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Re: NZ Weather of interest

Postby Pete » Thu May 05, 2011 9:04 pm

Cmon Aussie Cmon wrote:So pete what was the tornado like? you live in Albany don't you?


lol wish I did live in Albany, NZ.

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Re: NZ Weather of interest

Postby Tasman » Sat May 14, 2011 10:50 pm

^^^Yeah its a nice spot :D

Rough weather tipped for central NZ
2:20 PM Saturday May 14, 2011


Northwest gales are expected to lash central New Zealand tonight and tomorrow morning, the MetService said today.

The strongest winds were expected about Wairarapa, Wellington and Marlborough and a warning was in force for those areas, said forecaster Andy Downs. A watch would be maintained for exposed inland parts of North Canterbury.

Mr Downs said another active front was expected to cross southern and central parts of New Zealand late today and tomorrow morning, bringing heavy rain and isolated thunderstorms to western and northern parts of the South Island.

"The heaviest falls are expected about the ranges from Fiordland up to northwest Nelson, also the Richmond Range, Marlborough Sounds and Tararua Range, where rainfall amounts could approach warning criteria in one or two places," he said.

"However, given the recent significant rain in these areas, these additional falls could still cause rivers and streams to rise quickly and there is a possibility of localised surface flooding and slips."

There was also likely to be brief period of heavy rain about Mt Taranaki and the hill country extending inland to Mt Ruapehu, including the headwaters of the Whanganui River tomorrow.


Another front embedded in a strong west to southwest flow was expected to cross much of the South Island tomorrow afternoon and evening.

"Squally showers and thunderstorms are likely to accompany this front and may bring potentially damaging gusts to parts of the West Coast and also coastal parts of Southland and Clutha," Mr Downs said.

Snow showers were likely down to 300 metres in parts of Fiordland, Southland and southern Otago, mainly the Clutha District, late tomorrow.

Although the amounts of snow were not expected to reach warning criteria, Mr Downs said significant accumulations were possible above 500 metres.

"These snowfalls are likely to affect some of the higher South Island passes, such as the Milford Road, and possibly the Lindis Pass and Arthurs Pass. Also, strong to gale winds over coastal hills are likely to make for bitterly cold conditions, which could put stress on vulnerable livestock," he said.

Another significant cold snap was likely on Tuesday, Mr Downs said.

WeatherWatch.co.nz said there would be a rough few days ahead with severe gales, turbulent flights, thunderstorms, squalls and even tornadoes.

The onslaught would be mainly in the west with strong winds roaring around a large high over southern Australia and deep lows in the South Ocean.

"New Zealand is smack bang in the middle of this squash zone," said weather analyst Philip Duncan.

"We are in for several very windy days with west to south west winds, a drop in temperatures and the chance of thunderstorms, squalls and even a few tornados."


- NZPA
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Re: NZ Weather of interest

Postby Tasman » Wed May 25, 2011 9:22 pm

Haven't seen Tim around here for awhile now ...heres something from his part of the world..

Tasman rivers expected to rise
7:31 PM Wednesday May 25, 2011

People living near rivers and streams in the Tasman District should be prepared for a rapid rise in water levels overnight as stormy weather continues, Civil Defence says.

The Aorere Valley in Golden Bay is expected to bear the brunt of the bad weather as a slow-moving front brings heavy rain and gales to the upper South Island.

Nelson Tasman Civil Defence manager Roger Ball said the Aorere River, which flooded in December last year after rising to a record eight metres, had this morning swollen rapidly to about 5m.

This level remained constant this afternoon, but there was a strong possibility it would reach 6m if the overnight rain eventuated.

Last year's floods damaged houses and cut off one farm in the Aorere Valley for weeks.

Some minor surface flooding was occurring around Ferntown in Golden Bay, and Sharlands Creek in Nelson City, Civil Defence said.

The MetService has forecast heavier falls to continue through the night and early morning.

Civil Defence said people close to rivers and streams should be prepared for a rapid rise in water levels.

Farmers should move stock to high ground where necessary and drivers should exercise caution as high winds were expected as part of the severe weather band, Civil Defence said.

- NZPA
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10728020

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Re: NZ Weather of interest

Postby Vinny » Fri May 27, 2011 2:44 pm

How come the west coast of NZ doesn't have a climate like the west coast of WA ?
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Re: NZ Weather of interest

Postby Tasman » Sat May 28, 2011 8:30 pm

LOL its very different being little narrow islands at the bottom of the Pacific to being on the edge of a huge land mass and the Indian Ocean. Though their summer was not too unlike ours this year.

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Re: NZ Weather of interest

Postby Pete » Fri Jun 17, 2011 8:38 pm

New Zealand's going to cop it next week! :shock:
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Re: NZ Weather of interest

Postby Tim S » Sat Jun 18, 2011 6:24 am

next week? thats todays chart isn't it? Mess Service has the low at 969hpa on their 6am chart. Getting nice and steady rain here with 12mm so far today. Heavy rain warning has us getting 60-100mm in the next 24 hrs or so. :)
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NZ Weather of interest

Postby Fu Manchu » Sat Jun 18, 2011 8:16 am

What would that look like?

Now days the Alternative Albany Weather Service based in Bayonet Head, issues severe drizzle alerts with 5-20mm forecast.

I can't begin to imagine the Armageddon that would ensue with that much rain occurring here Tim!

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Re: NZ Weather of interest

Postby Tim S » Sat Jun 18, 2011 10:34 am

I'll probably get some shots of the flooded creeks and rivers tomorrow as a lot more rain expected overnight so they should really be cranking. There's been a lot of rain here lately, I've recorded 380mm since the start of May. Still not as wet as Greymouth, a guy on the kiwi weather forum who lives there has had around 1500mm since the start of May!

The cool thing is when we get moist northerlies like what we get today, we actually get condensation on the outside of the windows as the dewpoint outside is higher than the air temp inside! :)
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Re: NZ Weather of interest

Postby Pete » Sat Jun 18, 2011 10:51 am

Tim S wrote:next week? thats todays chart isn't it? Mess Service has the low at 969hpa on their 6am chart. Getting nice and steady rain here with 12mm so far today. Heavy rain warning has us getting 60-100mm in the next 24 hrs or so. :)


Ah yeah that's actually tonight's chart, Tim. :oops:

What's the chances of tornadoes over there? :)

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Re: NZ Weather of interest

Postby Fu Manchu » Sat Jun 18, 2011 10:54 am

I think there is a market for windscreen wipers on house windows? $$$$$

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Re: NZ Weather of interest

Postby Lert » Sat Jun 18, 2011 2:51 pm

Tim S wrote:I'll probably get some shots of the flooded creeks and rivers tomorrow as a lot more rain expected overnight so they should really be cranking. There's been a lot of rain here lately, I've recorded 380mm since the start of May. Still not as wet as Greymouth, a guy on the kiwi weather forum who lives there has had around 1500mm since the start of May!

The cool thing is when we get moist northerlies like what we get today, we actually get condensation on the outside of the windows as the dewpoint outside is higher than the air temp inside! :)


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Re: NZ Weather of interest

Postby Tim S » Sat Jun 18, 2011 3:18 pm

Didn't know you could get monteiths over there? where do you get it from?

My favourite at the moment is a Sprig and Fern Porter, now I can guarantee you don't get that over there as they don't bottle their beer, only sell it on tap. Though you can take your empty 2 litre bottle to the brewery and get refills for only $12, bargain! :)
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Re: NZ Weather of interest

Postby Lert » Sat Jun 18, 2011 4:55 pm

Found a carton at the local vintage cellars. It was on special so spose they were having trouble shifting it. I thought it was pretty good. :D
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Re: NZ Weather of interest

Postby @weather_wa » Sun Jun 19, 2011 6:02 am

Tornado hits NZ city:

http://www.skynews.com.au/world/article ... 27210&vId=

A tornado has ripped through the New Zealand city of New Plymouth, damaging houses and businesses.

Fire Service Taranaki Area Commander Pat Fitzell says the twister came from the ocean early on Sunday and hit commercial buildings on the docks.

'Then it wandered up into some residential houses,' he told NZPA.

Damage included roofs blown off, windows blown in and power poles down.

One house was blown off its foundations, while the Grand Central Hotel's veranda was dislodged.

'We were fairly lucky but we'll fully assess that at daybreak,' Fitzell said.

The Fire Service attended 13 callouts but none involved injuries.

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Postby @weather_wa » Sun Jun 19, 2011 6:03 am

Tornadoes rip through New Plymouth:

http://www.3news.co.nz/Tornadoes-rip-th ... fault.aspx

Two tornadoes have roared through New Plymouth this morning, tearing off roofs, smashing windows and bringing down some structures.

The twisters came off the ocean at around 4.15am moving between State Highway 3 and Carrington.

Fire communications spokesperson, Belinda Beats, says it happened quickly.

“We started getting multiple calls to property damage in New Plymouth, and it turned out to be the result of a tornado. It has caused some significant damage to houses and to some businesses”.

The powerful tornadoes sent roofs flying, uplifted trees and overturned vehicles.

Taranaki fire service manager Pat Fitzel is out surveying the damage and says it is lucky there have been no reported injuries.

“I’m just up at the racecourse now where there’s been a truck overturned and some doors blown in and some roofing iron missing. Private residences have seen varying degrees of damage as well – roofs off, and one house has shifted off its pile”.

Emergency services have so far attended about 20 incidents but say the calls are still coming.

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Re: NZ Weather of interest

Postby Tim S » Sun Jun 19, 2011 6:38 am

Lert wrote:Found a carton at the local vintage cellars. It was on special so spose they were having trouble shifting it. I thought it was pretty good. :D

Not surprised they were having trouble shifting it, at least you liked it though. :P :D

Not quite the 60-100mm they were predicting but not far off with 51.6mm. Still looks like more to come tonight and early tomorrow morning, maybe another 20-30mm. I am liking this rain but its playing havoc with my sporting calendar, was sposed to be going over to Kaiteriteri (about 45mins away) for a 6hr mountain bike relay race today but its been postponed because of the rain, not that I am complaining about the rain of course! :wink:

Baro pressure just bottomed out at 982.6hpa, rather low!
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Re: NZ Weather of interest

Postby Tasman » Sun Jun 19, 2011 9:13 am

EOS wrote:Tornadoes rip through New Plymouth:

http://www.3news.co.nz/Tornadoes-rip-th ... fault.aspx



Wow quite extraordinary whats happening over there. Luckily no deaths or injuries this time from what I've read.

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Re: NZ Weather of interest

Postby Pete » Sun Jun 19, 2011 8:20 pm

The clean up is underway in New Plymouth streets that were hit by two tornadoes early on Sunday morning.

Power was cut to 300 homes when the tornadoes ripped through central New Plymouth at about 4.15am.

Powerco says it was restored to all except five properties by 5pm on Sunday.

It says the five properties still without power are unsafe, and require their owners to undertake remedial work before they are reconnected.

The clean up is well underway on New Plymouth streets.

Radio New Zealand's reporter at the scene on Sunday afternoon said most of the debris from the tornadoes was piled on the side of the road and damaged houses had been patched with tarpaulins.

But he added there were still some trees decorated with large sheets of roofing iron.

The Fire Service says the twisters, described as short and sharp, shattered windows, lifted roofs and uprooted trees.

There have been no reports of injuries but 15 commercial premises have been damaged and at least half a dozen houses and garages lost all or part of their roofs, the iron and timber smashing into other buildings.

One of the tornadoes shattered a plate-glass veranda on the Grand Central Hotel and blew heavy roof tiles from the roof of a church hall near St Mary's Anglican Cathedral.

The worst tornado hit light trades-related workshops in Molesworth Street, and houses in Lemon Street, Pendarves Street and Ridge Lane.
'Everything's just ruined'

Delwyn West says most of her home is soaked by the torrential rain that poured through the shattered roof.

They were woken up by the noise of the hail and wind, she says, and had to quickly get out of the house. Half the roof is now missing and with water coming in, "everything's just ruined".

The twisters continued inland for four blocks, smashing into century-old three-storey houses in Ridge Lane, where Sinea Hughes was lucky to escape unscathed when the glass walls and roof of a conservatory imploded over her head. "The wind started howling," she says, "and I felt my hair go up."

A New Plymouth police sergeant, Ross Wright, says commercial properties from Gover St to the racecourse have been particularly badly damaged, and business owners should ensure their buildings are secure.

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Re: NZ Weather of interest

Postby Tasman » Tue Jun 28, 2011 9:18 pm

Thunderstorm has hair-raising effect for girls
By Vaimoana Tapaleao
9:00 PM Tuesday Jun 28, 2011

Thunder, lightning and a synthetic sports pitch combined tonight to produce hair-raising results for two girls.

The storm passed over a hockey practice session at Auckland Grammar at about 6pm and when lightning spiked nearby, the static effect lifted the girls' hair towards the sky.

Weather expert and MetService forecaster Ian Millar said various elements resulted in the children's hair standing up, including that they were standing on a synthetic material.

"The reason for lightning is that you get a big separation of electric charges between the top and the base of these big towering clouds.

"And that voltage difference can be detected at ground level," Mr Millar said.

"You could probably do something similar if you rubbed a plastic comb with a synthetic material ... and if you hold it just above your hair, it will raise it," he said.


One spectator said that parents standing on the sideline could see the girls' hair reach for the sky.

"The parent next to me said: 'Gosh that lightning was low'. And the next thing is these two girls are standing there with all the hair - long hair - totally up."

None of the youngsters were hurt.

The thunder and lightning had been forecast in and around the Auckland region tonight and it was not expected to continue through to Wednesday.

By Vaimoana Tapaleao http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10735091

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