Snowing in New Zealand – In high summer

“Here in New Zealand, where it’s supposed to be high summer, we’ve got snow falling to 800 metres (2,400 ft) today in the South Island,” says reader.

“Then yet another colder snap for the weekend with MORE snow.

“R.I.P. the man-made theory of catastrophic cooking!”

Thanks to Greg Salmond for this info.

11 thoughts on “Snowing in New Zealand – In high summer”

  1. How often does snow fall at that NZ location in summer?

    What is the PAST long term weather record for snow?

  2. Actually, the Warmer the water, the more moisture for snow when it meets up with colder air. Some AGWs day it is global warming, but we have much warmer currents at the present time bc of abnormal undeterred volcanic activity.

  3. About 30 years ago about 1985 Wellington the capital of NZ had a white Xmas, so it does happen but it is rare, so I do agree not a regular occurance.
    You must remember in the Southern Alps the mountain range that stretches the length of the South Island the highest mountain is Mt Cook standing at 12000 feet, and it has lots of fellow mountains above 9000 feet, the tops of these mountains have snow on them year round.
    Snow at 800 mtrs, extremely rare, especially in summer.

    • Lyn, I dont believe that this is true. I was in Wellington in 1985 during this time and it did not snow at Christmas. Where did you get that information?

  4. I live in the South Island of NZ and you do get snow from time to time on the Alps – in fact often the snow remains over summer on the highest peaks. But this snow is at a very low altitude, and the summer has been very cool. My tomatoes, corn and beans are struggling despite the fact that we have had lots of sunshine hours, they need heat to do really well. Ive now decided to plant some veg that don’t mind the cooler temps such as cauliflower, broccoli, cabbages and lettuces.

  5. How soon before we start to hear of glacial growth on the South Island, particularly the tourist favorites Fox and Frank Joseph glaciers?

  6. Wow I do believe wats happening with the change in our weather.because here in New Zealand it’s usually hot…we starting 2 get cold nites alot wind an rain which I think thats very unusual..

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