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Groundhog Day for thunderstorms today

Today has a similar set up to yesterday with MetService predicting a high risk of severe thunderstorms for the third day in a row across the central North Island plus a high risk of standard sized thunderstorms across much of the upper North and South Islands, this time including Auckland city.

“Heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop quickly again over the North Island and in the northeast of the South Island early Wednesday afternoon” says MetService. 

“There is a high risk of slow moving thunderstorms in many inland areas of the North Island lasting into the evening hours. And again, the slowest moving storms will be located over the central North Island where there is a HIGH RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS capable of producing rainfall rates in excess of 40mm per hour. There could also be some large hail with these storms”.

There is also a moderate risk that the area of SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS will extend down the Ruahines and Tararuas, and possibly into western parts of Wairarapa.Rainfall rates in this area could reach into the 25 to 40mm per hour category,with possibly some hail.

Again, will have extensive coverage of the severe thunderstorms with regular breaking news updates throughout the day.


rich on 27/01/2010 10:33am

I can’t remember the last time we had a decent thunderstorm in the waitaks .. and looks like we will miss this lot as well.

Any chance of any of the storms heading this way?

BQ on 27/01/2010 1:12am

went to try and chase the storms hitting mid Waikato last night as we could see them quite clearly from Mt Wellington, Auckland.

At least one lightning flash every 10 seconds sparked the chase – and off we went with camera in tow.

But alas when we arrived at the “front” was about the same time as they all petered out around 1030pm.

Was some very nice build up forming over East Auckland around midday but those have dissipated — probably due to the Easterly strengthening

Can see some very nice CB’s building up south of the city down towards Bombay area. Might produce something a bit later on.

Andrew on 26/01/2010 11:35pm

Hey phil ya reckon Morrinsville will get it again 2nite. Battery was flat on the video camera for last nights display but all ready now if she explodes again. Lol
Was awesome display of power last night. Cheers and thanks for all the up dates on when and where these are going.

Jen on 26/01/2010 11:06pm

Please dont tell me Rotorua/Ngongotaha is going to miss out again lol

WW Forecast Team on 26/01/2010 11:08pm

Right on the borderline I think.


Brendan Pratt on 26/01/2010 10:37pm

Hi there…. What is if any the likely-hood of Tauranga getting some thunder today?



WW Forecast Team on 26/01/2010 10:49pm

Hey Brendan,

Looking very unlikely sorry – the easterly breeze is too strong and will blow the clouds inland.  You may see some lightning around the ranges tonight…or possibly hear some distant thunder.

Philip Duncan

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