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Bright sparks southwest of Christchurch last Monday

I didn’t think I would be writing another article about thunderstorms in Canterbury till next spring / summer but lo and behold a few brief storms did fire up late in May. I could see a pool of very cold air was to move over the South Island last Monday but would it be unstable enough? It just managed it. I put an image up on Weather Watch’s Facebook page and got quite an amazing response, however many of our readers come through the site here to and might’ve missed the story / image at the time. Hopefully you enjoy this image and you can view the full report for this chase on

I had an interesting little storm chase, my car battery actually went flat while I was parked up the hill due to me having the window wipers on for ages. But I just put her into 2nd gear and rolled down the hill and I was away laughing again so that was good!

People living in a line between Mayfield and Ashburton caught the first in a series of storms that day then a second which I managed to photograph brewed up northeast of the Rakaia River and many in Burnham, Rolleston, Darfield, Kirwee and West Melton would’ve caught this storm.

Bit of a cheesy video at the end of my page there, spur of the moment decision but why not for a laugh.

Story images / Aaron Wilkinson

– By weather analyst Aaron Wilkinson,


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