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Looking good for thunderstorms

This afternoon and evening is looking quite good for thunderstorms here in Canterbury where I live. I’ll be heading out for a chase should anything happen so keep an eye on the facebook page as I may post a few updates while I’m out.

Currently we have reasonable surface moisture with a northeasterly breeze bringing that moisture in off the ocean, hopefully it sticks around till a southwest change due late afternoon or evening comes through as we then have two winds head-butting each other and with the cold upper air that is over the country at present, presents a good risk of storms happening.

Storms are likely as Howard has mentioned in an early article in the west of the North Island also from Wellington through to about Taranaki but may not occur till this evening or overnight, this does represent a good opportunity to do some night time lightning photography for the dedicated so hopefully we see some photo’s come through perhaps tomorrow.

Keep your eyes to the skies.

Homepage image / TWC 11am Satellite –

By weather analyst Aaron Wilkinson,


C Johnson on 2/10/2012 11:02am

Same may moan it didn’t eventuate, but the cloud was right for a thunderstorm on the Kapiti Coast, especially with Cumulus and Pileus on top of it, plus the hills were convecting like anything, enormous clouds with dry cold NEs coming over our side. Cumulous were piling out of Kapiti Island as well, a big stream of them … but from the NW. I was waiting for a doozer, like a collision, and went out to photograph it. But .. that NW come down and ruined it. Still, I think it was right to give out that forecast. I decided to photograph the main NW front instead and waited ages for it. As it came straight over Paraparaumu, it turned inland and went up into the hills, right in front of me. Curse of curses, all that waiting for nothing, but I did get some nice shots all the same of the frontal stuff and rough seas that kicked up in the fierce coastal wind.

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