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NZ @ Noon

Rain or showers continues to fall over southeastern parts of the North Island today with some showers dotted about elsewhere.
WeatherWatch has received some impressive rainfall totals since the damp spell began over central parts of the country.

Reports have come in of more than 50mm falling across Masterton and close to 100mm over Southern Wairarapa.

Wellington totals have varied but have been in the vicinity of 70-100mm and with more still falling.
WeatherWatch understands that if a similar amount falls again over the next few weeks it would basically be a drought breaker.
The amount is certainly good news for Wellingtonians as it’s been well reported how little water was left for the city before the current rainy spell.

Deborah commented”42ml rongotea manawatu. Its a start and the farm is not looking like a dust bowl” and many have people got in touch with us and reported a good amount or at least a decent start of rain.

The top and bottom end of the country hasn’t quite seen what the central areas have and more is needed to alleviate the current dry conditions.

Alex Fox mentioned earlier..”Still raining at home too in the hills behind Wanganui. Didn’t get the thunder storms over us, could hear them though and see the flashes. I was dreading the heavy rain. It washed out the road, farm tracks plus we had a power outage for 2 hours! Just going for a look round the farm now. Hope to cross the creek!”

Chris Johnson said it’d been very wet.. “The amount of rain was a surprise. No t-storms here, but torrential rain and a nasty little cell at Paek spotted on the radar as it poured down. Now we wake up to a rather cool southerly gusting away. Cant make up its mind whether it is an S or ESE. Must admit I kinda enjoyed wading down the road, soaking wet.”

Jarrod commented..”Had the most crazy 30 seconds of wind here in Marton last night . Was laying in bed and then just heard things getting thrown around outside” and that was followed by Katrina’s comment “awesome rain in palmy….i didn’t even mind getting wet putting out the recycling bin this morning the thunder was impressive last night too……it just kept rumbling away for hours.”

Finally to Rochelle from North Canterbury who updated us…”Good amount of rain overnight here (Parnassus, Cheviot), not sure how much but really great to see a few puddles in the paddocks. Still getting quite wetting drizzle her now.”



Phil on 18/03/2013 11:30pm

Total rainfall in Whenuapai for March so far is just 16mm, total in February was 24mm, total for 2013 is 43.4mm so nowhere near enough to make a difference especially as it looks hot and sunny again for the rest of the month. My data is on

WW Forecast Team on 19/03/2013 1:22am

Thanks Phil

We have a story coming up asking who hasn’t received enough etc and also thanks for your data info 🙂



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