Manufactured weather in New Zealand as over 110,000 lightning strikes hit in week of severe storms (videos and pictures)

There have been 111,621 strikes from midnight last Monday to 7am this Monday, according to MetService.

New Zealand lightning strikes June 2022 record
New Zealand lightning strikes in June 2022 More than 110,000 in a week. Picture: MetService

New Zealand has been hit by more than 100,000 lightning strikes during a week of fearsome weather across the country.

While South Island ski field operators are celebrating some of the best June snow conditions in memory, many people are cleaning up or hunkering down due to wild storms.

One of the areas worst-hit by storms is Waikanae, a town 50km north of Wellington, which reported two tornadoes on Monday night. Residents took to social media with pictures of uprooted trees, roof damage and major flooding.

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Louise Buurmans, 91, whose ceiling was damaged by the storms, told TVNZ the experience was “bloody horrible”.

“When the fire brigade was here they said I could stay with them, I don’t even know them all that well so that’s really very nice,” she said. “I’m still a bit shaken up about it. I’m going to go and stay with family.”

Cold fronts from the Southern ocean and across the Tasman sea have brought unsettled weather to New Zealand for several days.

Meteorologists Metservice counted 111,621 lightning strikes in New Zealand and nearby waters from 6-13 June.

Wellington residents have had thunderstorms on each of the past seven days, with precious little respite in between hailstorms and gusts.

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Aucklanders wore plenty of rain and wind on Monday, with the Auckland harbour bridge closed periodically as gusts topped 100km/h.

The South Island town of Greymouth suffered flooding, as did other communities on the west coast.

The weather front also brought a huge snow dump for ski resorts on the eve of their first season open to international tourists since 2019.

Queenstown’s Coronet peak recorded 120cm in the 72 hours to Monday, with a similar story in Wanaka resorts.

“There is more snow this time of year than I’ve seen this time of year for a long time,” Cardrona general manager Laura Hedley told Radio NZ. “It’s a pretty good start … all our grooming teams will be out there packing it down and making it safe.”

While the snow was welcome, it also brought road closures to alpine highway passes and avalanche danger to resort roads.

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Meanwhile, in Tasmania, 8 people were rescued in a blizzard on a mountain authorities said, as extreme weather wreaked havoc across the state.

Authorities said two of the walkers, a 27-year-old woman and a 16-year-old girl, were ‘very lucky to be alive’ and are currently being treated in hospital for hypothermia.

The cold front is travelling north up the Australian mainland, causing large swells along the coast. [The Guardian]

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