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Offline 41South

  • Colin
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  • Miramar, Wellington, NZ
Freaky Wellington weather
« on: February 10, 2006, 06:31:05 AM »
Well its kind of freaky for here at this time of year.

The screen grab below shows most of the story, the rain rate hit an all time record for my station of 360 mm/hr (14.4 inches and hour) ! The sky just went black, lightning all over the place and bucket loads of the wet stuff. Great summer storm  :wink:

Cheers, Colin.

Offline Weather Display

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Re: Freaky Wellington weather
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2006, 08:50:07 AM »
good stuff :)
we need some rain here, send it our way
actualy, auckland city getting heavy rain now.,...
the BOP have had 121mm today and still raining...

Offline Foggy

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Re: Freaky Wellington weather
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2006, 10:02:59 AM »
Wow! 6mm/min!  8O

Offline Zephyr

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  • Wellington, New Zealand
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Re: Freaky Wellington weather
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2006, 08:30:54 AM »
My Scots ancestors would have described the event as a "thunderplump" which I think is highly descriptive.
Here in Tawa we only got 9 mm of rain from the thunderstorm itself (the day's total was somewhat higher), but it was sudden, the onset was swift, and max rain rate reached 72 mm/hr during the 35 minute storm.

Other effects were noted too.  Radio frequency reception dropped abruptly during the brief storm (not surprising from my telecom background).  Interestingly, the local lightning strikes added little to the aggregate value of RF noise.  However, RF propagation in the rift valley here at Tawa had started dropping 4 hours earlier, which may be part of another effect.

It was an interesting storm.  Sudden.  Angry. and only lasted about 35 minutes.

Isn't mother nature wonderful!    :)