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Good-bye to 2023

It is time to say good-bye to 2023 in what was a year of notable historical weather events for upper North Island. We will finish the year with a prefrontal rainband that will unfortunately dampen NYE festivities.


Here were some observation highlights across the upper North Island over the year up to 7am 31 December.


Max Temp: ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ.๐Ÿ–ยฐ๐œ, Whangarei, 22nd Jan


Min Temp: -๐ŸŽ.๐Ÿ•ยฐ๐œ, Hunua 29 Jul


Daily mean temp: ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ”.๐Ÿยฐ๐œ recorded from our weather station on the North Shore, Auckland.


Wettest place: ๐Ÿ”๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ”๐ฆ๐ฆ, Pinnacles, Coromandel Ranges


Driest place: ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐ฆ๐ฆ, Gulf Harbour


Lowest barometric air pressure: ๐Ÿ—๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ“.๐Ÿ’ ๐ก๐๐š Claris airport, Great Barrier Island 13 Feb (Cyclone Gabrielle)


Max wind gust: Channel Island ๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ– ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ญ๐ฌ (๐Ÿ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ‘ ๐ค๐ฆ/๐ก), 13 Feb (Cyclone Gabrielle)


Thunderstorm days: ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ ๐๐š๐ฒ๐ฌ



Tornado / Waterspout: ๐Ÿ- Hauraki Gulf ๐จ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ ๐Ž๐ซ๐ž๐ฐ๐š, 20th December


Snowfall: ๐™๐ข๐ฅ๐œ๐ก


Number of earthquakes: ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ•


Largest felt earthquake: , ๐Œ๐Ÿ“.๐Ÿ , 5km south of Te Aroha, 4th January


Tsunami: ๐™๐ข๐ฅ๐œ๐ก


Highest tides:

๐Ÿ.๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ“๐ฆ MSL height, Waitemata harbour, 30th Oct

๐Ÿ.๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ๐ฆ MSL height, Great Barrier Island, 13th Feb


(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, severe gales, cyclones, downpours, floods, king tides, and earthquakes. 2023 saw some amazing moments captured around the upper North Island. Thanks to everyone who shared their moments.


Sky tower lightning bolt 10 May 2023. A negative charged downward streamer found a positive upward streamer match launching from the Sky Tower's 50cm diameter dynasphere lightning protector on top of the mast.


Aurora Australis. Auckland's west coast, 24 March from a G4 Geomagnetic storm. Credit Tania Foster


A waterspout touched down into the Gulf off Orewa on 20th December with the sunrise making the funnel glisten. Credit Grant Birley.


Satellite image of Cyclone Gabrielle 10:30am 12th February 2023 approaching upper North Island

Approaching Cyclone Hale sunset, January 8th. Credit Chris Mann


Approaching Cyclone Garielle sun halo over Matiatia bay, Waiheke Island, February 11th 2023. Credit Andy Liang


Fogbow, Waitemata harbour 19 June, 2023

Asperitas clouds arriving over the upper North Island, 17 November, 2023

Rangitoto sunrise 29 July, coldest morning of the year


Sea Fog July 2023, credit Lindsay McMorran

An upward lightning bolt was captured from Mahurangi, November 2023 Credit Grant Birley

Thanks for following, catch you in 2024!

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