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Tornado hits South Auckland

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A tornado has damaged a number of rural properties in Ramarama south of Auckland reports NewstalkZB.

It struck at just after 11am around the intersection of Davies Road and Ararimu Road.

Fire Service northern communication spokesman Scott Osmond says there's a least one house with severe damage to its roof.

Snow falls across lower North Island towns

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A completely unseasonable dumping of snow across the lower North Island yesterday has surprised forecasters with some places receiving snow which would be considered rare even for the middle of winter.

Snow fell just 5 minutes from Palmerston North with temperatures hovering at just 3 degrees for much of the afternoon along with heavy rain. 

Extreme weather across the North Island

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Two different weather extremes are affecting both ends of the North Island today with torrential rain around northern New Zealand and snow falling across towns in the lower North Island.

Snow has fallen in Dannevirke and Woodville with snow closing the Paihiatua track according to local police.  Snow is also affecting State Highway 2 around Dannevirke.  The extreme cold is also affecting Manawatu with heavy rain and a staggering 3 degrees.  Snow is still falling on the Takapau Plains.

We got it wrong today

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Here at we have a "wet got it wrong" policy.  Luckily we don't seem to have to use it too often but today is certainly one of those days.

For several days we had been predicting showers in Auckland today but, for those in Auckland, it's been a relatively pleasant day with breezy northerlies developing and a mix of sun and cloud.

Showers move in but no thunder yet

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A band of heavy showers is marching across the central North Island this afternoon but so far no thunderstorms have developed.

Afternoon heating may trigger thunderstorms

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A weakening front is slowly moving towards western and northern parts of the North Island today.  The front is so weak it is barely showing up on our satellite map. 

However afternoon heating may help create some isolated heavy showers this afternoon.

PHOTOS: Auckland's "bizarre" foggy afternoon

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Thick sea fog yesterday swept in to Auckland city - a sight that is extremely rare for the city in the afternoon. 

The fog was spread through the main shipping channel off the North Shore as far south as Whitford in south east Auckland.  

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Bizarre afternoon fog rolls into Auckland

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An extremely rare sea fog has this afternoon rolled in to eastern parts of Auckland.

See reader photos of the fog in our Spring Gallery. has had several reports of the fog moving in to eastern areas, particularly around North Shore and Takapuna...

Dog illnesses spark fresh alert

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Health authorities have renewed warnings to take care on Auckland beaches after three more dogs became seriously ill with symptoms of tetrodotoxin poisoning. says with a weekend of easterlies on the way may deliver more toxic sea slugs along the eastern beaches.

PHOTO: The Bridge to No Where

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A large high and a slight shift to warmer nor'easters over Auckland overnight lead to thick low level fog around Waitemata Harbour this morning.  The fog looked stunning from the CBD but caused headaches for motorists, particularly around Waterview on Auckland's North-Western motorway - with a number of traffic incidents causing heavy traffic well after 9am.