A wall of thunderstorms the length of New Zealand is moving towards the country ahead of a large low pressure system that today engulfs much of the Tasman Sea.
The low is responsible for the second dust storm which swept through Sydney yesterday and is set to bring heavy rain, thunderstorms, strong winds and even snow to New Zealand over the next three or four days says WeatherWatch.co.nz.
The free and live Lightning Tracker at WeatherWatch.co.nz has already detected around 20,000 strikes so far today over the central Tasman Sea.
The thunderstorms are likely to impact regions facing west from the top half of the South Island to Northland moving in early tomorrow morning in the South Island and throughout Monday morning across the North Island.
on 27/09/2009 6:36pm
Because its the “length of N.Z” doesnt mean the width of the band is that extreme,maybe only scattered thunderstorms along that length so they could come across quite quickly and not everyone sees them.
on 27/09/2009 12:48pm
Did I miss the thunderstorm this evening???, I have Not heard any thunder at all so far tonight here in South Auckland.
on 27/09/2009 9:57am
on 27/09/2009 5:51am
After that crazy storm in the Sunshine Coast last year, I think I’ve been spoiled for all other storms, but I still love a good one, nonetheless. Will wait and watch with interest!
on 27/09/2009 5:50am
I live in New Plymouth and on the lightning detector it is just absoloutley crazy just off the coast of New Plymouth..I think weatherwatch has it all wrong about we will get them over noght I know we will be getting pummeled BIG TIME within the next few hours i can guarantee that…No thunder yet but the detector shows lightning going hard and out side is just a wmass wall of Black it’s very impressive and threatening if i had a camera i would upload pics
on 27/09/2009 6:45am
Hey Kelly – the lightning tracker sometimes is a bit misleading as to picking up storms when they’re a long way from the tracker. At this stage you guys are set to get them late tonight we think…possibly early hours of tomorrow.
Will update the story again around 9pm.
on 27/09/2009 8:44am
Yeah i think that might be true still not heard any lightning here yet but looks like northland auckland gunna get them the worst
on 27/09/2009 3:08am
Hope Levin is in the fireing line . A good storm is always worth a good watch
on 27/09/2009 3:53am
Fingers crossed that we’ll finally get a decent T-storm in Tauranga…