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Waterspout Spotted

Reports are coming in of a waterspout off Christchurch’s Sumner Beach. 

Unstable conditions over the South Island, due to a large area of low pressure, were responsible for creating an impressive thunderstorm over Invercargill yesterday afternoon and this afternoon that unstable air is crossing the top half of the South Island.

Did you see the waterspout?  Do you have photos?  Upload your photos or post an eyewitness comment below.


Gail on 19/01/2009 11:50pm

I live directly on cliff by sea and saw this waterspout forming-
The first thing we noticed was how dark the sky was-
Then there was a strange movement on the water and we grabbed the binnoculars to see what was causing it- It looked like bubbling-I grabbed the camera and starting snapping-
within seconds it really churned up and then the waterspout formed real fast-
It started to moved accross the water directly towards our house, and we started to think it was time to get off the balcony!!
It veered off and headed off toward Lyttelton heads way-
It lasted only 30 secs – 1 minute, but was a very impressive sight-

Andy Scrase on 18/01/2009 2:12am

I saw the waterspout this morning. It was pretty impressive. It seemed to track past Boulder Bay towards Sumner, from what I could see from South Brighton beach.

Unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures. However, I did see water getting sucked up the spout, with what appeared to be a huge amount of spray at the base.

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