The spring equinox is this morning which means the sun is now spending more time in the Southern Hemisphere than in the north.
This also signals the start of the ‘true’ spring weather with stormy conditions about to set in.
Yesterday’s thunderstorms across Christchurch and Canterbury were just the beginning of what is likely to be an exciting two months ahead for weather watchers across New Zealand.
Frontal shower activity in Christchurch yesterday…looked promising for a while there but , did not hear any thunder or experience any hail in New Brighton – caption and image by David Shone.
Thunderstorm moving east around the north side of Banks Peninsula at 1pm Tues Sept 22. Image / John Gaul.
Clouds over Northern Christchurch. Image / Simon Gulliver