New Zealand Having “once in a lifetime snowstorm”

A polar blast has hit New Zealand, bringing freezing temperatures and the heaviest snowfall in 40 years.

Snow is even predicted to fall on the hills around Auckland in what meteorologists are describing as a once-in-a-lifetime storm.

Schools across the country have been closed for the day and most airports are at a standstill.

The bitterly cold southerly blast has now brought snow to most of New Zealand, closing roads and some airports and cutting power to thousands of homes.

Snow has made roads impassable in many areas of both islands.

MetService head forecaster Peter Kreft told the New Zealand Herald the polar blast was “of the order of a 50-year” event and warned it could last for several more days.

“It’s a once-in-many-decades event. We are probably looking at something like, in terms of extent and severity, maybe 50 years,” he said.

http://www.abc.net.au/

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11 Responses to New Zealand Having “once in a lifetime snowstorm”

  1. Anything is possible says:

    Not just the southern hemisphere – snowing in Nuuk at the moment :

    http://classic.wunderground.com/global/stations/04250.html

  2. Mike Davis says:

    Pay attention to the Southern Hemisphere. It is showing us in the north what to expect.

  3. Mike Davis says:

    For those that pay attention to names, I heard that Gert is Emily resurrected and given a new name.

  4. Ivan says:

    Cold weather – not climate, of course!

  5. higley7 says:

    So, what was happening about 40 years ago? Oh, THE PLANET WAS ACTIVELY COOLING! Sound familiar?

  6. Blade says:

    “A polar blast has hit New Zealand, bringing freezing temperatures and the heaviest snowfall in 40 years.”

    Party like it’s … 1970!

    Five more bad winters and we will have gone through the equivalent of the 1970’s. All the while without any acknowledgement from the AGW cult! They will wait it out until the next warmup.

  7. Kaboom says:

    Maybe it’s unprecedented. Or even worse than we thought?

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