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Storm approaching New Zealand

A rapidly deepening low will today move closer to north eastern New Zealand from the sub-tropics bringing big seas, strong winds and potentially heavy rain to some parts this weekend says

The low, which will have a central air pressure of just 987hPa by Saturday morning, should lie near East Cape during Sunday. has increasing confidence that heavy rain and gale force winds will affect north eastern parts of the North Island, mainly around East Cape.

MetService agrees, raising their confidence of rain and wind warnings for Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, eastern Bay of Plenty and Taupo from low to “moderate”. says the centre of the low is expected to clip or move very near East Cape and could bring rain heavy enough to cause some flooding and winds strong enough to cause minor to moderate damage.

Due to the lows deep centre the strong winds wrapped around it are likely to generate large seas possibly as far north as Northland and certainly across East Cape, Gisborne and Hawkes Bay from Sunday onwards.

The low should generate more rain for Northland and Auckland – both regions are incredibly dry as the summer weather continues in to March. 

However the past computer model runs now put the low further east of these two regions, resulting in a lower chance of rain on Sunday and Monday. says the computer models are a little at odds as to the storms exact path and it’s one to watch closely. says no severe weather is expected for Northland and Auckland.

Adding to the strong winds a large high over the South Island will push against the low creating a squeeze zone of air pressure.  The high will bring calm weather to the South Island.

Wind directions for northern centres will be mainly southerly, with the low east of New Zealand.   Those in the east should see more of an east to south east flow.


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Clare Swinney on 6/03/2010 12:56am

Hi, You mention ‘The low should generate more rain for Northland and Auckland – both regions are incredibly dry as the summer weather continues in to March.’

Has it occurred to anyone that the reason it has been dry in the North of New Zealand is because weather modification technology is being used? Aerosol operations have been seen occurring in the region.
Please refer:

Sumit on 5/03/2010 8:00am

Any Idea wat the weather would look like this monday for the crossing.Keeping my fingers crossed that the low goes further east tomorrow..

WW Forecast Team on 5/03/2010 10:37pm

The forecast at this stage says it could be fairly windy with the chance of rain.  This low is proving very difficult to forecast… hopefully it’s going to shift further east – as you want – to bring better weather on Monday.

Feel free to ask again on Sunday.


Guest on 5/03/2010 12:00am

Hi Phill,
Are the winds going to effect Te Aroha. Or is it going to far enough to the east.

WW Forecast Team on 5/03/2010 1:14am


The winds will be from the south easterly quadrant which doesn’t affect the western Kaimais as much.  Think it’ll be blustery at times but not wind warning criteria at this stage.


vinodrinker on 4/03/2010 8:08pm

Hi Phil

Just at the start of a week i have taken off to go hiking. It sorta works like rain on public holidays, almost guaranteed!

Any idea how things will look in Taranaki over the next few days? Or do we give up and visit wineries instead?

WW Forecast Team on 5/03/2010 1:16am

Looks like it could be fairly windy – sou’easters especially strong on Sunday and Monday.  Rainwise, doesn’t look too bad for western areas like Taranaki.


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