Is it a storm up north?

Despite the efforts of media to talk it up into a dramatic story this week’s weather in the south of the South Island has been pretty average for July, with nothing out of the ordinary.

Weather forecasts and warnings were fairly accurate although there seems to have been less snow than predicted.

This does accurately show a light smattering of snow on a hill.

The worst of the weather is forecast to be hitting the lower North island today:

Kim Hill just said “the winter storm that battered the South Island yesterday” is a typical ignorant overstatement.

But it may reach storm level up north – over to Your NZ North Island reporters…

49 Comments

  1. Anonymous Coward

     /  July 13, 2017

    Pouring rain and 60km gusts of wind in the Wairarapa. Snow fell on the Rimutaka’s and the Tararua’s yesterday afternoon.

    • Is it normal for winter weather? Or extraordinary?

      • Anonymous Coward

         /  July 13, 2017

        It’s a storm. I’m not sure we were promised Extraordinary here, but we did get what they said we would – snow on the hills, gale force winds and heavy rain.
        It’s nastier than the cyclone storm that rolled through.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  July 13, 2017

      Not exactly a storm up here on the dog walk this morning, but cold, still and wintery now it has clouded over after early sunshine:
      https://1drv.ms/i/s!AuhKWHlH5hzQhL1uh6vNH-n3uRaZ9A

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  July 13, 2017

        It’s not a storm here, either, but bloody cold by comparison with what we’ve been having-10o outside and a cold wind off and on. The rain can’t make up its mind, either.

  2. Joe Bloggs

     /  July 13, 2017

    It wouldn’t be winter without at least one decent snowstorm.

  3. Trumpenreich

     /  July 13, 2017

    Definitely the coldest feeling day here in Auckland so far this winter.

    Its not a pleasant crisp still sunny blue sky kind of day that its nice to take a stroll, either.

    Wind, humidity and showers makes the cold way more miserable.

    • Mefrostate

       /  July 13, 2017

      Going to be a bloody cold bike home along Tamaki Drive tonight

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  July 13, 2017

        Ohhhh ! Poor Mefro. Can’t you go any other way ?

        • Mefrostate

           /  July 13, 2017

          I could get a ride from the flatmates, but then I would need them to bring me back in the morning and they absolutely never leave on time.

          Guess I’ll just have to ride harder to stay warm.

          • Mefrostate

             /  July 13, 2017

            Update 8pm: I didn’t die.

            Heat pump on full, still struggling to get the lounge above 14degrees.

  4. Gezza

     /  July 13, 2017

    North Welly’s getting a fair battering with wind gusts blowing over the recycling bin & making the trellises suck in & out, & constant 80 degree angle rain, but it sounds like Welly South & central are getting harder hit. The stream’s risen about 6 feet. The highest it’s ever risen is about 14 feet after 3 days of solid rain twice in the last 10 years. Still just a typical hard out Winter storm in Welly though.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  July 13, 2017

      Just had a shower here now with a few wind gusts. Got the fire going and warmed the house a bit after I closed the door downstairs that was sending a polar blast up. Stepdaughter doesn’t feel the cold like I do. Apparently the storm is heading Auckland’s way this afternoon.

      • Gezza

         /  July 13, 2017

        Charlie & Prettygirl heard me calling their breakfast waiter had arrived, late, around 9.30 am & powered upstream to below my place from somewhere but were struggling against the current & stayed on the far side. Charlie finally lifted off from further upstream & curved up & onto the feedzone landind pad just over the fence, but he’s had better flights & landings than that one & looked a bit shaken & white, for a mongrel mallard. Prettygirl didn’t attempt a liftoff after seeing that flight. She drifted back down, got onto the bank & waddled up thru the undergrowth with head down because there’s needleish-leaves from the trees flying about about – managed an awkward wing-assisted 2 foot jump up to the top from below the block wall to get some wheat grains before Charlie shovelled it all up. I wished them all the best getting out again & got outa there. Not staying outside in this crap.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  July 13, 2017

          Three kids laughing and playing in the hot tub in the guest house next door. Nice sheltered spot on the lower deck there and a 40C tub is a pretty good place to be in this weather.

          • Gezza

             /  July 13, 2017

            Shaddup ya bloody showoff! Blardy hell! Got a text saying there was a blood test form to collect at the Medical Centre & I ran out of coffee this morning. I tried to get by on tea but I’m not enuff of a pansy for that to do the job a coffee does.

            Drove up the street to NW straight into the teeth of it. The window wipers were on top speed & it was still tricky seeing out. There were sheets of water blasting along the blacktop & if there are any brass monkeys outside down here they’ll be eunuchs by now – it’s freezing.

            Nobody knows what I’ve just survived but a Wellingtonian. I’d give anything to be landing at Welly airport right now: thrill rides like that are hard to beat! 💪 👍

            • Gezza

               /  July 13, 2017

              The rec officer in Christchurch just texted me. They’ve cancelled flights in & she has to go find accom for the night & worry about landing tomorrow. Confessed she’s one of those pansies I told her about who go white & grip the armrests when the wings start flapping.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  July 13, 2017

              Happy days when I spent a couple of years flying into Rongotai every week. Remember some of those pansies you mention. Not so much when the wings flap as when the plane isn’t pointing in the right direction any more and the ground/sea is looking awfully close.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  July 13, 2017

              We let the horses into the home arena with a covered shelter they can get under if it rains tonight. They looked as though they wanted to get in the car and come home with us when we left even though they’ve got their coats on. The tap water was icy and running slowly in the loo. Wondering if there is some ice in the pipes somewhere up the hill.

        • Pete Kane

           /  July 13, 2017

          Poor Charles. Offer him a cup of tea. (Or a warm ‘stock pot’.)

          • Gezza

             /  July 13, 2017

            Charlie’s an Alpha Drake mallard. He spat in the eye of it, gave it a go, & he got there. He’s not some wak wak wak sailor-suit naked bum poofter Donald Duck. He’d have coffee & shit in your stock pot & piss off when he’s good & ready to. And he’ll fly out.

            • Pete Kane

               /  July 13, 2017

              Well well, good to get that cleared up. Any relation to Trevor?

            • Gezza

               /  July 13, 2017

              Me or him? Trevor is my cousin-in-law in Stratford. He speaks in single 4 word sentences, 4 times an hour max if he’s feeling garrulous, & he when he does so he offends nearly everybody who doesn’t know him. Only my cousin would ever have married him. They’re farmers.

            • Pete Kane

               /  July 13, 2017

              He

            • Gezza

               /  July 13, 2017

              Oh. It’s ok. You can tell Trevor & my cousin I said that. I tell them all the time.

              No Charlie’s not related to That Trevor. He’d think he was a poofter. Charlie flies down to the stream & takes on up to four mallard drakes at the same time to tell them to get out of his patch. He’s a mallard /grey hybrid. He’s a bit smaller than them but if any of them are stupid enuff to take him on they last 30 seconds before clearing off. The others take off as soon as he hits the water. He’s my man. My money’s always on him. I get annoyed a bit when he pushes the missus about tho.

  5. Conspiratoor

     /  July 13, 2017

    Heat pump (set to 24) and gas fire (set to 23) working in tandem in far north. Ambient temp has plummeted to 15 deg C

    • Conspiratoor

       /  July 13, 2017

      Switched from single malt to gluhwein. Desperation stuff

      • Gezza

         /  July 13, 2017

        Times like this ya do what you have to do to get thru it.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  July 13, 2017

      Log fire has bedroom at 16, living area 18. Outside is 7. All well and bacon, egg, toast and salad disposed of happily.

      • Conspiratoor

         /  July 13, 2017

        You have ice in your veins Al. No ordinary man can function at 18 …without suffering impaired judgement

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  July 13, 2017

          The walls are 19, 22 near the fire. My couch is closest to the fire. Quite cosy thanks, C.

          • Gezza

             /  July 13, 2017

            Righto. Christ knows what is outside it’s howling with Southerly gusts & pissing down – with chill factor it’d be snowing anywhere else I reckon. I just brought the thermometer in from the kitchen & its reading 14 deg C. Gas heater on 2/4 columns. Heating downstairs lounge dining room & hallway. Other doors closed. I’m in thick black jeans, jumper & green kathmandu hiking jacket, wearing the blue gig cap, Al. I’m sacking out here later tonite, not in one of the bedrooms. I’ll give you a lounge temp update in 20 min.
            2010 hours.

            • Conspiratoor

               /  July 13, 2017

              Reminds me of something an old Zen monk once told me. “Why do people live in welly …to prove it can be done!

            • Gezza

               /  July 13, 2017

              19 deg C in the lounge on my sofa – heater’s 3 ft to my right.
              2037 hours

            • Gezza

               /  July 13, 2017

              @ c. Yep. When dad & ma kick off I might move north, maybe back to Taranaki, but only if I can find another place by a lake or stream.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  July 13, 2017

              Cat is in front of the fire. Her fur reading 24 on the IR temp gun. My feet and legs reading 19-24. Think that’s a bit cool. Dog next to me is 24 too.

            • Gezza

               /  July 13, 2017

              I dunno how the hell Maori survived this place in Winter without our clothes & housing amenities. Man they must have been hardy & inventive people.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  July 13, 2017

              Probably ate a few slaves, G.

            • Gezza

               /  July 13, 2017

              Doubt that would’ve warmed them up much. Probably didn’t warm your ancestors’ up much either.

            • Conspiratoor

               /  July 13, 2017

              G, I can see you living out your days on the smelly of an oily, amongst the eclectic alter-natives, on the banks of the mighty muddy Hokianga

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  July 13, 2017

              Have you ever read about how the Inuits did it? I read a fantastic book once by a lunatic French priest who spent a year living with an Inuit family when they were still living their traditional nomadic life. They ate a lot of meat and fish, following the food sources in a seasonal traverse around the Arctic.

              The story started with him turning up at the summer village with some supplies for the year and then being horrified when the Inuits proceeded to have a massive feast and clean them all up. Later he realised he was only going to survive by living and eating as they did and his stuff would have been a problem, not a solution. At first he thought they were terribly disorganised. By the time he returned after a year he thought how stupid and ignorant Europeans were.

            • Gezza

               /  July 13, 2017

              So could I but the turangawaeae call is still there in my heart & may be hard to resist. My only concern is Taranaki is overdue to speak again of his angst, & his rage can be so destructive much of the great fish & the great waka will feel it.

            • Gezza

               /  July 13, 2017

              My Above is @ c.

            • Conspiratoor

               /  July 13, 2017

              I hear you G. Taranaki is a lot more civilised than the far north

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  July 13, 2017

              Google is fantastic. This is the book. Must be over 45 years ago I read it:

              https://www.amazon.com/Kabloona-Among-Inuit-Gontran-Poncins/dp/0786182342

            • Gezza

               /  July 13, 2017

              @ c. Your last to me. I blame the government.

            • Gezza

               /  July 13, 2017

              I would’ve thought by now Charile up above would’ve got an uptick from an alpha or two here. Must be mostly pansies about.