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20 spectacular PHOTOS that sum up NZ’s recent weather

We’ve had severe thunderstorms, tornados, waterspouts, funnel clouds, torrential rain and beautiful peaceful evenings.   Clouds have been a major part of our summer weather this year and while it’s easy to think of the gloomy side to cloudy weather, these photos show the spectacular side to summer clouds.

Our thanks to all our readers who have sent in many photos recently.

This was taken from our house looking N/E at about 7pm. Uploaded by: Gary Powell Date: 16th Feb, 2012

Caught this while filming South Auckland storm cell – from Mt Wellington. Friday 17 Feb 2012 Uploaded by: Brendan Quaife Date: 17th Feb, 2012

Hilltop, Taupo around 10 pm overlooking the lake. Thunderstorm had hit the town earlier that afternoon with heavy rain showers. Uploaded by: Helgi A. Alfredsson Date: 16th Feb, 2012

Uploaded by: Mike Condon Date: 17th Feb, 2012

Uploaded by: Chris Mas Date: 17th Feb

Afterschool; This photo was edited so you could see the clouds better; Uploaded by: Austin Soriano Date: 15th Feb, 2012

WOW such a amazing thing to be able to see with my own two eyes as we were driving over the Auckland harbour bridge at about 4.30-5.00pm today – just amazing thats all i can really say. Uploaded by: Laura Tate Date: 15th Feb, 2012

Cloud rises from the valley to the top of the Waitakere Ranges at 8:12:PM. An unusual sight! Uploaded by: Zelda Wynn Date: 17th Feb, 2012

5:23PM; Uploaded by: Austin Soriano Date: 17th Feb, 2012

No rain or thunder for us, it passed us by completely, but caused chaos 5 minutes away. Uploaded by: Laura Jerome Date: 17th Feb, 2012

Black skies, black aeroplane. An Air NZ “All Black” Airbus A320 arriving at Auckland. Uploaded by: Mike Condon Date: 16th Feb, 2012

Uploaded by: Julia Wehner Date: 9th Feb, 2012

Early evening cloud after a perfect January day. Uploaded by: Linda McDonald Date: 30th Jan, 2012

Beautiful sunset over the beach Uploaded by: Lindy PAYNE Date: 10th Feb, 2012

Sunset in Pakuranga east Auckland Uploaded by: Jon Graham Date: 23rd Jan, 201

Beautiful sunset at Half Moon Bay, Auckland Uploaded by: Rodney Chan Date: 9th Feb, 2012

Taken from 19th Floor apartment in Auckland CBD facing out East towards Mission Bay and Okahu Bay…. Uploaded by: Sian Halliwell Date: 9th Feb, 2012

Impressive sight from New Lynn looking over Avondale Racecourse. Taken at 4:11:PM Uploaded by: Zelda Wynn Date: 15th Feb, 2012

Funnel Cloud High Altitude Low Light Kelston West Auckland 8.20pm 17Feb2012(SWARM) Uploaded by: Evan More Date: 17th Feb, 2012

Tornado last monday night looking towards hamliton Uploaded by: Colin Krippner Date: 12th Dec, 2012

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Celtickiwi on 22/02/2012 7:39pm

Fantastic photo’s! A big thankyou to all the photographers for sharing them with us all.

WW, that dapply cloud in Linda McDonald and Julia Wehners photo’s has always fascinated me. I have seen it alot at BOP. In fact, I reckon I have seen it here more than I saw it at Taranaki. What makes it develop like that?

weather-nut on 21/02/2012 6:59pm

Would be nice to know when and where Gary Powell’s first pic of that impressive funnel cloud was taken?

WW Forecast Team on 21/02/2012 7:34pm

Hi there, Gary’s photo was taken from Taupo’s big thunderstorm


– WW

weather-nut on 21/02/2012 9:06pm

Thank-you. 🙂

Do you know of any confirmed reports of touchdown, either over land or water?

WW Forecast Team on 21/02/2012 9:29pm

No we didn’t sorry – and that photo was the first we’d seen/heard about it!

– WW

Guest on 21/02/2012 7:46am

Did you say NZ weather or Auckland Weather? I think I read wrong.

LM on 21/02/2012 4:34am

Awesome selection – thanks for posting them!

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