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A few final thoughts on the summer of 2012

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New Zealand had two different summers this year.  For a handful of Kiwis it was a bright and warm summer.  For most, however, it was cloudy, cool, rainy and just generally un-summer like.

So yesterday we asked you what you thought of the summer 2012.

Tuesday's national forecast

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Unsettled weather is slowly returning to New Zealand.

Summer by the numbers

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How was this summer for you?  Did you like the weather you got?  Here’s a look at a few of the highlights (or low-lights depending on how you look at it).

The week ahead

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The dry weather seen across New Zealand today will quickly be replaced with some decidedly unsettled weather.

For the southern part of the country, that could happen as soon as tomorrow.

Monday's national forecast

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A beautiful Monday is expected across the country.

A large ridge of high pressure will spread over New Zealand today, making for a dry and settled start to the week.

Sudden storm causes damage across lower NI

Hurricane force winds have roared through some parts of the country this morning with severe gales in the lower North Island causing the most amount of problems.

The low tightened more than models suggested yesterday - that has spared northern regions from the full fury but has instead pushed more wind into central areas.

A very windy overnight

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Our "weather bomb" has gone off and it made quite a mess.

Scattered damage reports have come in to us from both sides of the North Island.  Wind gusts exceeded 100 km/h at New Plymouth, on the Manukau Heads and in Pirongia.  There were also a few reports of power outages in western Wellington as well as in Auckland around Torbay.

STORM UPDATE as of 4:05 am

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Here's the latest; the winds have now swung around to the SW in Stratford. Also, the pressure there has been on the rise for the last hour. This is a pretty good indication that the eye of the storm has made landfall.

STORM UPDATE as of 2:30 am

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OK, so here's what we know for sure; winds have already picked up a lot in various NI places. Sharalee in Stratford and Ross in South Taranaki are both reporting strong winds.

STORM UPDATE as of 12:28am

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We are continuing to see an increasing number of reports of heavier falls and strengthening winds.

Most of the reports are coming from about Northland, Auckland and The Coromandel Peninsula.  Some reports have also come in from Taranaki, Manawatu-Waganui, and northern Waikato.