Thursday, November 24, 2011
Skywatch Friday: Rain Rain go away.
These two days,
the gale is blustery,
It is howling.
You can't see them,
but it is there.
Where is the wind?
It is evident from the rubbish bin,
They have become litter themselves.
I took these wheelie bins.
Schools cancel their interschool sports meet.
Kids are restless.
It's rain day, they are cooped inside.
More gales and rain are on the way in the "classic" spring fashion, says a forecaster.
MetService Weather Ambassador Bob McDavitt said parts of the country will be pelted with heavy rain and severe gales tomorrow.
The weather warning follows a manic day yesterday which saw a Wairarapa couple crushed by a falling tree branch, floodwaters threatening the South Island West Coast and flights grounded in Wellington.
MetService has issued a severe weather warning for more heavy rain on the West Coast and a severe gale watch from south of Napier to Wellington.
Mr McDavitt said severe gales would hit Wairarapa tomorrow afternoon, and could reach up to 120km/h.
"That's strong enough to break a branch, which could take down a power line."
Southland and Westland could see rapidly rising rivers and streams after heavy rainfall, while Buller could see surface flooding and slips.
He said the heavy rain would affect regions that were already saturated.
Mr McDavitt said changeable weather patterns were a "classic spring scenario".
By Thursday and Friday a strong, cooler southwest wind flow was expected to spread across New Zealand, which could bring gales to the region between Invercargill and Dunedin, he said.