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News reports yesterday about a major storm moving into the South Island were untrue as a “typical spring system” moves in.  Head weather analyst Philip Duncan says the front and low moving in will cause some heavy rain to the West Coast mountains but nothing extraordinary.

Mr Duncan says winds may reach gale force inland in some places this morning about Southland and Otago but conditions have eased a lot.

Our Government weather forecaster still has rain warnings for western parts of the Southern Alps but they are nothing out the ordinary.

“There’s another system of more concern which is likely to develop on Thursday in the Tasman Sea.  This could bring some more heavy rain to both islands by Sunday or Monday” says Duncan.  “We’ll have all the details on it later today”.


Huey on 2/09/2008 9:53pm

It is nice to see someone correcting the media hysteria on weather events. huge rainfalls are commonplace on the West Coast and continual media sensationalisation is tiresome. Well done WW!

WW Forecast Team on 3/09/2008 1:47am

Thanks Huey

Some of our critics – who aren’t used to reading daily weather stories for New Zealand – thought that all we wanted to do was sensationalise every weather event when we first set this Centre up.  In fact, what we are doing is TALKING about every weather event. 

Some storms are, however, sensational storms!  They need lots of coverage and the warnings need to be extreme in some cases – to protect life and property…but as you correctly point out, the West Coast has big rain fall events all the time.  It’s not really a national news story!

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