Cold, tornadoes, gales, flooding - what a winter
2:05PM Thursday September 06, 2007

Flooding struck Northland in July. Photo / Greg Bowker

This really was the winter of discontent, according to figures released today.

Flooding, freezing temperatures, house-shattering tornadoes and massive gales were among just some of the weather woes to hit.

The coldest day during the icy season was -15.4C recorded at Lauder in Central Otago on July 18, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research said.

It was the coldest temperature the region had seen for 12 years.

Many other South Island locations recorded minimum air temperatures below - 10degC during July, often accompanied by freezing fog and treacherous ice.

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