Jun. 17th, 2006 09:43 pm
littleheaven: (Family Guy Stewie Moonwalk by Ninjamon)
We don't get snow in Auckland. A few ground frosts each year, but no snow. Tonight, we had the next best thing. Little teeny hail. We don't get that often, either.

I also learned that hail is very, very hard to walk on. And is cold when it goes down the back of your neck.
littleheaven: (Cordy Argh by Psychofilly)
Er, okay, so the green line now goes... well, right over the roof of my house, actually.

Apparently they expect it to weaken quite a bit first, which is good, because I want to keep the roof of my house. It keeps my computer dry.


Mar. 24th, 2006 10:14 am
littleheaven: (Stargate Too Old by Psychofilly)

The place where I live is the skinny bit of land halfway between the two predicted hit zones...
littleheaven: (Stargate Lost City by Icon_Ascension)
Yeesh. Talk about wild. We've had a rough old day in Auckland.

I was woken at 9am by a flash of lightning so bright it woke me through my closed eyelids. It was followed by a boom of thunder that I felt against my skin. The house jolted, the bed shook, and my husband woke up convinced that something had exploded.

We lost power twice, for an hour each time. Roofs have been ripped off, trees down on houses and power lines, and some guy flying a bride to her wedding almost crash-landed his helicopter on a dairy in Mairangi Bay before managing to land safely at the church. A container ship blew into the old Mangere Bridge, which is luckily no longer used. Just as well it's still there, or nothing would have stopped the ship carrying on a few more metres and crashing into the new Mangere Bridge, which would have caused total chaos, as it's the main connection between town and the international airport. Apparently the wind's been gusting up to 120kmph. Luckily it's coming in from the west and we're on the leeward side of a heavily forested hill. The trees at the top are thrashing around but down here it's not too bad.

In totally non-weather related news, I've disovered white shiraz. It's a pale red that you serve chilled. It's like alcoholic strawberry juice. YUM.

I'm hoping for the power to stay on long enough to get some vidding done this evening :crosses fingers:
littleheaven: (Windfall Warden by Psychofilly)
Eepers, the sun came out so I thought the worst was over, but apparently not. Last night's heavy rain and garden-shed razing weather was just a precursor. Lastest severe weather advisory states:

"Widespread shower and thunderstorm activity is expected over the upper half of the North Island this afternoon as a deep low crosses from west to east. In areas north of about Taupo to Northland and east to the Gisborne ranges, squally fast moving thunderstorms are expected in many places. Some of these may be severe with associated wind gusts to 110km/hr or more, small hail, and a significant risk of a damaging tornado."

WTF? Tornadoes? This is Auckland, not Kansas. We haven't had a damaging tornado for over 10 years.

At least it's coming from the north-west, and we're on the South-East side of a hill, so there's some shelter.

Um, [livejournal.com profile] rachelcaine, can I borrow a warden or two?

In election news - turns out we're still waiting for the special votes to be counted. There are 212,000 of them (about 10% of total eligible voters), and Labour only holds a 23,000 vote lead. So it could either give National the lead, or force Labour's main coalition parter the Greens below the 5% threashold. If that happened they would lose all of their 6 seats, since they didn't win a single electorate outright. Currently they are sitting on 5.07% of the total vote. Talk about a fluid situation. Usually I hate politics but this is fascinating.
littleheaven: (Generic Hee! by Psychofilly)
Have awoken this morning to a) both political parties claiming they can form a stable government and b) feeling happy that the house is still intact. The storm last night sounded pretty wild, but... (from TVNZ website):

"Trees have been blown over in both Auckland and Northland. The fire service is dealing with a roof that's being lifted off a cafe in Howick and a garden shed has been blown over on the Coromandel Peninsula. "

Yep, only in NZ would someone's garden shed blowing over make national news headlines. God, I love this country.
littleheaven: (Stargate Daniel WTF by Psychofilly)
New Zealand had a General Election today, to choose who will govern our wee country for the next three years. All the votes are in, and... um... we don't really know who won. The two main parties came in around 1% apart, with just over 800,000 votes each. Neither has enough seats in parliament to govern alone. So now it's up to whoever can broker a coalition with the minor parties. I think it could be a week before we find out who will come out on top. It's a bizarre situation where those parties who have the fewest elected members hold the future of the country in their hands. And it's not for the first time.

Cut for boring political waffling... )

On top of that, some lunatic stole a small plane and threatened to crash it into the Sky Tower in Auckland City in the middle of the evening. 500 grumpy diners and staff were evacuated. The pilot eventually crashed in the sea just off Kohimarama and was hauled out alive.

To top it all off we've just been hit by a huge storm (as at about 1.15am) which has the potential to raise roofs and cause floods, not to mention spawn the odd tornado! It's supposed to peak between 3am and 10am.

Yep. It's been a wacky old night.

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