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    Smile Here comes summer!

    But can you trust them?

    Here comes summer!
    Page 1 of 2 5:00AM Sunday September 30, 2007
    By Alice Hudson



    The long-awaited Kiwi summer is on the way, according to the experts.

    Late spring is likely to be warmer than usual, conditions set to - fingers and toes crossed - carry right the way into summer, making for happy camping countrywide.

    However, northeastern parts of the country could be in for a little more wet stuff than usual.

    The latest seasonal climate outlook from the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research's (Niwa) National Climate Centre says weak La Nina conditions that have developed over the Pacific Ocean mean there is a 80-90 per cent chance temperatures will be average or above average for the rest of the year.

    La Nina conditions mean weaker than normal westerly winds across the country, with more winds coming from the east and northeast. As well as higher temparatures, if you're in the northeast of the country, it's likely to rain more than usual, while those down south can expect to stay drier, says Niwa principal climate scientist Dr Jim Salinger.

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    Obviously not! Hope everyone's OK.

    Storms bring holiday chaos
    Page 1 of 2 5:00AM Tuesday October 02, 2007
    By Elizabeth Binning and Alanah May Eriksen


    A car copes with the surface flooding in Taharoto Rd,Takapuna. 33mm of rain fell in 3 hours.

    Extreme spring weather brought chaos to parts of the country yesterday, causing flight cancellations, road accidents and widespread minor flooding to homes.

    The long-range forecast for the rest of the school holiday is more misery to come as yesterday's "topsy-turvey weather" also left emergency services workers struggling to keep up in parts of the country.

    Carla Salinger of Weatherwise Auckland said Helensville in west Auckland got the worst of the storm, with about 33mm of rain between 2pm and 5pm.

    The storm lasted less than three hours in other parts of Auckland and about 25mm of rain fell.

    In October last year 157mm fell in Auckland for the whole month.

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    It was complete madness yesterday! So many accidents on the roads in Auckland....but the thunderstorm was amazing!!!! Looking forward to some sunnier weather though!
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    We were treated to some awesome storms yesterday, went on for quite a few hours, was fab to watch On the downside, I just went down to see to the goats and was pelted with hailstones the size of marbles That said, that was half an hour ago and now the sun is coming out

    Gotta love this extreme Kiwi weather

    Now I'm off to put some dry clothes on and get out the sun cream.....
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    Wild nor'westers 'a taste of things to come'
    The Dominion Post | Monday, 8 October 2007

    Wild northwesterlies, which cut a swath through central New Zealand down to Canterbury, are just a taste of things to come, warn meteorologists.

    Gusts of up to 150kmh whipped Beacon Hill and the top of the Rimutakas yesterday, prompting police to advise motorists to exercise extreme caution, especially while driving in the Rimutakas.

    MetService forecaster Andy Downs said it had been "a vigorous spring".

    "October and November are usually the windiest months, with a lot of strong westerly systems coming through, so this is not particularly unusual.

    "But it has certainly been a relentless sequence, and pretty wearying."

    Unsettled weather will continue this week.

    Wairarapa was also hit by gales, and Horowhenua and Manawatu had torrential rain. A fierce thunder-and-lightning storm lashed Wellington about 7pm last night.

    The Tararua Ranges were expected to get up to 150 millimetres of rain in the 24 hours till 4pm today.

    Storm-force northwesterly winds gusting up to 148kmh caused chaos across Canterbury before dawn yesterday, cutting power to thousands of homes and lifting roofs.

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    Keep safe eveyrone, especially those in the south.

    Worst battering of spring expected tomorrow
    12:00PM Monday October 22, 2007

    Parts of the country could be in for the worst battering of spring so far, with severe and damaging gales forecast for tomorrow.

    The MetService has issued a severe weather warning as a low deepens in the Tasman Sea and moves on to the South Island.

    The weather system will bring a short and intense period of rain along the west coast from northwest Nelson to Fiordland tomorrow morning. Trampers are warned to watch for rapidly rising rivers.

    Meanwhile, severe northwest gales are expected to rapidly develop from Hawkes Bay to inland Canterbury in the early hours, reaching up to 130kmh.

    Later in the morning severe west to southwest gales are expected to batter many parts of Southland and eastern Otago, gusting up to 140kmh.

    "It may well be that these gales will be the strongest of a series of gales which have affected New Zealand over recent weeks," forecasters said.

    The winds are likely to cause damage to trees and power lines, and make driving hazardous.

    The worst affected area will be from Invercargill to Dunedin, where the wind may be strong enough to damage buildings, they warned.

    The gales in all areas should slowly ease during the afternoon.

    - NZPA

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    Must have been pretty dire to close schools.

    Severe winds close schools, cause accidents
    Page 1 of 2 ........Updated 2:40PM Tuesday October 23, 2007
    By Edward Gay

    Strong winds were battering large parts of the country today, closing schools in Southland and triggering warnings to motorists in the central and lower North Island.

    The road between Dannevirke and Takapau was closed to all vehicles for part of the day, though cars were later allowed through.

    Sergeant Earl Fincham said the wind was calming down after this morning's drama when two truck-trailers, a caravan and an ambulance were tipped over.

    He said no accidents have been reported since the road was closed this morning.

    Drivers in the Wellington region were told to stay off the Rimutaka Hill Road with strong northwest winds gusting up to 130km in the region and into the Wairarapa and south of Hastings.

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    Get out the togs - it's warming up
    5:00AM Thursday November 01, 2007
    By Andrew Koubaridis



    Good news for those yearning for the summer holidays - better weather than average is predicted from now until January, with only a 10 to 20 per cent chance of cooler conditions.

    The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) says New Zealanders who have just endured the third-windiest October in nearly two decades can look forward to "at least" average temperatures until January.

    The latest seasonal climate outlook forecasts a 50 per cent chance of above-average temperatures for everywhere except the Far North and Deep South - with a 40 per cent chance temperatures will be normal.

    Niwa principal scientist Jim Salinger said La Nina conditions were well established in the central and eastern Pacific, meaning normal or above-normal rainfall was expected in the north of the country and normal or below-normal rainfall in much of the south.

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    Oh joy, oh bliss!! We are having foggy mornings and a sharp frost of minus 6?c killed all the geraniums and dahlias. I can hardly wait to put my foot down at ChCh, the thought of Spring.....( obviously we are bricking it as well, no house, no job, no NZQA, no car, but you guys did it so it MUST be possible)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgundy21 View Post
    ..... but you guys did it so it MUST be possible)
    Of course it is , so get packing but make sure your togs are in your luggage and not in the container, so you can make the most of that promised weather.
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