Batten down the hatches

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Waves hitting rocks during a storm. Muriwai Beach, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2018

My phone has been pinging all day with wild weather alerts. It has been wet and windy here, but apparently over much of New Zealand high winds, lightening strikes and massive rainfalls have caused havoc.

There is more to come apparently.

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It’s in the air

Kaipara weather; rain on the way. Shot on the wharf at Shelly Beach, Kaipara. Image: Su Leslie 2019

Air and water.

As tide, wind and rain, they have immense power. A few years ago I watched very similar clouds roll down this harbour. By the time I got home on that occasion, the storm had brought a tornado which ripped through the area where I live, killing three people. Homes were flooded and people evacuated. A whole street was destroyed.

This time, we have been lucky.

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Forecasting the weather

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… next minute. Closest lightning I’ve experienced for a while. Su Leslie 2018

From the west-facing window in my office I can see the Waitakere Ranges on a clear day (on most days actually).

I can also see the rain coming.

Sometimes the light just before a storm is so clear it makes the view almost a parody of leafy suburbia.

Today was such a day.

About two minutes after I took this, the house shook in the most amazing lightning strike. Judging from the intensity of the flash and my neighbours’ reactions too — I think we must have pretty much been Ground Zero.