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Big heat in the northern hemi and rare snow levels in NZ

 
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07/24/2011 06:00 AM
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Big heat in the northern hemi and rare snow levels in NZ
Just felt a 5.2 quake while snow is falling outside. The forecasters are saying snow will be falling in many places that don't get it. Down to sea level looks likely for my city Wellington. Strange times.

The cold snap is blasting up the country, with reports of snow falling in Nelson and Wellington tonight, forecasters say.

Snow was expected for most of the South Island and to low levels around the eastern and central North Island until tomorrow night, the MetService said today.

This evening WeatherWatch.co.nz had received reports of snow falling in Nelson, Motueka and Mapua, while it grew increasingly likely some light snow flurries would make it to sea level in Wellington, head analyst Phillip Duncan said.

''The snow reports coming in today are extremely rare and many people are commenting about how long it's been since snow fell to such low levels.''

There had also been reports of snow falling in Wellington's Karori and Kelburn suburbs, Mr Duncan said.

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07/24/2011 06:08 AM
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Re: Big heat in the northern hemi and rare snow levels in NZ
Auckland is going to get snow on the hills - that is rare.


''This isn't the snow storm of the century...but what makes this system different from previous cold blasts is the low snow level, which is sea level across much of southern and eastern South Island and to very low levels right across the lower North Island. This is a national event,'' he said.

Snow flurries expected around Auckland tomorrow, and snow could fall on the Hunua Ranges, south of Auckland and on the peaks of the Waitakere Ranges. Any snow which fell on the Waitakeres was expected to quickly melt.

''Our focus is mostly on the rareness of snow falling to such low levels rather than predicting heavy snow for the main centres,'' Mr Duncan said.





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