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Severe thunderstorms finally ease but Wednesday is Groundhog Day

All warnings have now been lifted following a dramatic day in the skies above the central North Island but Wednesday is shaping up to be Groundhog Day with a near identical outlook in place. says more storms are likely from late this morning/noon across the Central North Island.

More details from 5am…

See a photo below of the thunderstorm over Taranaki yesterday afternoon.

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Storm over Taranaki

Looking south from New Plymouth where a severe thunderstorm developed for a time near Stratford. Took this photo at about 3:20 before the storms began to dissipate.  Photo / Daniel Phillips


Stu on 26/01/2010 10:11am

When is Auckland going to get a good Thunderstorm!?!?!

WW Forecast Team on 26/01/2010 11:55am

Hi Stu,

Looks like the best chance is today (Wednesday) although if any do develop they will most likely be isolated.



Guest on 26/01/2010 8:33am

Just started raining here in morrinsville. been watching all the lightning off to the SW. Maybe our turn now for the next few hours???? Looks pretty hard out too!!

hamo on 26/01/2010 8:12am

Out of curiosity why do they lift the warnings when they are still clearly happening? still have thunder & lightening here in Hamilton maybe we don’t matter lol

WW Forecast Team on 26/01/2010 8:58am

Hi Hamo,

The warnings are only for SEVERE thunderstorms…the thunderstorms have eased now and are just ‘regular’ thunderstorms.  Enjoy the show!


Guest on 26/01/2010 7:57am

alot of lightning strikes now occuring in hamilton about 2 minutes apart from each other. As the sun was setting the city went totally yellowish orange, now cloads are really black and wind is starting to pick up.

Guest on 26/01/2010 8:43am

I am in Hamilton right now, black sky, thunder and lightning. It’t gonna be a fun night

Guest on 26/01/2010 7:50am

Major thunder and spectacular lighting in Maungatautari Cambridge for the last few hours!

Lisa on 26/01/2010 6:34am

Upper Atiamuri 20mins out of rotorua heading towards tokoroa…. Been lightning and thunder past three hours, now those and very very heavy rain, paddock outside going underwater very quicly. Much more rain falling than a few days ago where 52ml fell in 30mins

Jen on 26/01/2010 6:26am

starting to get dark clouds FINALLY! Only been waiting all day lol Just hope it means thunder n lightning

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