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Big funnel cloud seen in North Canterbury

A big funnel cloud has been spotted in North Canterbury late this afternoon associated with thunderstorm activity in the area.

Paula BorthwickSmith took this photo somewhere in the Amuri Basin area around 4.30pm and shared it to another page I run, on facebook it is

A video was also shot taken by Alex McNabb, you can see it on the NZStormchasers facebook page or here:

Thunderstorm activity will have eased by now for eastern parts of the country today, overnight there is another chance of thunderstorms about Taranaki and perhaps northwestern coastal parts of the South Island. 

Aaron Wilkinson –

Image – Paula BorthwickSmith


LM on 10/10/2017 9:39am

Thunderstorms around Invecargill lasted for over an hour late this afternoon with lightning striking a sheep and a dog in the area!

WW Forecast Team on 10/10/2017 12:39pm

Over the years I’ve noticed Southland on occasion can get really nice late afternoon / evening thunderstorms. I’d love to go and chase one one day down there.

Hopefully the animals pulled through but they would be lucky if they did by the sounds of it!


Zelda on 10/10/2017 8:36am

Delightful images!

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