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Weather: Wet weather provides relief in parts of the North Island | Instant News

Much-needed rain is expected to hit Auckland in the coming days. Photos / Files

As parts of the North Island continue to experience water restrictions, some much-needed rain is about to fall.

The sub-tropical low is expected to bring wet and windy weather to the North Island in the coming days.

Rainfall is expected to fall on Northland, Auckland and the Coromandel Peninsula, with possible local flooding.

However, the rain will bring some relief for those with water restrictions, with weatherwatch.co.nz saying this week’s forecast for rain could “make a big difference”.

“Auckland could be 40mm and, at the higher end, some sections could be as high as 100mm. The Coromandel Peninsula, which is even more open, may see a chance of more than 150mm of rain.”

Rain is not expected for those in the west as there are lower numbers of the Bombay Hills to the south.

As of February 13, the total storage for the Auckland dam was 60.66 percent.

Dam rates are down 23 percent so far this year, but it appears that Aucklanders are doing well with their water consumption.

Yesterday’s Watercare figures show that the Auckland area consumes 459 million liters of water.

Strong winds are also expected to cross the North Island from overnight and into Monday, possibly persisting for the next several days.

The wind and clouds have spread around the northern part of the country and will continue.


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The devastating underwater earthquake hit northern New Zealand, triggering a possible tsunami threat | Instant News

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – A strong underwater earthquake struck northern New Zealand, triggering tsunami warnings for several island nations.

The US Geological Agency said an earthquake measuring 7.7 struck late Wednesday and was centered 10 kilometers (six miles) southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

It is not expected that the shaking caused significant damage or casualties on the ground.

The US Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning of possible tsunami waves ranging from 0.3 to 1 meter (1 to 3.3 feet) for Vanuatu and Fiji.

Tsunami watches were issued and later canceled for American Samoa.

The region is prone to earthquakes because it sits along the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, a series of horseshoe-shaped seismic fault lines around the ocean.


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Summer heat is starting to roll amid another northern dry | Instant News

A lone fisherman braves the heat of Hawke’s Bay at Napier’s Perfume Point. Niwa predicts weather that looks more like summer – especially in the northern and eastern regions – through to autumn. Photo / Paul Taylor

Summer-like conditions are expected to persist well past the end of the season in already dry parts of New Zealand – with some bags now roasting in severe drought.

Niwa latest views over the next three months there is a longer, hotter dry season across the country – and the potential to reduce rainfall in places north and east that feel mostly hot.

That pattern is driven by the bizarre La Niña climate system, which traditionally brings many northeastern storms to normally dry areas.

Which is called “hot spot” – or places with very dry to very dry than usual soil conditions – have now developed over large parts of Northland, parts of Auckland, northern Waikato, and parts of the East Cape.

Meteorologists also keep an eye on the hotspots in eastern Wairarapa which are scattered in the eastern Tararua District and the Hawke’s Bay coast.

Source / Niwa
Source / Niwa

The worst conditions can be seen in the upper Far North, which has officially achieved meteorological drought status.

Although some rain is expected to fall later this week, it is likely that the hotspot – especially those in the east – will only continue to expand.

Fire hazard currently very high at the tip of the North Island, and around Dargaville, Whangarei and parts of Eastland, Porangahau, Tararua and Wairarapa.

On the South Island, there is also a high risk around McKenzie Village, and most of the coast of Marlborough and central and northern Otago.

Over the next three months, Niwa forecast above-average temperatures in the north – and close to above-average temperatures elsewhere.

“We’re going to have some warm conditions that will probably last until March – and maybe April too,” said forecaster Niwa Ben Noll.

“It won’t be summer without stopping during those months – but chances are we’ll have a spell that’s like summer, overall.

“What we can see are high pressure mountains, curving over New Zealand for maybe a week or so, before being disturbed by features like we expect from the Tasman Sea. [this week].

“But the northern and eastern parts of the North Island, which are currently the driest areas relatively normal, have the lowest chance of feeling the full effect of the feature.”

Noll noted that this dry weather followed an equally hot summer last year, resulting in Auckland’s worst drought in 25 years.

“Several locations in Auckland also have the record for driest years in 2020. Piling this on top is a tough combination.”

Auckland dam level is still recovering well, and as of the week, is running at 61 percent capacity – and more than 20 percent below the historical average for this time of year.

With Auckland needing to limit its water use to 511 million liters per day, restrictions installed throughout the city which prohibits the use of hoses not equipped with a trigger nozzle.

However, the regulation is not expected to be tightened.

“At this stage, we are confident that our new water source, coupled with Auckland’s excellent water savings, will help us get through the summer and fall without the need for more severe water restrictions,” said a Watercare spokesman.

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Source / Niwa

Noll said La Nina influencing the behind-the-scenes image will likely prove to stand out in the record books, given its dramatic “non-traditional” behavior.

Most of the La Nina-flavored summers usually come with widespread warmth, but also storms from the northeast, rains in the north and east, drought in the south and southwest – far different from what New Zealand saw this summer.

That can largely be explained by two factors.

One of these is the fact that the coldest ocean temperatures in the Pacific below La Nina are found farther west than usual, meaning much of its traditional tropical activity is centered elsewhere.

The other is warmer than average temperatures in the Indian Ocean, which, combined with the unusual La Nina, result in a different climatic setting for New Zealand.

Current models suggest La Nina is likely to stick around for the next few months, before largely disappearing by winter.

Meanwhile, one of La Nina’s classic effects – warmer ocean temperatures – is at least in part, with pockets of sea around the north of the North Island reaching “ocean heat wave” conditions last month.

During January, coastal waters around New Zealand ranged from 0.3C to 0.7C above average – but it remains to be seen how long this trend will continue.

Noll says the picture is a far cry from the 2017-18 and 2018-19 summers, where repeated ocean heat waves pushed ocean temperatures several degrees above average.

“To make that happen, you need currents that extend from north to northwest – and we have too much variability to allow for that.”

Source / Niwa
Source / Niwa

While there is no immediate threat from a tropical cyclone affecting New Zealand, Noll said there is potential for activity at the end of the month.

Every year, on average one of these systems sweeps within 550 km of the country, bringing destructive winds and heavy rainfall.

So far, the cyclone seasons have gone hand in hand predicted range of eight to 10 systems in the southwest Pacific, with four recorded so far.

“Of course, the season runs through April, so we are keeping an eye on if anything will actually land here in New Zealand.”

Last month marked four years since New Zealand last experienced a month with below-average temperatures – a trend driven by climate change.


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Bridge: Beat the announcer by playing the right cards | Instant News

Sir Winston Churchill said: “A politician who succumbed to the zeal for war must realize that once the signal is sent, he is no longer the master of policy, but a slave to unforeseen and uncontrollable events.”

If you play with a partner who doesn’t look at the cards or doesn’t understand how to interpret the signal sent, the bridge player may feel this way.

How should East and West beat the four spades in today’s trade?

During the auction, North got into trouble. They signed three uncontrolled skits with their flat hands, and then looked for so many grand slams against each other’s partner. If North bans two non-knotting forces (using one of the two), South will increase to three non-knotting. Then, the North may have passed, or he may have invited four grand slams without trump cards, and the South declined. If you win three games in a row, there will be two secrets.

However, the auction was public four times. West knew that his partner had at most one diamond. Therefore, he led the Diamond Ace. But what does he do next?

This is the textbook situation for suit preference signals. West wants to tell his partner where his immigration card is. If it is in the club, ranking lower in the other two suits, West leads his lowest diamond in the second trick. But here, West continues to get Diamond Eight, which is the highest in the premium suit.

Then, if East knew his stuff, he would shrink and turn to a noble heart. West took these deliveries and provided another diamond to beat the contract.


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Rare weather: Three tropical cyclones follow north of NZ | Instant News

The next two months are peak season for tropical cyclones, says WeatherWatch.co.nz. Photo / Provided

Three so-called tropical cyclones are tracking north of New Zealand today as the southwest Pacific enters peak hurricane season.

WeatherWatch said tripling cyclone deployment was a rare event, although New Zealand was not directly affected due to persistent high-pressure mountains across much of the country this week.

The first, Typhoon Ana, hit Fiji yesterday and looks set to track into open water starting at 8.30 this morning.

A severe Category 3 storm hit Fiji with gusts of 140 km / h and heavy rain over the weekend, killing a 49-year-old man and leaving five others missing.

Typhoon Ana is named by the Fiji Met Service.  Photo / Provided
Typhoon Ana is named by the Fiji Met Service. Photo / Provided

The missing included a 3-year-old boy, according to the RNZ report.

Tropical cyclones are categorized in strengths from 1 to 5, with 5 being the strongest.

Ana is unlikely to directly impact New Zealand but a former typhoon this weekend may bring about tougher east coast conditions.

The second hurricane, Typhoon Bina, is expected to bring more rain and wind to Fiji’s main islands in the next 24 hours but remains a category 1 system.

WeatherWatch says it’s very rare for two tropical cyclones to affect a country in two days.

The third, Typhoon Lucas, was in the Coral Sea moving eastward towards Vanuatu and New Caledonia.

A category 2 hurricane is expected to hit the New Caledonia Loyalty Islands by Wednesday.

Forecasters said New Zealand was not directly affected by the three cyclones as strong high pressure dominated the country in the first half of February.

But some rain and easterly winds may develop in northern New Zealand as the waves, waves and ripples increase in the east.

The tropical cyclone season in the southwest Pacific officially begins in November and lasts until the end of April.

On average, at least one former tropical cyclone passes within 550 km of New Zealand each year, said MetService and the Niwa National Institute of Environmental Sciences.

Significant rainfall, extreme winds, dangerous sea conditions and damage to beaches are all possible ahead of and during this event.


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