Archive for August, 2006

Another Wintry Storm

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006

A low pressure system which formed in the tropics last week has brought steady rain to much of New Zealand since the weekend.

Heavy rainfall was reported in Northland, parts of the Bay of Plenty and from the East Coast north of Gisborne. Steady rain fell in south Taranaki and the lower North Island causing surface flooding in areas where the soil was still sodden from the three July storms. Surface flooding was reported in Christchurch as some areas experienced steady rain while snow fell on higher areas.


Strong Earthquake Near Vanuatu

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

A strong magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck near Vanuatu at 10:18 (NZST) this morning, according to data released by the US Geological Survey.


Hydro Lakes Still Below Average Levels

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

New Zealand’s hydro lake storage remained well below average at the beginning of August.

On August 4th, hydro lake storage was 1912.7 GWh, which is 79% of average levels, down from 86% on July 14th. This figure is lower than storage at the same date in 2003, 2004 and 2005.


Island Watch: Quakes Near Fiji and Tonga

Monday, August 7th, 2006

Earthquake activity near Fiji and Tonga has been occurring at a steady rate over the past week.


July 2006 Cooler, Wetter and Windier

Friday, August 4th, 2006

Tawa’s climate during July 2006 was cooler, wetter and windier than last year.


Wet Weather Trend Continues

Thursday, August 3rd, 2006

Steady rain began falling across the Wellington region at dusk last night, continuing the wet trend that was set during June and July.


Strong Earthquake in the Kermadecs

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006

A strong, deep earthquake struck in the southern part of the Kermadec Islands early this afternoon.


The Wairarapa Earthquakes of 1942

Tuesday, August 1st, 2006

The second of a pair of 7th magnitude earthquakes struck the Wairarapa district just after midnight on the 2nd of August 1942.

The two quakes, which struck 5 weeks apart, caused extensive local damage but stunned officials by causing serious damage many kilometres away in Wellington. The experience was to have wide-reaching ramifications for local and national government policy.