Biggest Storm On Earth Hits New Zealand

A giant Antarctic storm currently hitting New Zealand is the biggest storm on earth, according to website WeatherWatch.

The storm stretches from Fiji to Antartica with 20% of it affecting New Zealand. reports: said the forecast air pressure at its centre over the next 24 hours would be greater than that of Hurricane Katrina when it made landfall in 2005.

Weather expert Philip Duncan said, “It’s fairly normal to get a cold snap in late May. We’re less than a week away from winter, it’s not surprising to get a blast like this.”

But he said the low’s strength was surprising.

“The depth of this storm south of New Zealand is up there with some of the biggest hurricanes we’ve seen. It’s a really big storm.”

However, said only the storm’s edges were affecting New Zealand – its centre lay around 1000 to 1500kms to our south east.

Southland, Otago and Banks Peninsula woke this morning to the heaviest dumping of snow so far this year.

Overnight, areas of Central Otago and Southland saw up to 30 cm of snow, according to Metservice.

The North Island didn’t escape the cold weather with light snow falls reported in Napier and heavier falls on the Napier-Taupo Rd.

Queenstown Airport was temporarily closed, with heavy snow right down to the township, and snow flurries blanketed Invercargill.

Dunedin was battered by an onslaught of nasty weather, said MetService, hit by snow, showers and offshore thunderstorms.

15 cm of snow was reported just above the city, while its hill suburbs saw around 10 cm.

Mr Duncan said the South Island low had joined forces with the subtropical low that affected the North Island on Saturday.

“The two of them are working together to dredge up Antarctic air.

“So we’ve got this air at the moment being pulled up from Antarctica, and dumped over New Zealand.”

There were a number of road closures for eastern parts of the South Island, with drivers advised to use extreme caution and to drive to the conditions.

MetService said while it was a cold morning, nowhere reached a record low for May.

Winter’s icy grip took hold in the North Island as well, with snow reported down to sea level in Hawke’s Bay.

Light snow falls were reported in the Napier suburbs of Taradale and Maraenui, and motorists experienced sleet on the way to work between Hastings and Napier.

Heavier falls were experienced inland, on the Napier-Taupo Rd and further north at Waikoau and Putere,

Cold southwest winds continued to bring showers across Auckland, and saw a severe weather warning put in place for Wairarapa and western Bay of Plenty where there was a risk of gales.

Last night’s lightening storm and strong winds in Dunedin cut electricity to Musselburgh, Port Chalmers and part of the Otago Peninsula.

Aurora Energy said lightening damaged transformers, while severe winds brought down a power line.

Central Otago and Wanaka also experienced black outs.

Delta crews were responding to faults and making repairs as soon as it was possible to do so safely.

Overnight wind and rain and this morning’s brief snow in Hawke’s Bay resulted in power cuts in some “higher-up” rural areas.

Unison Networks customer relations manager Danny Gough said “a few hundred” customers had their supply cut, in some cases for up to two hours.

Temperatures were expected to rise slightly tomorrow, with warm weather set to return by Friday.

Meteorologist Georgina Griffiths said, “On Thursday morning, expect frosts across many parts of the North Island, as wind drops out, leaving the cold air behind.”

The minimum temperature forecast for Thursday is 6C for Auckland, Tauranga and Wellington, 3C for Napier, 1C Palmerston North and 0C for Hamilton, Taupo and Masterton.

  • John Paily

    Times to come as – we are increasing the heat of the
    environment in an exponential way. Earth reacts to cool. Both unwinding and
    winding force [ heat and cold] will increases as never before causing huge
    death with fire, flash floods/snows, huge earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
    We are seeing signs of it. It is time to awaken. to take guard of earth or get

    • high treason

      Check the satellite images for New Zealand. Where is this supercell? It is a fake, just like the cyclone that supposedly struck Queensland a couple of months ago. Once again, I looked at the satellite and radar images-no cyclone. What sort of Orwellian world have we achieved when extreme weather events are just made up? Wake up, there is something very suspicious going on where there is a need to invent extreme weather events. Realistically, only a skeptic would check this sort of thing out, but us skeptics know that cAGW/climate change alarmism is a fraud. It is a fraud of massive proportions. You alarmists just swallow every bit of BS that is shoved down your throats. Time to use some objectivity and see what the enlightened skeptics have seen.

      • Katie Garcia

        ummm again…. i was here during the cyclone in queensland….and it whooped our asses, i have never seen a show of force like it in my life.

        • Tina

          Maybe you were but I can tell you this news is old happened over a week ago and I live in Christchurch we got no snow just cold wind but have been colder also not much rain all we have had so far for the month of May is 17 mills of rain . It’s not up to date news its sat morning on the east side of Christchurch 9 degrees and going to be sunny as is most of New Zealand

      • George Joseph Lane

        Cold storms don’t have eyes you numpty

  • high treason

    Look at the satellite images. Where is this big cell? Something very fishy going on here. Bit like the recent cyclone that supposedly hit Queensland a few months ago-no cyclone was visible on the satellite images.Something very fishy indeed is going on where extreme weather events have to be invented to “prove” an assertion. What sort of Orwellian world of disinformation has snuck up on us. Wake up- there is some big time fraud involved with all the cAGW/ climate change/ extreme weather rubbish. It is a deception to deceive us in to surrendering our freedom.

    • Lyla Arthurs

      Do you have some pills to take for your paranoia? Watch out for the men and black coming to whisk you away.

    • Katie Garcia

      the cyclone your talking about was cyclone martia and it whooped our asses….. Im pretttttty surrrre it wasnt man made lol