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Week in Weather: What's Been Making Headlines this Week

What a week! Heavy fog, snow, and tornadoes on the West Coast - and that's just in New Zealand!


Another tornado sighting on the West Coast

A petrified Greymouth woman hit the floor when she saw a tornado barrel down on her South Beach property yesterday. 

Christine Adams said she was sitting in the lounge of her house, on the south side of the overhead bridge, when she saw the twister come off the sea and head straight for her house.


Auckland fog causes headaches for flights and motorists

Motorists are being advised to drive with caution as thick fog covers parts of Auckland.

Auckland Airport spokesman Simon Lambourne said fog restrictions were put in place at 4.38am this morning.

Passengers were advised to check the airport's website for the latest flight arrival and departure information.


Australia: Tasmanians continue to count the cost as damaging storms continue

More trees have been brought down on houses across Tasmania as wild weather continues to lash the state.

The weather bureau has warned rough conditions seen in Tasmania this week will continue today.

It will be the fourth day of wild weather that has seen major electricity cuts and extensive damage to homes and property. 


Weather gods smile on snow event

Stratford Mountain Club hosted the annual Secondary, Intermediate and Primary Schools Ski & Snowboard championships last week with blue skies and sunshine on both days. The event involves a 400m downhill slalom race and is open to both skiers and snowboarders.


Weather Video: Windier and warmer

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In the meantime don't miss Philip Duncan on CountryTV (sky channel 81).


Australia: Flash flooding adds insult to injury for storm-struck Tasmanians

Homes have been inundated by flash flooding in northern Tasmania just hours after the north-west was pounded by severe winds that left a trail of destruction and caused widespread power cuts.

The State Emergency Service (SES) has confirmed houses have been flooded at Windermere, Lilydale and Gravelly Beach near Launceston.


Australia: Tasmania hit by 'tornado-like' winds

Winds described as "tornado-like" by emergency workers have left a trail of damage in Tasmania's north-west overnight, injuring one man and causing widespread power cuts.

Crews spent the night repairing damage after strong winds knocked down trees, blew off roof tiles and downed powerlines at Burnie, Devonport and Turners Beach. 


USA - Lightning strike kills 1; injures 13 on Venice Beach, California (+VIDEO)

A relaxing day at Southern California's famed Venice Beach took a deadly turn Sunday afternoon when a powerful lightning bolt struck the water, killing one person and injuring at least 13, emergency officials said.

The sudden lightning strike at Venice Beach caused panic as people tried to get out of the water and off the beach.


Weather Video: Warmer weather returns!

We technically may be smack bang in the middle of winter but spring conditions have already started across New Zealand with lambs being born and flowers starting to bloom.