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Wall of thunderstorms “the length of NZ” moving our way

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

The free and live Lightning Tracker at 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.


SW 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.

Guest 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.

CHDAVIS-NZ on 27/09/2009 9:57am

Yes (smile)

Claire 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!

Kelly 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

WW Forecast Team 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.


Kelly 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

Phil Smith, Levin on 27/09/2009 3:08am

Hope Levin is in the fireing line . A good storm is always worth a good watch

Twinkle on 27/09/2009 3:53am

Fingers crossed that we’ll finally get a decent T-storm in Tauranga…

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