Cloud over the South Island amongst a broad trough is generating rain, heaviest north of Canterbury. Cloud scattering across the North Island in this trough is bringing showers and small hail. Patchier cloud in the deep south in the wake of a front is causing light showers.
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:
08:23 EST A Newcastle energy scientist says if extreme weather events become more frequent, homes and communities may need to investigate back-up power supplies.