High and dry

by Gareth on June 9, 2012

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From NASA’s Earth Observatory: yesterday’s Image Of The Day (RSS feed) was this stunning picture of an intense high pressure system over the Great Australian Bight to the southwest of Tasmania, acquired by the MODIS sensor on the Aqua satellite on June 5th. In high pressure systems, dry descending air suppresses cloud formation, in this case punching an impressive “hole” through a layer of stratocumulus clouds. Central pressure at the time was 1040 hectoPascals. According to the NZ MetService 7 day forecast, over the next week the system will move east and set up camp to the southwest of the South Island.

Also from the Aqua satellite last week, a good picture of the midweek snowstorm that hit the South Island. Thursday morning chez nous was as pretty as several pictures.

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bill June 9, 2012 at 12:07 pm

More about the weather – tornado strikes Perth!

Macro June 9, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Hi bill
I’m just back from a month in Perth – It wasn’t like that on Wednesday! :)
Those sort of weather events, seem to follow me about though. The tornadoes in Albany NZ – happened just down the road from where I lived, and the house I have bought here in Thames had it’s roof removed in a tornado about 5 years ago.

noelfuller June 10, 2012 at 11:58 am

Macro – err. where are you going to next ? You know about prediction testing theory :)

Noel

Macro June 11, 2012 at 5:21 pm

:) Well actually noel I do – it was part of my major some years back. I’ve just visited Auckland – so it’s probably not safe to go there for a week or so.

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