TV1 News 'flashback' item - Wgtn flood Dec 76

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TV1 News 'flashback' item - Wgtn flood Dec 76

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The news item showed old footage of that flood last night, 300 years ago on the day. 300mm in 1 day! :shock: Puts recent storms into perspective. What it didn't mention was that there was 1 fatality from the deluge.

I believe the cause was a slow moving convergence zone over the area.
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That's right - literally along the ridgelines of the western Hutt hills (where near 350mm fell in some parts - 150+ in the city). There was no wind - 50kms up the coast a friend told me it was "blowing like 50 bastards".

I was going to an end-of-year work social in the Hutt on the Monday - actually made it , but there were quite a few no-shows.
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The news item showed old footage of that flood last night, 300 years ago on the day. 300mm in 1 day!
thats make you pretty darn old there rwood , being the event was 300 years ago going from tich's post, LOL!
(i think he meant 30 years ago, oooyyy)
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300 years ago :lol: :lol: :lol: :-#
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TV1 had big snow as the 6.30 "special" last night, more 2006 storms tonight.
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see that on the TV1 report?
coldest start to summer on record....similar to my recordings i reported here....2.5°C colder than normal for the first 2 weeks, so far
(now -2.2)


also, amazing how you forget about all the floods recorded around the place
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In recent history there are two other Decembers that compare with this one for consistently low temperature. 2004 and 1977. Ofcoarse December 2006 is not over yet but models suggest a continuation of the cooler weather.
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Think you've go the wrong one - 1977 was cool but 1982, 1983 and 1993 since then, apart from 2004 of course, were all cooler. Excluding 2004, to get a cooler Dec than 1982 you have to go back to 1951.
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and those are el nino years ;)
yes?
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Not necessarily. End-51 was marginal near-weak-Nino, end-83 was neutral, and of course 1982/83 was a very strong El Nino.

I'm sceptical about the "coldest" claim - coldest since when? December 1945 was extremely cold, and I'd be surprised if its first 2-3 weeks were not significantly colder than the current December's.
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Sorry, I was just referring to Auckland December figures. In 1977 and 2004 the mean daily maximum for those two months was below 20C. (airport figures).
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300 years ago
Sorry - I meant 30 years ago. Typo. :oops:
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