Rain falls over dusty farms - and more is coming

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It's what North Island farmers have been desperately wanting - rain back in the forecasts. After what was the driest spring on record for parts of Northland and Auckland "solid" rain fell across a number of places on Tuesday and now says more is on the way.

How much rain will fall today?

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It's by no means a drought breaker for most but rain has fallen in a number of dry areas, including Northland, Auckland and Waikato.

This evening the rain continues to fall in some parts of eastern Northland but only a few drizzle patches and light showers remain elsewhere.

Weather rates highly for New Zealanders: Google

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Google has released their top searches of 2010 and it comes as no surprise to that "weather" is again in the top ten.

The "weather" ranking is in 8th place in New Zealand, beating "Yahoo!" and "Bebo".   It also beats other top contenders such as "news", "sport" and even "sex".

Short lived high pushing in today

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A short lived anticyclone is today pushing in across the nation according to

The high will do a few things in its short visit though. 

Firstly it will cut off the cold southerly flow that has hammered temperatures in the South Island and lower North Island. 

Quake means higher insurance premiums

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Premiums expected to go up for the next year or two due to payouts for the Canterbury Earthquake

The Insurance Council says the total claims payout this year is likely to be around $5 billion; $3 billion of that is due to the Canterbury earthquake.

Rare total eclipse of the Moon coming

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New Zealanders will get the rare opportunity to observe a total lunar eclipse in their skies on Tuesday 21st December.

The eclipse will begin before moonrise in New Zealand, so in Auckland it will rise in partial eclipse. Further south the Moon will rise in total eclipse, while the lower South Island will see only the tail-end of the eclipse.

Rain and showers in the forecast

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A number of weak fronts will today and tomorrow move slowly across the country bringing much needed rain to dry regions. says that some areas may see some good top ups while others may not be so lucky. 

Sunday scorcher for some

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A nor'wester is set to return today lifting temperatures greatly in some eastern and northern centres. 

As of 6am it was sunny in Christchurch, following what was a fairly cloudy week with only modest temperatures.

Hot and sunny for many today

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Weather conditions across much of the country today will be hotter and sunnier than yesterday, reports

Weekend Weather

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It's been a cloudy week for many main centres but the weekend is looking sunnier as yet another high moves in.

In this job it's always hard to please everyone. Someone called "kiwigirluk" sent me a message on Twitter the other day - "Weather forecasts alway leave something to be desired - they're either 100% wrong or definitely not what we want to hear".