“Unusually severe” spring storm brings snow to New Zealand beaches and travel chaos

The storm was “very unusual in how widespread the severe weather is” and was a significant weather event, a release from the Met service said.

The service described the storm as “the worst of the season” and said it was the result of a low-pressure system moving up the country from Antarctica.

The National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research said parts of the South Island could feel as cold as -20C (-4F) on Monday and Tuesday.

The storm was unusually severe for spring, the Met service said.


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7 thoughts on ““Unusually severe” spring storm brings snow to New Zealand beaches and travel chaos”

  1. Well, but it’s happened before, and it is going to happen again. It’s part of Mother Nature’s job, to make storms show up, especially annoying late-spring snowstorms.

    I don’t understand how anyone can be confounded by something like this. I live 8 miles below the Wisconsin state line. For the past 4 years, Spring came late and there was snow up to 3 inches on April 30, each of those years. And winter has come early for several years now, with last winter starting on Hallowe’en. Can’t imagine why no one was out trick-or-treating in my neighborhood, can you?

    I have photos of these events, with the dates recorded on the files. And THIS year, it was so chilly on September 9th (2020) that I had to turn the furnace on. That is the earliest I have ever done that. Good thing I had just put new filters in the furnace, right?

    Why are the people who squawk about such things and use the pseudo-religious mantra “climate change” doing this? Follow the money. They get grants for “researching the causes of whatevers”.

    I hope they’re prepared to do without electricity and being unable to contact anyone because they can’t recharge their phones/tablets/whatever. They are helpless without all that junk. Remember that when you can.

  2. Well this is how ice ages begin! Plus these snow events will
    continue to head further and further south and toward lower elevations in the future as low solar activity combines with an ever increasing weakening magnetic field, leading to alterations to our bodies (due to changes in DNA) and more frequent meteorological extremes and other abnormalities due to rising cosmic rays.
    This will result in much lower food production and reduced standard of living for the foreseeable future as food prices rise prior to what is to become a full-fledged magnetic reversal. The end result is mass extinction of mammals and a new major ice age. So the future appears craptastic at best.

  3. North Island Snow: Desert Rd warning as wintry conditions hit highway

    This morning all MetService severe weather warnings and watches have been lifted across New Zealand, with snow and strong winds easing after two days of a wintry bomb cyclone.

    But heavy snow and ice is still affecting southern highways, with a number of roads closed across Otago and Fiordland after two days of a wintry blast that saw snow fall to sea level.
    The snow is clearing around NZ but some very chilly nights coming up! Widespread frost expected as many places go sub-zero. Here’s a look at some hourly temps around the South Island overnight tonight!

    — MetService (@MetService) September 29, 2020

  4. I live at the bottom of the world in southern NZ, late spring snowfall is nothing unusual here, news headlines about it are unusual, sure the aussies woulda got a shock, anybody north of Ch-Ch maybe, simple explanation is meridional Jet stream caused bye Grand Solar Minimum, its not Rocket science

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