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Your views on the weather this week

There’s no doubt it’s been a busy week weatherwise across New Zealand – and here at

From flooding in the North and South Islands, to snow about Canterbury and more coverage of the worst oil disaster in US history in the Gulf of Mexico.

We’re always keen to hear your comments here at WeatherWatch but over the next few weekend’s we’d like to trial the WeatherWatch Forecast Forum – a bigger focus on your opinions each weekend and the chance for you to share your best weather readings of the week.

It’s also an opportunity for you to comment on the weather news coverage and forecast accuracy here at and across other forecasters and news providers from New Zealand and around the world.

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Guest on 30/05/2010 10:35am

The weather here in Kaukapakapa has been quit good apart from the odd heavy shower. But now it is very very very cold outside!

Matt on 28/05/2010 11:05pm

The forcast for today has been showers easing in the afternoon, the only problem is there has been one solid shower for the last nearly 12 hours, it’s still raining in East Taieri and it is flooding more now than when we had the flood warnings earlier.

Derek on 28/05/2010 10:36pm

Well WW apart from running a great site with good people and forecasting our weather with uncanny accuracy just about all the time I am well pleased with it.

I find most media, especially TV to be way off course in weather forecasts so ignore them. But after all, I assume they tell us the general pattern of things not the more localised scenario. In no way reliable if you need to work in with the weather of the day.

I use yourselves along with MetView to gain a good insight into daily weather and come up with a accurate picture most of the time.

I enjoy your weather blogs for there interest and educational reasons and have become an avid reader.

Whangarei I assume, and probably most of the North, would not be a very easy place to do weather forecasting for due to it’s layout, but I do think you get it pretty good most of the time.

I am hoping you can maybe divert that new low forming out off of Australia so that it moves South quickly out of harms way.

GuestPaul on 28/05/2010 9:23pm

Hi Phil,
as a Northland farmer we are glad that this latest drought is finished and will be relegated to memory.The most unusual aspect of this one from an agricultural point was that it started so early thus there was so little grass surplus grown or harvested in the spring to at least buffer the summer .We are aquainted with El Nino weather regularly in the North and grow crops such as turnips, maize and sorgum to mitigate those affects on production but in most cases there was insufficient moisture for these to suceed.It has been the availability of imported palm kernal that has prevented an animal welfare crisis but at no small cost to most farmers. I remember in 1978 ,being a warmer year than this one even, the drought continued into June with frosts so we have been spared that.
We need to plan ahead and try to anticipate the comming summer,El Nino, Neutral or La Nina,now the dilemma is that this week I have seen commentators declare these three outcomes for the next upcomming summer weather event. I invite a bit of discussion about this and what is the consenus for the overriding weather pattern this next twelve months.
Regards Paul

sw on 28/05/2010 7:53pm

Today is the downside day here with the SWers,not exciting,not sunny either,just windy.

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