posted on Sep, 17 2010 @ 04:36 PM
Originally posted by Essan
It's a big area of low pressure. That's all. Because it's so big, isobars are't very tight so winds won't be that strong nor rain especially
intense. It's the little storms that are worse.
Although this storm has probably had excessive hype, the isobars were still packed pretty tight out in the Tasman. They lined up to produce the
longest fetch I've seen in a long time, creating some sizeable swell out on the West Coast. Too bad the wind is still howling onshore, both on NZ's
West Coast and around Shipsterns Bluff in Tassie.
We had some intense storms here in Auckland last night as a band of thunderstorms pushed through.
I was with a freind yesterday watching some kitesurfers on the Waitemata Harbour near the NW Motorway in Auckland. We watched as the first of a series
of massive fronts came in from the West. These were part of the Massive storm, the size of Australia, on its way to New Zealand. We thought we'd
stick around, as it could get pretty interesting.
Sure enough, the wind kept rising. Then one of the kitersurfers caught an edge and fell over, only to be dragged face first another 15 metres by his
kite. It looked like he got control, until his kite started spinning and he was getting dragged again. After another 10 metres is kite was released,
only to fly about 100 metres before landing in some mangroves right beside the motorway. It was dramatic stuff!
Luckily the kite stayed put and didn't fly onto the motorway, which could have been devestating in the heavy flow of traffic. We then proceeded to
watch multiple lightning strikes and get buffeted by some intense winds when, naturally, we went to the summit of Mt Eden (the highest of the many
volcanic cones in the region) to get a good view . It got crazy for a few seconds when we were on our way up, getting pelted with sticks and small
branches. I'm just glad it wasn't my car
In hindsight, going to the summit may have been foolish, but it was worth it. It's always good to be amazed and belittled by the power of nature
every now and then (when you come out safely, of course).