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    Forecasters pick cracker summer
    Friday, 31 October 2008

    Now could be a good time to scrape down the barbie, with the experts predicting a warm and settled start to summer over most of the country.

    In a seasonal outlook issued today, National Institute of Weather and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) forecasters said the weather between now and January should offer above average temperatures, light winds, and near normal or below normal rainfall.

    Normal or below normal soil moisture levels and stream flows are likely in most regions.

    El Nino conditions over the Pacific Ocean were currently neutral and were very likely to stay that way during the summer, Niwa said.

    There was a normal (four out of five) chance of an ex-tropical cyclone passing within 500km of the country between November and May, with Northland and Gisborne most at risk.

    Sea surface temperatures were expected to be near normal.

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    Ferocious weather strikes parts of NZ
    New 12:24PM Saturday Nov 01, 2008

    Ferocious weather is affecting parts of New Zealand, with the MetService warning of heavy rain and severe gales.

    The MetService said a period of heavy rain was expected today on the South Island's west coast, the Buller and northwest Nelson area and in the Tararua Ranges at the bottom of the North Island.

    There were severe northwesterly gales in eastern areas from Wairarapa and Wellington down to Otago.

    In the hills around the capital, gusts of up to 140km/h were expected to last until this evening, while Marlborough, Canterbury and Otago could expect gusts of 120km/h.

    The MetService warned of possible damage to trees, powerlines and insecure rooves, and said driving conditions could be hazardous.

    Police have also warned the drivers of trucks, campervans and cyclists to be wary of particularly strong winds in the Canterbury and south Otago regions.

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    Yep- it was certainly windy and rather wet but what a fab day we have had today!
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    This 'cracker' of a start to summer seems to be shaping up nicely. Quote: '''Warm and settled' ???

    Rain, gales and snow forecast
    New 1:38PM Tuesday Nov 04, 2008

    Heavy snow, rain and gale force winds are expected to hit the South Island and lower North Island today.

    The MetService issued a heavy snow warning for Fiordland, Southland and Otago, saying cold rain would turn into snow and 10-15cm was expected, down to 400m, from 9pm tonight until 3am tomorrow.

    Snowfall was expected on Milford Rd, Lindis Pass, Arthurs Pass, Porters Pass and the Desert Rd.

    A heavy rain warning was issued for Westland with 80-120mm expected between this morning and midnight.

    A further 20-30mm is also likely in heavy showers in the 12 hours following midnight.

    Severe northwest gales, up to 140km/h, were forecast from North Canterbury to Wairarapa until Wednesday morning.

    "Winds of this strength have the potential to damage powerlines, trees, insecure roofs and make driving hazardous especially for high sided vehicles and motorcyclists," the MetService forecast warned.

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    Wind is starting to pick up nicley here in Welli!
    Looks as though Neil will be on the train tomorrow! (He usually goes into town on his Motorbike!!!!!)
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    October offers warm, dry weather
    Monday, 03 November 2008

    The South Island enjoyed the lions share of sunshine during October while much of the country was able to dry out with less rain than usual.

    In its monthly summary, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) said sunshine totals were well above average for most of the South Island, with Dunedin and Balclutha boasting their highest October temperatures on record.

    Rainfall was less than 50 percent of normal falls in Otago and coastal south Canterbury, and between 50 and 80 percent of normal in northern Canterbury, West Coast, Tasman, Wellington, Hawke's Bay, Gisborne, Bay of Plenty and Northland.

    But the rain didn't hold back in the Waikato, Hamilton, King Country and Manawatu, with between 120 and 150 percent of normal rain levels.

    The national average temperature for October was 12.1degC, Niwa said.

    The most extreme weather hit on October 7 with a vigorous storm lashing Taranaki and Canterbury, and late snowfall around Queenstown.

    The coldest and hottest temperatures during October came within three days of each other, with Lake Tekapo recording -6.1degC on October 25 and Timaru basking in balmy 28.8degC on October 28.

    The highest one-day rainfall was 100mm recorded at Woodbury in south Canterbury on October 7 -- the highest one-day total at Woodbury since records began in 1973.

    The biggest wind gust of 170kmh was felt at South West Cape on Stewart Island on October 28.

    Of the five main centres, Auckland was the warmest, Hamilton was the wettest, Christchurch was the sunniest and Dunedin the driest, Niwa said.

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    I knew we chose Chch area for a reason We haven't had the strong winds forcast for today - just glorious sunshine all afternoon.
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    Now look what you've done Nicky - tempting fate like that!

    Today it's grey and pouring with rain .... not even a glimmer of sun

    Only good thing is that I am at work, so now dont' feel so bad about wasting a good day sitting behind a desk
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    Quote Originally Posted by zummerzet_lou View Post
    Only good thing is that I am at work, so now dont' feel so bad about wasting a good day sitting behind a desk
    Our first experience of spring and summer here last year was beautiful. Spring was so warm, that by this time last year we were all as brown as berries. I was working in an office then and remember thinking like you Lu. Then I remembered that we were in NZ and when it's summer, it's summer. The good days will just keep coming In UK if you get a nice day, you're so unsure as to when or if you're going to get another one you feel cheated having to spend it at work. Not anymore
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    Lightning, hail, frost all in a spring day
    4:00AM Saturday Nov 08, 2008

    Clashes of warm and cold air sparked thunder and more than 200 lightning strikes around eastern parts of central New Zealand yesterday.

    MetService severe weather forecaster Eric Brenstrum said such events happened in spring when the sun was warming the ground but conditions could still present chilly air.

    He said the storms were sparked by cold air moving over warm ground, causing warm air near the ground to rapidly rise and expand.

    Processes then occurred which led to turbulent conditions.

    "You get an enormous electric potential across a short piece of air. The air then ionises and becomes a conductor and you get lightning."

    Mr Brenstrum said there had also been hail in the Wellington area, with reports of hailstones 1cm across in the suburb of Johnsonville.

    There were similar conditions yesterday in Canterbury, where snow recently fell to low levels. After heading north the stormy conditions continued through parts of Wairarapa.

    Mr Brenstrum said severe frosts left vineyard owners and orchardists in Otago, Canterbury, Marlborough and Hawkes Bay exposed to potential damage to tender young fruit.

    Hundreds of helicopters were expected to be on standby to push down warmer inversion layers and prevent frost from settling on vulnerable crops.

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