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#121716 - 08/08/2006 22:38 Re: New Zealand Weather
Willoughby Offline
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Registered: 10/05/2003
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Loc: Darwin NT
The low continued to play havoc with the lower North Island today.. flooding has occured in Wanganui East, East Christchurch and Lower Hutt City with a few severe slips.

Quote:
Landslide in suburban street a 'huge disaster'

By Derek Cheng


A landslide which slammed into a garage and left at least one Lower Hutt house on the brink of slipping away has been described by the city's mayor as a "huge disaster".

Four houses in suburban Kelson were evacuated last night after one slid down a hill, threatening the three others.

Hutt City mayor David Ogden visited the site this morning and said it was a "huge disaster for the people here".

"When you get this amount of rain, you're going to get land movement," he said.

One of the homeowners, Peter Pritchard, said a neighbour saw a small slip at about 8pm and banged on their door.

"We went out to look on the backyard and saw a large piece of land go," he said.

He and his wife, son-in-law and three grandchildren are now staying with neighbours and friends in the meantime.

"There is not much we can do except wait.

"We can't think much about it now and I don't think we'll realise for a while just what's happening. The question is, where is it going to finish?"

Mr Pritchard has lived in the house for 40 years and said he had lost a third of his land and most of his backyard into the gully.

"It's like something you'd see in the movies."
frown

Desert and Lindis Roads were shut due to snow... with other highways shut due to flooding or slippage. Mt Hutt recieved a nice 45cm of new snow.. however!

Tmax: Kaitaia - 17C
Min-Tmax: Christchurch - 5C

Send us a high please.. who wants some RAIN?!

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#121717 - 09/08/2006 19:58 Re: New Zealand Weather
Vinnie Offline
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Registered: 17/05/2006
Posts: 6228
Loc: Central Qld.
please send the rain here. we only have had 240mm for this year instead of 850mm

we get 1030 highs all the time

all months bar jan and feb are below average rainfall

grrr mad

if nz was positioned where australia was vice versa then you could get what you want! smile
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#121718 - 09/08/2006 21:33 Re: New Zealand Weather
Willoughby Offline
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Registered: 10/05/2003
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Loc: Darwin NT
Dunno about that one Vinny :p .. Australia would be still very dry since it's such a dominant land mass.. with such widespread low ET, it creates it's own high pressure!

A weakish trough over the upper North Island brought some showers and the odd thunderstorm about eastern coastal areas. Funnel cloud about Auckland's Harbour bridge. Cold and showery in the southeast of the NI with S/southwesterlies. Lower Hutt receieved another unwelcome 18mm.

Fine and frosty over much of the South Island, Alexandra dropped to -5C.. Manapouri already down to -4C tonight already.

Tmax: Kaitaia - 18C
Min-Tmax: Dunedin - 7C

May get very icy this weekend!

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#121719 - 10/08/2006 07:50 Re: New Zealand Weather
UK Steve Offline
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Registered: 05/05/2006
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Loc: Birmingham, England
Have any places in southern NZ ever had a below freezing max temp, or are such low temps not possible there.

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#121720 - 10/08/2006 08:07 Re: New Zealand Weather
Willoughby Offline
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Yes quite possible indeed.. Alexandra (climate very similar to Orange, NSW) only got to -1C under fog in June this year. Then places like Omarama, Queenstown, Lumsden and Ophir through Central Otago have recorded many maximum's under freezing in the past.

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#121721 - 10/08/2006 11:39 Re: New Zealand Weather
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Registered: 23/08/2004
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Loc: Australia
Quote:
Originally posted by Willoughby:
Yes quite possible indeed.. Alexandra (climate very similar to Orange, NSW) only got to -1C under fog in June this year. Then places like Omarama, Queenstown, Lumsden and Ophir through Central Otago have recorded many maximum's under freezing in the past.
I am sorry, but I have to comment on the climate difference between Orange NSW and Alexandra in southern NZ. I have been to both towns and know the statistics. Alexandra has about 60% of the rainfall of Orange, and is in a valley, while Orange is on a plateau and does not experience long inversions through the day.
I do however agree that the chances of a light snowfall are probably similar as well as most daytime temperatues (other than inversions).

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#121722 - 10/08/2006 21:35 Re: New Zealand Weather
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Yes, but closer to any Australian micro-climate. smile

Severe frosts over the south, they got to -9C this morning, and Dunedin Ap dropped to -8C, just slight frosts up north here south of Auckland. Mostly fine and cool with the odd shower in the north with southwesterlies. Fine elsewhere, but increasing high cloud and showers in Southland and Fiordland.

Tmax: Kaitaia, Whangarei - 16C
Min-Tmax: Queenstown, Dunedin - 7C

That few houses in Lower Hutt are currently being demolished due to that severe slip.

Insurance compainies counting the cost of this pretty eventful winter...

Quote:
Weather costs in millions
10 August 2006
By MIKE STEERE and the DOMINION POST

New Zealand has suffered one of its most destructive and expensive winters, with heavy rain and snow costing the country millions of dollars.


The Insurance Council said yesterday that recent snowstorms in the South Island were the worst in New Zealand's history, with the repair bill estimated at $50 million.

Now, slips and flooding were causing massive problems in the North Island.

A woman was lucky not to have been sitting in her four-wheel-drive vehicle when it was partly buried in a 200-tonne slip in Wellington yesterday.

Xiaguang Yu's car was shunted part way across the road in Kelburn, a tyre was blown out and a window was smashed as broken rocks crashed into it. The slip, which came off a 10m-high bank, blocked the road for more than an hour.

A cracked, slow-leaking sewer pipe might have caused another slip that has left a Lower Hutt house teetering on the edge of destruction, a leading geologist says.

Grant Dellow, of Crown research institute GNS, inspected the landslide one of at least 300 in the Wellington region this winter in Kelson yesterday.

Steady rain yesterday morning saw chunks of land continue to slide into Speedys Stream. Several more metres of the Nations' house now dangles over the edge.

Insurance Council chief executive Chris Ryan said the weather pattern this winter should be viewed as a wake-up call. The wet winter had lasted so long that soil that previously would not have slipped away from slopes was now creating slips in areas that have not experienced them before.

On top of the $50m expected to be paid out for the snowstorms in Canterbury and Otago recently, the Insurance Council had paid out $22m for the Coromandel "weather bomb", $112m for the Manawatu floods, $58m for Queenstown flooding, $10m for Greymouth tornadoes and $30m for recent floods in Matata and Tauranga...
http://stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3759786a10,00.html

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#121723 - 10/08/2006 22:04 Re: New Zealand Weather
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Registered: 18/05/2005
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Loc: Melbourne
At least you have enough water to drink. Our dams are getting lower by the day for the last 10 years.

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#121724 - 13/08/2006 06:41 Re: New Zealand Weather
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Loc: Rain mentioned every forecast....
Cold wet and windy today with SW gales in Auckland anyway

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#121725 - 13/08/2006 21:59 Re: New Zealand Weather
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Loc: Darwin NT
Yep a cool windy day over the North Island.. squally showers and westerlies.. but clouds weren't topping great heights compared to snow effecting Southland, Otago and Fiordland to 200m with hail showers up to Canterbury.
Snow to 900m over the Central North Island with new warnings in place for tomorrow.

Quote:
HEAVY SNOW EXPECTED FOR NORTH ISLAND CENTRAL PLATEAU A west to southwest flow over central New Zealand is expected to become stronger and colder overnight and early Monday morning. Snow showers are expected to become heavier overnight and up 20cm of snow is possible down to 800 metres over the Central Plateau in the 24 hours from 9pm Sunday with 10 to 15cm possible in a 6 hour period during Monday morning. People in the area are advised to watch out for hazardous driving conditions.
A 210cm base at MT HUTT now :p and 250cm at Manganui (Mt Taranaki) ski areas! laugh
Are those Qantas and Air NZ flights booked out yet? wink laugh laugh

Tmax: Kaitaia - 16C
Min-Tmax: Dunedin - 6C

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#121726 - 14/08/2006 22:58 Re: New Zealand Weather
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Loc: Darwin NT
Snow to 150m over Canterbury today with driving freezing southwesterlies. Hail showers over the North Island, with severe reports from Matamata, Waikato. Partly cloudy over Southland and Otago, but fine and warm over Fiordland/Westland due to a southeasterly foehn.

Tmax: Kaitaia, Bay of Islands, Haast, Milford Sound - 15C
Min-Tmax: Hanmer Springs - 2C

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#121727 - 15/08/2006 19:33 Re: New Zealand Weather
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Loc: Darwin NT
An upper trough brought some heavy hail showers, with one lasting for 45 minutes over Kerikeri, Northland. A few thunderstorms offshore this evening.
Fine with southeasterlies from Auckland to Fiordland in the west, but showery on the east of the NI with an onshore flow. Partly cloudy on the eastern seaboard of the SI.

Tmax: Kaitaia - 15C
Min-Tmax: Waiouru - 4C

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#121728 - 17/08/2006 21:42 Re: New Zealand Weather
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Registered: 10/05/2003
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Loc: Darwin NT
Fine and sunny over much over the North Island today.. rain developed over Fiordland, with thick high cloud streaming off the alps over Otago and later Canterbury. South West Cape now averaging a NW 46 knot wind.
Heavy rain warnings are in place for the South Island's west coast.

Tmax: Ashburton - 18C
Min-Tmax: Milford - 8C (Typical foehn action)

Looking ahead, looks like we are set to blasted again by polar winds.. ECMWF progs thickness to 524dm over Dunedin on Monday afternoon. So watches are in place for this. laugh laugh

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#121729 - 18/08/2006 15:18 Re: New Zealand Weather
NZAAS Offline
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Registered: 27/05/2003
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Loc: Rain mentioned every forecast....
After a fine start on 1c...but not to last it became 8/8 again in Auckland (at least not 8/8 all day like yesterday and then clear all night) but stayed fine elsewhere especially in the east of both islands

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#121730 - 18/08/2006 15:47 Re: New Zealand Weather
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Registered: 18/05/2005
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Loc: Melbourne
Are there any signs of Spring in NZ. Any trees blooming?

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#121731 - 18/08/2006 16:15 Re: New Zealand Weather
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Loc: Rain mentioned every forecast....
Yes there are but it remains cold.The sun is getting higher but 20c+ still looks at least another month away especially if the highs remain north or stationary in the tasman

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#121732 - 19/08/2006 17:08 Re: New Zealand Weather
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Loc: Rain mentioned every forecast....
Cloudy 8/8 and 14c only as always,Christchurch got 19c and as always fine in the east,Wellington 14 and NW showers later

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#121733 - 20/08/2006 15:32 Re: New Zealand Weather
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Finally a half decent day today with 8 /17c with moderate NW but wont last and be back to another week of cloudy cold wet SWers.
Wellington fresh NW and some rain 13c
Christchurch 16 and mainly fine

West coast wet with N and also SW west North IS.fine in the east

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#121734 - 20/08/2006 17:36 Re: New Zealand Weather
Willoughby Offline
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Registered: 10/05/2003
Posts: 987
Loc: Darwin NT
A week? Um no, and the southwesterlies on the back of the sheltering alps will be sunny.
Then it should be turning warmer NW ahead of a developing low in the Tasman on Thursday.

Sure looks like this could be the coldest outbreak of the year coming up. smile

Quote:
HEAVY SNOW FORECAST FOR FIORDLAND SOUTHLAND SOUTH OTAGO AND THE
DUNEDIN HILLS
A bitterly cold southwest airstream is expected to spread over the
South Island tomorrow (Monday), with snow showers likely to sea level
in the far south and heavy falls down to about 200 metres.

People in these areas are advised to watch out for hazardous travelling
conditions and to stay up to date with the latest forecasts.
LAPS and GFS both progging under 520dm tomorrow until Tuesday from Dunedin to Christchurch. :p

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#121735 - 21/08/2006 23:02 Re: New Zealand Weather
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Registered: 10/05/2003
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Loc: Darwin NT
Today saw sea-level snow to Southland, Fiordland and parts of Otago.. and later hitting Canterbury to sea level too!
Mild and warm over the North Island due to northwesterlies, but a few showers a bit too.
Southwesterlies have arrived now and they're biting.

Tmax: Hastings - 19C
Min-Tmax: Manapouri, Invercargill - 5C

:cheers:

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