Rain then thunderstorms over the North, 8-9th

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I am looking forward to your reports :D
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Manukau heads observer wrote:yup, the more the merrier...Graeme, you gonna meet up too?
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big texas blue skies moving onto me now from the SSW 8)
Might be there - keeping options open at this stage. Blue Skyline with number plate starting with ZF88 ... will be nice to get out for a day!
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A sprinkling of Snow on the Tararuas this morning...

2nd time this December... :?
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I have just got a new digital camera, can't wait to try it out.
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Certainly looking good, it is warming up a bit with a few of the morning cbs still lurking around
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Interesting looking one...
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LOL preferred storm chasing happening now? Well those pics are nice though but we always get that almost everyday 8)
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Sounds like the S change has arrived 15° and rain with thunder here
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Very photogenic Cb/Thunderstorm to the southwest here. 8)
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Weather related:
Nice Thunder/Lightning event in Trentham, Upper Hutt last night, only a brief display, but still good to see! Pretty average day here today though, heavy showers, S breeze and quite cool....

I can see that snow on this side of the Tara's as well Spike_01...unreal for December!
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just a little note I feel there is no need for any attacks on anyone here we are all unique in our ways :) Weatherwise keep the reports coming in :D
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I headed south at 1pm and caught a nice cell just west of Ngatea. Very heavy rain, a couple of cg's flung around with some loud thunder... nice!

I stuck around the plains until around 4.30 in the Te Aroha region, no action except for a cb building off to the west over towards Mercer.

Headed back to Bombay to refuel, saw a very attractive multicell with a large anvil to the north, and the 'Mercer' cell was now pretty dark with some static crash activity on the AM radio.

Got home, a nice 300km drive... about to go check on the progress of both cells from a hill top.

[edit - the Mercer cell looks quite big on the 6pm radar image... maybe I should have hung around longer?]
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Good CB delivered heavy shower and hail through here (Swanson/ Waitaks) half an hour ago, was a strange one it came from the S SE direction....quite unusal. Looked like it delivered to the city too...all those Xmas in the Pak folk will be drying out now :(
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Oooooh man I wish I had a camera.. I live out in Wattle Downs now (back of manurewa) and the view i'm getting over towards ardmode is amazing.. its blacker than, i dunno, a black thing, and the cloud formations are beautiful. I think I might make my boyfriend go shopping for a camera tomorrow lol
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Plenty of Thunderstorm activity around Waikato and Auckland this afternoon/ Evening.
Had a great Storm chase afternoon down in the Waikato with NZstorm, Ricki, Brian and Peopled Diagram . Plenty of Cb Buildups, Lightning and Hail. :D :D :D
Photo below shows Hail falling over 1cm in size.
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Good to see some chase pics!!

Its a pity about this season so far, we havent seen nearly enough!!
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Aucklander's should be seeing flashes to the North.
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a really good day!!
graeme, you ended up where we did, we were SE of manatangi and intercepted that first CB, some nice and close lightning strikes

then we drove into large hail

to see the movie of that hail falling:
http://www.weather-display.com/download ... aikato.mpg
3mg size
turn the sound up (to hear it hitting the roof of the car!)
attached photo is just after the hail shower that is in the movie, at Taupiri.

then we got another good CB near te awamutu, more hail, splat type (a bit slushy), and lots of it...was piling up on the side of the road, and good ligthning at times too. Then back north of hamilton, watched a clean rain free base updraft area support a small wall cloud lowering below it :)

then back over to the hauraki plains to watch a great sunset and ligthtning display on the kaimais, then finally home 10:15pm!!
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I measured those hail stones up to 18mm Brian, although most of it around 1cm :)

Yes, some good lightning about today. Best show for me was this evening over Waiheke Island as seen from Maraetai. Waiheke took a real pasting! Quite a spectacular and frequent display for about 30mins. Got quite a few lightning photos. :D
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very nice!
and there we were trying to watch lightning on the other side of the kaimais......rickys tracker was showing lightning just to the east of him, but we couldnt see that, the Hunuas were in the way :(
what a great day :)

yes, that hail storm south of huntly was the biggest hail i have seen in around here :)
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We just returned to Hamilton.. was another exciting day! Some of those strikes north of Te Awamutu were amazing :D Just a shame there was nothing left around Whangamata where we almost ended up.
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This storm started east of the Hunuas and tracked north. A real treat to watch.
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nice lightning pics well done very good reports I am glad it was worth chasing and that you all has a good chasing day.
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It was a great day!

Many thanks to Graeme at the wheel.
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that should be Brian at the wheel, LOL
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