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Missed all the foul weather that plagued the western regions areas of NZ but cold looking wintry layers of cloud moving north to the west.
However a cloudy day here with cold SW winds easing this evening and dying out.
Cold day with today's maximum of 12C reached around 1am this morning. Daytime temperature was around 10C.
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Another cold upper system on way for south island late tomorrow afternoon. Bringing another chance for thunderstorms and hail. Actually thought tomorrow looked the best chance out of all the SW changes coming up. Might be the last chance before winter sets in
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We had planned to go to the pictures tomorrow afternoon here in Geraldine at that lovely old picture theatre or cinema as some people call them, but if anything looks likely we might have to go on another day. :smile:
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...anyway a fine blue dome day here with westerly winds. 17.1c for today.
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NZ Thunderstorm Soc wrote: Sat 21/05/2022 18:29 We had planned to go to the pictures tomorrow afternoon here in Geraldine at that lovely old picture theatre or cinema as some people call them, but if anything looks likely we might have to go on another day. :smile:
Nothing would be worse hey, being waterboarded would be less of a torture than sitting in a movie cinema knowing a storm could be closing in >_<
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Year to date rainfall is now at the second lowest I've recorded it out of all years my station has been recording, at 209mm. Only exceeding 2020 which was on 152mm at this point in the year (shown in purple). Black line is the mean
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NZ Thunderstorm Soc wrote: Sat 21/05/2022 18:29 We had planned to go to the pictures tomorrow afternoon here in Geraldine at that lovely old picture theatre or cinema as some people call them, but if anything looks likely we might have to go on another day. :smile:
I think what could be lacking if anything would be the surface moisture. But everything else looks favorable.
I think MetServices outlook of moderate I'd agree with
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I see tasman sea lows to follow after this high pressure
so maybe June will end up being warm and wet for western North Island
we need it :)
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Sad day here. No movies. No lightning or thunder. :-(
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Lightning tracker starting to ping. Up Oxford way by the looks
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Yes been watching the light show to my SW
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Yeah few storms have popped up inland tonight. Gfs plotted more moisture up that way. Looked promising further south but got to late in day. And at this time of year it really is difficult to pin point
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Brief period of showers this evening in Akaroa.
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Sad day here today with no thunderstorms or interesting weather as what was forecasted even though a few lightning strikes were recorded around the Oxford area. I blame climate change with storm potential becoming less and less around here.? :rolleyes: Never looked like it, here, mind you it is May.
Today's maximum was 15.7C.
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At this stage next week is looking much better for rain chances here with upper level cooling over moist air, something to watch.
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nice to see that the tasman sea is starting to produce lows and the highs are no longer blocking :)
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Looking like a period of active westerly pattern coming up for NZ from next week, some thundery weather for western NZ. Still a long way out but that is how it looks currently
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Has anyone noticed the strange morning and evening twilight skies in the last few weeks? Very bright with a faint wispy texture at what looks like a very high altitude. Last time I saw anything like this was after the Australian bush fires. The photo here was taken from Mahia Peninsula this morning. Could it be ash from the Tongan eruption?
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Yes. I have noticed that too. Just like the purply skies the other evening.
Anyway, a blue dome cloudless sky today with light winds. 16.2C the maximum for today.
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harleyb wrote: Mon 23/05/2022 22:16 Has anyone noticed the strange morning and evening twilight skies in the last few weeks? Very bright with a faint wispy texture at what looks like a very high altitude. Last time I saw anything like this was after the Australian bush fires. The photo here was taken from Mahia Peninsula this morning. Could it be ash from the Tongan eruption?20220523_065205.jpg
Yes, the sunrises (particularly) and sunsets in Christchurch have been beautiful lately. I get up for a 30 min run at 6:45am and the sunrises the past few weeks have been fantastic gradients from yellow>orange>purple>blue

Here's an average cellphone picture I took 12th May @ 7:08am
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JP. wrote: Tue 24/05/2022 16:33
harleyb wrote: Mon 23/05/2022 22:16 Has anyone noticed the strange morning and evening twilight skies in the last few weeks? Very bright with a faint wispy texture at what looks like a very high altitude. Last time I saw anything like this was after the Australian bush fires. The photo here was taken from Mahia Peninsula this morning. Could it be ash from the Tongan eruption?20220523_065205.jpg
Yes, the sunrises (particularly) and sunsets in Christchurch have been beautiful lately. I get up for a 30 min run at 6:45am and the sunrises the past few weeks have been fantastic gradients from yellow>orange>purple>blue

Here's an average cellphone picture I took 12th May @ 7:08am
I watched that sunset from up high, did a 50km mission from Hilltop to Home to celebrate turning 50. It was a wonderful sunset
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Another blue dome day after a frosty start. Some high cloud later in the day. Fine starry evening.
Today's maximum was 17.5C.
Weather looks interesting next week according to the models. :smile:
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harleyb wrote: Mon 23/05/2022 22:16 Has anyone noticed the strange morning and evening twilight skies in the last few weeks? Very bright with a faint wispy texture at what looks like a very high altitude. Last time I saw anything like this was after the Australian bush fires. The photo here was taken from Mahia Peninsula this morning. Could it be ash from the Tongan eruption?20220523_065205.jpg
I see what you mean about the texture, quite a ripply pattern discernable in the north-east here around 7:30am this morning. Also the pale purplish colour.
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Some cold showers are modelled along the SI east coast tonight, coldest of the year so far(low level cold air). Some warm weather next week.
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Where's today's southerly? Missed here, been a fine day with a light easterly. ?
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