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Lightning heading north


While it’s been a mostly quiet afternoon thunderstorm-wise across the South Island the North Island’s west coast may well see a better a shot at thunderstorms tonight.

In the past hour lightning strikes have nudged closer to 200 per hour, mainly off the Taranaki and Nelson coasts.

See the Lightning Tracker here.

Not only that but hail and snow over higher ground in inland areas of the mainland look to be part of the menu as well.

The Government forecaster, MetService have a number of warnings out for much of the country, as a system makes itself well known to our shores.It appears to be relatively shortlived but potentially severe in nature.

Make sure you check out our lightning tracker to see where all the activity is!


Guest on 12/01/2010 4:20am

Hey in Morrinsville getting a reasonable thunder and hail storm at the moment. Been going for about 15mins now. Have not seen any lightning yet. Cheers

SW on 10/01/2010 6:53pm

Saw a flash at 3.20am,accompanied by heavy rain too.

JohnGaul on 10/01/2010 6:44am

Just come back from the West Coast today and it has been raining heavily over there since last night. Heard one clap of thunder in Greymouth this morning and that was it.
Lots of high running rivers and streams.
Good drop of rain over here in Canterbury following the SW change this afternoon.


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