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Are you hearing howling winds today?

I don’t know what it’s like at your place, but here in the western Waikato we had some shaking going on early this afternoon.

And it wasn’t an earthquake.

My little office was heaving and weaving thanks to the gusty northeast winds that started to blow about an hour ago.  Light rain also started to fall.  Well, as much as light rain can fall in this wind.  The drops are on more of a diagonal trajectory.

A quick check of observations around the North Island last hour showed the strongest winds to be around Auckland and Taranaki with most stations reporting sustained winds of 43 km/h.

I can tell you that where I am, near Te Awamutu, the sustained winds are about around 10-15 km/h.  But the gusts were pushing 70 km/h during the last hour.

Temperatures at last report included 7 at Queenstown.  Gore and Invercargill were both at 8.  Dunedin was at 9.

On the “warmer” end of things, Whangarei was reporting 17.  Tauranga and Gisborne were both at 16.

Auckland was at 15.  Wellington was at 14.  Christchurch was 13.

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By Analyst Howard Joseph

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