MetService New Zealand
MetService New Zealand
05/26/2017 at 05:00. Facebook
Here's John with your weekend forecast. There is a lot of talk of rain tomorrow, but weather is on the up for outdoor activities on Sunday, particularly in the South Island! ^AC
A MESSY SATURDAY IN STORE

The satellite image below shows a trough waiting in the wings to the west, ready to move over the country tomorrow - set to dampen outdoor activities for some.

The trough draws nearer to our western shores throughout today, spreading showers onto the western coasts and far south of the South Island, and regions north of the central Plateau (including Taranaki) this...
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A MESSY SATURDAY IN STORE The satellite image below shows a trough
Celyn Bird
Cheryl Cross
Catharina Grant
MetService New Zealand
MetService New Zealand
05/24/2017 at 23:44. Facebook
Feeling a bit foggy this morning?

Thanks to @siyamalan for this shot of Auckland in fog this morning. Although the last scraps are clearing out of the city, it remains thick further south in the Waikato, as shown in the satellite image. Northeasterlies will help clear it out this afternoon, but it's not unheard of for some sheltered Waikato valleys to stay in fog all day.

Tomorrow fog...
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Feeling a bit foggy this morning Thanks to siyamalan for this shot
MetService New Zealand
MetService New Zealand
05/24/2017 at 20:37. Facebook
Fog at Auckland airport

The fog at Auckland airport is lifting, but not before cancelling and delaying several flights.

The fog is called 'post-frontal fog'. This is because a front moved over the airport around 7pm last night, bringing rain and saturating the air at the surface. Then skies cleared, allowing the ground to cool through radiative cooling, which in turned chilled the air and...
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MetService New Zealand
MetService New Zealand
05/24/2017 at 04:35. Facebook
WHAT HAPPENS OUT THERE IN OCEAN?

With the wave of strong southwesterlies we saw across the country late last week and accompanying large swell, I thought would be a good time to talk about scatterometers.

I can see the look of confusion on your faces (well not all of you). Scatterometers are devices that measure wind speed and direction over the sea surface, and are one great tools we have...
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WHAT HAPPENS OUT THERE IN OCEAN With the wave of strong southwesterlies
MetService New Zealand
MetService New Zealand
05/24/2017 at 01:01. Facebook
AND THE TROUGH WEAKENS

A trough over the North Island, bringing scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms, weakens as it moves north, to sit over Auckland around midnight tonight. While conditions deteriorate for the upper part of the Island, southerly winds behind the trough clear showers for the west of the Island while Hawkes Bay up to Gisborne can expect occasional showers into the...
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AND THE TROUGH WEAKENS A trough over the North Island bringing scattered
Robert Ellis
Ken Mercer
Sean Roberts
MetService New Zealand
MetService New Zealand
05/23/2017 at 01:48. Facebook
YOUR WEATHER FORECAST FOR WEDNESDAY
Here's John with your forecast for Wednesday, with an outlook for Thursday. For more see [ Bit.ly Link ] ^PL
MetService New Zealand
MetService New Zealand
05/22/2017 at 20:26. Facebook
TUESDAY 23 MAY 2017
A ridge of high pressure remains anchored over northern New Zealand, with frosts recorded over inland parts of the North Island and even Auckland. The temperature on the Desert Road dropped to -4.6°C this morning, Hamilton -2.7°C and Whenuapai -0.5°C. Further south, it wasn't as cold this morning as a front moved onto Fiordland from the Tasman Sea. This front, preceded...
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TUESDAY 23 MAY 2017 A ridge of high pressure remains anchored over
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MetService New Zealand
MetService New Zealand
05/22/2017 at 02:44. Facebook
WINTERY BLAST ENDS, NOW BACK TO AUTUMN

With the coldest air behind us New Zealander's can expect a more sedate week ahead with a couple of 'gentler' troughs compared to last week moving up from the south.

Clear skies over most the country today begin to spoil tomorrow by a trough moving up the South Island which then weakens as it moves over central New Zealand on Wednesday. This trough is...
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WINTERY BLAST ENDS NOW BACK TO AUTUMN With the coldest air behind
Geoff Blackmore
Kate Robb
Errol Hanna
MetService New Zealand
MetService New Zealand
05/21/2017 at 21:52. Facebook
CLEAR NIGHTS = COLD NIGHTS

The combination of cold air behind the front that brought snow late last week, and clear skies last night meant seriously cold temperatures for New Zealanders this morning. In fact, many would have experienced the coldest temperature this year. Even inland areas of Northland were diving under 5C, leaving no one untouched by the chill. The first image below shows a...
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CLEAR NIGHTS COLD NIGHTS The combination of cold air behind the front
Andrew Drew Clark
MetService New Zealand
MetService New Zealand
05/20/2017 at 23:48. Facebook
Big waves on the east coast today

A pulse of swell moves up the east coast today, with a chance of road inundation around high tide. Waves could crash over coastal roads around Wellington's South Coast around midday today, and further north early afternoon. A wave buoy in the Cook Strait has been recording average wave heights of five to six metres, with a peak wave early this morning of...
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Big waves on the east coast today A pulse of swell moves
Beth Goulding
Philippa Foes-Lamb
Shonavae Wiari
MetService New Zealand
MetService New Zealand
05/20/2017 at 20:47. Facebook
How cold did it get last night?

Although the biggest cities were spared sub-zero temperatures, many other towns and cities saw the negative side of the Celsius scale last night. Below are a few of the coldest. Wrap up warm because tonight will be even colder for many places! ^TA
How cold did it get last night Although the biggest cities were
Vanisa Narayan
Aileen Mckay
Cameron Mckenzie
MetService New Zealand
MetService New Zealand
05/20/2017 at 04:01. Facebook
A montage of the first NZ snow event of 2017

Everybody loves a montage. Thanks to everyone for sending in snow observations and pictures via facebook and twitter today. Although there will be the odd flurry left, the worst is over for this event. Watch out for ice on the roads for the next few days though. This image is a collection of some of the best pictures sent in today. Thank you...
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A montage of the first NZ snow event of 2017
Philippa Foes-Lamb
Andy Best
Georgina Wratten-lowe
MetService New Zealand
MetService New Zealand
05/19/2017 at 23:30. Facebook
Missed the snow? Classic recipe for frost as far north as Northland on Sunday night.

The front which brought snow to low levels in the lower South Island, and into the hills as far north as the central North Island, will move off the country later today.

Behind the front are cold southwesterlies. There will be a few showers and patches of cloud around too, which could lead to ice on the...
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Missed the snow Classic recipe for frost as far north as Northland on Sunday night
Sally Potter
Patricia Laurenson
Larrikin Lucid Lozzenger
MetService New Zealand
MetService New Zealand
05/19/2017 at 19:28. Facebook
Snow on the ground!

This picture shows Queenstown airport at 7am, we'll add more as the sun comes up. If you take any good snowy pics today, please post them to this message, on our page, or just tag #metservice. It also helps our verification if you can mention where and when the photo was taken. Although snow is a rare treat for most of New Zealand, it is very cold out there so please...
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Snow on the ground This picture shows Queenstown airport at 7am well
Glenn Hart
Jack Mackay-Neal
Warren Williams
MetService New Zealand
MetService New Zealand
05/19/2017 at 00:33. Facebook
Severe Weather Warnings issued for Heavy Snow and Severe Gales

A cold front working up the South Island today is set to bring strong winds and snow, with some heavy falls in the far south.

The latest warning issued on [ Bit.ly Link ] forecasts 10-20cm of snow above 400m in the far south. Lesser amounts will fall at lower altitudes. Further north, snow is expected as low as 800m over the...
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Severe Weather Warnings issued for Heavy Snow and Severe Gales
Glen Goodall
Sandra Athea
Jessica Talbot
New Zealand sits in a southwest flow today, as one cold front departs the far North this morning and another crosses the South Island this afternoon and evening.
Due to the natural northeast/southwest alignment of New Zealand, this wind direction provides plenty of shelter. This means that although temperatures will be decidedly cool today, there will be plenty of sun around too. There will...
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New Zealand sits in a southwest flow today as one cold front
Rj Gebbie
Kurt Ludlow
Glenn Hart
Swells building, but no offshore winds until Monday

A very long fetch of southwest winds is generating a large and powerful swell. This swell is expected to peak on the western coasts on Friday and on the east coast on Saturday.

This swell gets up to average around the 6 metre mark, though maximum waves could be up to twice this height. It also has a long period of around 15 seconds and this...
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Swells building but no offshore winds until Monday
Andrea Jarvis
Helen Udy
Emily Polglase-wills
Here are the current Warnings and Watches for wind and snow. Wrap up warm its going to be a cold couple of days.

You can get more details at [ Bit.ly Link ] and forecasts at [ Bit.ly Link ]

^Cam
Here are the current Warnings and Watches for wind and snow Wrap
Aimee Marshall
Julie Beehre
Rushani Violet Bowman
A Wee Taste of Winter on the Way.

The low that is currently over the eastern Tasman Sea crosses the North Island tonight and moves quickly away to the east. It is followed by a south to southwest flow, and a
front within this flow sweeps up the South Island from late tomorrow afternoon, bringing rain, and snow to the higher ground. Then on Friday another front with even colder air follows,...
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A Wee Taste of Winter on the Way The low that is
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Sean Roberts
Earl Dorsey