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BLOG: What’s happening with the weather? Plus: turns 1!

The weather seems to have slowed down a bit this week after a wild weekend.  I know this is true because for the past two days we’ve found it a little harder finding fresh things to talk about.  

Around much of New Zealand winds remain light as the country lies in between air pressure systems… sort of an air pressure limbo right now.  

The set up for the next 24 hours is hardly anything exciting but a little action is on the way tomorrow night in the shape of a low around northern New Zealand.

According to the MetService weather chart for midnight tomorrow there will be 4 low pressure centres all rolled in to one just north of New Zealand.  Sounds dramatic but it’s unlikely to be anything too major at this point.  Still – it’s worth keeping a close eye on.  It’s forming in an area well known for creating heavy rain to northern parts of New Zealand – and while no heavy rain is in the forecast for Northland at this stage it is something we’ll be watching closely tomorrow considering the recent flooding.

At the exact same time the lows are moving across northern parts of the country a cold front will be making landfall in Southland bringing another cold change there.  The southerly flow behind it will be bitterly cold but again we don’t anticipate any major problems from it. 

For those in the lower North Island I apologise for the lack of news coverage in your area – but to be honest the weather headlines for much of 2009 have dominated the South Island’s east coast and northern and western parts of the North Island. 

We’re always looking for weather news stories from Wellington, Kapiti, Horowhenua, Manawatu and Wairarapa so please Contact Us if you ever hear of anything that we should be mentioning!   

Also – if you’re ever wanting us to cover any particular topic drop us a note and tell us!   All ideas are welcome and while we can’t guarantee we’ll be able to get on to it right away it will be good to have for the future. 

Finally – has just had it’s first birthday and we wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for your huge support.  Since starting in July 2008 we have had over half a million visits and within that number are a loyal and dedicated base of regular ‘weather watchers’ who contribute near daily weather readings, weather news, opinions and challenge us too every now and then!  So thank you all – and we hope to grow the brand even further in 2010 once we’re out of this economic slow down.


Philip Duncan

Head Weather Analyst


Guest on 17/07/2009 12:46am

Wow a year already

WW Forecast Team on 17/07/2009 1:27am

I know, it’s been a fast year!  And actually, the Weather Watch Centre has just celebrated it’s 3rd birthday… but most people wouldn’t know that as the Centre was only part of NewstalkZB for the first 2 years before we branched out to

Thanks for all your support!


Philip Duncan, Richard Green and the rest of the WW Team

LayD on 16/07/2009 11:22pm


I would like to see some long-running Animated Satellite Map movies of New Zealand weather, like the one you link to, or similar. I don’t suppose you have something like that you can post for us?


John on 16/07/2009 5:00am

Well done on a happy number one. Many thanks team for all your great work in assisting us each and every day. ‘Tis very much appreciated.
Cheers, John

Guest on 16/07/2009 4:10am

I too check your site daily. It’s wonderful to be kept so up to date with what’s going on on the weather front. Thank you for all the work you put into keeping us informed and also for answering our questions. Well Done!!!!

Ann on 16/07/2009 12:18am

Happy Birthday.
This morning just before 11 there was what sounded like loud thunder out in a westerly direction (I am west of Warkworth). I assumed it was thunder but I have seen comments from people in Dairy Flat that the ground shook as well. Do you what it was?

WW Forecast Team on 16/07/2009 1:28am

Hi Ann,

It is possible it was a rouge thunderstorm although nothing is really showing up on Lightning Tracker.  There were a few heavy showers late this morning in the area.

Sorry we can’t be of more help!


WW Team

Twinkle on 16/07/2009 12:12am

I always check your site, usually several times a day. Love the lightning tracker and the animated satellite map. Your writings are very informative and formulated in such a way that us weather dummies understand it. Keep up the good work guys!


Guest on 16/07/2009 3:22am

…yes an informative site indeed which I regularly access for its up to date contradictory information! Of course I jest – and see this as more of a reflection of just how difficult it is to provide a forecast for this small territory stuck out where it is!…

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