Torrential rain will remain in Nelson overnight and is now pushing into the North Island.
Head weather analyst Philip Duncan says December 2011 is almost a carbon copy of December 2010. “Last year we went from a very dry November to a very wet December and in an uncanny coincidence Nelson is again the first region to receive December flooding”.
Mr Duncan says very heavy rain will continue in the north west corner of the South Island overnight with more flooding and slips expected. “We are already seeing floods and rockfalls and we have a lot more rain to come yet. We’re saying to people, if you live in a flood prone area be prepared for the worst tonight”.
WeatherWatch.co.nz says in the North Island the rain clouds have been a little later to arrive than first predicted but they are now clearly forming and moving in.
Heaviest rain over the upper North Island is expected right across Thursday with flooding a real possibility in flood prone areas and small creeks and streams.
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on 14/12/2011 5:56am
Went to the water tank
Was nearly empty
Had lotsa water
Saved lotsa dollars
Can you turn the wind and the rain off now Phil – have plenty of water now thanks!
on 14/12/2011 4:18am
It is very wet here in the Nelson region. Nelson city is recieving probably twice or three times the amount of rain than Mapua, while winds are very strong in the west around Dovedale and Mot. It’s the persistance that is causing the problems with no breaks or lighter spells at all since last night. Accumulations in the lowlands will be decent by tomorrow morning and quite spectacular around the hills.
I hope this extended grey spell we’re having doesn’t ruin our chances of topping the sunshine hours!
on 14/12/2011 7:04am
It won’t cause you to lose the top ranking. Despite the dodgy readings at Whakatane, it was 96 hours behind Nelson at the end of November. Here in Wellington we’re facing the prospect of our cloudiest year since 1983, apart from the Pinatubo-affected year of 1992. This month’s tally so far is abysmal. Given the generally sunnier years that have prevailed in the last couple of decades, we were probably due for a downturn hiccup. But I don’t think it’s a new trend – not yet, anyway.