Sunday morning has got off to a warmish start in many areas but the rain is tumbling down in Fiordland and Westland.
Milford Sound- Heavy rain although mild with 17 degrees
South West Cape- Nor’ wester gusting 126 kph!
Mt Kau Kau-Nor’ wester gusting 80 kph
Main Centres 8.30am
on 26/04/2009 2:21am
Hi there, there was a burst of heavy rain, but now at 2:20pm there is low cloud and light rain…. It looks like it could rain again. There have been time today so far when the clouds look like they will lift and then it get dark again.
Thanks for the update.
on 26/04/2009 12:05am
I think it gets potentially confusing referring to all northwesterly winds as nor’westers. To most people, a nor’wester is a hot dry wind that affects the eastern side of both islands.
A northwesterly in Wellington is neither hot nor dry.
Likewise Auckland, putting nor’wester in the forecast for winds may imply that it will be like the gusty, dusty Canterbury wind- and Auckland gets nothing of the sort.
on 26/04/2009 3:02am
Take your point Douglas and a similar scenario occurred when the term fresh was used.
It has often been referred to as the strength of the wind over the decades and not the warmth of the wind, which made it rather confusing too.. ie a fresh nor’ wester in Canterbury could be 35 degrees with a breeze whereas in Wellington, the northwesterly was fresh in terms of strength and temperature.
Thanks for your comments
on 26/04/2009 7:07am
Yes I agree. Most people I’m sure would think of “fresh” as implying somewhat cool, but as you say it “officially” refers to a range of wind speeds. I’ve seen “northerlies freshening” in a Victorian forecast in the middle of summer….they certainly would not feel “fresh”!
on 25/04/2009 10:28pm
Hi there, well its a warm day in Tauranga, Not hot, just warm, Is there going to be any more rain today? Do you think it will be heavy rain or just a cloudy day with light rain?
on 25/04/2009 11:19pm
The potential is there for some decent falls but whether they eventuate remains the 64,000 dollar question Brendan!
There should be an easing late in the day but whatever happens overhead,it should remain warm
on 26/04/2009 12:35am
Hi again Brendan, radar images over the past 45 minutes show a band of heavier rain about to move in – should be good for the garden!