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Mt Tongariro volcanic alert level lifted amidst jump in activity (+ seismograph)

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BREAKING NEWS --- GNS Science has this afternoon lifted Mt Tongariro's volcanic alert status to level one and aviation status from green to yellow amidst a sudden rise in volcanic activity lately.


Weekend could turn wet for NI

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We will start off the weekend on a settled note. But North Islanders and some South Islanders may find the end of the weekend a bit wet.


Video: Aurora Australis (Southern Lights) as seen from Lake Tekapo

Just In --- WeatherWatch.co.nz has obtained another stunning time-lapse video of the Southern Lights - captured by Fraser Gunn. 


Video: Southern lights captured again over Canterbury

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Exclusive Video --- The solar flare over the weekend again helped trigger the Southern Lights, captured once again by Andrew Dallow from Darfield.  This time he's sent us a video timelapse which is quite stunning.

Info: Aurora Australis Jul 15th 2012 from Darfield. Taken between 0830 UT and 0146 UT.
Photo details: Canon 400D, 30s exposures, ISO 1600


Heavy rain and flooding update

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Much of the North Island continues to be drenched in a continuous rainfall, some of it quite heavy.  Some areas have seen rain for well over 24 straight hours.  Rain has also returned to the upper South Island.


Monday will be another wet one

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More rain is expected for the North Island tomorrow.  Upper and western parts of the South Island could also see more rain tomorrow.


Heavy rain and flooding update

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The heaviest of the rain appears to be over for the South Island. A few lingering light showers are possible about the north and west. Otherwise, no additional rain is expected. Meanwhile, heavy rain continues across a large part of the North Island.

Widespread flooding has already occurred in parts of the SI. Severe flooding cutoff Westport this morning.


Flooding hits upper South Island

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Flooding has completely cut off Westport this morning, as heavy rain pounds the region and the upper South Island.

While some properties around Murchison and Golden Bay in the Tasman region have also been flooded this morning.


Drier weather is right around the corner

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After a few days of some very wet conditions, New Zealand is looking at some pleasant weather starting on Tuesday.

But, we've got to get through today and tomorrow first.


Sunday's national forecast

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North Islanders can expect a pretty wet day. Rain will cover much of the island with some heavy rain possible about Taranaki where a Heavy Rain Warning remains in effect. Isolated pockets of heavy rain are also possible about Wanganui and Wairarapa. But government forecaster MetService does not feel a warning is warranted at this time.