Why the postponement ?
05 Jul 2008
Some weather info...
Issued by MetService at 04:40am 05-Jul-2008
Warning: Gale warning in force for all areas.
Situation: A low tracks slowly northwards along the east coast today, directing gale or storm force southwest winds across much of the country. The southwest flow persists through Monday, then eases from Tuesday as a ridge in the Tasman Sea slowly spreads across New Zealand.
For the Manukau and Waitemata Harbours, the Hauraki Gulf and for Bream Head to Cape Colville:
Today: Westerly 25 knots gusting 35 knots, rising to southwest 35 knots gusting 45 knots this afternoon. Rough sea, becoming very rough this afternoon. Poor visibility in heavy, thundery showers.
Outlook:Sunday:Southwest 35 knots easing to 25 knots by evening.
Utilising technology from the America's cup weather models. (look forward to hearing more about www.predictwind.com at the next briefing)
Remember the wind strengths on the graph below are AVERAGES and gusts can be around 15-20% higher
We have already seen gusts of over 40 knots at Manukau Heads this morning and over 30 at Bean Rock. So it appears the wind is coming.