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How did you go and how did we do?

Over 20 severe thunderstorm warnings.

That’s what the North Island dealt with on Friday.  It was a messy, crazy day. We had inforomation flying every which way and keeping it all straight was a challenge.

But we couldn’t have done it without you.  You, our visitors, are an important link.  You are the eyes and ears that we need out there.

What we would like to know from you today is;

1) Did you have any damage?  Even something as minor as a flooded front yard, we would like to know about it.  Please be sure to mention where you are posting from.

2) How was our coverage?  Was it too much?  Too little?  Which do you use more?  Our website, Facebook or Twitter?


Photo by Howard Joseph


RJ on 18/02/2012 2:42am

We had power outage around 1pm, went to check on the neighbours with hubbie about 5 mins later, whilst standing outside chatting away, a loud crack from above, we looked up to see a ball lightning directly above, followed by an instant deafening bang of thunder, we said goodbye and ran inside for cover, followed by a huge deluge of rain, heavy downpours sheet lightening and rolling thunder continued until about 3pm, when our power was re instated :).
I Love Weather watch on Facebook and this website so much more reliable than other sources keep up the good work! 🙂

John on 18/02/2012 12:47am

Coverage was excellent! I switched between your home page and the lightning tracker to see where the storms were going. When it looked like there was come heading my way I unplugged all the expensive electrical equipment just the fist lightning flash occurred. A little later when the flash flood warning appeared I moved outside items around and then the deluge began. Amazing amount of water in 30 minutes! As good as any Asian monsoon downpour. Great info, guys. Keep it coming!

WW Forecast Team on 18/02/2012 1:02am

Thanks for your feedback and that rain was certainly intense!



Guest on 18/02/2012 12:08am

We are in Glen Eden we had flooding, and it was only a matter of 10more minutes of rain and we would have been flooded in. the river next to us rose very fast and was close to overflowing, i had kept an eye out on the weatherwatch fb page so i knew what to expect.. though i did not expect glen eden to get as swamped and flooded as it did. My 4yo son loved the thunder and all the rain… 🙂

Celtickiwi on 18/02/2012 12:00am

We did not get any thunder and lightning at Tauranga how ever we did get a good dose of rain yesterday morning through to afternoon which was really great. We live near the Papamoa coast. It was frustrating to watch the awesome looking thunder heads cruise over us and not put on a show. It was going over in broken clumps from the sea so we had lots of sunny spells.
There were some impressive looking purple/black cloud buildup over the Papamoa hills yesterday while it was raining. They looked quite ominous. Our friend who lives at the Kaimais said the rain they got through the night absolutely roared! He said it was tremendous and it went on for some time.

Remco remmelink on 17/02/2012 10:44pm

Here in Paeroa we missed out completely…..

Shane on 17/02/2012 9:21pm

I sat at work in Albany, waiting for the crazy storms to hit, watching the lightning tracker report thousands of strikes all around us, expecting glorious mayhem.

Eventually, we had a rumble or two of thunder and a sprinkling of rain. I know you should be careful what you wish for, but we missed out, so disappointing.

I imagine that was a cool day to be working at weatherwatch, though 🙂 Keep up the good work.

WW Forecast Team on 18/02/2012 1:04am

Hi Shane,

It was a bit of aq hit and miss affair for many areas. Thanks for your feedback and enjoy the rest of your weekend.



Laura on 17/02/2012 9:12pm

Somehow our actual property didn’t even get any rain, however when I was driving into town there must have been absolute chaos – only about 5 minutes away. There were drifts of hail on the roadside ( bearing in mind that this was the BOI I’ve never seen anything like it!) It looked like it had snowed! The road was covered in debris, small branches etc. When I reached the bottom of a gorge the water was lapping at the edges of the road. It only usually does this after a couple of days of torrential rain, so I dread to think how much rain must have fallen in an incredibly short length of time. By the time I was driving the sun was out again!
I thought your coverage yesterday was great!

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