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Wild Weather- Autumn/Winter/Spring 2007

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Wild Weather- Autumn/Winter/Spring 2007

I'm starting this thread so this time next year we have something to refer visitors back to. New Zealand weather is so unpredictable, it will be good to have something to look back on and see when and where & for how long roads were closed because of snow storms, when & why ferries were cancelled or airports closed. While these events do not happen too often it may help tourists see the timing of the weather "bombs".

Feel free to add anything you think is relevant as time goes on;

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51. Re: Wild Weather- Autumn/Winter/Spring 2007

Queenstown still cut off, most Central Otago roads closed or chains needed. Queenstown airport opened again after nearly 3 days closed. Another polar blast is due today.

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52. Re: Wild Weather- Autumn/Winter/Spring 2007

The polar blast is here!! I'm sitting inside with the heater going full blast. Outside it's 2.5 degrees, and about a 20kt wind. Feels like minus 10. Strangely enough there's lots of blue sky, and it's quite sunny, but it feels like it's going to snow. Brrrrr!

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53. Re: Wild Weather- Autumn/Winter/Spring 2007

And it moved onto the North Island overnight, snow & ice have affected;

The Desert Road (SH1) is closed, alternative National Park road is open. SH5 Napier-Taupo road was closed overnight but now open, the Rimutakas (nth of Wellington) was also closed overnight but is now open. Watch our for black ice on all roads.

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26 June

All ferry passenger crossings between the North and South Islands have been cancelled today due to the weather.

5 metre swells have been reported in the cook strait.

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55. Re: Wild Weather- Autumn/Winter/Spring 2007

Hi--Zappers I read tons of your posts! Help with this would be most appreciated. We will be in the North Island a week in July, beginning July 12 and covering Auckland to Wellington. We will have three children with us....What would you pack for clothes? It is hard for us to think winter as we are sweltering here in Atlanta!!!!! Thanks.

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56. Re: Wild Weather- Autumn/Winter/Spring 2007

Layered clothing is always the best way to go- that way you can strip off as the day warms up. At the moment it is virtually the middle of winter- there have been some really frosty days and we've also had some major rain. Last week there were temperatures were around 4-8 degrees (Nth Island), this week the mid teens so it is quiet variable.

Around Rotorua, Taupo and the Central Plateau it will be cold- a good fleece jacket will be needed especially if you are doing a lot of outdoor activities.

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THe Queenstown winter festival was held over the 10 days commencing 22 June or at least that was when it should have started. As published already a polar blast burst on Central Otago and the Mackenzie Basin on 21st with roads closed all around the area. The Queenstown Festival effectively was cancelled for the first 3 days. Temperatures at night fell to -7 degrees Centigrade and on the Tuesday 26th JUne the temp never got above 0 degrees. Chains were required from town if you wanted to get to Coronet Peak.

This polar blast was unexpected, but not uncommon.

The lesson we learned having been caught up snowbound in Omarama is that if travelling in the south in Winter make sure you keep regular checks on road conditions, it renting a car, make sure it has chains in the boot and you know how to fit them. We didnt have chains and had to make a detour from Fairlie to TImaru to buy some, a long way out of our way. Also look out for ice, you often cant see it until its too late.

If you are contemplating crossing the Mountain Passes at night and ice and snow are possible DONT. Spend the night at a hotel / motel and set off next day. Cellphone coverage in many of these areas is marginal at best . Why should locals have to risk their life and limb because of some impatient tourist who should know better? Whilst we were snowbound in Omarama 4 tourists tried to cross the Lindis Pass after it had been closed. Fortunately the road crews were still up the mountain and managed to bring them back.

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58. Re: Wild Weather- Autumn/Winter/Spring 2007

Police have issued a warning today for motorists south of Dunedin, to stay off the roads as most are covered with black ice.

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59. Re: Wild Weather- Autumn/Winter/Spring 2007

10 July

another bad storm has hit Northland again today...

"Kaeo is completely blocked off with more than 2km of roadway deep under water.

Power to the area has also been out and top power contractors were unable to reach the switching gear - needed to reconnect the power- because of the floodwater.

islolated communities include Horeke, Pawarenga, Mitimiti, Kaeo, Mangamuka and Rahiri.

According to power company Top Energy about 2000 to 3000 homes are without power, and there are also outages around the Whangarei District.

A 171 mm of rain has fallen on the Kaeo area in just under 11 hours since midnight last night.

In contrast, Central Whangarei had received 73mm over the same period, and Dargaville just 26mm.

Many parts of Northland are also getting damaging wind gusts and Civil Defence is now telling people to delay all non-essential travel.

The MetService says up to 250mm of rain could fall in parts of Northland over the next 24 hours, especially about the central and eastern hills.

As well as the rain, many of these areas should expect damaging easterly winds. "

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Tourists rescued in the flooded North;

www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1/story.cfm…