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Yesterday: about 16°C on top of Billy the mountain (altitude ca. 880m), about 22°C in centerville, mostly sunny. Expecting the same for today 8)
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Yesterday: about 16°C on top of Billy the mountain (altitude ca. 880m), about 22°C in centerville, mostly sunny. Expecting the same for today 8)
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From John Scalzi of the top shelf "Old Man's War, " one of the good things in life :)

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It's brrrrrisk in paradise today, the light showers that were forecast overnight turned out to be a couple of dozen short sharp torrential downpours of a five to ten minute duration with zero visibility.....

Right about now: 17°C (62.6F°)

Max: 18°C (64.4F°) (19.8mph)

Min: 8°C (46.4)

Latest reading

Wind: 32 km/hr.

Rain Today: 0.0

Humidity: 68%

Clothing: 75%

Updated: April 22nd 13:12

Today's Forecast

Fine. Strong, gusty northerlies.

Sunday's Forecast

A few early morning showers, then fine. Brisk southerlies easing.

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Right about now: 17°C (62.6F°)

Max: 18°C (64.4F°) (19.8mph)

Min: 8°C (46.4)


So we are starting to match a month after equinox, (except we're going in opposite directions).

It's been ten degrees below average the last few weeks here, fuken tomato seedlings are almost 3 kilometers tall.

Can you have 1/3 meter?

Are New Zealand women metric?

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 12:55 pm 
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NZ the country is officially Metric, the people however are a mix of imperial and metric we drive in Kilometers per hour, measure ourselves in feet and inches and weigh ourselves in whatever figure looks lower on the scales, Stones Pounds and Ounces or Kilo's :lol:

As to whether kiwi women are Metric, that could be a very dangerous question to ask :lol:
but, just quietly, they are definitely Metric.....


As we speak: 14°C (57.2°F)

Max: 16°C (60.8°F)

Min: 12°C (53.6°F)

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Wind: 4 km/hr. (2.4 mph)

Rain Today: 6.0

Humidity: 97%

Clothing: 100%

Updated: April the 29th 08:45am

Today's Forecast

Occasional rain and light winds.

The top of the North Island is being hammered by yet another storm, they were still cleaning up after last weeks "big one"

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As to whether kiwi women are Metric, that could be a very dangerous question to ask :lol:


I asked three blondes, and they all looked puzzled...

...then I asked a redhead in a bikini and she said...

"You best have an adapter on board :) "

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Rotorua and South Canterbury clobbered by flooding, Coromandel fears high tide
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Last updated 18:13, April 29 2018

Evacuations are taking place in Rotorua after a stream burst its banks in the suburb of Ngongataha.

Thirty-two people were trapped on Sunday afternoon at the Agrodome, a tourist attraction in the area. While water from the Ngongataha stream began entering people's properties, forcing about 30 homes to evacuate.

Emergency services initially reported that 200 people were trapped at the Agrodome.

Northern Fire Communications shift manager Scott Osmond said Fire Service personnel were helping to evacuate people trapped.

Twelve customers and about 20 staff were stuck at the farm park until Fire and Emergency New Zealand arrived and evacuated them to a clear road. "Both customers and staff were all kept safe, warm and dry inside Agrodome's main building until fire services were able to evacuate them to a clear road where they were collected by taxis and buses," Ngāi Tahu Tourism said.
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Flooding at Wentworth Valley, near Whangamata, has blocked people in staying at the camping ground.

Western Road is blocked off by the Ngongataha Stream, which runs through the farm park.

A Rotorua Lakes Council statement said water was entering the properties of at least 30 houses along the road.
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Kuirau Park in Rotorua was underwater, with kayakers and skim boarders making the most of the flooding.

Emergency services were evacuating residents from the area. Transport was being organised for the residents to take them to the emergency welfare centre.

The council's Emergency Operations Centre was activated and Civil Defence teams have been mobilised. The emergency welfare centre was opened on Sunday afternoon at the Energy Centre for displaced residents.

A council statement told residents wanting to evacuate the Ngongataha area to "stay in your homes until someone is able to get you".
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Flooding on the Whangamata and Waihi Road in the Coromandel.

Anyone needing urgent help was asked to call 07 348 4199 as soon as possible.

Council warned people to be prepared and have a small bag with essentials ready to go.

The Agrodome will be closed on Monday, or until full structural checks can be made to the bridge and a site inspection has been completed.
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Fairy Springs Road in Rotorua about midday.

And in the Coromandel Peninsula, six campers were trapped by heavy rain at Wentworth Valley, near Whangamata. They are understood to be stuck but were safe on Sunday.​

The storm system hitting Waikato, Coromandel and Bay of Plenty continued to rage into the early afternoon.

Further north in the Coromandel, Pauanui was experiencing flooding. On Sunday, several roads in the town were flooded, including Beach Road, which a resident said was a metre under water. The Hauraki Plains were hit hard as well.
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Motorists kept travelling on Fairy Springs Road in Rotorua despite the floodwaters.

Hauraki District Council said there were reports of localised flooding in residential areas of Waihi, causing road closures.

The Ohinemuri River Bridge on Barry Road, Waihi, has been closed as a precautionary measure until it can be assessed by a structural engineer. Detours are via Trig and Golden Valley roads.

State Highway 25 between Whiritoa and Whangamata was closed most of Sunday due to flooding, but re-opened at 5pm.
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Flooding in Rotorua has reached cars' windows.

​But Rotorua has borne the brunt so far. On Sunday, water was gushing through parked cars on the main street.

However, the council stopped short of declaring an emergency.

In Rotorua, resident Jan Chesterman said a neighbour's sinkhole had collapsed. "The bank is breaking through. There's quite a bit of water and rocks and whatnot coming down here.
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Flooding captured by drivers in Rotorua, near the Skyline.

"It's thundering past ... If the weather gets much worse, it's actually going to get quite serious."

Jewan Preet, who works at a store in the CBD, said water has begun to flood half of the cars parked in the main street.

Earlier, Osmond said local fire stations were inundated with calls about Rotorua. "We have had over 100 jobs in Rotorua. We're attending as many as we can, but we can't get through all of them at the moment."
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The streets are flooded in Rotorua as traffic builds up on Sunday afternoon.

RESCUE FROM VEHICLE ON COROMANDEL

In the Coromandel, Waihi fire chief Moe Stevens said the calls started coming in on Sunday morning.

"A lot of the cases, there's nowhere to pump the water - not a hell of a lot [we can do] in some cases. Any low-lying, put them up high."

Whangamata volunteer chief officer Nigel Airey said a couple were rescued on Saturday night in Wentworth Valley. "We rescued a couple out of a vehicle which was flooded," Airey said. "They just drove through floodwaters and became trapped."

CANTERBURY ROADS FLOODED

South Canterbury has also copped a sustained period of rain.
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Pauanui is one of the many places experiencing flooding in the Coromandel.

"South Canterbury has received a lot of rain so far this weekend, with Timaru Airport recording 100 millimetres in the 32 hours to 11am Sunday, while around 150mm has fallen further inland," MetService meteorologist Peter Little said.

NZ Transport Agency travel information advisor Emily Whyte said there was flooding along SH1 near both Makikihi Beach Rd and Marshall Rd near Otaio, south of Timaru.

There was also flooding along SH8 between Opihi Gorge Rd and O'Neills Rd near, and a 30 kilometre per hour restriction was in place.
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On Sunday, Beach Road in Pauanui was under three foot of water, a resident said.

Whyte advised all motorists to take extra care when travelling in the rain.

Little said an Environment Canterbury (ECan) weather station at Kakahu Bush recorded 128mm of rain fall between 8am Saturday and 8am Sunday.

"That is a lot of rain, certainly above warning amount."
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Flooding at Washdyke, near Timaru on Sunday morning

Two cars crashed into each other, most likely as a result of surface flooding on SH1 on Sunday morning. Fire and Emergency New Zealand southern shift manager Andrew Norris said the crash happened near the Molloys Rd intersection with SH1 at Studholme in the Waimate district at 6.32am Sunday.

MetService still has a heavy rain warning in place for Canterbury, south of the Rakaia River, until 6pm today.

"Periods of rain are forecast to continue through to Sunday evening with some heavy falls," the MetService warning says. "Expect another 20-40mm in addition to what has already fallen. Peak intensities of 5-8mm an hour."
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The scene of a car crash and surface flooding on State highway 1 near Studholme in South Canterbury.

Nelson has also seen some surface flooding, in the Stoke area. Police said they were notified of surface flooding on Wakatu Drive, Stoke, near Annesbrook Drive at 6.50am.

SOME STILL WITHOUT POWER

The front was moving southwards after lashing Northland and Auckland on Saturday.
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State Highway 1 just north of the Waimate SH82 turnoff in South Canterbury on Sunday morning.

"A small handful" of Auckland residents remained without power on Sunday morning after a number of trees and lines came down, a Vector spokesman said.

Crews worked through the night to restore power to most of the 1100 homes cut off, and were currently working on the remaining jobs.

MetService duty meteorologist Ciaran Doolin said rainfall stations in the Coromandel were showing "pretty impressive" hourly figures, about 15mm since 6am.

"It's not quite a downpour, but they are beefy showers."

The Waikato Regional Council rain radar showed 180mm had fallen at the Pinnacles in the 24 hours to 10am Sunday.

It was one of a series of different fronts wrapping around a low pressure system currently off the western coast of Auckland, Doolin said.

Large areas of the country, including the eastern and central North Island, the northern half of the South Island, and both the east and west coasts, would be affected for most of the day, he said.

The heaviest falls were expected about Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty, and Gisborne north of Tokomaru Bay, eastern Otago north of Otago Peninsula, Canterbury south of the Rakaia, and Marlborough.

This low was expected to affect New Zealand through Sunday and Monday, before slowly clearing on Tuesday.

NZTA have issued an area warning for State Highway 25, Whangamata to Whiritoa. Motorists are advised to take extra care when travelling this route due to road flooding. Expect delays or avoid the area until further notice.

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We reached 17C, yesterday, making it official.
---No days 20C or over for the month.
---Breaks old record for coldest April.

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Just beat it home on the bike, all bright white and a second later a crack...scurried up the driveway :D

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May grey, followed by June gloom in SoCal for the next few weeks.

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For a couple of weeks now the weather in paradise has been shitty, including record rainfalls not quite freezing temperatures and pretty much a sun free zone.....

Wellington's Forecast

Now: 16°C (60.8°F)

Max: 15°C (59.0°F)

Min: 11°C (51.8°F)

Wind: 28 km/hr. (15.5mph)

Rain Today: 0.0 (pouring down at my place)

Humidity: 80%

Clothing: 100%

Updated: June: 16th 14:06

Today's Forecast

Fine spells. A few showers about Upper Hutt. Northerlies.

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They actually tell you not to get naked?

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They actually tell you not to get naked?

:lol: just a Ghost recommendation

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For a couple of weeks now the weather in paradise has been shitty, including record rainfalls not quite freezing temperatures and pretty much a sun free zone.....

Lol down/up here we'd say "the weather's gone south on ya," but you maybe wouldn't say that down/up there?

We've got it easy, 75/35 days for the next 10 days. Perfect garden weather, it's gonna be tomatoland out there in about two weeks. :)

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how bizarre how bizarre

Scientists discover bizarre link between NZ and US weather
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Weather forecasters in the United States can now look to New Zealand's summer to help them predict how much rainfall there will be 11,000km away, in Los Angeles, California.

The new discovery comes courtesy of a new study published in peer-reviewed scientific journal Nature Communications.

Study co-author Efi Foufoula-Georgiou told EurekAlert this new way of predicting weather patterns is more accurate than ever before.

"Influences between the hemispheres promise earlier and more accurate prediction of winter precipitation in California and the south-west US," she said.

The importance of knowing how much rain they should expect really impacts the economy, water security and the ecosystem management," Dr Foufoula-Georgiou.

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© Photo - File. 'Changeable' winter is expected for New Zealand this winter."

EurekAlert reported that researchers behind the discovery are calling it the New Zealand Index (NZI), because the sea surface temperature anomaly that triggers it begins in July and August in the south-western Pacific Ocean, which is where our island nation lies.

Lead Author on the research Antonios Mamalakis of the University of California Irvine says the new model has given them a chance to predict below or above normal winter precipitation in south-west US.

Typically the cycle of warm and cold has been based on measuring the water temperatures on the Gulf of Alaska and El Niño, but the forecasting power of that method has diminished.

More recently, the El Niño conditions did not bring the same rain that it has in the past, proving itself less reliable.

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We've had at least 25 degrees C for the last month. Nice when we get the afternoons off from school because of the heat (the law in Germany), but unusual for East Germany. In Munich it has been pissing down. My Mum, in the south of France, has had much more rain and cold- also unusual.

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After 6 months of shitty weather, summer has finally arrived in Bordeaux France. Going into the low 30's this week with a "feel's like" temp of 40°C. I just might manage to get a golf date this week.

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Wellington's darkest June since 1982 looms after just 27 hours of sun
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If rainy, cloudy days continue, Wellington could mark its darkest June since 1982.

Wellingtonians complaining about the weather are right - the capital had just 27 hours of sun this month.

If the trend continues, the capital could mark its darkest June since 1982.

MetService meteorologist Tui McInnes said to break the record, the capital needed less than 34.2 hours of sun, or less than 3.1 hours of sun a day, for the rest of June.

Despite the shortest day of 2018 landing on Thursday, McInnes said the sun could come out at the end of the week.

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New Zealand as a whole has experienced southeasterly winds in June, which means Wellington has been less sheltered and experienced wetter weather.

"Beyond that, more wind and rain will bring cloudier periods again, so it very much is up in the air."

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Wellington had 122.8mm of rain to date this month.

New Zealand as a whole had experienced southeasterly winds in the past weeks, she said.

"This means Wellington becomes less sheltered and experience wetter weather.

"We are far off a record and are on track for our monthly average (140mm) with 11 days still left in the month."

The rest of the month would be fairly mixed, she said.

A high-pressure system setting up over the country would help calm down and clear up the weather, she said.

"Following that a few more fronts are likely to bring some more cloud and wet weather, with possible finer breaks in between.

Christchurch was suffering a much darker June than Wellington.

The Garden City recorded just 13 hours and 48 minutes of sunlight recorded so far – well below the 119-hour average for the month. Only six days have been rain free.

In the weekend Wellington's sport fields were red-carded by the city council with a number of ground restrictions due to relentless rain.

Wellington City Council parks, sport and recreation operations manager Wendi Henderson said the city's grass sport grounds had not had a chance to dry.

Henderson said it had been many years since she could remember sport fields being so wet this early in winter.

"Hopefully this wet start to June is not a sign of things to come for the rest of winter."

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