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Rare snow in Wellington, NZ, August 14, 2011

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Published on Aug 13, 2011

Snow falling heavily in Wellington's higher suburbs August 14th. Rare to see this much snow in Wellington and, Johnsonville. In about half an hour it was 40mm deep. Overnight the settled snow topped 100mm (four inches), and persisted for days. For people not familiar with this region of the world, snow falling in Wellington (Latitude 41 south) is like snow falling in coastal Northern California, or snow falling in Rome, Italy or Barcelona, Spain! This was at about 200m altitiude (700feet). Most of Wellingtons suburbs sprawl over hills around the central harbour, CBD and port. Snow didn't settle below 400 feet. The highest suburbs top 300m, (900 feet) and some of those inhabitants couldn't get their cars out of their driveways for days. This is a once in 50 year event and the last snow in my 31 years I remember was in 1995, which was much lighter.

Comments • 64

trudeau514qc
you kiwis loved this snow day, we're in the fuckcanada hate the fuckin' winter every year :S
cooldude 4172
Dude it snowed in Wellington, a very rare event. This is NOT Canada ok? Canada isn't the only country in the world to get snow!
Vin kab
trippy
WhyIsTheDoorOpen
sooo unbelievably jealous. it snowed when i was 5 in wellington. then we moved to brisbane and it doesnt snow here :(
Maximum Truthseeker
I still can't get my head around that it's winter in August in the Southern hemisphere but I suppose that's just down to the Roman calender and semantics really!
LuQ
Wow I have heard that in New Zealand snow fell for the first time in 80 years :O I also have winter and I have to wait about 3 months Beautiful winter! I love it <3
bordercollie1975
Global cooling.
bordercollie1975
@pandemik0 Looks fantastic though, wish it would snow in Sydney.
J.P Connor
impressionnant 
Atlantikonrad
Rarity snow , but a that quota 500mt ? Per wellington hill's è il futuro, come fosse il 1985 qui
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