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2022 comes to a close

It is time to say good-bye to 2022. We will finish the year with a partly cloudy day in the mid 20’s with maybe some isolated showers and easterlies.

Here were some observation highlights across the upper North Island over the year.


Max Temp: 32.3c, Massey, 4th Jan Min Temp: -1.3c, Kopu, 12th Aug Daily mean temp: 17.0c recorded from North Shore, Auckland Wettest place: 4760mm, Pinnacles, Coromandel Ranges Driest place: 1029mm, Stanmore Bay Max wind gust: Great Barrier Is 94 knots, 13 Feb (Cyclone Dovi) Thunderstorm days: 23 days Snowfall: Zilch Tornado / Waterspout: Hauraki Gulf off North Shore, 20th Nov Number of earthquakes: 56 Largest felt quake: M3.9, 5km south of Te Aroha, 29th December Tsunami : Tutukaka, Great Barrier Island 16th Jan, wave height 1.33m. Highest tide : 1.73m MSL height, Waitemata harbour, 11th Sep


(Sources: Private stations, council rain gauges, GeoNet and Land Information New Zealand)


Pictures say a thousand words. From sunsets to sunrises, sun halos, storms, waterspouts, gales, a cyclone, downpours, floods, a tsunami from a volcanic eruption, king tides, and earthquakes. 2022 saw some amazing moments captured around the upper North Island.


Thanks to everyone who shared their moments.


Waterspout, 20th November, Campbells Bay Auckland. credit Sarah Taylor

Lightning strike 22nd November, Devonport, Auckland

Orewa beach - Ocean glow of bioluminescence with the dawn volcanic aerosol glow from Tonga's January eruption, 10th July. Credit Grant Birley

Hobsonville Supralateral arc halo 2nd May. Credit Andy Liang

Incoming squall line, 30th November. Credit Douglas Hannay

Satellite image of Tonga's major volcanic eruption 15th January

Great Barrier Island tidal gauge displaying the 1.33m tsunami from the Tonga eruption. 15th -16th Janaury

Tutukaka marina tsunami 16th January aftermath credit Tim Alexander

Waterspout off Takapuna 20th November. Credit Daniel Leech

Fog bow, Browns Bay, Auckland, 5th August. Credit Virginia Nicol

Boat wreck Devonport, from easterly storm, 11th November

Virga Trails, Tutukaka 20th January. Credit Grant Birley

Lowest tide of the year, Cheltenham beach, 4th January

For those of you who like numbers and a coincidence. A private weather station located in Waihi at the foot of the Coromandel peninsula just recorded 22.2c at 2:22pm on 22/02/2022.

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