Archive for the ‘Weather – Observations’ Category

Welcome Rain at Tawa

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Yesterday’s 20 mm of rain was welcome, after more than a fortnight without rain and a remarkably dry April.


Tropical Cyclone Hamish

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

The most powerful storm to graze Australia’s Queensland coast since Tropical Cyclone Rona in 1999 has rapidly deepened overnight.


Steady Rain Eases

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

The weather system which brought heavy rain to the West Coast, the Nelson region and the far north brought a short burst of steady rain to Tawa overnight.


Skating On Thin Ice

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Tawa’s coldest overnight temperature this winter has left the birds skating on thin ice when they popped in for their morning ablutions in the bird bath.


Almost, But Not Quite

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

Tawa came close to experiencing snow for the first time in a few years yesterday. But a bouncing thermometer kept it at bay.


Ban The Bomb

Sunday, August 3rd, 2008

Weather enthusiasts are up in arms over the misuse of the term “weather bomb” in relation to some of the stormy weather that has hit New Zealand in recent weeks.


Teeming at Tawa

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Rainfall is steady and relentless at Tawa this morning as the low pressure weather system continues to cause havoc in the South Island. Low cloud and mist hides the valley from view, and 32 mm of rain has been recorded in the five-and-a-half hours to 11 a.m.

The ground is sodden and run-off is high. Rainfall for July now stands at 205 mm, 748 mm for the year. Only 140 mm of rain was recorded for Tawa in July last year, 205 mm in 2006 and 124 mm in July of 2005.

At 11 o’clock the weather station at nearby Redwood also reported 32 mm of rain since 5:30.

Rainfall has been lower to the north, with only 15 mm recorded at Mana since the rain began at 5:30 this morning.

Wet and Windy

Monday, June 30th, 2008

A southerly gale and driving rain kept many Wellingtonians indoors yesterday, Sunday the 29th of June 2008.


April 2008 Wetter Than Normal

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Tawa’s climate during April 2008 was wetter than normal, although more than half of the month’s total fell on two days. Temperatures were close to normal, with the average temperature up slightly, but the highest temperature was lower than that previously recorded for April since records began in 2003.


Heavy Rain at Tawa

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

Heavy rain in the southern part of the Wellington region overnight has caused surface flooding and kept the Fire Service busy.


Dry Spell Broken

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

The 22-day spell of dry weather was broken at Tawa this morning, when misty, drizzly conditions set in.


Hydro Lakes Finish February at 1992 Levels

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

A slight recovery during the last week of February 2008 has resulted in hydro lake storage levels paralleling the 1992 trend.


Hydro Lakes Now at 1992 Levels

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

The relentless decline in the level of New Zealand’s hydro-electric storage lakes has continued, and levels have now reached those seen during February of the crisis year 1992.


Hydro Lakes Critically Low

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

New Zealand’s hydro-electric storage lakes continued to decline during the first half of February 2008.


Thunderplump at Tawa

Monday, February 11th, 2008

Lightning flashed, thunder boomed and gutters overflowed in many parts of the Wellington region this morning as Thor did a flyby in party mood.