Skip to comments.New Zealand hit by heaviest snowfall in decades
Posted on 08/15/2011 7:53:25 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
WELLINGTON (BNO NEWS) -- Heavy snow fell in many parts of the North and South Islands of New Zealand on Monday, causing major disruption, closing schools, roads and airports, the local daily New Zealand Herald reported on Tuesday.
Forecasters have said that more snow is expected to strike much of the country later on Tuesday, turning the novelty into far more treacherous conditions. The blizzards have already caused a number of car accidents as well as power outages in hundreds of houses which were left in very cold conditions.
Meanwhile, severe disruptions are again expected on Tuesday for schools, businesses and travelers, the New Zealand Herald warned. Many state highways around the country are closed, including the Desert Road and Rimutaka Hill road on the North Island and the Lewis Pass and Arthurs Pass on the South Island.
The Ministry of Education said it was up to individual schools to decide whether to open on Tuesday after snow and ice forced many schools to close on Monday. Christchurch airport reopened on Tuesday while Queenstown and Dunedin airports were closed on Tuesday morning.
MetService head forecaster Peter Kreft told New Zealand Press Agency (NZPA) that the polar blast was "of the order of a 50 year'' event and warned it could last for several more days.
Meanwhile, climate scientist Georgina Griffiths of the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research said Monday was the coldest day ever recorded in Auckland, New Zealand's largest city.
The last time snow settled on the ground in Auckland was in 1939. However, overall temperatures in New Zealand were colder and the quantity of snow was a lot worse in the 1930 event, according to weather historian Erick Brenstrom.
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Paging Al Gore!
A New Zealander in another forum I read said he had a meter of snow...
It’s because of global warming. I know because I saw it on
the TV. It has to be true.
Was Gorezilla visiting to preach at the “House Cult of Global Warming”?
Any Kiwi FReepers here?
A repeat of what we had in the High Sierra of California last Winter. Global Warming huh?
No worries, Global warming is for the Northern Hemisphere only.
Play “Where in the world is Al Gore?”
Al Gore must be speaking at a global warming conference in Auckland.
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