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Special Video: Severe gale risks for Auckland & northern NZ today

A surge of windy weather is moving into the upper North Island.

Already gusts in Auckland have brought a few branches down, cutting power.

As we head into Wednesday afternoon and evening winds will ramp up even more – increasing the chances of power outages and fallen branches/trees.

We take a closer look at what is causing this weather, a break down of the next several hours – and compare this wind event to the April 2018 storm that had a similar structure, but was far worse.


Anna Wirth on 8/07/2020 6:28am

Really appreciate your insights! We are sailors (sailed here from San Francisco) — currently anchored off Waiheke Island. Quick question: it looks like you’re referring to the EC forecast…any particular reason for that? We typically find GFS much more accurate in NZ. Interested in hearing your thoughts. Many thanks! 🙂

WW Forecast Team on 8/07/2020 8:35am

Hi Anna, thanks for your message and welcome to NZ! San Fran is a beautiful city and I found many plants and buildings in SF looked similar to Auckland and Wellington 🙂 We use EC for higher resolution wind gust maps, but the majority of our data (and the weight of our personal forecasts) is weighted towards GFS. But we use both and in events when both GFS and EC line up we tend to publish the higher resolution EC graphics. The IBM/TWC data we use tends to line up with GFS more often too – we find GFS slightly more accurate.
Cheers and thanks for using our services! Happy and safe sailing 🙂
Philip Duncan
– WW

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