A large area of thunderstorms in the central Tasman Sea is this afternoon moving in to western parts of the North Island and will continue to do so over the next 24 hours at least, predicts WeatherWatch.co.nz.
In the past hour 756 strikes have been recorded on the Lightning Tracker bringing todays total to over 6500 – with the bulk out at sea.
The number of strikes per hour is expected to steadily increase over the afternoon as the band of thunderstorms continues to move in.
Land-wise and western parts of the North Island have had the most amount of thunder activity so far today, particularly Horowhenua and Manawatu which had Severe Thunderstorm Warnings issued earlier today by the government forecaster. Those warnings were lifted as of 12noon.
What are weather conditions like where you are? Post a comment below.
on 11/07/2011 3:23am
Pouring down in central Wellington…that lightening tracker shows heaps of activity off coast of northern Taranaki/Waikato…looks like thats where the “action” is…danger of tornadoes in that area you think…?
on 11/07/2011 3:48am
Hi there – yes we think that is the main area of concern, but it is sliding southwards once it nears land so it’s heading east now, but once it reaches land it starts to shift more south east. Thats why Kapiti, Horowhenua and Manawatu are high risk zones too.
Low chance of isolated tornadoes along the entire coastline – it’s very hit and miss though. Threat is higher overnight and early on Tuesday morning.
P.S. Thanks for the Wellington update, we don’t get many from Wellington for some reason – so keep them coming!
on 11/07/2011 1:51am
Kaipara/Dargaville area, not much thunder/lightening here today. Sunny at present with a little wind. Every now an then a front comes through an then it clears
on 11/07/2011 1:51am
Are we likely to see any Lightning/Thunder action in Auckland today/tonight?
on 11/07/2011 1:55am
Hi Mike – we think Auckland will get a few thunderstorms across the city but they are fairly scattered. Best chances are during the hours of darkness, with the risk fading during Tuesday morning. Check out our Auckland forecast page for more details.
on 11/07/2011 1:25am
wow power on we have had a massive thunderstorm the transformer in town scored a direct hit and blew up caught fire and we all lost power the thunder is the loudest ive ever heard Im in otorohanga
on 11/07/2011 1:47am
Thanks for the update – how did you hear about the transformer being hit?
Good to see the power’s back on!
on 11/07/2011 12:37am
so where is this mass of thunder heading for??
on 11/07/2011 1:48am
Mostly between Kapiti and Taranaki but thunder is possible from Northland to Fiordland and to a lesser degree Coromandel, BOP and Wairarapa.
on 11/07/2011 2:41am
Thank you, Im in Levin, so thats good to know. We had some fantastic thunder this morning. Just outbursts of rain at the moment, its got very cold.