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Lightning Tracker detects big jump in strikes

Thunderstorms are continuing to creep slowly towards New Zealand as a very active front approaches from the Tasman Sea.

The northern rain radar now shows the front moving in to the Taranaki coast – rain is likely to make landfall after midnight in Auckland. says the Lighting Tracker has been steadily tracking thunderstorms out in the Tasman all Thurday and at night the number of strikes per hour increased from 145 at 7pm to 496 at near 11pm.

The main period of thunder activity will be from midnight Thursday through to midnight Saturday (48 hour period) says

The storms are likely to be quite fast moving and isolated – with perhaps more thunder activity occuring on Saturday from Taranaki to Northland.


Guest on 10/06/2010 9:17am

Well, I will not be disappointed if there are no thunderstorms in South Auckland!
Thanks Team, for keeping us up to date with the lastest outlooks. Much appreciated.

Guest on 10/06/2010 9:15am

looks like the activity is increasing here i can see more flashes in the distance with the few minutes passing here in kaukapakapa. the clouds have also increased. would this mean that the “thunderstorm” is coming closer?

WW Forecast Team on 10/06/2010 10:18am

The front cloud is sliding down the west coast… a few flickers are likely, but nothing for Auckland until after midnight.

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Brendan Pratt on 10/06/2010 8:51am

HI there, Well more coming or not??? Whats the weather like where you are?
in Tauranga there is cloud, but no rain yet

As at 8:50pm
Temperature 10.6
Wind 2.5km/h SSW
Rain 0.00mm {last Hour}
Pressure 1004.7hpa trend falling

WW Forecast Team on 10/06/2010 10:19am

Only just getting started.  We think the risks for Tga will be tomorrow morning and then Saturday afternoon.

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Andrew on 10/06/2010 8:38am

Auckland will totally miss out…. Another Disappointment…..

There you go I have said it…….. Now it’ll happen……


JohnGaul on 10/06/2010 7:07am

Probably won’t be much as it dosen’t look all that active, really. but I’ll may be wrong?


WW Forecast Team on 10/06/2010 7:56am

Yeah I’m starting to agree… I think the follow up fronts on Saturday will be more aggressive.


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