too!

We still have light rain in Upper Hutt and are expecting more of the heavy stuff later.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on March 22, 2013, 09:16:36 pm

Jeeeezus....it's bloody wet in Auckland.

Must be typical JAFA weather, eh?  (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/rain.gif)



(I was nearly going to pack an umbrella, but then I decided "there's a drought on" so I didn't bother. I didn't make allowances for Auckland weather.)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on March 24, 2013, 07:48:34 pm

Jeeeezus....it's bloody wet in Auckland.

Must be typical JAFA weather, eh?  (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/rain.gif)



(I was nearly going to pack an umbrella, but then I decided "there's a drought on" so I didn't bother. I didn't make allowances for Auckland weather.)


..and here was me at midday standing under a shop veranda asking what the heck this wet stuff was.

Mr Sp even decided to scalp the lawn - there are some bits with grass growing. Okay he is a bit over enthusiastic, it was only 2 inches high.


meanwhile....they are digging out cars stranded in snow drifts up to 20 ft deep in CORNWALL.

Seriously, the UK switches to summer time next week and they are snowed in.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on March 24, 2013, 09:48:50 pm

It only rained in Auckland on Friday night. The rest of the weekend was fine.

Anyway, here are some weather pix taken earlier this evening from NZ2223 enroute from Auckland to Masterton....



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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on April 02, 2013, 08:35:30 am

It's a beautiful clear, sunny day at Hanmer Springs, although it was rather chilly overnight.

Off to the hot pools later, then I might go for a walk somewhere.

Moving on to Kaikoura for a few nights from tomorrow afternoon.



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on April 02, 2013, 08:49:10 am
It wasn't fine on Sunday!

It rained again. Just enough to wet things down a bit more.

Then the humidity went up to over the 90% mark.

 ...which wasn't any good for paint drying.

Set us back 12 hours or more.

Sp2 had to sleep in the lounge last night.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on April 04, 2013, 08:41:16 am
It is raining again already!

Bobby doesn't like changes in the weather like this. He is wandering around the house looking damp as only a really fluffy cat can and voicing his discust.

Moaning like a cross between a lost soul and a teddybear while getting under foot in other words.



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on April 05, 2013, 07:42:30 am
It is raining again already!

Bobby doesn't like changes in the weather like this. He is wandering around the house looking damp as only a really fluffy cat can and voicing his discust.

Moaning like a cross between a lost soul and a teddybear while getting under foot in other words.



Cos it is YOUR fault. Apparently there is a switch that allows us to turn the wind and rain off - that's what my lot believe.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on April 05, 2013, 07:43:26 am
It was very pleasant sleeping last night - I didn't get too warm during the night because of the humidity - it was lovely to snuggle up in bed. In fact, I did not want to get out of bed.

Sunny here this morning but we are expecting rain later.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on April 11, 2013, 10:04:22 am
Ahh, the sound of a clear but foggy autumn morning.
 
The birds tweeting quietly...

...the cars backing up driveways and heading off...

...the 6:50am Hobsonville ferry tooting its way from Hobsonville to Beach Haven then through the mooring area heading for the city.

I could even hear the wash of the wake on the incrediblely calm harbour from inside the house.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on April 11, 2013, 12:59:06 pm

It's getting bloody cold in Masterton at night (if was forcast for only 1°C last night, although I don't know if it actually got down that low or not, but it was bloody cold when I started work during the wee hours of this morning), yet during the day, temperatures are still up in the high teens or low twenties.

Such as today, where the digital thermometer in my lounge is currently displaying 22°C.



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on April 15, 2013, 04:02:41 pm
Absolutely a chocolate box of a weekend. Fine and clear and still warm enough to swim and muck around with kayaks until the tide drained out of Gardener's Gap.

Monday morning I pull on the raincoat and lightweight over trousers to walk along Takapuna Beach.

It poured down.

I have been walking on that beach every Monday for about 5 years now in all weathers and I have never seen the drains go from nothing to 5 foot high rooster tails in minutes.

I have walked in cyclones at hightide and never seen the water coming out of The Strand and Sanders Ave both down the road gutters and the stormwater pipes like that.

Needless to say my over trousers gave up halfway down the beach and when I got back to the car not only were may jeans soaked through and dripping form the hip down but so was the front of my shirt where the rain had blown through the zip flap of my raincoat. My shoes also let in water even though I did manage to cross all the drains without landing or standing in them, no mean feat that.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on May 05, 2013, 01:40:24 am

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10881509



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on May 05, 2013, 10:20:47 am
It is beautiful here ATM.   15oC and rising.  Don't like the look of what is to come though.   


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 05, 2013, 01:01:42 pm

It's a beautiful (http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo92/RasputinDude/Weather%20Gifs/shine.gif) day in Wairarapa.

Nice mild temperature too, and no wind.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on May 06, 2013, 09:41:43 am
amusing flood antics up this way this morning
see clip here http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10881724 (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10881724)

I should go out and check the local damp spots.



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on May 06, 2013, 09:55:21 am
When I went to work yesterday it was STUNNING in the Hutt and Wellington. I had no idea that we had a dramatic thunder and lightning storm - they estimate over 100 lightning strikes. I didn't know until one of the callers said how bad the weather was (it was a busy shift). When I left work at 10.00pm it was bucketing down - quite a hairy drive home to Upper Hutt. It's still raining heavily here now but we are forecast sunny weather again on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Scottycats are disgusted with teh weather and have put themselves to bed (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/Animated%20emoticons/34_Sleep.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on May 06, 2013, 10:06:22 am

is there a vacuum cleaner that sucks up water from a carpet? :'(  ? 


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: robman on May 06, 2013, 10:13:37 am
Quite boring here, no trees down, no floods or car crashes, the power stayed on all night.
Shitloads of water landing on the ground but the drains are handling it. Why don't we rate a headline?
NOTHING MUCH HAPPENING IN ORATIA. RESIDENTS INDIFFERENT TO WEATHER.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 12, 2013, 10:17:43 am

It's beautiful weather in Wellington this morning.

I'm currently heading home, travelling alongside the harbour, after attending a retirement shout at J'ville last night put on by a workmate who has just finished after 47 years on the job. Heaps of former long-since retired workmates there as well....it was a great reunion, although I guess there will be a lot of sore heads today.

Hopefully, when the train emerges from the Wairarapa end of the Rimutaka Tunnel, I will find similar beautiful weather on that side of the ranges.



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 12, 2013, 11:05:03 am

It is beautiful weather in Wairarapa today.

Currently at Featherston.


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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on May 12, 2013, 11:28:49 am
Stunning day in Upper Hutt - loads of sunshine.

The Scottycats are outside enjoying the sun ... washing is on the line ... and I have the day off (https://cdn.smfboards.com/Smileys/smf/smiley.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Magoo on May 12, 2013, 12:33:31 pm
Not a breath of wind, not a cloud in the sky and currently 19 degrees C


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on May 12, 2013, 06:20:05 pm
Well - what a stunning day that was and it is still warm here.

Another great day in ABSOLUTELY POSITVELY WELLINGTON.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on May 12, 2013, 10:20:39 pm
It was a chocolate box weekend - 8)

and I had no free time for gardening :(


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on May 14, 2013, 08:24:38 am
The forecast was for cloudy in Wellington - not sure what it's like yet on the other side of the Harbour, but in Upper Hutt it is SPLENDID - loads of sunshine and I have had the doors and windows open here since 7.30am. It's stunning so far (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/42emhot.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on May 14, 2013, 08:57:23 am

I am sorta scared to mention what it's like here, in case it changes from the current perfection of four days worth of our "Indian Summer".



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on May 21, 2013, 04:49:48 pm

Our Indian summer has screeched to a halt!

With occasional drizzle from ESE, it feels like 2c here but weather station says it's 10c.

So dark that my Chookies went to bed at 2:30pm. Baro 1003 and dropping.

Nemmind, winter solstice is only a calendar month away.
 


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: donquixotenz on May 21, 2013, 05:14:34 pm
Thought I might take a gander down town doing a bit of window shopping........geez I love it when people smile.....real cruisey on the way down but could see black clouds heading from the west..... got a snap or two of a lady feeding the pidgeon's out front of the down town mall, may post best later...... couple maybee's on the window shopping gig.......leaving the mall it was batter down, poncho on, hat set, and sail on sailor sail on.... get home and get a couple of Codies 10% and Donner and Blitzen, the tail passed over head with Chunder Light thing and clear bloody Shye as I get home........ sounds like Remmer's and the east is getting boomer time it at the moment.... l8tr(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/36emcocktl.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 25, 2013, 09:05:46 am

Taken a few minutes ago....


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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on May 25, 2013, 10:44:09 am

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 25, 2013, 11:30:18 am

Probably caused by reflections from the building across the road (the building I took the photograph from).

As the sun has moved around, those reflections have also moved and are now on the Panama Street frontage of the building on the corner of Waterloo Quay and Panama Street.

The building I am in has heavily tinted windows with a copper-coloured tinge, so I guess that is reflecting sunlight onto other buildings.

Anyway, gotta go out....things to do, people to see.



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on May 25, 2013, 12:53:15 pm

Probably caused by reflections from the building across the road (the building I took the photograph from).

As the sun has moved around, those reflections have also moved and are now on the Panama Street frontage of the building on the corner of Waterloo Quay and Panama Street.

The building I am in has heavily tinted windows with a copper-coloured tinge, so I guess that is reflecting sunlight onto other buildings.

Anyway, gotta go out....things to do, people to see.



yeah, thought that was the reason, had wondered if there was a sign on the building behind ya with light coming through the spaces between some solid words, showing up the Harbour Board building.

 ;D


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 25, 2013, 04:44:19 pm

Anyway, the sun disappeared earlier this afternoon.

These photos were taken about fifteen minutes ago....



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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on May 28, 2013, 09:32:57 am


 ;D

http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/top-stories/17350716/snow-closes-roads-cancels-buses/


ODT readers share their snow photos

Home » News » Dunedin


Tue, 28 May 2013
News: Dunedin

..ODT readers share their photos as snow blankets Dunedin.

Keep checking back as there are plenty more to come. ...


http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/258780/odt-readers-share-their-snow-photos




Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 28, 2013, 11:05:16 am

It's bloody freezing in Masterton today.

You can feel that it is snowing on the hills around here.

And one of the drivers on the early trains to Wellington this morning texted me to say the Mangaroa Valley (where the railway line emerges from the Rimutaka Tunnel on the Wellington side) near Upper Hutt is covered in snow. The first real wintery blast of the year has hit, even though it isn't winter until next Saturday.



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on May 28, 2013, 12:28:21 pm
It's wet and a little chilly in Upper Hutt. I'm on night shift so electric blanket is on and once the chill is off the bed I am off to hopefully get some sleep.

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 28, 2013, 02:37:36 pm

Travelling down the Northern Motorway into Dunedin this morning....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enlffE6Xl08 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enlffE6Xl08)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on May 28, 2013, 02:48:14 pm
 :-\

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6ks05z-CyI

?


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 28, 2013, 02:50:20 pm

If you remove the added-on garbage from that url ( &feature=youtu.be ), you can embed it into the body of the message.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on May 28, 2013, 03:04:57 pm

If you remove the added-on garbage from that url ( &feature=youtu.be ), you can embed it into the body of the message.


TNX4t. (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/MSN%20emoticons/08emembarrassed.gif)  :-*


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on May 28, 2013, 03:51:26 pm
Plenty of hail up this way and some of it is large pea sized rather than the usual PET pellet size.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 28, 2013, 04:06:20 pm

Meanwhile, in Arrowtown this morning....


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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 28, 2013, 05:05:24 pm

Hill road reopened, more snow on the way

Snow to hamper communters

The Dominion Post | 4:45PM - Tuesday, 28 May 2013

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WINTERY WONDERLAND: The Rimutaka Hill Road was closed after snowfall, captured by a MetService webcam at 9.12am. — Photo: METSERVICE.

SNOW will continue to hamper commuters travelling between Wellington and Wairarapa, with the Rimutaka Hill Road open only intermittently.

The road was closed this morning due to snow and deteriorating conditions, but has been opened several times during the day to allow motorists through, when the weather has allowed.

NZ Transport Agency operations manager Mark Owen said another snowfall was predicted for 4pm, and there was likely to be delays to journeys all afternoon and evening.

"When it's safe we will open the road but be aware that we will close it again at short notice if the weather or conditions on the road worsen and we think it's unsafe for motorists," said Mr Owen.

At one stage today, more than a dozen vehicles were stranded at the top of the hill. The road was opened briefly to allow them to pass at 10.20am, but closed soon after.

Snow and sleet continue to fall at the summit, with about 10 to 15cm having built up.


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ROAD TO NOWHERE (left): Police turn drivers around at the base of the Rimutakas after snow forced its closure. — KENT BLECHYNDEN/Fairfax NZ.
FIRST GEAR (right): A truck climbs slowly to the snowy summit of Rimutaka Hill. — KENT BLECHYNDEN/Fairfax NZ.


Driver Stuart Wright lost control of his car on the hill, his Ford Mondeo slipping a short way off the road and taking minor damage.

Carterton transport company owner and driver Tony Olszewski said this morning he had two trucks at the bottom of the hill, on the Hutt Valley side, filled with vegetables and fruit for Wairarapa supermarkets.

The road re-opening meant he could continue on his route and would not have to travel via the Pahiatua Track, which would have meant a long detour via Palmerston North.


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COLD COMFORT: This car was damaged when it slid in the snow on the Rimutaka Hill road. — KENT BLECHYNDEN/Fairfax NZ.

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SNOWBALL FIGHT TIME: Several drivers were momentarily stranded at the Summit due to snow. — KENT BLECHYNDEN/Fairfax NZ.

Featherston locals Jason Brixton, 24, and Elena Lynch, 20, were on their way over the hill to help a family member paint his house in Petone, but changed their minds when they reached the summit.

After throwing a few snowballs, they opted to head back down the hill to the Wairarapa, rather then risk being stuck in Petone if the snow settled in.

The snow is expected to spread, with Metservice saying Wellington’s hill suburbs could be in for snow this evening.

Snow was expected in Karori, Northland, and Johnsonville tonight.

Just before 11am, MetService issued watches and warnings for heavy snow in the far south of the South Island,the central North Island high country and high ground in Wellington and Wairarapa.

"The snow could cause major disruption to transport and motorists are advised to proceed with caution. Frosts overnight could also make driving conditions hazardous, even in areas not directly affected by snow."

Hailstorms were also reported in central Wellington today.


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BRRR: Snow falls heavily in Kaitoke, Upper Hutt. — Photo: PETE THOMSON.

MetService forecaster Elke Louw said snow was this morning falling on the Rimutaka Hill road. While it was unclear how much had settled, the road would be affected.

MetService meteorologist Dan Corbett said the temperature at the top of the Rimutaka Hill was 1°C at 9.15am.

Snow was expected to fall in flurries through the morning, with more arriving later today and tonight, when 10-20 cm was forecast. Not all would settle.

Kelburn was 5°C at 9.15am, while Wellington Airport was 7°C and Lower Hutt was 4°C.

"Soft hai", which could be mistaken for snow, could fall to sea level in Wellington today.

The southerly was blowing at 50km/h at Wellington Airport this morning, but would be gusting to about 110km/h later today.

Mr Corbett also had some good news: "By Thursday and Friday we are back into the middle teens and sunshine."


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FIRST TASTE OF EARLY WINTER: Snow on the Desert Road this morning. — MIKE WATSON/Fairfax NZ.

Outside Wellington, snow had settled to about 0.5cm deep on the Desert Road.

The Ruapehu ski fields would have also got snow, Ms Louw said.

Meanwhile, a thunderstorm moved through Wairarapa about 6pm yesterday with flashes of lightning visible in Wellington.

A dusting of snow could be visible on the Tararua Ranges today.

A severe weather watch was in place for areas around Taranaki and Whanganui, where squally thunderstorms were likely.

Some thunder and hail could be coming to Wairarapa this afternoon and Hawke’s Bay could get snow to 500m above sea level, with showers towards the coast.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/8724318/Hill-road-reopened-more-snow-on-the-way (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/8724318/Hill-road-reopened-more-snow-on-the-way)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: donquixotenz on May 28, 2013, 05:35:51 pm
http://xtranewscommunity2.smfforfree.com/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=80

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on May 29, 2013, 08:01:18 am
Icy when I left work this morning at 7.00am. There was snow on the Eastern Hills above Upper Hutt. No wonder it's a little cold.

My electric blanket is on .. heater is on in the bathroom ready for a nice hot bath .. then (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/Animated%20emoticons/35_GuteNacht.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on May 29, 2013, 09:31:10 am
Some of yesterday's hail.
I know it is not as impressive as you get south of Auckland (but this did hang around a while when it didn't get rained on) and this is not a good shot but hey, I finally managed to get of photo from my phone to the computer.

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on May 30, 2013, 03:33:39 pm

Taken late-morning today from near Waingawa, southwest of Masterton....


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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 13, 2013, 09:17:59 am

A bit of a grey day this morning in both Wairarapa and Wellington.

I guess I'll find out what the weather is like in Auckland when I get there about 1:00pm.



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 13, 2013, 05:27:12 pm

Yeah, well....Auckland weather is nothing worth writing home about today....


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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on June 13, 2013, 08:57:07 pm
13th June 2013 at 5:09 PM   temp 8.7c
sunrise 8:18am, sunset 4:49pm,   where I am at present





Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 17, 2013, 04:55:08 pm

Nasty bite of winter hits

Hail, snow and rain predicted for capital

By MATT STEWART - The Dominion Post | 3:40PM - Monday, 17 June 2013

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GOOD TIMES: Then five-year-old Ari Maling enjoys
2011 snowfall in Brooklyn, Wellington.
 — MAARTEN HOLL/Fairfax NZ.


AFTER A rainy start to the week a "nasty bite of winter" is set to hit Wellington later this week as temperatures plunge and the Rimutaka hill braces for hail and snow.

"It'll get pretty ugly at the end of the week, it'll certainly look like winter on the outside of the tin," MetService forecaster Dan Corbett said.

WeatherWatch head analyst Philip Duncan has warned snow could fall in Wellington city to sea level and could affect air and road traffic around the lower North Island.

Showers would continue tomorrow across Wellington and Kapiti, however a dry northwesterly would keep most of the region relatively warm and dry with temperatures ranging in the mid-teens.

But by Wednesday the "bitterly cold Antarctic air" sweeping the country would really start to bite with occasional showers and northerlies dying out, replaced with rain and strong "biting cold" southerlies in the afternoon and a drop in temperature to about 8 degrees Celsius.

Those southerlies would strengthen overnight and by Thursday morning heavy bursts of rain were on the cards buoyed by strong to gale southerlies that would start to "rip roar," Mr Corbett said.

"It'll just be a real wild Wellington day when you're standing sideways with the wind kicking you past."

By Friday the mercury could plummet to 4°C with the possibility of snow down to 200m on the Rimutaka Hill Road, with soft hail also a potential motoring hazard.

"It's going to be a damn cold end to the week whatever way you slice it," Mr Corbett said.

The polar blast potential to bring significant snow to the south and east of the South Island, as well as central and southern parts of the North Island. Mr Corbett said the biggest dumps seemed likely about inland Canterbury and Marlborough, while snow may fall to near sea level from Southland to Kaikoura by Thursday.

However, by Saturday the wet, cold snap was forecast to break around the Wellington region with temperatures recovering by Saturday.

However, overnight frost could be a problem in the Hutt Valley and Wairarapa on Saturday.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/wellington-weather/8805935/Nasty-bite-of-winter-hits (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/wellington-weather/8805935/Nasty-bite-of-winter-hits)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on June 17, 2013, 06:01:41 pm

Taieri on flood watch for at least 12 hours

Newstalk ZB staff, Newstalk ZB

June 17, 2013, 3:29 pm
 
The Otago Regional Council is keeping a close eye on the Taieri River.

The river has already burst its banks in a number of places, including near Dunedin Airport, where the river has overwhelmed a number of paddocks and left some roads impassable.

Water resource scientist at the Otago Regional Council, Matt Dale, says river has not yet reached its peak.

"With small flows coming down from the upper catchment, we're expecting flows to get a bit higher.

"There's also another rain band coming through later this afternoon."
The Taieri is expected to remain at flood levels for at least the next 12 hours.

http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/top-stories/17636942/taieri-on-flood-watch-for-at-least-12-hours/


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 17, 2013, 06:18:56 pm

That Taieri River looks nasty on the TV news.

Hope all is well at the river mouth, Nitzy.



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on June 17, 2013, 08:50:41 pm

That Taieri River looks nasty on the TV news.

Hope all is well at the river mouth, Nitzy.



It doesn't get bad here.
The narrow gorge from the mouth to Highway 1 restricts the flow and the Taieri Plain gets the ponding. It's the swamp across the road that makes things difficult for the camp here - it drains a big area and these high tides and SE winds block the outlet with the resulting inundation of the lower lawns... great for the waterfowl    ::) ;)
   


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 20, 2013, 02:11:37 pm

It was rather chilly & wet when I started work at 4:00am this morning, and it was crappy in Wellington as well.

However, by the time I got back to Wairarapa mid-morning, it was a fine day, right from the moment I emerged from the Rimutaka Tunnel.

The sun has been shining ever since....must be the calm before the storm.

I guess the crap will hit the fan here later tonight or tomorrow.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: guest49 on June 20, 2013, 03:01:54 pm
I thought the media frenzy during the past few days over the possibility of a bit of inclement weather and a bit of snow was a bit strange.  So far theres been nothing unusual, as far as I can see.  Last year, we had 8 inches of snow on the ground round here by the 18 June.  Nothing so far this year.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on June 20, 2013, 03:13:43 pm
slow news week?


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 20, 2013, 04:28:17 pm

Geraldine....

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Fairlie....

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Tekapo....

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Mount Cook Village....

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Ooooops, BUGGER....The Timaru Herald didn't make it....

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on June 20, 2013, 05:24:22 pm

Hanmer Springs?
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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 20, 2013, 06:43:05 pm

The hot springs at Tekapo.

Haven't you been there yet?

Tekapo Springs (http://www.tekaposprings.co.nz)

Not quite as good as Hanmer though.



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 21, 2013, 06:13:35 am

What a day.

I'm at work at the moment. The first two trains from Masterton to Wellington have been cancelled, but I'm going to run the third service as far as Petone, then park the train up on the Melling line.

Between Petone and Ngauranga, the railway line has been wiped out by the storm. Most of the signals are gone, overhead is down in several places, the rails are apparently still in place, although virtually all the ballast has been washed away, including all over the adjacent SH2. They are saying it could be several days before the railway line is open right through to Wellington.

And it sounds like Wellington has really copped it overnight.



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on June 21, 2013, 09:40:20 am
Wellington and the Hutt have copped it alright. Most schools in the Hutt are closed. It's cold, wet and wild. I have power however there are those I know who don't. I have no radio or television signal but at least I have the heater!

Road Contractors were pulled earlier for safety reasons so any trees done and flooding will be ignored at this stage.

Friends and I were meant to go to Palmerston North today for lunch with a friend who lives there but we canned that at 6.45am this morning.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on June 21, 2013, 09:42:16 am
ROAD CLOSURES

WELLINGTON REGION

Cottle Park Rd

Owen Rd

Maungaraki Rd

Port Rd

Marine Dr

Eastern Hutt Rd between Stokes Valley and Silverstream - only under the bridge

The main Wainuiomata Hill Rd is still open, but the on and off ramps from Seaview are closed.

Paekakariki Hill Rd 

Both roads to Makara Village and Makara Beach

Middleton Rd, between Johnsonville and Churton Park.
 

RAIL, BUS LINE CLOSURES

The rail line between Petone and Wellington is closed - so train services between the Hutt Valley and Wellington have been cancelled until further notice.

The line between Waikanae and Paekakariki is also closed, with signal problems likely to cause delays between Porirua and Wellington.

All school bus routes have been cancelled this morning, a NZ Bus spokeswoman said.

Buses were also not travelling into Eastbourne or Wellington's south coast.

Wellington's trolley bus network was also hit by power cuts, with serious delays expected.

FLIGHTS CANCELLED

Air New Zealand says all flights in or out of Wellington before 8am are cancelled and check-in is suspended till at least 10am. Delays were likely for flights in or out of Auckland and Christchurch. 

FERRIES

Interisland ferries cancelled for the day.



http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/8818486/Big-Chill-What-you-need-to-know


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on June 21, 2013, 10:28:30 am
We didn't seem to get winds as strong as forcast - good sound and light show however. Fair amount of hail too.

Wind warnings have now been lifted for Auckland and Northland.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Calliope on June 21, 2013, 01:11:20 pm
It is quite windy and cold but at least the sun is shining here. I feel sorry for all those without power and fortunate that we still have it.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 21, 2013, 02:00:54 pm

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on June 21, 2013, 06:29:41 pm
Bugger bugger bugger - I've lost TV signal yet again. It has been coming and going since I first tried to watch TV this morning at 6.00am.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on June 22, 2013, 09:40:10 am
It's still raining and it's still cold. There are places much worse off than Wellington and the Hutt but it's still raining and it's still cold.

I don't have TV signal again this morning. I quite like it on in the background for company - but not today!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: guest49 on June 22, 2013, 11:21:35 am
Pleasant day.  Snowed lightly during the night - just about all gone.  Temp has climbed to 5 deg.  Blue skies appearing now.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on June 22, 2013, 12:32:35 pm
Hmmmm ... still raining here ... still 8 degrees.

I leave for work at 5.20am tomorrow morning - it better have bloody well settled or Alicat might not be a very nice Alicat (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/Animated%20emoticons/24_ShutUp.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on June 22, 2013, 12:55:25 pm
brief blizards overnight, occasional rain and 3.9c now


 Can still see the island, dunno whether our beach is still there - king tides starting  ::)



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: nitpicker1 on June 25, 2013, 10:33:12 am

http://m.metservice.com/towns-cities/dunedin

at the time of posting,

8.2°CActual Temp

Feels like 5°C
3 to 4 clothing layers &1 windproof layer
Updated 8:15am Tuesday 25 Jun 2013


Wind in last 10 minutes

 Moderate
W 17km/h
Gust 39km/h



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 25, 2013, 01:31:27 pm

Minus 2 degrees celcius when I started work at 4:00am this morning, but it ended up a nice winter day, although still a little bit chilly.


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Sleep-in day tomorrow (and Thursday) as I enjoy a couple of rostered days off.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on June 30, 2013, 10:44:57 am
It's stunning in Upper Hutt this morning. It's a little crisp but the sun is streaming into my house. I have the doors and windows open to air the place out - they will not be staying open too long though cos there is a bit of a bite to the air.

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on June 30, 2013, 02:06:03 pm

It was bloody cold in Wairarapa this morning, but it has turned out to be a beatiful, fine winter's day, although still a wee bit chilly....

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A beautiful winter's day across the ranges in Wellington, too....

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Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on July 17, 2013, 02:22:57 pm

Lovely day in Wellington today....


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Yeah, I know....the bloody airport terminal windows are filthy!


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: ssweetpea on July 17, 2013, 05:27:40 pm
We had a lovely day yesterday in the land of Aucks.

Monday wasn't bad looking either but the wind had teeth. It was cold enough for me to light the fire before dusk. A highly unusual event.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on July 17, 2013, 07:27:02 pm
We had a lovely day yesterday in the land of Aucks.

Monday wasn't bad looking either but the wind had teeth. It was cold enough for me to light the fire before dusk. A highly unusual event.


Were you too embarrassed to mention the weather in Auckland today?  (https://cdn.smfboards.com/Smileys/smf/azn.gif)


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on July 17, 2013, 07:27:11 pm

Plenty of lucky kids will be enjoying some awesome skiing on Whakapapa and Turoa skifields on Ruapehu during the middle day of this first week of the school holidays. Photographs taken about 3:30pm this afternoon while enroute from Wellington to Auckland....


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(Yeah, I know....the aeroplane's windows were a wee bit scratched.)


I won't talk about Auckland's weather today (well....late afternoon when I arrived at JAFAville), because compared with the bottom of the North Island (ie....the REAL NZ), it isn't worth talking about.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Alicat on July 19, 2013, 10:27:59 am
Lots of sunshine in Upper Hutt so far today. It was a nippy start with a little condensation on the windows but I have the doors and windows open and it's lovely. Two of the Scottycats are outside enjoying the sunshine - the other one prefers sitting inside in the lounge with the sun streaming in.

This sunshine is a bonus - we were meant to have a few showers and a cloudy start to the day.


Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on July 19, 2013, 10:39:32 am

Cloudy in Ork-lund.

I haven't seen the sun, even once, since I got here on Wednesday afternoon.

It hasn't rained though, so I suppose that is a bonus.



Title: Re: What's the Weather like at your place?
Post by: Kiwithrottlejockey on July 28, 2013, 10:08:50 am