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Weather forecast: snow and wintry weather to grip NZ for the weekend

Fri, 08/09/2017 - 07:02
Snow, gale force winds, frosts, lashing rain and freezing temperatures are going to give this spring weekend a wintry blast.Snow levels are predicted to drop to 200m in the west of the South Island tomorrow as temperatures plunge,...

Pro surfer Zander Venezia killed surfing as Hurricane Irma hit Barbados

Fri, 08/09/2017 - 06:21
A young pro surfer has died aged just 16 after catching a wave in Barbados during Hurricane Irma.According to the World Surf League, Zander Venezia reportedly fell off his surfboard and hit a shallow reef at a beach called Box by...

What's with the wild weather?

Fri, 08/09/2017 - 05:00
Seth Borenstein analysis Hurricane Irma is threatening millions of people in the Caribbean and Florida. Some answers to questions about Irma and hurricanes: Where do these storms come from? Irma is a classic Cape Verde storm,...

Hurricane Irma: Kiwis in path of the hurricane

Fri, 08/09/2017 - 05:00
Three New Zealand ecologists are bracing for one of the worst storms on record as it bears down on the tiny Caribbean islands of Turks and Caicos.The eye of the ferocious Category 5 Hurricane Irma is set to pass directly over the...

Unsettled weather rains, snows on aurora's NZ parade

Thu, 07/09/2017 - 06:52
Wet and cloudy weather is likely to spoil any chance of a decent look at the "super massive" aurora lights expected to light up skies around the world today.The bigger than normal lights were delayed overnight and due to be seen...

Lightning strikes Waikato, Taranaki and Wellington

Thu, 07/09/2017 - 06:15
An electrical storm is lighting up the sky across parts of Waikato, Taranaki and down to Wellington.But MetService has now lifted a severe thunderstorm watch that was in place for the whole west coast of the North Island.It says...

Wild twisters may do more harm

Thu, 07/09/2017 - 05:30
More thunderstorms and tornadoes were set to barrel across northern and western regions of both islands this morning, after lightning and twisters destroyed multiple properties yesterday and floods caused havoc for drivers.A total...

Lightning strikes Auckland family's house for the third time

Wed, 06/09/2017 - 12:20
They say lightning doesn't strike more than once but the Meadows family have been unlucky three times.Their home is one of three on Kohekohe-Karioitahi Rd, near Waiuku, that was hit by lightning during this morning's thunderstorm.Jo...

More tornadoes, thunderstorms to slam New Zealand in next 24 hours

Wed, 06/09/2017 - 11:39
More thunderstorms and tornadoes are set to barrel across northern and western regions of both islands for the rest of today and tomorrow.The MetService is warning potentially destructive twisters are possible when thunderstorms...

Tornado hits South Island's West Coast as lightning hits North

Wed, 06/09/2017 - 08:48
A small tornado has ripped through a West Coast settlement this morning, smashing rail crossing bells and changing the direction of road signs.The damaging wind funnel struck Awatuna, north of Hokitika, just before 6am.At least...

Storm crosses NZ: DOC building burns after suspected lightning strike

Wed, 06/09/2017 - 05:32
Three houses have been struck by lightning on the Manukau Heads and a DOC building is ablaze as thunderstorms cause havoc across the North Island this morning. Thunderstorms approaching #Auckland early this morning, due around...

Wild July weather costs insurers $31 million

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 18:37
Wild weather in July cost New Zealand insurance companies $31 million in damage to people's homes, businesses, contents and cars. The Insurance Council of New Zealand said it was the most expensive year for weather events since...

Wettest year and there's more to come in the next seven days

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 10:40
It's not only been a staggeringly wet year but the wettest week in September is about to strike. Niwa says some New Zealand cities have already seen 12 months worth of rain fall within the space of eight months. 8 months thru...

Heavy rain in Gisborne and Wairoa releases slips on to roads

Sun, 03/09/2017 - 11:11
As a new heavy-rain warning is issued for some eastern parts of the North Island, the police say slips have fallen on to several roads.Heavy rain has been falling in a number of eastern areas of the North and South islands over...

Weekend weather: Heavy rain warning for Bay of Plenty and Rotorua residents

Sat, 02/09/2017 - 07:44
Bay of Plenty and Rotorua residents are being warned heavy rain is on the way for those west of Whakatane today.The Metservice issued the heavy rain warning just before 8am.In 12 hours from 8am today up to 90mm is expected to...

Warm but wet spring looking likely in latest Niwa prediction

Fri, 01/09/2017 - 17:19
After an unusually wet autumn and several polar blasts this winter, spring looks likely to be warmer than average this year.Niwa's weather prediction for the next three months showed temperatures around the whole country were up...

Soggy start to spring with thunderstorms, torrential rain to batter north

Fri, 01/09/2017 - 12:10
If you're in the north make the most of the sun - it's about to pour with rain and thunderstorms are set to rattle the top of the country.Heavy rain alerts have been issued for eastern parts of the North Island as a rain band moves...

Flats evacuated as wild weather slams Wellington

Fri, 01/09/2017 - 06:50
People have been evacuated and roads closed as Wellington is hit by wild weather.The Wellington City Council says persistent rain and winds overnight have brought down more slips and trees in various parts of the city.A block...

Hurricane Harvey miracle: Toddler found clinging to dead mother

Wed, 30/08/2017 - 19:42
Authorities in Southeast Texas said they found a shivering toddler clinging to her drowned mother in a rain-swollen canal after the woman tried to carry the child to safety from Tropical Storm Harvey.Capt. Brad Penisson of the fire-rescue...

Slip comes down on West Auckland's Scenic Dr blocking all traffic

Wed, 30/08/2017 - 12:44
A large slip has come down across a main road in the Waitakere Ranges leaving it impassable. Scenic Dr is now closed between Titirangi Roundabout and Woodlands Park Rd.Trees and rubble has spilled across the ridge top road blocking...

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