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Heavy rain causes surface flooding; but misses others

Heavy rain in the North Island has caused surface flooding in Taranaki this afternoon.’s New Plymouth reporter Greg Taylor says there has been a lot of surface flooding in the city today.

“It eased up around noon but there is still lots of water on the roads with drains blocked by leaves”.

The rain is expected to last all day in the north and west of both islands reports the weather news authority.

More heavy rain is heading into Taranaki as well this afternoon.

Meanwhile the rain has dumped much needed moisture across Northland. reader “Shawn” says he has recorded 130mm rain over the past three days just north of Dargaville.

But the heavy rain isn’t reaching everyone.  Waikato farmer Brian Barclay, who lives near Te Awamutu, said he had only recorded 3mm by the end of yesterday.  Another reader “Surfy” said Hamilton had only recorded 24.4mm to date. says while the rain has been widespread across the north and west of New Zealand it has been a bit patchy, with some farms in the Waikato not receiving as much as their regional neighbours. predicts rain should be heavier today across Waikato giving farmers a much needed boost.

Images / Greg Taylor,


Jed on 19/12/2010 5:51am

As at 4pm 19/12/2010 i have recorded just on 100 mm at Poroti, west of Whangarei, with 35 mm coming during today, awesome rain, hopefully its a change in weather from here on in, and it doesnt revert back to what we had, we need it to continue!!

Rob on 19/12/2010 2:11am

20mm fallen since this morning on the farm in Kaitaia , still coming down quite steady , next to no wind swinging between north and south west.

Guest on 19/12/2010 1:26am

At 2.25pm our rain total for today in Kaukapakapa is 25mm of rain and it is still raining!! Our water tank is now almost 3/4 full when last week it was more like 1/4

Andrew on 19/12/2010 12:35am

Here on the Shore we’ve just reached Decembers average of 85mm and were only 21mm more from acheiving the 1103mm for the year… Thats Auckland’s Average…..

Your tip two weeks ago was dead on for rain….. to be fair i smiled under yet another dry day when i read your tip for a wet summer…. lol

I take my hat off to you for being spot on…….


Dave on 19/12/2010 3:20am

I thought Auckland’s average annual was 1240mm

Maureen on 19/12/2010 12:21am

In the hills east of Murupara – we’re only getting the occasional burst of heavy rain as of 13:00 hours Sunday … past 24 hours total precipitation was abut 24 mm. Mostly we’ve had a fine drizzle.

However, looking at the rain radar it would appear that the slow moving rain band hasn’t arrived here yet …

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