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Re: NZ Weather of interest

Postby Tim S » Fri Jan 28, 2011 4:37 pm

Yep, quite a significant event, theres talk tonight that it may either cross or come close to crossing the top of the North Island still as a Tropical Cyclone which they think may be the first time thats happened.

You can follow the talk here at the NZ weather forum: http://www.weatherforum.org.nz/phpBB3/

Also a great personal weather station located at Kerikeri, close to the Northern Tip of NZ: http://www.kerikeriweather.co.nz/

By the way surprised Weatherwatch.co.nz used the anology of cricket, they don't seem to know how to play the game over here. :lol:
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Postby Tasman » Fri Jan 28, 2011 10:11 pm

Lol @ the cricket, same over here... :P

Cyclone Wilma hits Northland
MARCUS STICKLEY Last updated 01:27 29/01/2011

FINAL BLOW: Cyclone Wilma's remnants will deluge the top half of the North Island.
Flooding has trapped two Kaeo families in their homes and another two people in their car as the remnants of Cyclone Wilma cause havoc across Northland.

Police Inspector Shawn Rutene said slips, flooding and fallen trees had caused a number of road closures.

Emergency services were working to rescue two families were trapped in their homes by the rising Kaeo River, he said.

Elsewhere in Northland, police were trying to rescue two people trapped after logs blocked the road at Okaihau and in the Coromandel two people were trapped in a car.

Emergency services throughout Northland were stretched and police were asking people to keep off the roads, Rutene said.

Other roads closures included:

* State Highway 1 at Dome Valley had one lane open but was likely to close again.

* State Highway 11 at Opua.

* State Highways 1 and 11 between Moerewa and Kerikeri.

* The road between Glenbervie and Ngunguru.

* The Waitotara Bridge was washed away cutting access to Whangarei Heads.

* State Highway 1 at Port Marsden.

Police expected when high tide hit around 4am some low lying roads would be impassable due to water.

There was also understood to be flooding in Matakana, Mangawhai and along the waterfront at Paihia.

Earlier, MetService warned that Wilma's remnants would bring heavy rain to Northland, Auckland, Waikato, the Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty and Gisborne.

Rainfall rates were forecast to reach up to 25 to 40mm per hour for a time.

Strong or gale force winds were also forecast. Winds were forecast to reach severe gale overnight in parts of eastern Northland and Great Barrier Island where gusts of 130 km/h were possible, MetService said.

Northeast swells and very rough seas were forecast for eastern coastal areas from Northland to East Cape.

Rain should clear from most areas by midday tomorrow, though it may continue into the afternoon for Gisborne, MetService said.

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Re: NZ Weather of interest

Postby Tasman » Sat Jan 29, 2011 12:09 am

Cyclone Wilma clobbers Northland

Posted by wwadmin on Sat, 29/01/2011 - 01:48

WeatherWatch.co.nz is receiving numerous reports of significant flooding, highways closing, slips, powercuts and even homes flooding as Tropical Cyclone Wilma, still Category 2, pushes into the upper North Island of New Zealand.

The cyclone is tracking just east of the area and winds have increased in the past hour in both Auckland and Northland

Gales are now spreading south as the system moves south east but it certainly appears that major flooding will be the main feature of this storm.

WeatherWatch.co.nz says the worst cyclone to hit New Zealand in 14 years will continue to track south east towards Great Barrier Island, Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and East Cape in the coming hours.

Gusty winds are now pushing into eastern Waikato and severe gales are likely before dawn.

The cyclone is now lying east of the Bay of Islands with sustained winds of 100km/h and gusts estimated at around 150km/h near the centre.

WeatherWatch.co.nz says the centre of the storm may be tracking a little further east than predicted yesterday which could mean a lower chance of widespread damaging gales.

Heavy rain continues to fall over Northland but in the past hour the rain has started to show signs of easing in the Far North.

WeatherWatch.co.nz says the rain will start to ease once the centre of the low passes by, meaning rivers may continue to rise for another hour or two, before peaking around dawn.

Latest rain radar by the New Zealand Government shows rain easing in the Far North this hour which will quickly clear southwards.

http://www.weatherwatch.co.nz/content/cyclone-wilma-clobbers-northland

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Re: NZ Weather of interest

Postby Tim S » Sun Feb 06, 2011 11:47 am

See it can hit 40C in NZ! :shock:

South Island residents are sweltering in record-breaking temperatures that are hitting 40 degrees - and Cylone Yasi is to blame.

People living in Timaru today suffered through a high of 40.3 degrees and the MetService believed this to be the hottest temperature recorded in the region since 1962.

"It's quite tricky being outside - you're likely to get thirsty very fast," said MetService forecaster Allister Gorman.

Dunedin residents were also sweltering in 35 degree heat - a temperature believed to have broken the region's previous record of 32.

And Oamaru and Christchurch residents were basking in 36 degree heat in what Gorman called "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."

There is good news: The soaring temperatures were accompanied by low levels of humidity, and Gorman said the region should cool down by midnight.


Love the bolded line, you can tell it doesn't get that very often!

I recorded a high of 35.5C but the official temp for Nelson will be about 30C I think as its right on the coast. Temps inland in the valleys though were definitely in the mid 30s. The waterholes on the main rivers were full of people!

Article here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/4623468 ... -in-Timaru
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Re: NZ Weather of interest

Postby Tasman » Sun Feb 06, 2011 5:00 pm

^^^ Thats amazing temps for NZ :shock:

Now I can laugh at my family who wonder why the hell I would live in Perth with the hot weather :lol:

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Re: NZ Weather of interest

Postby Pete » Sun Feb 06, 2011 7:59 pm

I'm a kiwi by birth and I thought it never got above 35!

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Re: NZ Weather of interest

Postby Tim S » Mon Feb 07, 2011 3:01 am

hehe good one Tasman, but I know why would you want to live in Perth, there's more kiwis there than here, it feels like home! :P :mrgreen:

Where abouts were you born Big_pete?

By the way, its currently 11C in Timaru and raining, that's a bit more like the NZ we all know! :)
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Re: NZ Weather of interest

Postby Tasman » Mon Feb 07, 2011 4:43 pm

Yeah there are a lot of Kiwi's in Perth. They say the good ones get this far :P

Tim S wrote:
By the way, its currently 11C in Timaru and raining, that's a bit more like the NZ we all know! :)


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Re: NZ Weather of interest

Postby Tasman » Mon Feb 07, 2011 5:18 pm

Cyclone Zaka moves towards NZ
Last updated 10:17 07/02/2011

A cyclone which formed overnight east of New Zealand is not expected to strengthen much further beyond category one and is not likely to remain a cyclone for the rest of the day.

Cyclone Zaka is expected to track near Gisborne but currently posed no significant threat to New Zealand, WeatherWatch.co.nz head analyst Philip Duncan said.

"On a scale of cyclones this is absolutely at the bottom. We knew there was a small depression and the difference between it being a small tropical storm and technically becoming a small cyclone was actually only a wind increase of a few kilometres an hour. It's very borderline," Mr Duncan said.

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Re: NZ Weather of interest

Postby Tim S » Tue Feb 08, 2011 12:00 am

Tasman wrote:Yeah there are a lot of Kiwi's in Perth. They say the good ones get this far :P

Yeah you must be a strong swimmer! :mrgreen:

Why the name change to Tasman, please tell me you support the Tasman Makos? I think they need some more supporters, especially after last years efforts. :lol:
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Re: NZ Weather of interest

Postby Tasman » Thu Feb 10, 2011 7:56 pm

LOL never heard of them :oops:

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Re: NZ Weather of interest

Postby Tim S » Fri Feb 11, 2011 7:42 am

hrmm, actually looks like they aren't playing this year. They are (were) the rugby team for the Tasman region (or top of the south), They sucked big time last year and finished near the bottom of the ladder. Now they have 'super rugby' this year it looks like they aren't included, I think because of the Rugby World Cup the season is shorter and has less teams from NZ. Or maybe they are, can't seem to find any info about the 2011 season, hrmm :?
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Re: NZ Weather of interest

Postby Tasman » Fri Feb 11, 2011 7:29 pm

Yeah the Rugby World Cup. I'm hoping the NZ weather does alright in September :?

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Re: NZ Weather of interest

Postby Tim S » Sat Feb 12, 2011 6:28 am

Yeah the weather in NZ in September is far from settled. Last year we had a strong polar outbreak that saw Invercargill get 20cm of snow about the same sort of time the RWC starts, so yeah the weather should be interesting! :)
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Re: NZ Weather of interest

Postby Pete » Sat Feb 12, 2011 9:18 pm

Go All Blacks!

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Re: NZ Weather of interest

Postby Tasman » Sat Feb 12, 2011 9:32 pm

Go All Blacks!! :D

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Re: NZ Weather of interest

Postby Tim S » Sun Feb 13, 2011 9:32 am

Don't worry I am not going to say 'go wallabies' I have more sense than that! :) I've changed my allegiances to all the kiwi teams as soon as I left Aussie soil, was hard with the Aussie cricket team but the ashes made it a bit easier. :D
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Re: NZ Weather of interest

Postby Tasman » Wed Mar 02, 2011 10:23 pm

It's not just Perth that has been hot....

Auckland's hottest February on record
By Isaac Davison
5:30 AM Wednesday Mar 2, 2011

Auckland's temperature often hit 25C last month.

A February which produced heatwaves and tropical cyclones has been confirmed as the hottest on record for Auckland and Nelson.

Despite a cooler final week of summer, all of the North Island was 1.2C hotter than its mean temperature in February, and Tauranga was 2.2C warmer than normal.

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research climate scientist Georgina Griffiths said last month was a tale of two islands.

While the North Island sweltered in dry, hot conditions, the South Island had record rainfall in usually arid Alexandra.

Auckland had its warmest February, with an average afternoon temperature of 25.8C at the Leigh monitoring station.

Nelson, with a reading of 24.2C, also had its hottest February in nearly 50 years of record-keeping.

Barely a drop of rain fell in central North Island last month.

Taupo and Ohakune had only 2mm of rainfall. In a usual February, Taupo would get 90mm of rain.

But the usually bone-dry Central Otago had twice as much rain as a normal February.

The small amount of rainfall in the North Island meant soil moisture levels were deficient in usually damp areas - Wairarapa, Taranaki and even Wellington.

A soil moisture deficit of more than 110mm was also evident in Nelson, Marlborough and north Canterbury.

During the heatwave from February 2 to 7, several towns had their hottest day on record. Timaru's reading of 41.3C was its warmest in 125 years and only 1.1C shy of New Zealand's hottest day.

The abnormally high temperatures also encouraged many unwanted phenomena - greater numbers of microscopic jellyfish in Auckland's warm waters, an increased threat of large storms, more swarms of household flies, and an outbreak of avian botulism in urban waterways.

Auckland Regional Public Health issued a warning in mid-February on the dangers of excessive heat, and urged people to keep an eye on the most vulnerable - elderly, young people, and those with medical conditions.

Niwa predicted a mild autumn in all parts of the country as the warmer La Nina temperatures faded before winter.

MERCURY RISING
* All of North Island 1.2C warmer than usual.
* Tauranga - mean temperature of 21.7C (98-year record).
* Auckland's mean maximum temperature 25.8C.
* Heatwave from Feb 2 to 7.
* Taupo, Ohakune - 2mm of rain (3 per cent of usual rainfall).
* Soil moisture deficits in Wairarapa, Taranaki, Manawatu and Kapiti Coast.
* Highest peak temperatures on record in Timaru (41.3C), Gisborne (36.2C) and Te Puke (31.2C).

By Isaac Davison
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Re: NZ Weather of interest

Postby Tim S » Thu Mar 03, 2011 11:48 am

It was so hot here we actually had a case of someones icecream melting before they could finish it, it really was quite bad for a time, but the worse looks to be over now. :P :mrgreen: We did run out of pedestal fans though as it was so much warmer than usual, I wont admit that I have two of them where I work which I only got because I complained how hot it was in the print room, that would make me sound way too soft! :oops:
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Re: NZ Weather of interest

Postby Tasman » Thu Mar 03, 2011 10:21 pm

^^^ LOL :P

Still quite difficult conditions in ChCh...

Autumn rolls into Christchurch
By Philip Duncan
9:00 AM Thursday Mar 3, 2011

Strong winds are throwing up dust and silt caused by liquefaction.

Dust is again going to be a problem for Christchurch later today and again tomorrow as winds pick back up again.

Yesterday the city was covered in dust as near gale force winds gusting to 80km/h blew liquefaction dust and particles of dry sewage into peoples eyes, noses and mouths - read this first hand account by NZHerald.co.nz reporter Paul Harper.

Winds today will be picking up from the north east, so a different direction to yesterday - and they won't be as strong. But it does mean suburbs to the south west will be affected. But it will be those areas directly hit by liquefaction that will be worst affected - the suburbs with dust still lining the streets.

Tomorrow the winds will pick up further as our second Autumn system this week rolls through. It's likely to bring hot air again as the winds will be from the north west - following this morning's winter-like start the heat will be welcome again with WeatherWatch.co.nz predicting highs of around 28 to 30 across the greater Christchurch region on Friday.

On Saturday the rain comes - this will stop the dust and give people a good chance to collect rain water. We've said before that collecting rain off the roof is the easiest way to do it, however with the recent dust storms it would be wise to let the rain fall for a while to "clean the roof" first. Remember that dust contains toxic particles including sewage.

Your best bet is to collect fresh rain water directly from the source - in buckets, pots, paddling pools - anything that hasn't been exposed to the dust.

A paddling pool might sound odd, but for those who don't have clean running water the pool could be left out for when the sun returns next week and used to have a bath in.

Another idea is to get to the Warehouse or a camping store and buy solar showers. They are cheap - should be less than $20 - and on a sunny day they can be scorching hot.

The rain will also help clear the dust away causing it to wash off roads and back into the ground in some places. While not good for the search and rescue teams the rain will have some positive affects for the city, particularly in the form of fresh, clean, drinkable water and a form of helping clean up some of the dust issues.

The wet change on Saturday will be a cool one, with Sunday and Monday not looking especially warm - or pleasant for that matter, with plenty of cloud and rain or showers about. The sun returns on Tuesday - and should last the rest of the working week.

Heavy rain will spread across much of New Zealand this weekend for a time ... the weather patterns are changing and Autumn is now arriving.

By Philip Duncan

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/weather-watch/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501977&objectid=10709874

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