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Postby Tim S » Sat Mar 05, 2011 5:20 am

Was a nice sunset at the rugby last night, game went really well too! :mrgreen:
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Postby Tasman » Mon Mar 07, 2011 10:28 am

Great photo Tum. Is that in Nelson?

See you've had a couple of earthquakes round Blenheim way. You been feeling them?

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Postby Tim S » Mon Mar 07, 2011 4:33 pm

Thanks Tuzmun! It sure is Nelson, where else! :D

I'm still yet to feel a shake, we have had around half a dozen in Nelson that at least 10 or so people have felt since we arrived and haven't felt a single one, yet! Although the whole house does shake when the washing machine is on its spin cycle but that doesn't count. :mrgreen:
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Postby Tasman » Mon Mar 07, 2011 9:00 pm

You should've bought a Fusha and Paykel :wink:

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Postby @weather_wa » Fri Mar 11, 2011 5:25 pm

There is currently a Tsunami Alert for issued for New Zealand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Hawaii.

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Postby Tasman » Sat Mar 26, 2011 12:00 am

Tropical cyclone may reach NZ next week
By Hayden Donnell
12:46 PM Thursday Mar 24, 2011

A reported tropical cyclone forming near Fiji is on track to bring strong winds and heavy rain to New Zealand next week, forecasters predict.

The US-based Joint Typhoon Warning Center has issued a warning for an as-yet unnamed tropical cyclone sitting south east of the Fiji capital Suva
Fiji Meteorological Service has forecast the system to move south-west towards New Zealand.

WeatherWatch.co.nz head analyst Philip Duncan said the storm, which is currently blowing wind gusts of up to 80km/hr, could intensify before hitting New Zealand on Monday and Tuesday.

It is predicted to bring strong winds and heavy rain to Gisborne and the East Cape, he said.

"Our latest models show it getting bigger than we thought and going closer to New Zealand. It could bring some severe weather."

He warned of strong rips and dangerous surf on east coast beaches in the lower North Island.

The path of the newly formed cyclone would likely be similar to that of ex-tropical cyclone Atu, which passed east of New Zealand in late February, said Mr Duncan.
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Re: NZ Weather of interest

Postby Tasman » Wed Apr 06, 2011 11:45 pm

North Island ski-fields getting some early snow...

Early snow raises hopes for ski season
By Nicholas Jones
5:30 AM Wednesday Apr 6, 2011
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The country's skifields have had an early taste of snow, with 10-15cm falling yesterday on the upper slopes of Mt Ruapehu's Whakapapa field.

MetService spokesman Andy Downs said temperatures had fallen across New Zealand over the past few days as cold air from the south west moved up the country.

"It will stay fairly cold through the next few days. We expect it to continue on through until Friday, when things steady down and start to recover.

"And by the weekend it looks like we're back into a ridge of high pressure, with temperatures starting to recover again."

Early next week temperatures will be in the low 20C range, but will gradually drop in late April and early May.

Mike Smith of Ruapehu Alpine Lifts said snow started to fall on Mt Ruapehu around 11pm on Monday night, and had become fairly heavy by yesterday afternoon. Turoa Rd was closed because of snow.

The mountain's Turoa skifield was not due to open until June 25, but Mr Smith said he hoped the snowfall was a sign of good things to come.

"We're pretty heartened - the Niwa climate outlook for autumn and winter was released late last week.

"They're saying the closest climate outlook approximation to recent years was 2008. And that was the best season we'd ever had in terms of snowfall."

Last season was a difficult one because of light snowfall and poor weekend weather.

"But it feels like we had a really nice, very long, warm, dry summer. And it kind of feels like the seasons have normalised a bit."

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Re: NZ Weather of interest

Postby Tasman » Fri Apr 15, 2011 10:56 pm

March much wetter than normal in much of the country
5:30 AM Tuesday Apr 5, 2011



March was a wet month for much of the country, with almost all of the North Island experiencing well above average rainfall, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research said yesterday.

Rainfall levels were more than 150 per cent of normal levels in almost all of the North Island, the Marlborough Sounds, coastal Southland and also throughout much of Otago, Niwa said.

The highest day of rainfall was 159mm, recorded at Whitianga, 86km east of Auckland, on March 21.

Sunshine levels were well above average on the West Coast of the South Island, with Greymouth recording its sunniest March on record.

Northland and North Otago both experienced fewer than normal sunshine hours, according to the institute.

During the month, anticyclones or "highs" dominated to the east of New Zealand, bringing more northeasterly winds than usual, Niwa said.

For the majority of the country the temperatures were close to normal, except for the east coast of the North Island between North Cape and East Cape, which had higher than normal temperatures, and a few small areas around the Central Plateau and alpine areas of Westland, which had lower than usual temperatures.


The highest temperature recorded in the month was 31.4C, at Christchurch on March 4.

The lowest temperature recorded was minus 2.3C, at Masterton on March 8.

- NZPA


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Postby Tasman » Fri Apr 15, 2011 10:58 pm

Weather Watch: April brings drama with wilder weather
By Philip Duncan
5:30 AM Sunday Apr 3, 2011


Move over March, a more dramatic April is on the way. Last month saw average temperatures across the country, with the North Island a little warmer than average and the South Island a little cooler.

The weather was fairly dry but a couple of big rain-makers topped up water tanks. Some people recorded double their normal rainfall while others within the same region saw average results.

Things will now step up a gear with autumn patterns taking over. The models are showing highs and lows becoming bigger and stronger. Think of air pressure as being like a waterbed - there's a limited amount of water within the bed. If you press down hard in one area (a deep low) it will pop up somewhere else (as a large high).

We're going to be seeing more chaos in the patterns around New Zealand this month. That probably means a higher risk of thunderstorms.

But La Nina is still strong and the tropics are not quiet. Cyclone Bune, which peaked at category 3 eight days ago, was our sixth named storm this year.


Last Sunday a freak rain event in Wellington saw flash flooding in the streets.

Last year I wrote about Niwa investing in a super computer to help improve severe weather predictions. Well, Niwa have announced that their new software predicted this downpour 18 hours in advance.

"The computer model ... forecast the intensity of this event 18 hours before it occurred," says Niwa principal scientist Dr Michael Uddstrom.

"Although the timing and intensity of rainfall forecast by the 12km resolution model were accurate, it placed the intense rain band slightly to the north of the actual falls.

"To improve the accuracy of the forecast location, Niwa scientists are developing an even more sophisticated numerical weather prediction model."

It's great Niwa is investing in accurate weather forecasts.

By Philip Duncan


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Re: NZ Weather of interest

Postby Pete » Fri Apr 15, 2011 11:03 pm

We're going to be seeing more chaos in the patterns around New Zealand this month. That probably means a higher risk of thunderstorms.


Should go back to New Zealand. Maybe the storms over there won't fizz out all the time. :roll:

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Postby Tasman » Mon Apr 25, 2011 10:12 pm

Should be fun there tonight..

Heavy rain, flood warnings for North Island
Last updated 20:39 25/04/2011

Much of the North Island should brace for heavy rain and strong winds tonight and tomorrow, MetService warns.

A low northwest of Northland is moving slowly southeast and should lie close to Auckland by midnight tomorrow, while a broad area of rain is spreading over northern New Zealand.

Heavy falls are expected in Northland, Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty, Rotorua, Gisborne and Hawke's Bay tonight and tomorrow.

Further rain is forecast for Gisborne and Hawke's Bay through Wednesday and Thursday, MetService said.

Southeast winds were predicted to strengthen over much of the North Island tomorrow morning. Gales are expected in many places, with severe gale gusts of 120kmh or 130kmh likely in places from eastern Bay of Plenty over the central high country to Taranaki, Wanganui and Manawatu and Kapiti Coast.

Winds of this strength could damage trees and make driving hazardous, MetService said.

WeatherWatch has also issued a warning for drivers who could get caught in road flooding over the next 24 hours.

"We'll have surface flooding, low-lying flooding and the possibility of even flash flooding," weather analyst Philip Duncan said.

The amount of rain would be enough to cause some flooding across highways, farms and low-lying areas, he said. "It will be an extra slow journey home today and tomorrow morning for holidaymakers."

People should steer clear of streams and rivers over the next two days to avoid any flash floods, Mr Duncan said.

Larger river flooding could also happen in low-lying areas after prolonged heavy rain over the next 24 to 48 hours in the ranges.

Meanwhile, the dreary forecast is expected to stay with the North Island for the next 10 days.

The weather patterns have locked into a new position for at least the next week and a-half, which will see plenty of easterlies, clouds and rain over the North Island but fairly dry, sunny, weather over the South Island, Mr Duncan said.

The forecast was also for Taranaki to be buffeted with strong easterly winds over the next 10 days.

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 was expected for the weekend and early next week.

The South Island should be mainly dry this week but heavy rain in the west and strong northerly winds in the east were likely to arrive next week, Mr Duncan said.

However, despite a brief cold snap heading up the South Island in the past 24 hours it was predicted most places nationwide would have temperatures above average, particularly at night, for about the next week.

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Postby Tasman » Tue Apr 26, 2011 11:53 pm

Wild weather system 'worse than Bola'
By Paul Harper and Hayden Donnell
5:05 PM Tuesday Apr 26, 2011


Heavy rain overnight has brought flooding and slips to much of the top half of the North Island.

The storm wreaking havoc across the country has been described as worse than Cyclone Bola.

"Wind bursts" have torn roofs off houses in Picton and Te Awamutu 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.

Te Awamutu is one area taking a battering from the extreme gusts of wind, with deputy fire station officer Murray Gillard describing it as more severe than the destructive 1988 Cyclone Bola.

"Anything that's not tied down is blown away," he told Newstalk ZB.

"I've been in the brigade when Cyclone Bola came through, and I think this one's a bit worse than Bola because we've had more calls with this one."

Mr Gillard said many people walking around do not realise the damage and dangers of flying timber and iron.

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.

Similar "mini tornadoes" were also witnessed tearing up trees in Te Awamutu, but MetService weather ambassador Bob McDavitt said they were actually "wind gusts".

"Strong winds from the southeast are rare, and gusts of around 120 km/h are strong enough to damage trees and power lines, especially about the central North Island forests," he said.

"These gusts come to the ground in bursts - that's what they do. They've got the potential to take roofs off houses and cause damage."

Mr McDavitt said there are no thunderstorms, which are required for tornadoes, in the current system.

MetService has issued severe weather warnings for Northland, Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty, Rotorua, Gisborne and Hawkes Bay for tonight and tomorrow.

"These warnings are the result of a strong southeast flow lying sandwiched between a slow moving low close to Auckland and a large intense high over the South Island," Mr McDavitt said.

Further rain was forecast for Gisborne and Hawkes Bay through tomorrow and Thursday, MetService said, with 150 to 200mm of rain expected today in the ranges of Gisborne and Hawkes Bay.

Mr McDavitt said the wind would be particularly strong from the Bay of Plenty down through the centre of the country to the Kapiti Coast.

Power outages

Meanwhile crews are working frantically in hazardous conditions to restore power across the North Island.

More than 1100 customers in the Taupo and Rotorua regions are without electricity as high winds and heavy rain batter the island.

Unison Customer Relations Manager Danny Gough told Newstalk ZB there are numerous faults on the network, as well as fallen trees bringing power lines down.

"It is proving a challenge for us and we do have hundreds of customers without power at this point in time," Mr Gough said.

"However we do have all available crews out in the field working in very trying conditions trying to get power restored as quickly and as safely as possible."

Power has also been out across the Waipa District, with reports of cuts in Cambridge, Te Awamutu and Kihihihi.

Surface flooding, roads blocked

Emergency crews and power companies have had a busy night with surface flooding, slips and downed power lines blocking roads around the North Island.

A slip between Wellington and Masterton has also cancelled train services along the line, which will be replaced by buses.

Fire Service spokesman Scott Osmond said crews had been called out to about 10 incidents of flooding around the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions this morning.

He said there is no significant damage in the regions and no major inundation of homes.

Inspector Shawn Rutene of the police northern communications centre said flooding and slips were causing great difficulty on roads near Whitianga, Huntly, Ngaruawahia, Waihi, Matamata, and further south near Taupo.

Police had earlier reported slips blocking Belk Road North at Omanawa, 10km southwest of Tauranga, and at Muriwai Terrace in Whakatane.

Mr Rutene said drivers should consider delaying trips on State Highway 25 just south of Whitianga between Wade Rd and the 309 Rd, where surface flooding covered nearly half the road.

"We are requesting that the public only travel if they need to, and if they do, they should take extreme caution," he said.

Further south on State Highway 25, there were reports of rocks "as big as a dinner plate" on the road near Waihi, Mr Rutene said.

There is also surface flooding on SH25 at Te Rerenga, although the road remains passable.

Roads in Huntly were blocked, and flooding caused one vehicle to veer left on a bridge at Taihoa, near Matamata.

Downed trees and power lines are reported across SH5 around 20km north of Taupo, completely blocking the road.

Near Hamilton, Waingaro and Elgood roads in Glen Massey are closed due to flooding.

Rocks have also slipped on SH2, south of Mimiha Rd, Matata, and caution is advised.

Slips were also causing havoc in the Tahorakuri Forest area near Taupo.

"The main thing is to drive to the conditions if they do need to drive, and if possible they should think about stopping, having a cup of tea and waiting it out."

Wild weather to stick around

A severe weather warning had been issued for Northland, Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty, Rotorua, Gisborne and Hawkes Bay tonight and tomorrow.

Further rain was forecast for Gisborne and Hawkes Bay through tomorrow and Thursday, MetService said, with 150 to 200mm of rain expected today in the ranges of Gisborne and Hawkes Bay.

MetService forecaster Oliver Druce said southeast winds had been predicted to strengthen over much of the North Island this morning.

Gales are expected in many places, with severe gale gusts of 120km/h or 130km/h likely in places from eastern Bay of Plenty over the central high country to Taranaki, Wanganui and Manawatu and Kapiti Coast.

He said people should watch out for localised flooding, with rivers and streams likely to rise rapidly once the heavy rain sets in.

"Winds of this strength can damage trees and power lines, and make driving hazardous."

Heavy rain warnings have been lifted for Auckland, Northland and the Coromandel Peninsula.

Weather Watch chief analyst Philip Duncan said low after low will be formed in the north Tasman Sea and Coral Sea areas.

This combined with high pressure to the east and south of the North Island means long periods of heavy rain are extremely likely.

"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," Mr Duncan said.

Despite a brief cold snap in the South Island yesterday, Mr Duncan said most of New Zealand would have temperatures above average, particularly at night, in the coming week.

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Postby Tasman » Wed Apr 27, 2011 6:43 pm

Record rainfall in Hawke's Bay
By Amelia Wade, Paul Harper, TRN and NZPA
7:00 PM Wednesday Apr 27, 2011


Waimarama has been cut off after a bridge to the area was damaged by the flooding and engineers are considering the possibility of building a temporary bridge.

Civil Defence is preparing for worsening floodwaters with more rain on its way.

MetService is predicting an additional 100 to 150 millimetres of rain on coastal hills over the next six hours.

The 200 millimetres already fallen in the region has caused widespread flooding and slips in 14 coastal communities from Nuhaka to Porangahau and 105 people have already been evacuated from their homes.


The amount of rainfall is being described as a one-in-a-100-year event, but the region's main rivers are all contained and are expected to remain so.

Evacuations

Civil Defence says two groups of people trapped in eastern Bay of Plenty are safe.

Parts of State Highway 35, which wraps around East Cape, are cut off after heavy rain caused major slips. There are 44 people holed up in a school, and another 20 in a marae further east.

Social worker Oho Gage said the people they have taken in at the marae are holiday makers who can't return home because of the road closures.

She said they had been there for two days already.

The extreme weather has caused flooding and slips in three Hawke's Bay coastal settlements: Waimarama, Clifton and Te Awanga.

Hawke's Bay Regional Council spokesman Drew Broadly told NZPA about 60 people were evacuated from homes and a motorcamp in Te Awanga, 21km southeast of Napier, and were being looked after at the Civil Defence centre in Haumoana, 5km away.

Inspector Dean Clifford told NZPA the army had been called in and were evacuating people from the coastal township of Te Awanga.

He said there were more than 20 people in households with surface flooding and more than 20 people at a motorcamp who were affected.

Mr Clifford said those 40 people were being looked after at the Civil Defence centre in Haumoana, 13km from Hastings.

The fire service had also evacuated about 25 residents from Waimarama, 32km southeast of Hastings, and had taken them to the local fire station and neighbouring properties.

Four people were evacuated from Nuhaka, 66km south of Gisborne.

Waimarama residents have been ordered to boil their drinking water after the town's reservoir has fallen to 20 per cent capacity due to problems caused by the rain overnight.

They are being asked to avoid taking showers or baths, doing the laundry or flushing the toilet in an effort to conserve water.

Te Awanga resident Kim Brown told NZPA there was knee-high water in low-lying areas.

Her house was untouched as she lives on a slight hill, but there was heavy flooding near the beach, she said.

"We do have the .... reserve which is completely flooded, which is the overflow from the river. I've never seen that happen before. We have a river flowing back through it."

Wild winds yesterday tore roofs off houses, and ripped down trees and power lines, while surface flooding and slips closed roads.

Emergency services are also evacuating properties in Clive, near Hastings. Police area shift commander Mark Oliver told Newstalk ZB up to 500 houses may need to be evacuated on the East Coast.

In Taupo, residents are being urged to be careful as they wake to the aftermath of yesterday's storm.

Power outages

Hundreds of people across the North Island remain without electricity as power companies have called in all crews to remove fallen trees, and to replace power lines brought down in the storm.

Some areas were likely to be without power again tonight because it was too dangerous for repair crews to work in the high winds.

Lines company Unison spokesman Danny Gough said crews were working on restoring power to its customers across Taupo and Hawke's Bay.

In Kairakau Beach, Clareinch Road and Blackhead Beach, 200 residents will be without power tonight.

Another 200 people in outlying areas of Taupo will be without power tonight.

Powerco, which covered the western Bay of Plenty and Taranaki, said until the weather improved it was difficult to provide accurate restoration times for about 2600 customers without power.

The storm cut power to about 11,500 Powerco customers yesterday. Extremely high winds were making restoration difficult, network operations manager Phil Marsh said.

"We expect to restore the majority of supply to customers today, however it is likely a few customers will be without power tonight as the gale force winds are forecast to continue in some areas."

Many power cuts could have been avoided if tree owners had trimmed them well clear of power lines, he said.

"Mini-tornadoes"

Northern fire communications shift manager Scott Osmond said there were more than 100 weather-related calls received yesterday, most from Bay of Plenty and Waikato.

"Earlier in the morning, we got reports of flooding and lines down in Whakatane and Ohope. Then early afternoon we got calls about very strong winds and roofs and trees down in Te Awamutu. We've had a few calls about roofs coming off in Taupo too."

Te Awamutu felt the full brunt, with a wind burst - likened to a "mini tornado" by residents - ripping up 20 trees in one street.

Pauline Lofthouse was checking how her vehicle repair shop, Pitt Stop Garage, was coping in the wind when the roof was pulled from over her head.

"It was very frightening, my heart's still going ... one second it was there and the next it was gone."

Te Awamutu senior station fire officer Lex Soepnel said staff had been "flat tack" all day and had been called to about five electrical fires caused by fallen power lines.

Wind bursts also ripped through houses in Waikawa Bay, near Picton, yesterday morning, tearing roofs off homes.

Resident Vaughan Hokianga said it tore through a neighbouring house, peeling its roof off.

"We heard this big bang and the roof peeled of the house. Then it sped around and went up in a circle and went about 500m up in the air.

"Then it exploded and disintegrated and got blown onto the hill."

In Whakatane, heavy rain left residents nervous and fearful of yet another flood. The district has been hit by several storms in the past year, costing million of dollars.

Slips yesterday closed roads in Whakatane and Tauranga and flooding affected roads in Whitianga.

Weather to linger

Weather Watch chief analyst Philip Duncan said the wet weather would linger until Tuesday as an aggressive low moved across the country.

"I can't see it getting much better very quickly. The winds might not be as damaging in the next few days, but they are likely to reach gale force in the central North Island."

Mr Duncan said a low above the south Island is being squeezed between two highs - one in the north and one further south - which will see the strong winds ease but ensure rains persist at least until tomorrow afternoon. Rain will also return to Gisborne as the high strengthens in the coming days.

Auckland is likely to be hit with strong winds tomorrow but these are not expected to be as damaging as the gales yesterday, he said.

Mr Duncan said the weather maps look similar for the next two weeks, with the North Island set for "cloudy, showery, mild" weather for the next fortnight. In the South Island weather is likely to settle and temperatures increase from next week.

The MetService was slightly more optimistic last night, saying strong south-easterlies and rain should ease on Friday and Saturday, but scattered showers would continue.

MetService said the heavy rain and wind which pounded the North Island and caused these power outages for most of yesterday would start to ease off this morning.

Strong southeast winds which have battered the Central North Island across to Taranaki and down to Kapiti Coast, Wellington, the Marlborough Sounds and Golden Bay will continue, at times gusting up to 130km/h, until later this morning, forecaster Ian Miller said.

In Gisborne the heaviest falls were over but outbreaks of rain were expected through to Thursday.

Rain was expected to continue falling near the ranges and coastal hills in Hawke's Bay and Tararua district through to this evening.

Southeast gales gusting to 120km/h were forecast for parts of Nelson, Buller and Westland this morning.

By Amelia Wade, Paul Harper, TRN and NZPA
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Postby Pete » Tue May 03, 2011 12:31 pm

Breaking news: :shock: :shock:
Tornado hits Auckland shopping mall: one reported dead
May 3, 2011 - 2:01PM

The aftermath in Auckland after the damaging tornado struck.

The aftermath in Auckland after the damaging tornado struck. Photo: Rob Crawford

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Early reports are that the Albany Megacentre shopping mall roof has collapsed and cars have been tossed aside.

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Police confirmed there were "numerous injuries" caused by the tornado and NZPA quoted Inspector Barry Smalley as saying one person had reportedly died.

A police spokesman said emergency services were fielding calls of reports of damage to homes and cars.

The spokesman said it was too early to say how many people had been hurt, but there were calls reporting "numerous" injured people.

Martin Sibrits, of Rebel Sports, said the tornado was huge.

"It was simply unbelievable, it was huge. I could set bit pieces of iron flying through the air, 100 metres up," he said.

From his position it looked as if the Placemakers hardware store had taken the biggest hit. "That place is looking like a bomb site."

He could see injured people getting help. Many of the cars in the parking lot had been damaged.

Ross Sims, of Mainline Music, said the tornado sounded like a jet engine.

"I thought, 'geez that plane is low' but when I looked outside it was this giant big black cloud," he said.

He could see large bits of iron "flying into the air" as the tornado hit the mall.

Annette Beard, from the Northern Football Federation at North Harbour Stadium in Albany, was about to leave the office when the tornado stuck.

"I saw it for a few seconds, it takes a little bit to register what it was," Mrs Beard says

"It is a bit more scary than I need."

Staff were told to head to the basment of the stadium if the need arose.

"It looked like it was heading west, but who knows with these things."

Eyewitness Gareth Stones said: "it was right in front of us when we were driving out of the Albany carpark, over Pak n Save"

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Postby @weather_wa » Tue May 03, 2011 1:05 pm

Tornado tears through Auckland suburbs:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011 ... 206547.htm

A tornado has torn through suburbs of Auckland, New Zealand, damaging buildings, homes and cars.

There are reports at least one person has been killed as the tornado ripped the roof off a shopping mall in the suburb of Albany.

Eyewitness videos show debris flying through the air as the tornado hit about 3:00pm (local time).

Witnesses also described cars being overturned and pieces of sheet metal and roof tiles flying through the air.

Authorities evacuated the shopping centre after the roof collapsed.

Lucy Zee was in the building and shared her experience on Twitter.

"Roof collapsed. I thought I was going to die," she tweeted.

"Got hit on the head by some ceiling stuff, small piece, it was OK.

"People screaming made it scary, I didn't know where the exit was."

National news agency NZPA quoted police as saying one person had been reported dead.

People from other Auckland suburbs also used Twitter to describe the destruction.

"Tornado hit our office, roof ripped off, people running around, kitchen exposed and stock getting wet," wrote Kingi Gilbert of Takapuna, south of Albany.

"There's even a boat in the carpark."

Mike McRoberts, from TV channel 3 News, tweeted reports of "pink batts dropping out of sky into zoo".

Auckland Mayor Len Brown tweeted, "Our Civil Defence people are swinging into action to support emergency services in the wake of the tornado in Albany".

Reports say the tornado is now heading towards Mount Roskill, south-west of the city centre.

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Re: NZ Weather of interest

Postby Duideka » Tue May 03, 2011 2:08 pm

Wow... I didn't think NZ got tornado's :shock:

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Re: NZ Weather of interest

Postby Tasman » Tue May 03, 2011 6:45 pm

Yeah not very often anyway..

NZ's previous tornadoes

Tornadoes have struck Albany in the past. In 1991 a tornado ripped through the town, destroying a small church and tearing roofs off houses. Wayne Stanley-Hunt died when debris collided with him as he was driving a bulldozer.

There have been several deadly tornadoes in other parts of the country as well.

In August 2004, Rosina Dawn Wikohika, 55, of Levin and her grandson Gary Mason, 10, were killed with a tornado struck the Taranaki town of Motunui, north of Waitara.

On August 25, 1948, a major tornado hit the Hamilton suburb of Frankton, killing three people and damaging or destroying dozens of houses.

New Zealand tornadoes tend to be less deadly than those in other countries. More than 300 people were killed last week in a series of storms and tornadoes in the American South.


More story: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10723156

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Re: NZ Weather of interest

Postby Pete » Tue May 03, 2011 8:06 pm

I was looking at a sounding for the Auckland area and the LI's were -2 and surface CAPE was only 500 or so. The only really good thing was the shear.
I always though tornadoes formed in conditions were highly unstable, e.g. a CAPE reading of 1000+ and LI's below -5.

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Re: NZ Weather of interest

Postby Cmon Aussie Cmon » Wed May 04, 2011 12:57 pm

So pete what was the tornado like? you live in Albany don't you?

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Re: NZ Weather of interest

Postby Tasman » Thu May 05, 2011 7:31 pm

^^^LOL

Tornado threat for Auckland
Last updated 15:51 05/05/2011

The MetService has issued a weather warning for Auckland tomorrow that includes the possibility of tornadoes.

The MetService has issues a severe thunderstorm outlook which includes "the possibility of tornadoes over northern New Zealand, including the Auckland area".

The warning comes just three days after the devastating North Shore tornado that took the life of construction worker Benedict Dacayan in Albany, damaged houses and tossed cars in the air.

MetService chief forecaster Peter Kreft said they can't be more specific at this early stage about the location, timing or likelihood of tornadoes.

"Only a few days after the Albany tornado, several lines of thundery showers are expected to cross the north and west of the North Island," Kreft said.

"As of now, tomorrow ticks all the boxes. Unlike Tuesday, we can already identify tornado potential in these lines of showers."

Tornadoes were rare in New Zealand and usually lasted only a few minutes, affecting very small areas, the MetService said.

It added tornadoes could easily occur over farmland, forest or the sea, without anyone noticing them at the time.

People were advised to heed Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management advice:

* If you see a tornado nearby or feel threatened by the weather, take shelter immediately. If the threat is further away, help alert others.

* If inside a building, move to the lowest floor possible and to an interior room (without windows or exterior door). Get under sturdy furniture or a door frame.

* If outdoors, get away from trees if possible. Lie down flat in a gully, ditch or low spot on the ground to avoid flying debris. Protect your head with your arms.

* If you are in a car, do not try to outrun the tornado; get out and away from the car and lie down flat as above (do not lie under your car).

* For more information look under "Storms" on the "Get Ready Get Through" website: http://www.getthru.govt.nz

- Stuff
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/4967128/Tornado-threat-for-Auckland

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