Lights will come back on soon

Biggest snowstorm in 50 years leaves parts of New Zealand’s North Island without electricity for nearly two weeks.

28 July 2017 – “The brutal snow dump hit on July 13 – the biggest seen in half a century, according to some,” says New Zealand website.

“Relief is in sight for those living in the snow-bound backblocks of northern Rangitikei as electricity supplier Powerco closes in on the last remaining cut-off homes.

“At the height of the storm, Taihape was cut off from the outside world and plunged into darkness.

“There are a considerable number of downed poles that need to be retrieved,” said a Powerco representative.

“Powerco was earlier forced to bring in a heavy-lift chopper to pick up flattened poles because roads were blocked.”

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10 thoughts on “Lights will come back on soon”

  1. NZ is relatively small islands in a massive ocean. With a fresh climate template endless rains and floods might be the new norm. The ocean will take over where it can and in this case it is almost the whole country. South eastern Australia and Tasmania are in the same watery boat.

    • We here in NZ are at the mercy of the weather… it rain, snow, floods, drought, severe wind due to our position in the world.
      These have occurred for thousands of years, will continue…….
      We are subject to volcanic activity, earthquakes…..
      There is a lot is speculation about what our climate will do in …..x yrs.
      No one really knows, weather prediction is not entirely accurate.
      Please don’t compare us to South Eastern Australia that’s a world away in some respects.
      What happens here with the changing seasons is not consistent with Europe or North America.
      I have lived and observed weather here for 50 + yrs it comes in cycles, what ultimately happens here climate wise is ???
      All the scientists in the world aren’t conclusive about the state of earth climate, least of all the focus on our climate here in NZ.
      Some might refer to me as a climate skeptic, I am not a skeptic nor am a proponent of AGW.
      I am always up to lively debate with anyone that cares to join me on any subject, I like to gauge the opinions of others to enhance my knowledge of what others think and believe and how we all can bring about solutions to issues and problems in the world.
      Thank you.

    • There are not endless rains and floods at the moment. The media here are very good at packaging a lot of small things into a big thing. When we had a flood here in Kapiti a couple of years ago My Daughter phoned from Melbourne to see if we were OK. I didn’t know what she was talking about, but “the media” had deliberatly built up a false picture.
      I had on the morning of the flood got a coffee from the cart and wandered down to the river to take a look. When i got there there was a big crowd of people rubbernecking at the fast flowing river with some mild flooding off to the side. A TV helicopter arrived and flew up and down filming. I noted that they carefully avoided picturing the crowd, presumably because that would make their death doom and destruction story look as stupid as it actually was. The one thing that rings true in the above “Stuff” story is the worst snow in 50 years. I am surprised that liberal “stuff” printed that, they normally suppress anything that is not AGW. They probably think that heavy snow is evidence of AGW.

  2. Non-news in the UK legacy media. Admittedly it is closer to home and affects more Brits but it is all Mediterranean fires in our media. Wilfully ignoring S America’s second freezing winter in a row too.

  3. This is a nightmare most people never are truly prepared for.
    Winter is bad enough in most places, but compounded by loss of electricity it can prove to be downright deadly.
    I know some people in the U.S that only have just enough food in the fridge and cans in the shelf for about 3-4 days. To me, that is not sufficient for winter. My wife and I have on average, 3 spare propane tanks, a portable heater, and small but reliable propane stove. The shelves have enough cans and dry goods to last about 2 months. Wool sweaters , enough socks and tee shirts to last 3 weeks. We live in a wooded area, so solar is not a viable option, but we have candles, hurricane lanterns and even caving lanterns.

    I try to let friends and family know about being ready for storms, summer and winter, but people don’t take the time while they can to put a little supplies into each weekly grocery store outing. It all adds up to survivability and thriving in a time when others are stuck. The best things anyone can have is knowledge and information on how to make it work.

    • Charlie, That is an interesting observation that some people in the US only having enough food stored for 3-4 days. I wonder what happened to our culture that people would start acting so foolishly? I don’t think so much it would be lack of money; more likely people eating out all the time, rather than cooking at home.

      I grew up in New England (the MA/RI border), it was routine that everyone followed to “stock up” in the fall to be ready for winter. I never had less than 2-3 weeks worth of food stored, often more. In Northern New England (NH, VT and ME) people normally have some kind of supplmentary heat… a generator, wood stove, etc. Also knowledge was passed on for how to survive in winter if your power went out for a time in winter, normally what people did was bundle up in their coats, add more bedding (typically I would add a sleeping bag.

      However, I don’t recall normally having a power loss of more than a day or two… although when that happened it was usually during a blizzard and could have temperatures as low as 20 below freezing with a lot of wind. Might have been longer during the blizzard of ’76; I remember being stuck in the house for 2 weeks anyway.

      For those of you stuck in this bad weather, I hope you were prepared and it gets better soon!

  4. Looks like there are still some chairlifts open in Mammoth Mt. California. Better hurry before AGW melts it away. It is Late July after all.

  5. wow, I live in New Zealand and I hadn’t even heard of this storm??? We have been having a series of storms, about every 5 days, track over the whole country, some are colder than others. There was snow on the tops of the mountains and severe frosts around here. A bit worse than normal. The worst snowstorm to hit the whole country hit in August 2012 – snow on the ground in Wellington and Auckland. That was spectacular.

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