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    Smile Spring has sprung

    Wet winter makes way for settled spring
    Stuff.co.nz | Sunday, 31 August 2008

    The rains of winter look likely to be replaced by a relatively settled and drier than normal spring, according to climate agency NIWA.

    Its seasonal climate outlook for September to November indicates near-normal or below normal rainfalls as the most likely outcome across the country.

    The outlook also picks average or above average temperatures to be likely in most areas. Winds are forecast to be lighter than normal.

    NIWA says there is presently no La Nina or El Nino in the Tropical Pacific, and no indication of either developing for the rest of the year.

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    But maybe not in Southland...yet.

    Southland, Otago to bear brunt of next storm
    Sunday, 31 August 2008

    Southland and Otago are expected to bear the brunt of the next stormy weather system to hit New Zealand.

    MetService forecasters are warning an active front will move over the South Island tomorrow and become slow moving over Westland on Tuesday.

    It is expected to bring heavy rain to the Southern Alps and Westland.

    In Fiordland, up to 120mm of rain is expected to fall in the 15 hours from midday Monday.

    However, over Westland the rain may continue until Wednesday, with more than 400mm forecast to fall in the hills in the 48 hours from Monday afternoon.

    The "spillover" effect of the rain is likely to reach the headwaters of Canterbury and Otago rivers and lakes on Tuesday and Wednesday.

    Winds are also expected to reach gale or severe gale over parts of Southland and Otago on Monday.

    Forecasters are warning trampers and those on the roads to keep up to date with the conditions, and watch for rapidly rising streams and rivers.

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    To celebrate the wonderful spring weather w ehave been having here in Welli. I had my first NZ BBQ today.
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    I remember you saying you still had 6 weeks to go before immigrating, but it's coming round so fast now. You'll be one of the last of the 'old school' (i.e. long term members) to go. Selchie is one who is dragging her heels, so we'll have to encourage her to take the plunge. Perhaps her forthcoming visit to NZ will help push things forward. Let's hope it won't have the opposite effect.
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    Guys and Gals

    In case you didn't realize that spring is here now the rain is going to start. Kind of a cruel joke after all the rain we have already had.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MotherBear View Post
    I remember you saying you still had 6 weeks to go before immigrating, but it's coming round so fast now. You'll be one of the last of the 'old school' (i.e. long term members) to go. Selchie is one who is dragging her heels, so we'll have to encourage her to take the plunge. Perhaps her forthcoming visit to NZ will help push things forward. Let's hope it won't have the opposite effect.
    We're hoping to arrange a 'party' in Chch when she comes. With luck Banjo jon & lou will be there too. We will work on her!!
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    A relatively dry time would be nice for us, considering our last two visits were in rather wet Novembers. But we're used to the rain, living on the North Coast of California, so we won't be hiding inside too much. Bringing a closetful of clothes for all kinds of weather is the tough part

    We'll see what we find when we get there, job wise. So far Karin has had potential employers say the economy is too poor to be hiring. It'll be a landmark day if ever we do move to NZ!
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    Warmer days puts a spring in the step
    4:00AM Monday September 01, 2008
    By Martha McKenzie-Minifie

    With bright sun for the New Zealand Radio Yacht Squadron's final winter race in Auckland yesterday, spectators might have thought spring had sprung a day early.

    The fine news for weather watchers - and radio yacht aficionados - is that a new climate outlook suggests more warm days are on the way.

    It will be particularly welcome relief after winter's headline-grabbing stormy and wet conditions. The National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research National Climate Centre's spring outlook predicts average or above average temperatures in Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty over the next three months.

    NIWA's climate variability and change principal scientist Dr James Renwick said the mean temperature for Auckland during spring was about 15 degrees - or about 18 degrees during the day and 11 degrees at night.

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    A sunny lining to all those clouds
    By NATHAN BEAUMONT - The Dominion Post | Tuesday, 02 September 2008

    Weather experts have confirmed what Wellingtonians already know - August was wet - but the capital still outshone the main centres.

    Figures issued by the National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research yesterday show that Wellington was both the wettest and the sunniest of the four main centres last month, and a more settled outlook is on the horizon.

    About 205 millimetres of rain fell in Wellington in August - 167 per cent more than normal, based on a 30-year average - while the 155 sunshine hours were a fraction higher than usual.

    Niwa spokesman James Renwick said last month's weather had included "a bit of everything" for Wellington. "It has been an interesting combination.

    It has been hosing down, but at least there has been decent weather when the rain has cleared."

    Nationally, August was a miserable month for many areas, continuing the trend from July.

    Marlborough, Canterbury, Tasman, eastern Southland and much of the North Island received more than 150 per cent of normal rainfall.

    Napier bucked the trend, recording only 22mm of rain.

    The highest temperature for the month was the 19.9C recorded at Haast on August 26 and the coldest was a bone-chilling -9.5C at Arthur's Pass on August 20.

    Dr Renwick said people could look forward to a spring that was likely to be more settled and drier than normal around much of the country.

    Niwa's seasonal outlook for September to November indicated normal or below-normal rainfall and average or above-average temperatures.

    But winter threatens go out with a bang, with many parts of the South Island warned to batten down the hatches as another storm threatens.

    MetService warned that a prolonged period of heavy rain in southern Westland between today and Thursday could produce more than 500mm of rain in the mountains.

    "A good proportion of this rain may spill over onto the eastern flanks of the Southern Alps, meaning those who are planning to camp near Canterbury and Otago rivers and collect whitebait will find quickly rising river levels," a spokesman said.

    Strong northwest winds forecast for Canterbury, Otago and Southland could damage trees and power lines, he said.

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    Weather with a jazz beat
    4:00AM Sunday Sep 21, 2008
    Anna Leask and Anna Rushworth


    Forecaster Bob McDavitt

    Kiwis can expect a little bit of everything when it comes to the weather this summer. Conditions are usually determined by the dominant weather in spring, but MetService weather ambassador Bob McDavitt said the pattern until November would be neutral, between El Nino and La Nina.

    "There will be more variety. Not one weather system - hot or cold - will dominate. They will share it," McDavitt said.

    "El Nino and La Nina will take turns taking over the main weather theme. All the weather patterns will dominate - but they are not going to fight over it."

    McDavitt compared weather patterns to an orchestra.

    When El Nino is the composer, we get "marching music", La Nina is more "more romantic", and a neutral pattern is like jazz - everyone gets a turn being the boss.

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