Vast expanses of cloud with a complex low pressure trough is covering much of New Zealand. Moist northerly winds steered by this trough are generating showers over western parts of the nation, heaviest about Westland, Taranaki and Northland.
In December 2014 we upgraded our lightning network to the latest in sensor technology as used by the world's leading meteorological agencies. This has resulted in changes and improvements to the lightning data you will now see. The main changes are:
13:25 EDT After a fairly cloudy morning, Sydney's skies are clearing nicely for a starry but cool night for Carols at the Domain.