Friday, September 17, 2010
Skywatch Friday: Weather beast
I was driving to dinner when the sky flashed and cracked, and pelted us with hail. I was wondering if I should turn around and head home.
New Zealanders are being advised to batten down the hatches and stay away from the beaches as a huge storm bears down on the country.
The wild weather is expected to bring extreme conditions over the next 48 hours, including gale force winds, heavy rain and bitterly cold temperatures.
The same weather system is already causing major problems in Tasmania with thousands of homes left without power as strong winds, snow and surf batter the state.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported that Tasmanians were experiencing their coldest day in decades.
Philip Duncan, forecaster for WeatherWatch.co.nz, said the weather was the result of one of the largest storms on the planet, the size of Australia and the centre of which was churning away about 1000km south of New Zealand.