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Thunderstorms & hail clear Christchurch

Thunderstorms and hail rumbled across Christchurch and surrounding areas early Tuesday afternoon.

Unstable weather conditions produced large showers across Canterbury however the thunderstorms eased quickly into the afternoon and moved offshore.

At its peak the Lightning Tracker at detected 81 strikes mostly around Canterbury within 1 hour.  Photos below…

“Great hail storm in Hagley Park at luncthime. Overhead loud thunder and lightning. Pea sized hail turned the golf links white. Photo shows departing stormcloud as it moved to the east of the city” – caption & images / Tony Sharpe.

Departing stormcloud from lunchtime hail and thunderstorm

Rapidly developing Storms over ChCh


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Steve Dredge on 6/04/2022 8:14am

06 april very loud and dynamic lighting strikes with massive heavy downpours…from ..spectacular!

David New Brighton on 22/09/2009 5:44pm

Hi Phil and crew,

Broken Cbs produce 2.0 mm of rain around 12:55pm yesterday…no hail reported and no thunder heard here…wind had been light to mod SSW all morning; whole system moved eastwards over city, with scattered showers lasting until early evening …cf. photos hopefully

David New Brighton on 23/09/2009 12:09am

Correction….sorry folks…that shud read ‘ wind had been light to mod northeast all morning, until SSW change around midday’ ! 8 – [

JohnGaul on 22/09/2009 7:53am

There were a few claps but nothing much to get excited about, sadly,
Interesting skies though


CHC Man on 22/09/2009 3:09am

Wasn’t that spectacular to watch compared to other thunderstorms I’ve seen – hardly heard any rumbles of thunder and the hail only lasted for a few minutes while the sun was still out!

Guest on 22/09/2009 2:02am

Had some really hard rain here in queenspark and a it of thunder nothing extreme though

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