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Severe thunderstorm outlook issued

The Government Forecaster has issued the following severe thunderstorm outlook for the central North island today.

A cold upper trough should move across the central North Island this afternoon,while a surface trough drifts westwards across the Bay of Plenty at a time of optimum heating. About the ranges of Gisborne and Hawkes Bay and across the Bay of Plenty, and the central North Island high country to eastern Waikato and Taumarunui, there is a high risk of thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening, resulting in localised heavy rain of 15-25mm/hr and hail.

Additionally for the Bay of Plenty, Taupo, the ranges of northern Hawkes Bay and Gisborne,and the northeast of Taihape, there is a moderate threat of SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS in the afternoon and evening, resulting in localised downpours of 30-40mm/hr and producing hail 15-25mm in diameter, or unusually large hail accumulations.
An area of moderate risk of thunderstorms surrounds this area, extending further west over Waikato and Waitomo and down the Ruahine Ranges. Thunderstorms in this area have the potential to bring heavy rain of 15-25mm/hr and hail to localised places.

A lesser thunderstorm risk is expected late morning and during the afternoon for Manawatu, Wanganui and Taranaki as well as in the ranges of Nelson and Marlborough in the South Island.

– MetService


Andrew on 14/11/2011 2:11am

looks impressive at 7.5min intervals for the previous 2hr range. shows exactly were the T-storms are firing up, especially with the high res as well. Would be awesome if all weather radar stations had that info publicly available. We live in hope.

Brendan Pratt on 14/11/2011 2:08am

Well here in Te Puke the sun is out and clear blue sky’s to the north, lots of cloud build up to the south

Brendan Pratt

Peter on 14/11/2011 1:42am

…. fork lightning and very loud thunder near Taupo town at present ….(as of 2.40pm).

Peter on 14/11/2011 12:41am

Thunder started around 1.15pm here in Taupo and it’s just started to rain as of 1.40pm …

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