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Changeable weather likely today and tomorrow

The severe gales that lashed central and southern parts of the country yesterday look to have subsided in the south but some remaining central and a few northern regions today might see some of the windy and wet stuff. 

Auckland and Northland have had a very extended dry spell and hopefully some showers today will do more than just dampen the ground but it doesn’t appear to be hanging around for all that long.
Wednesday suggest there maybe a few more showers moving through.

Temperatures in eastern areas have been on the high side due to the blowy nor’ wester and drying out the already parched paddocks in some areas.
Parts of the Wairarapa may see a few spots of rain today along with Hawkes Bay but the gusty fohn wind wont really help anybody’s cause.

Another disturbance is likely to affect much of the country tomorrow but how much moisture will fall in northern and eastern areas remains a bit of a lottery at this point.




Elizabeth on 23/03/2010 3:32am

One thing that is puzzling me is why the rain radar shows a great deal of rain just off-shore, but when it gets over land it has all but disappeared. Is it feasible that rain just wont fall in a drought sticken area like the upper North Island at present? I am wondering whether water particles attract water particles, and because the atmosphere in a drought zone is so dry this is the reason why rain is not falling in these areas. But if it doesn’t rain for very long periods there won’t be any moisture around to attract the moisture in the clouds to be released. Is any of this making sence. I know what I am trying to say but may not be expressing it very well. What are your thoughts on this please.

sw on 23/03/2010 2:38am

Quite a pleasant change with some light rain here now and a NW fresh at times,21c cooled slightly now.

Derek on 23/03/2010 12:01am

Hi Phil,
Well nothing like any sort of cloud or much needed rain here in Whangarei today, still stunning sunshine with a few clouds about, very warm as well in the mid 20’s. Maybe get some later on as in the forecast.
Would love a good shower or two to pass over us just to dampen the ground and give the plants a drink, top up some water tanks and generally freshen things up. Does not look likely though.

We have gotten so used to waking up to blue sky and hot sunshine over the last few months that I am dreading the onset of winter weather, which must surely come sometime.

It has been a really boomer summer that is for sure.

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