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15 August 2011, the day low level snow fell across the upper North Island

Updated: Aug 8, 2021

On the morning of the 15th August 2011, a powerful surge from the Polar vortex blasted into the upper North Island.

A deep low pressure to the east of NZ aimed a polar southerly at NZ

It started snowing on the Kaimai and Coromandel Ranges before moving onto Mount Hobson, Great Barrier Island. Snow then fell briefly in Auckland city for the first time since 1939 but did not settle.

Snow was also reported from the Waitakere Ranges, Drury, Waiuku, Clevedon and the Bombay Hills as seen on this video.

The snow then reached Northland, with hillside properties around Dargaville reporting snow falling. Mount Tutamoe was blanketed with 5cm.

Mount Tutamoe, Northland with 5cm on snow on the ground. Credit Viv Trounson via Stuff.

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