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Weather Video: A topsy-turvy Spring Week

We hardly had a winter this year and now the spring weather pattern has arrived early.

The week ahead looks spring-like with a number of fronts, lows and highs. also has the forecast for the rest of August – including the chances of snow at our main ski fields.



surf chch on 12/08/2013 4:47am

id love this weather to continue the surf on the east coast of nz this winter is all time some say,from the north island to the south seems we get topped up on the weekends from the sub lows dropping down yesss.and the rest of week a dying swell till the next weekend.but still darn cold in water brr but even the winter sting in the water feels its only going to get warmer,just

Guest on 12/08/2013 4:11am

Hi Phil

That weather pattern sure looks like equinox so you are probably right about the early Spring. It does make me a bit suspicious about a reminder in September that Winter isn’t done yet. I have seen that before when we all get comfortable about Spring and then we get a real cold blast or two.

The weather systems are moving very fast at the moment, do you associate that with Spring & Autumn or is it just a period we are going through at the moment?


WW Forecast Team on 12/08/2013 4:33am

 Hi Dave, I hear what you’re saying – and we aren’t ruling out the chance of a snow storm in September or October.  However that is normal for spring – so a snow storm in spring doesn’t = winter returning.  Winter looks done for the year – things are growing, lambs are born, frosts and snow events are disappearing. In the northern hemisphere spring can bring worse storms than winter and certainly some of the heaviest snow can occur late winter/early spring.  We see no significant nationwide southerlies for the rest of August – and if one does occur we imagine it will last less than 36 hours. I associate this pattern with an early spring – highs to the north, lows to the south and NZ smack bang in the middle with the roaring westerlies.  Looks like we will be sitting here for the rest of August (so no tropical weather and no Antarctic weather)..




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