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ModerateFebruary 2009 New Zealand Ex-tropical Cyclone Innis ( 2009-02-19 )

Heavy rain, high winds and minor flooding were experienced in many parts of New Zealand from Auckland to Stewart Island. The heaviest falls occurred in Taranaki, Canterbury and Otago. One woman died after her car rolled near Opotiki.

New Zealand

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at New Zealand
Duration:   3  days - From the 19th until the 21st of February.
Comments:

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING issued at 11:45 am 19-Feb-2009: Widespread heavy rain expected over much of New Zealand on Friday. Includes HEAVY RAIN WARNING for: North Island hill country from Kaimai Range to Taihape and from Mt Taranaki to eastern Bay of Plenty ranges, Tararua Range, Richmond Range to northwest Marlborough Sounds, northwest Nelson ranges and Westland ranges between Otira and Big Bay.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING issued at 7:44 pm 19-Feb-2009: Widespread heavy rain over much of New Zealand on Friday. Includes HEAVY RAIN WARNING for: The northern half of the North Island north of a line from Taranaki to Ruapehu to East Cape. Also the Tararua Ranges, the ranges of Nelson and Westland and the Marlborough Sounds.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING issued at 9:24 am 20-Feb-2009: Heavy rain over the North Island and northern South Island easing today. Heavy rain for Westland and eastern hills of South Canterbury and Otago continues into the weekend. Includes HEAVY RAIN WARNING for: North Island, north and including Mount Taranaki, Taihape and Bay of Plenty. Tararua Range, Richmond Range, Marlborough Sounds, Westland ranges south of Otira, eastern hills of Canterbury and Otago between Timaru and Balclutha. WARNINGS NO LONGER IN FORCE: Heavy Rain Warning lifted for northwest Nelson ranges.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING issued at 8:33 pm 20-Feb-2009: Heavy rain has now eased from all North Island areas. Further heavy rain for Westland and the hills of South Canterbury and eastern Otago Friday night and through Saturday. Includes HEAVY RAIN WARNING for: Westland ranges south of Otira and eastern hills of Canterbury and Otago between Timaru and Balclutha. WARNINGS NO LONGER IN FORCE: Heavy Rain Warnings lifted for all northern North Island districts, Tararua Ranges, and also Richmond Ranges and Marlborough Sounds.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING issued at 7:50 am 21-Feb-2009: Heavy rain in Westland easing this afternoon Rain all day in South Canterbury and eastern Otago but rain easing during the afternoon and evening. Includes HEAVY RAIN WARNING for: Westland, Canterbury south of the Rangitata and eastern hills and ranges of Otago.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING issued at 8:08 pm 21-Feb-2009: Rain has eased in Canterbury and Otago but further heavy falls for Westland on Sunday. Includes HEAVY RAIN WARNING for: Westland from Haast to Otira. WARNINGS NO LONGER IN FORCE: Heavy Rain Warnings lifted for Canterbury and Otago.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING issued at 7:53 am 22-Feb-2009: Further heavy rain for Westland overnight. Includes HEAVY RAIN WARNING for: Westland from Haast to Otira.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING issued at 8:04 am 23-Feb-2009: Further heavy rain for Westland today. Includes HEAVY RAIN WARNING for: Westland from Haast to Otira.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING issued at 7:57 pm 22-Feb-2009: Heavy rain continuing in parts of Westland ranges until this afternoon. Includes HEAVY RAIN WARNING for: Westland from Harihari to Otira. WARNINGS NO LONGER IN FORCE: Heavy Rain Warnings lifted for Westland ranges from Haast to Harihari.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING issued at 3:59 pm 23-Feb-2009: Heavy rain warning for ranges of Westland now lifted. WARNINGS NO LONGER IN FORCE: Heavy Rain Warnings lifted for Westland between Otira and Harihari.

CauseA deep, slow moving low pressure system was a combination of the low that had brought floods to New South Wales and the remains of Tropical Cyclone Innis near New Caledonia. The low moved into the central Tasman Sea on the 19th and onto the South Island on the 20th. Associated fronts sent heavy rain up the North Island and to the top of the South Island. A north-easterly flow to the south-east of the low brought heavy rain to the east of the South Island. The low remained slow-moving on the 21st, and slowly moved south-east on the 23rd and 24th.

North Island

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at North Island
Comments:

CommentHeavy rain began to fall in some places on the night of the 19th. Torrential rain hit Auckland and the Waikato between 1pm and 2pm on the 20th.

ImpactThere had been 12 traffic accidents in the upper North Island since the rain began. In the lower North Island heavy rain contributed to 14 minor traffic accidents.

CommentRain in the lower North Island had eased by late afternoon on the 20th.

South Island

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at South Island
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicAreas in the Waitaki district (South Canterbury/North Otago) experienced between 75 mm and 128 mm of rain, mostly on the night of the 20th and on the 21st.

CommentThe Waitaki emergency services manager partially activated the civil defence headquarters on the 21st to keep a watch on the rain.

Auckland

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Auckland
Comments:

Affected LifelineThe Northern motorway, from Albany to the Harbour Bridge, and the Southern Motorway, in the city bound lane, experiened serious traffic congestion as heavy rain fell.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Auckland City
Map Location: -36.852397 174.762337
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicAuckland recorded 37 mm (3.7 cm) of rain on the 20th.

ImpactA graduation procession down Queen Street for 1200 AUT students was cancelled due to the rain.

Waikato

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Whitianga
Map Location: -36.834317 175.692086
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicWhitianga received 80 mm (8.0 cm) of rain on the 20th.

Bay of Plenty

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Bay of Plenty
Comments:

CommentStrong winds and rain caused havoc in the Bay of Plenty on the 20th.

Affected LifelinePower was cut to 8000 Western Bay homes from about 1pm on the 20th, due to high winds blowing branches and other debris into powerlines and poles. The areas affected were Te Puke, Matapihi, Omanu, Te Maunga, Papamoa, Judea, Tauranga south, Parkvale, Omokoroa and Te Puna. By 4.30pm power had been restored to 2000 houses. At least 200 customers were still without power on the morning of the 21st.

ImpactThere were about six weather-related car crashes in the Western Bay on the 20th.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust
Comments:

Affected LifelineDozens of fallen trees blocked roads.

Affected LifelineStrong winds turned around traffic lights, making for difficult situations at intersections.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain
Comments:

InjuriesA car went off Pyes Pa Road in the wet and crashed into a shelter-belt tree at 8.15am on the 20th, leaving the driver with moderate injuries.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

CommentThere was surface flooding in some areas.

FloodingFlooding at Mount Maunganui
Map Location: -37.64237 176.195739
Comments:

ImpactThere was some minor flooding in buildings around Mount Maunganui. One house had minor flooding to the ceiling.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Opotiki
Map Location: -38.005993 177.293236
Comments:

CasualtiesThere was a fatal accident near Opotiki, in which a car rolled and the 66-year-old female driver later died.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Tauranga
Map Location: -37.679532 176.173022
Comments:

ImpactThe Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival at Baypark was hit by strong winds on the 20th, which ripped through stalls, felled fences and blew over tents. The festival was cancelled for the day, for the first time in 36 years. Later, due to safety concerns, organisers evacuated the 200 media, volunteers, workers, VIPs and a small group of ticket holders.

ImpactWind blew road signs about on Hewletts Road and around the harbour bridge roadworks.

Affected LifelineThe traffic lights at the intersection of Fraser Street and 15th Ave and Cameron Road and 15th Ave stopped working.

DamageEmergency services attended incidents involving 21 fallen trees in the Tauranga area.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

ImpactThere was some minor flooding in buildings around Tauranga.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Te Puke
Map Location: -37.779011 176.33425
Comments:

ImpactIn Te Puke, a woman was trapped in her car when a tree fell on to it just after 1.30pm on the 20th.

LandslideLandslide at Waioeka River
Map Location: -38.111114 177.280179
Comments:

Affected LifelineThere were slips in the Waioeka Gorge near Opotiki on the night of the 20th.

Gisborne

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Matawai
Map Location: -38.356439 177.53729
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicMatawai received 33.5 mm (3.4 cm) of rain in the 24 hours to 8am on the 21st.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Mount Hikurangi
Map Location: -37.918997 178.060651
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicThe area around Mount Hikurangi recived up to 68.5 mm (6.9 cm) of rain in the 24 hours to 8am on the 21st.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Te Araroa
Map Location: -37.633021 178.355369
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicTe Araroa recorded 122.5 mm (12.3 cm) of rain in the 24 hours to 8am on the 21st.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Waikura River
Map Location: -37.712486 178.078462
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicThe Waikura Valley recorded 119.5 mm (12.0 cm) of rain in the 24 hours to 8am on the 21st.

Taranaki

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Taranaki
Comments:

CommentHeavy rain fell in Taranaki on the night of the 19th and during the 20th. The rainclouds were clearing by 3pm.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

CommentThe Waiwhakaiho River, Te Henui Stream and Waitara River rose significantly as the heavy rain fell.

Affected LifelineSurface flooding affected many roads around Taranaki.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Dawson Falls
Map Location: -39.321582 174.105391
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicDawson Falls received 174 mm (17.4 cm) of rain on the 20th.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Inglewood
Map Location: -39.163073 174.187246
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicInglewood recorded 112 mm (11.2 cm) of rain on the 20th.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Mount Taranaki
Map Location: -39.295865 174.063806
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicMt Taranaki received 41.5 mm (4.2 cm) of rain in 1 hour.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at New Plymouth
Map Location: -39.051214 174.06972
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicNew Plymouth received 57 mm (5.7 cm) of rain on the 20th.

ImpactHundreds of mainly juvenile sparrows fell to the ground from two trees in New Plymouth's main street, andy many of them died. Heavy rain was found to be the most likely cause.

ImpactThere were two minor crashes on the morning of the 20th during the heavy rain.

Affected LifelineTraffic was stopped at St Aubyn and Egmont Streets when water made its way into the traffic lights.

Multi HazardMulti Hazard
Comments:

Affected LifelineNew Plymouth Airport was closed for most of the day on the 20th by low cloud and poor visibility.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at North Egmont
Map Location: -39.269979 174.085413
Comments:

Peak RainfallNorth Egmont recorded 303 mm (30.3 cm) of rain on the 20th.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Stratford
Map Location: -39.343721 174.267614
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicStratford received 65 mm (6.5 cm) of rain on the 20th.

Manawatu-Wanganui

FloodingFlooding at Levin
Map Location: -40.610591 175.272321
Comments:

Affected LifelineThere was surface flooding on State Highway 1 and State Highway 57 near Levin and Manakau on the 20th. The flooding was quite deep in places and it slowed traffic.

FloodingFlooding at Palmerston North
Map Location: -40.355525 175.616438
Comments:

ImpactThere was serious flooding on a private property in Palmerston North.

Wellington

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Kelburn
Map Location: -41.290129 174.76188
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicKelburn received 62 mm (6.2 cm) of rain.

FloodingFlooding at Kilbirnie
Map Location: -41.31532 174.793015
Comments:

ImpactThere was serious flooding on a private property in Kilbirnie.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Lower Hutt
Map Location: -41.216677 174.934068
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicLower Hutt received 83 mm (8.3 cm) of rain on the 20th.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Lyall Bay
Map Location: -41.328842 174.792189
Comments:

Affected LifelineThe heavy rain caused overflows from a sewage pumping station on the South Coast near Lyall Bay. People were warned not to swim in the water on the 21st and 22nd.

LandslideLandslide at Rimutaka Hill
Map Location: -41.119029 175.230172
Comments:

Affected LifelineThere were a number of slips on the Featherston side of Rimutaka Hill Road on State Highway 2 on the 20th.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Wellington City
Map Location: -41.28855 174.776764
Comments:

CommentHeavy rain caused surface flooding throughout Wellington and drains became blocked with debris.

Affected LifelineRaw sewage overflowed into the Courtenay Place and Tory Street area after a blockage was exacerbated by the heavy rain. The mess was cleared up within two hours.

Physical CharacteristicWellington received 69 mm (6.9 cm) of rain on the 20th - more than the average rainfall for the whole month of February.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

Affected LifelineA blocked sump caused knee-high flooding at one end of Lambton Quay.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Wellington Harbour
Map Location: -41.267785 174.837681
Comments:

Affected LifelineThe heavy rain caused overflows from three sewage pumping stations into the harbour. The dishcarges occurred at Moa Point, near the international passenger terminal, and at Kaiwharawhara Stream. People were warned not to swim in the water.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Wellington International Airport
Map Location: -41.329538 174.805351
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicWellington Airport received 20 mm (2.0 cm) of rain in 4 hours on the morning of the 20th.

Marlborough

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Blenheim
Map Location: -41.517124 173.949021
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicBlenheim received about 60 mm (6.0 cm) of rain.

Tasman-Nelson

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Tasman-Nelson
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicParts of Nelson received about 30 mm (3.0 cm) of rain.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Mapua
Map Location: -41.253054 173.096212
Comments:

InjuriesA panel van drifted across the road in the wet at Mapua, crossing three lanes of traffic and causing a three-car crash. One driver received minor injuries.

West Coast

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at West Coast
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicParts of the West Coast received about 30 mm (3.0 cm) of rain.

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Westport
Map Location: -41.750212 171.582563
Comments:

Affected LifelineFlights in and out of Westport Airport were cancelled on the morning of the 20th due to poor weather conditions. A flight from Wellington was forced to return after it was unable to land at Westport.

Canterbury

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Canterbury
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicThe South Canterbury foothills received up to 150 mm (15.0 cm) of rain in 36 hours from the 20th to the 21st.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

CommentThere were moderate flood conditions in South Canterbury rivers and streams. River levels peaked at about midday on the 21st.

Affected LifelineThere was extensive surface flooding in at least 10 places on SH1 between Timaru and Glenavy. There was also surface flooding on SH82 between Waimate and Kurow. Some minor roads were closed due to flooding.

FloodingFlooding at Ahuriri River
Map Location: -44.490627 169.761309
Comments:

Peak River FlowThe Ahuriri River peaked at 60 cumecs.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Chistchurch
Map Location: -43.53112 172.636147
Comments:

ImpactHeavy rain contributed to a pile-up involving two cars and a bus at a busy Christchurch intersection.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Danseys Pass
Map Location: -44.974588 170.488186
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicDansey Pass recorded 90 mm (9.0 cm) of rain from the 20th until 12pm on the 21st.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Fairlie
Map Location: -44.10605 170.814496
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicA Fairlie farm received around 50 mm (5.0 cm) of rain.

FloodingFlooding at Maerewhenua River
Map Location: -44.926665 170.607444
Comments:

Peak River FlowThe Maerewhenua River peaked at 111 cumecs.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Mount Cook
Map Location: -43.734653 170.103918
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicMt Cook recorded 119 mm (11.9 cm) of rain from the 20th until 12pm on the 21st.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Omarama
Map Location: -44.485104 169.955987
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicOmarama basin recorded 90 mm (9.0 cm) of rain from the 20th until 12pm on the 21st.

FloodingFlooding at Opihi River
Map Location: -44.027654 170.718139
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicThe Opihi River at the Gorge had a flow of 128 cumecs on the 21st.

FloodingFlooding at Pareora River
Map Location: -44.445854 171.119993
Comments:

Peak River FlowThe Pareora River had a peak flow of 410 cumecs at 10am on the 21st.

FloodingFlooding at Tengawai River
Map Location: -44.250279 170.896911
Comments:

Peak River FlowThe Tengawai River had a peak flow of 255 cumecs on the 21st. On the 20th the river had a flow of only half a cumec.

FloodingFlooding at Waihao River
Map Location: -44.787437 171.009356
Comments:

Peak River FlowThe Waihao River south of Waimate peaked at 231 cumecs.

Otago

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Otago
Comments:

CommentNorth Otago experienced 24 hours of moderate to heavy rainfalls.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

CommentSome North Otago rivers reached flood levels on the 21st.

Affected LifelineSurface flooding affected many roads and culverts in North Otago.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Alexandra
Map Location: -45.253862 169.375391
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicAlexandra recorded 39 mm (3.9 cm) of rain from th 20th till the 23rd.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Balclutha
Map Location: -46.23013 169.733472
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicBalclutha recorded 59 mm (5.9 cm) of rain from the 20th till the 23rd.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Clifton Falls homestead
Map Location: -45.032198 170.754881
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicClifton Falls, in the Kakanui Valley, recorded 108 mm (10.8 cm) of rain from the 20th until 12pm on the 21st.

Physical CharacteristicClifton Falls recorded 110 mm (11.0 cm) of rain on the 20th and 21st.

Physical CharacteristicClifton Falls recorded 75 mm (7.5 cm) of rain on the 21st.

Physical CharacteristicClifton Falls recorded 7.5 mm (0.8 cm) of rain in 1 hour to 8am on the 21st.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicThe Kakanui River rose about 2 m at Clifton Falls.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at The Dasher homestead
Map Location: -45.176089 170.678146
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicThe Dasher recorded 241 mm (24.1 cm) of rain from the 20th till the 23rd.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Dunedin
Map Location: -45.87911 170.502707
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicMusselburgh recorded 90 mm (9.0 cm) of rain from the 20th till the 23rd.

Physical CharacteristicPine Hill recorded 126 mm (12.6 cm) of rain from the 20th till the 23rd.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Dunedin Airport
Map Location: -45.928643 170.198772
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicDunedin Airport recorded 59 mm (5.9 cm) of rain from the 20th till the 23rd.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Forsyth
Map Location: -45.945598 169.732729
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicClarks Flat recorded 88 mm (8.8 cm) of rain from the 20th till the 23rd.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Glenfinnan Stream
Map Location: -44.499093 168.81994
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicGlenfinnan recorded 100 mm (10.0 cm) of rain from the 19th till the 22nd.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Hawea Flat
Map Location: -44.654085 169.281009
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicHawea Flat recorded 45 mm (4.5 cm) of rain from the 19th till the 22nd.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Hills Creek
Map Location: -44.942325 169.911424
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicHills Creek recorded 48 mm (4.8 cm) of rain from the 20th till the 23rd.

FloodingFlooding at Kakanui River
Map Location: -45.163042 170.844701
Comments:

Peak River FlowThe Kakanui River peaked at 500 cumecs on the 21st. It reached its first flood alarm of 50 cumecs at 8.20am and was flowing at over 220 cumecs at midday.

ImpactLow-lying farmland east of the Kakanui River bridge on SH1 was flooded.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Lindis Crossing
Map Location: -44.88153 169.336921
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicLindis Crossing recorded 44 mm (4.4 cm) of rain from the 20th till the 23rd.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Makarora Station
Map Location: -44.24955 169.224892
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicMakarora Station recorded 133 mm (13.3 cm) of rain from the 19th till the 22nd.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Maungatua
Map Location: -45.898341 170.15446
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicMaungatua recorded 110 mm (11.0 cm) of rain from the 20th till the 23rd.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Merino Ridges
Map Location: -45.159358 169.745343
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicMerino Ridges recorded 47 mm (4.7 cm) of rain from the 20th till the 23rd.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Middlemarch
Map Location: -45.508281 170.125395
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicMiddlemarch recorded 60 mm (6.0 cm) of rain from the 20th till the 23rd.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Moa Flat
Map Location: -45.723237 169.306139
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicMoa Flat recorded 55 mm (5.5 cm) of rain from the 20th till the 23rd.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Oamaru
Map Location: -45.087138 170.980874
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicOamaru recorded about 80 mm (8.0 cm) of rain from the 20th until 12pm on the 21st.

Physical CharacteristicOamaru recorded 125 mm (12.5 cm) of rain from the 20th till the 23rd.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

Affected LifelineWashouts occurred on State Highway 1, from south of the Waitaki River through to Oamaru on the evening of the 21st, with some damage done to the highway.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Oamaru Airport
Map Location: -44.967824 171.085726
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicOamaru Airport recorded almost 100 mm (10.0 cm) of rain from the 20th until 12pm on the 21st.

Physical CharacteristicOamaru Airport recorded 90 mm (9.0 cm) of rain from the 20th till the 23rd.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Palmerston
Map Location: -45.483857 170.721017
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicA Palmerston weather station recorded 123.9 mm (12.4 cm) of rain in the 48 hours to 9am on the 22nd.

Physical CharacteristicThe Palmerston weather station recorded 89 mm (8.9 cm) of rain on the 20th.

Physical CharacteristicThe Palmerston weather station recorded 34.9 mm (3.5 cm) of rain on the 21st.

Physical CharacteristicPalmerston recorded 153 mm (15.3 cm) of rain from the 20th till the 23rd.

FloodingFlooding at Pukeuri
Map Location: -45.03248 171.022082
Comments:

Affected LifelineSH1 was closed between Pukeuri and Seven Mile Road at 2am on the 21st and remained closed for most of the day. Some motorists drove around the barriers and became stuck in flood waters.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Queenstown
Map Location: -45.041441 168.645105
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicQueenstown recorded 28 mm (2.8 cm) of rain from the 19th till the 22nd.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Ranfurly
Map Location: -45.131163 170.112657
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicRanfurly recorded 38 mm (3.8 cm) of rain from the 20th till the 23rd.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Routeburn station
Map Location: -44.746092 168.306603
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicRouteburn Station recorded 57 mm (5.7 cm) of rain from the 19th till the 22nd.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Waipahi River East Branch
Map Location: -46.206995 169.209508
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicSlopedown recorded 24 mm (2.4 cm) of rain from the 20th till the 23rd.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Stoneburn
Map Location: -45.428817 170.555683
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicStoneburn recorded 91 mm (9.1 cm) of rain from the 20th until 12pm on the 21st.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Sullivans Dam
Map Location: -45.80621 170.524475
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicSullivans dam recorded 27 mm (2.7 cm) of rain on the 20th.

Physical CharacteristicSullivans dam recorded 48 mm (4.8 cm) of rain on the 21st.

Physical CharacteristicSullivans Dam recorded 148 mm (14.8 cm) of rain from the 20th till the 23rd.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Tima Burn
Map Location: -45.629494 169.420589
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicTima recorded 34 mm (3.4 cm) of rain from the 20th till the 23rd.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Tuapeka Mouth
Map Location: -46.020056 169.516554
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicTuapeka Mouth recorded 58 mm (5.8 cm) of rain from the 20th till the 23rd.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Waikoikoi
Map Location: -46.004822 169.154311
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicWaikoikoi recorded 55 mm (5.5 cm) of rain from the 20th till the 23rd.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Waikoura Creek
Map Location: -44.952713 170.861209
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicWaikoura recorded 107 mm (10.7 cm) of rain from the 20th till the 23rd.

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www.3news.co.nz, Source: NZPA, 21 February 2009, 4:51pm.
Headline: Mystery surrounding mass death of sparrows continues to flutter.
www.3news.co.nz, Source: 3 News, 21 February 2009, 6:04pm.
Headline: Weather chaos brings crashes, power cut.
www.bayofplentytimes.co.nz, 21 February 2009.
Headline: Winds blow festival away for the day.
www.bayofplentytimes.co.nz, 21 February 2009.
Headline: Welcome rain for Cape.
www.gisborneherald.co.nz, 23 February 2009.
Headline: Coast MP in head-on.
www.greystar.co.nz, 23 February 2009.
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Headline: Flights disrupted.
The News, 20 February 2009.
Headline: Damp weekend ahead.
www.newstalkzb.co.nz, 20 February 2009, 7:00am.
Headline: Sewage overflowing into Wellington streets.
www.newstalkzb.co.nz, 20 February 2009, 11:24am.
Headline: North Otago rivers flood.
www.newstalkzb.co.nz, 21 February 2009, 3:08pm.
Headline: North Otago washouts.
www.newstalkzb.co.nz, 21 February 2009, 5:04pm.
Headline: Looming rainstorm threatens wet and wild weekend.
www.nzherald.co.nz, 19 February 2009, 4:00am.
Headline: Heavy downpours hit North Island.
www.nzherald.co.nz, Source: NZ Herald and Newstalk ZB, 20 February 2009, 12:07pm.
Headline: Rain set to get blown away.
www.nzherald.co.nz, Source: NZPA, 21 February 2009, 4:00am.
Headline: Rains cause accidents, sewage overflow.
www.odt.co.nz, 20 February 2009, 7:05pm.
Headline: Motorists skirt signs, travel on closed roads.
www.odt.co.nz, 23 February 2009, 5:01am.
Headline: North Otago cops worst of wet.
www.odt.co.nz, 23 February 2009, 5:01am.
Headline: February skies fickle over most regions.
www.odt.co.nz, 14 March 2009, 5:00am.
Headline: Downpours drench much of country.
www.radionz.co.nz, 20 February 2009, 12:27pm.
Headline: It's a very wet Friday just about everywhere.
www.radionz.co.nz, 20 February 2009, 4:15pm.
Headline: Farmers welcome Canterbury rain.
www.radionz.co.nz, 22 February 2009, 9:47pm.
Headline: Civil Defence Warning.
www.scoop.co.nz, Source: Canterbury Civil Defence, 21 February 2009, 2:24pm.
Headline: Wellington deluge as country drenched.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: Stuff.co.nz and Dominion Post, 20 February 2009.
Headline: Worst rain over for most - but not all.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: Stuff.co.nz and Dominion Post, 20 February 2009.
Headline: Seven accidents before 11am.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: Dominion Post and NZPA, 20 February 2009.
Headline: Stay out of the water.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: Dominion Post, 21 February 2009.
Headline: Harbour water test results today.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: Dominion Post, 23 February 2009.
Headline: Taranaki bears brunt of bad weather.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: Taranaki Daily News, 21 February 2009.
Headline: Mystery as sparrows drop dead.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: Taranaki Daily News, 21 February 2009.
Headline: Heavy rain likely cause for death of sparrows.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: Taranaki Daily News, 27 February 2009.
Headline: Flooded rivers begin to drop.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: Timaru Herald, 21 February 2009, 4:13pm.
Headline: Power outages likely as bad weather continues.
tvnz.co.nz, Source: ONE News, 20 February 2009, 3:43pm.
MetService Email Lists

ModerateFebruary 2009 New Zealand Ex-tropical Cyclone Innis ( 2009-02-19 )

Heavy rain, high winds and minor flooding were experienced in many parts of New Zealand from Auckland to Stewart Island. The heaviest falls occurred in Taranaki, Canterbury and Otago. One woman died after her car rolled near Opotiki.

New Zealand

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at New Zealand
Duration:   3  days - From the 19th until the 21st of February.
Comments:

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING issued at 11:45 am 19-Feb-2009: Widespread heavy rain expected over much of New Zealand on Friday. Includes HEAVY RAIN WARNING for: North Island hill country from Kaimai Range to Taihape and from Mt Taranaki to eastern Bay of Plenty ranges, Tararua Range, Richmond Range to northwest Marlborough Sounds, northwest Nelson ranges and Westland ranges between Otira and Big Bay.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING issued at 7:44 pm 19-Feb-2009: Widespread heavy rain over much of New Zealand on Friday. Includes HEAVY RAIN WARNING for: The northern half of the North Island north of a line from Taranaki to Ruapehu to East Cape. Also the Tararua Ranges, the ranges of Nelson and Westland and the Marlborough Sounds.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING issued at 9:24 am 20-Feb-2009: Heavy rain over the North Island and northern South Island easing today. Heavy rain for Westland and eastern hills of South Canterbury and Otago continues into the weekend. Includes HEAVY RAIN WARNING for: North Island, north and including Mount Taranaki, Taihape and Bay of Plenty. Tararua Range, Richmond Range, Marlborough Sounds, Westland ranges south of Otira, eastern hills of Canterbury and Otago between Timaru and Balclutha. WARNINGS NO LONGER IN FORCE: Heavy Rain Warning lifted for northwest Nelson ranges.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING issued at 8:33 pm 20-Feb-2009: Heavy rain has now eased from all North Island areas. Further heavy rain for Westland and the hills of South Canterbury and eastern Otago Friday night and through Saturday. Includes HEAVY RAIN WARNING for: Westland ranges south of Otira and eastern hills of Canterbury and Otago between Timaru and Balclutha. WARNINGS NO LONGER IN FORCE: Heavy Rain Warnings lifted for all northern North Island districts, Tararua Ranges, and also Richmond Ranges and Marlborough Sounds.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING issued at 7:50 am 21-Feb-2009: Heavy rain in Westland easing this afternoon Rain all day in South Canterbury and eastern Otago but rain easing during the afternoon and evening. Includes HEAVY RAIN WARNING for: Westland, Canterbury south of the Rangitata and eastern hills and ranges of Otago.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING issued at 8:08 pm 21-Feb-2009: Rain has eased in Canterbury and Otago but further heavy falls for Westland on Sunday. Includes HEAVY RAIN WARNING for: Westland from Haast to Otira. WARNINGS NO LONGER IN FORCE: Heavy Rain Warnings lifted for Canterbury and Otago.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING issued at 7:53 am 22-Feb-2009: Further heavy rain for Westland overnight. Includes HEAVY RAIN WARNING for: Westland from Haast to Otira.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING issued at 8:04 am 23-Feb-2009: Further heavy rain for Westland today. Includes HEAVY RAIN WARNING for: Westland from Haast to Otira.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING issued at 7:57 pm 22-Feb-2009: Heavy rain continuing in parts of Westland ranges until this afternoon. Includes HEAVY RAIN WARNING for: Westland from Harihari to Otira. WARNINGS NO LONGER IN FORCE: Heavy Rain Warnings lifted for Westland ranges from Haast to Harihari.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING issued at 3:59 pm 23-Feb-2009: Heavy rain warning for ranges of Westland now lifted. WARNINGS NO LONGER IN FORCE: Heavy Rain Warnings lifted for Westland between Otira and Harihari.

CauseA deep, slow moving low pressure system was a combination of the low that had brought floods to New South Wales and the remains of Tropical Cyclone Innis near New Caledonia. The low moved into the central Tasman Sea on the 19th and onto the South Island on the 20th. Associated fronts sent heavy rain up the North Island and to the top of the South Island. A north-easterly flow to the south-east of the low brought heavy rain to the east of the South Island. The low remained slow-moving on the 21st, and slowly moved south-east on the 23rd and 24th.

North Island

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at North Island
Comments:

CommentHeavy rain began to fall in some places on the night of the 19th. Torrential rain hit Auckland and the Waikato between 1pm and 2pm on the 20th.

ImpactThere had been 12 traffic accidents in the upper North Island since the rain began. In the lower North Island heavy rain contributed to 14 minor traffic accidents.

CommentRain in the lower North Island had eased by late afternoon on the 20th.

South Island

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at South Island
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicAreas in the Waitaki district (South Canterbury/North Otago) experienced between 75 mm and 128 mm of rain, mostly on the night of the 20th and on the 21st.

CommentThe Waitaki emergency services manager partially activated the civil defence headquarters on the 21st to keep a watch on the rain.

Auckland

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Auckland
Comments:

Affected LifelineThe Northern motorway, from Albany to the Harbour Bridge, and the Southern Motorway, in the city bound lane, experiened serious traffic congestion as heavy rain fell.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Auckland City
Map Location: -36.852397 174.762337
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicAuckland recorded 37 mm (3.7 cm) of rain on the 20th.

ImpactA graduation procession down Queen Street for 1200 AUT students was cancelled due to the rain.

Waikato

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Whitianga
Map Location: -36.834317 175.692086
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicWhitianga received 80 mm (8.0 cm) of rain on the 20th.

Bay of Plenty

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Bay of Plenty
Comments:

CommentStrong winds and rain caused havoc in the Bay of Plenty on the 20th.

Affected LifelinePower was cut to 8000 Western Bay homes from about 1pm on the 20th, due to high winds blowing branches and other debris into powerlines and poles. The areas affected were Te Puke, Matapihi, Omanu, Te Maunga, Papamoa, Judea, Tauranga south, Parkvale, Omokoroa and Te Puna. By 4.30pm power had been restored to 2000 houses. At least 200 customers were still without power on the morning of the 21st.

ImpactThere were about six weather-related car crashes in the Western Bay on the 20th.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust
Comments:

Affected LifelineDozens of fallen trees blocked roads.

Affected LifelineStrong winds turned around traffic lights, making for difficult situations at intersections.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain
Comments:

InjuriesA car went off Pyes Pa Road in the wet and crashed into a shelter-belt tree at 8.15am on the 20th, leaving the driver with moderate injuries.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

CommentThere was surface flooding in some areas.

FloodingFlooding at Mount Maunganui
Map Location: -37.64237 176.195739
Comments:

ImpactThere was some minor flooding in buildings around Mount Maunganui. One house had minor flooding to the ceiling.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Opotiki
Map Location: -38.005993 177.293236
Comments:

CasualtiesThere was a fatal accident near Opotiki, in which a car rolled and the 66-year-old female driver later died.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Tauranga
Map Location: -37.679532 176.173022
Comments:

ImpactThe Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival at Baypark was hit by strong winds on the 20th, which ripped through stalls, felled fences and blew over tents. The festival was cancelled for the day, for the first time in 36 years. Later, due to safety concerns, organisers evacuated the 200 media, volunteers, workers, VIPs and a small group of ticket holders.

ImpactWind blew road signs about on Hewletts Road and around the harbour bridge roadworks.

Affected LifelineThe traffic lights at the intersection of Fraser Street and 15th Ave and Cameron Road and 15th Ave stopped working.

DamageEmergency services attended incidents involving 21 fallen trees in the Tauranga area.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

ImpactThere was some minor flooding in buildings around Tauranga.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Te Puke
Map Location: -37.779011 176.33425
Comments:

ImpactIn Te Puke, a woman was trapped in her car when a tree fell on to it just after 1.30pm on the 20th.

LandslideLandslide at Waioeka River
Map Location: -38.111114 177.280179
Comments:

Affected LifelineThere were slips in the Waioeka Gorge near Opotiki on the night of the 20th.

Gisborne

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Matawai
Map Location: -38.356439 177.53729
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicMatawai received 33.5 mm (3.4 cm) of rain in the 24 hours to 8am on the 21st.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Mount Hikurangi
Map Location: -37.918997 178.060651
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicThe area around Mount Hikurangi recived up to 68.5 mm (6.9 cm) of rain in the 24 hours to 8am on the 21st.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Te Araroa
Map Location: -37.633021 178.355369
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicTe Araroa recorded 122.5 mm (12.3 cm) of rain in the 24 hours to 8am on the 21st.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Waikura River
Map Location: -37.712486 178.078462
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicThe Waikura Valley recorded 119.5 mm (12.0 cm) of rain in the 24 hours to 8am on the 21st.

Taranaki

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Taranaki
Comments:

CommentHeavy rain fell in Taranaki on the night of the 19th and during the 20th. The rainclouds were clearing by 3pm.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

CommentThe Waiwhakaiho River, Te Henui Stream and Waitara River rose significantly as the heavy rain fell.

Affected LifelineSurface flooding affected many roads around Taranaki.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Dawson Falls
Map Location: -39.321582 174.105391
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicDawson Falls received 174 mm (17.4 cm) of rain on the 20th.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Inglewood
Map Location: -39.163073 174.187246
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicInglewood recorded 112 mm (11.2 cm) of rain on the 20th.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Mount Taranaki
Map Location: -39.295865 174.063806
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicMt Taranaki received 41.5 mm (4.2 cm) of rain in 1 hour.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at New Plymouth
Map Location: -39.051214 174.06972
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicNew Plymouth received 57 mm (5.7 cm) of rain on the 20th.

ImpactHundreds of mainly juvenile sparrows fell to the ground from two trees in New Plymouth's main street, andy many of them died. Heavy rain was found to be the most likely cause.

ImpactThere were two minor crashes on the morning of the 20th during the heavy rain.

Affected LifelineTraffic was stopped at St Aubyn and Egmont Streets when water made its way into the traffic lights.

Multi HazardMulti Hazard
Comments:

Affected LifelineNew Plymouth Airport was closed for most of the day on the 20th by low cloud and poor visibility.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at North Egmont
Map Location: -39.269979 174.085413
Comments:

Peak RainfallNorth Egmont recorded 303 mm (30.3 cm) of rain on the 20th.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Stratford
Map Location: -39.343721 174.267614
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicStratford received 65 mm (6.5 cm) of rain on the 20th.

Manawatu-Wanganui

FloodingFlooding at Levin
Map Location: -40.610591 175.272321
Comments:

Affected LifelineThere was surface flooding on State Highway 1 and State Highway 57 near Levin and Manakau on the 20th. The flooding was quite deep in places and it slowed traffic.

FloodingFlooding at Palmerston North
Map Location: -40.355525 175.616438
Comments:

ImpactThere was serious flooding on a private property in Palmerston North.

Wellington

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Kelburn
Map Location: -41.290129 174.76188
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicKelburn received 62 mm (6.2 cm) of rain.

FloodingFlooding at Kilbirnie
Map Location: -41.31532 174.793015
Comments:

ImpactThere was serious flooding on a private property in Kilbirnie.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Lower Hutt
Map Location: -41.216677 174.934068
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicLower Hutt received 83 mm (8.3 cm) of rain on the 20th.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Lyall Bay
Map Location: -41.328842 174.792189
Comments:

Affected LifelineThe heavy rain caused overflows from a sewage pumping station on the South Coast near Lyall Bay. People were warned not to swim in the water on the 21st and 22nd.

LandslideLandslide at Rimutaka Hill
Map Location: -41.119029 175.230172
Comments:

Affected LifelineThere were a number of slips on the Featherston side of Rimutaka Hill Road on State Highway 2 on the 20th.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Wellington City
Map Location: -41.28855 174.776764
Comments:

CommentHeavy rain caused surface flooding throughout Wellington and drains became blocked with debris.

Affected LifelineRaw sewage overflowed into the Courtenay Place and Tory Street area after a blockage was exacerbated by the heavy rain. The mess was cleared up within two hours.

Physical CharacteristicWellington received 69 mm (6.9 cm) of rain on the 20th - more than the average rainfall for the whole month of February.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

Affected LifelineA blocked sump caused knee-high flooding at one end of Lambton Quay.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Wellington Harbour
Map Location: -41.267785 174.837681
Comments:

Affected LifelineThe heavy rain caused overflows from three sewage pumping stations into the harbour. The dishcarges occurred at Moa Point, near the international passenger terminal, and at Kaiwharawhara Stream. People were warned not to swim in the water.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Wellington International Airport
Map Location: -41.329538 174.805351
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicWellington Airport received 20 mm (2.0 cm) of rain in 4 hours on the morning of the 20th.

Marlborough

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Blenheim
Map Location: -41.517124 173.949021
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicBlenheim received about 60 mm (6.0 cm) of rain.

Tasman-Nelson

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Tasman-Nelson
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicParts of Nelson received about 30 mm (3.0 cm) of rain.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Mapua
Map Location: -41.253054 173.096212
Comments:

InjuriesA panel van drifted across the road in the wet at Mapua, crossing three lanes of traffic and causing a three-car crash. One driver received minor injuries.

West Coast

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at West Coast
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicParts of the West Coast received about 30 mm (3.0 cm) of rain.

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Westport
Map Location: -41.750212 171.582563
Comments:

Affected LifelineFlights in and out of Westport Airport were cancelled on the morning of the 20th due to poor weather conditions. A flight from Wellington was forced to return after it was unable to land at Westport.

Canterbury

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Canterbury
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicThe South Canterbury foothills received up to 150 mm (15.0 cm) of rain in 36 hours from the 20th to the 21st.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

CommentThere were moderate flood conditions in South Canterbury rivers and streams. River levels peaked at about midday on the 21st.

Affected LifelineThere was extensive surface flooding in at least 10 places on SH1 between Timaru and Glenavy. There was also surface flooding on SH82 between Waimate and Kurow. Some minor roads were closed due to flooding.

FloodingFlooding at Ahuriri River
Map Location: -44.490627 169.761309
Comments:

Peak River FlowThe Ahuriri River peaked at 60 cumecs.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Chistchurch
Map Location: -43.53112 172.636147
Comments:

ImpactHeavy rain contributed to a pile-up involving two cars and a bus at a busy Christchurch intersection.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Danseys Pass
Map Location: -44.974588 170.488186
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicDansey Pass recorded 90 mm (9.0 cm) of rain from the 20th until 12pm on the 21st.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Fairlie
Map Location: -44.10605 170.814496
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicA Fairlie farm received around 50 mm (5.0 cm) of rain.

FloodingFlooding at Maerewhenua River
Map Location: -44.926665 170.607444
Comments:

Peak River FlowThe Maerewhenua River peaked at 111 cumecs.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Mount Cook
Map Location: -43.734653 170.103918
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicMt Cook recorded 119 mm (11.9 cm) of rain from the 20th until 12pm on the 21st.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Omarama
Map Location: -44.485104 169.955987
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicOmarama basin recorded 90 mm (9.0 cm) of rain from the 20th until 12pm on the 21st.

FloodingFlooding at Opihi River
Map Location: -44.027654 170.718139
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicThe Opihi River at the Gorge had a flow of 128 cumecs on the 21st.

FloodingFlooding at Pareora River
Map Location: -44.445854 171.119993
Comments:

Peak River FlowThe Pareora River had a peak flow of 410 cumecs at 10am on the 21st.

FloodingFlooding at Tengawai River
Map Location: -44.250279 170.896911
Comments:

Peak River FlowThe Tengawai River had a peak flow of 255 cumecs on the 21st. On the 20th the river had a flow of only half a cumec.

FloodingFlooding at Waihao River
Map Location: -44.787437 171.009356
Comments:

Peak River FlowThe Waihao River south of Waimate peaked at 231 cumecs.

Otago

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Otago
Comments:

CommentNorth Otago experienced 24 hours of moderate to heavy rainfalls.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

CommentSome North Otago rivers reached flood levels on the 21st.

Affected LifelineSurface flooding affected many roads and culverts in North Otago.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Alexandra
Map Location: -45.253862 169.375391
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicAlexandra recorded 39 mm (3.9 cm) of rain from th 20th till the 23rd.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Balclutha
Map Location: -46.23013 169.733472
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicBalclutha recorded 59 mm (5.9 cm) of rain from the 20th till the 23rd.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Clifton Falls homestead
Map Location: -45.032198 170.754881
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicClifton Falls, in the Kakanui Valley, recorded 108 mm (10.8 cm) of rain from the 20th until 12pm on the 21st.

Physical CharacteristicClifton Falls recorded 110 mm (11.0 cm) of rain on the 20th and 21st.

Physical CharacteristicClifton Falls recorded 75 mm (7.5 cm) of rain on the 21st.

Physical CharacteristicClifton Falls recorded 7.5 mm (0.8 cm) of rain in 1 hour to 8am on the 21st.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicThe Kakanui River rose about 2 m at Clifton Falls.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at The Dasher homestead
Map Location: -45.176089 170.678146
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicThe Dasher recorded 241 mm (24.1 cm) of rain from the 20th till the 23rd.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Dunedin
Map Location: -45.87911 170.502707
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicMusselburgh recorded 90 mm (9.0 cm) of rain from the 20th till the 23rd.

Physical CharacteristicPine Hill recorded 126 mm (12.6 cm) of rain from the 20th till the 23rd.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Dunedin Airport
Map Location: -45.928643 170.198772
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicDunedin Airport recorded 59 mm (5.9 cm) of rain from the 20th till the 23rd.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Forsyth
Map Location: -45.945598 169.732729
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicClarks Flat recorded 88 mm (8.8 cm) of rain from the 20th till the 23rd.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Glenfinnan Stream
Map Location: -44.499093 168.81994
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicGlenfinnan recorded 100 mm (10.0 cm) of rain from the 19th till the 22nd.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Hawea Flat
Map Location: -44.654085 169.281009
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicHawea Flat recorded 45 mm (4.5 cm) of rain from the 19th till the 22nd.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Hills Creek
Map Location: -44.942325 169.911424
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicHills Creek recorded 48 mm (4.8 cm) of rain from the 20th till the 23rd.

FloodingFlooding at Kakanui River
Map Location: -45.163042 170.844701
Comments:

Peak River FlowThe Kakanui River peaked at 500 cumecs on the 21st. It reached its first flood alarm of 50 cumecs at 8.20am and was flowing at over 220 cumecs at midday.

ImpactLow-lying farmland east of the Kakanui River bridge on SH1 was flooded.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Lindis Crossing
Map Location: -44.88153 169.336921
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicLindis Crossing recorded 44 mm (4.4 cm) of rain from the 20th till the 23rd.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Makarora Station
Map Location: -44.24955 169.224892
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicMakarora Station recorded 133 mm (13.3 cm) of rain from the 19th till the 22nd.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Maungatua
Map Location: -45.898341 170.15446
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicMaungatua recorded 110 mm (11.0 cm) of rain from the 20th till the 23rd.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Merino Ridges
Map Location: -45.159358 169.745343
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicMerino Ridges recorded 47 mm (4.7 cm) of rain from the 20th till the 23rd.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Middlemarch
Map Location: -45.508281 170.125395
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicMiddlemarch recorded 60 mm (6.0 cm) of rain from the 20th till the 23rd.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Moa Flat
Map Location: -45.723237 169.306139
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicMoa Flat recorded 55 mm (5.5 cm) of rain from the 20th till the 23rd.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Oamaru
Map Location: -45.087138 170.980874
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicOamaru recorded about 80 mm (8.0 cm) of rain from the 20th until 12pm on the 21st.

Physical CharacteristicOamaru recorded 125 mm (12.5 cm) of rain from the 20th till the 23rd.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

Affected LifelineWashouts occurred on State Highway 1, from south of the Waitaki River through to Oamaru on the evening of the 21st, with some damage done to the highway.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Oamaru Airport
Map Location: -44.967824 171.085726
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicOamaru Airport recorded almost 100 mm (10.0 cm) of rain from the 20th until 12pm on the 21st.

Physical CharacteristicOamaru Airport recorded 90 mm (9.0 cm) of rain from the 20th till the 23rd.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Palmerston
Map Location: -45.483857 170.721017
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicA Palmerston weather station recorded 123.9 mm (12.4 cm) of rain in the 48 hours to 9am on the 22nd.

Physical CharacteristicThe Palmerston weather station recorded 89 mm (8.9 cm) of rain on the 20th.

Physical CharacteristicThe Palmerston weather station recorded 34.9 mm (3.5 cm) of rain on the 21st.

Physical CharacteristicPalmerston recorded 153 mm (15.3 cm) of rain from the 20th till the 23rd.

FloodingFlooding at Pukeuri
Map Location: -45.03248 171.022082
Comments:

Affected LifelineSH1 was closed between Pukeuri and Seven Mile Road at 2am on the 21st and remained closed for most of the day. Some motorists drove around the barriers and became stuck in flood waters.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Queenstown
Map Location: -45.041441 168.645105
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicQueenstown recorded 28 mm (2.8 cm) of rain from the 19th till the 22nd.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Ranfurly
Map Location: -45.131163 170.112657
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicRanfurly recorded 38 mm (3.8 cm) of rain from the 20th till the 23rd.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Routeburn station
Map Location: -44.746092 168.306603
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicRouteburn Station recorded 57 mm (5.7 cm) of rain from the 19th till the 22nd.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Waipahi River East Branch
Map Location: -46.206995 169.209508
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicSlopedown recorded 24 mm (2.4 cm) of rain from the 20th till the 23rd.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Stoneburn
Map Location: -45.428817 170.555683
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicStoneburn recorded 91 mm (9.1 cm) of rain from the 20th until 12pm on the 21st.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Sullivans Dam
Map Location: -45.80621 170.524475
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicSullivans dam recorded 27 mm (2.7 cm) of rain on the 20th.

Physical CharacteristicSullivans dam recorded 48 mm (4.8 cm) of rain on the 21st.

Physical CharacteristicSullivans Dam recorded 148 mm (14.8 cm) of rain from the 20th till the 23rd.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Tima Burn
Map Location: -45.629494 169.420589
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicTima recorded 34 mm (3.4 cm) of rain from the 20th till the 23rd.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Tuapeka Mouth
Map Location: -46.020056 169.516554
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicTuapeka Mouth recorded 58 mm (5.8 cm) of rain from the 20th till the 23rd.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Waikoikoi
Map Location: -46.004822 169.154311
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicWaikoikoi recorded 55 mm (5.5 cm) of rain from the 20th till the 23rd.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Waikoura Creek
Map Location: -44.952713 170.861209
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicWaikoura recorded 107 mm (10.7 cm) of rain from the 20th till the 23rd.

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www.bayofplentytimes.co.nz, 21 February 2009.
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www.bayofplentytimes.co.nz, 21 February 2009.
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www.gisborneherald.co.nz, 23 February 2009.
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www.newstalkzb.co.nz, 20 February 2009, 7:00am.
Headline: Sewage overflowing into Wellington streets.
www.newstalkzb.co.nz, 20 February 2009, 11:24am.
Headline: North Otago rivers flood.
www.newstalkzb.co.nz, 21 February 2009, 3:08pm.
Headline: North Otago washouts.
www.newstalkzb.co.nz, 21 February 2009, 5:04pm.
Headline: Looming rainstorm threatens wet and wild weekend.
www.nzherald.co.nz, 19 February 2009, 4:00am.
Headline: Heavy downpours hit North Island.
www.nzherald.co.nz, Source: NZ Herald and Newstalk ZB, 20 February 2009, 12:07pm.
Headline: Rain set to get blown away.
www.nzherald.co.nz, Source: NZPA, 21 February 2009, 4:00am.
Headline: Rains cause accidents, sewage overflow.
www.odt.co.nz, 20 February 2009, 7:05pm.
Headline: Motorists skirt signs, travel on closed roads.
www.odt.co.nz, 23 February 2009, 5:01am.
Headline: North Otago cops worst of wet.
www.odt.co.nz, 23 February 2009, 5:01am.
Headline: February skies fickle over most regions.
www.odt.co.nz, 14 March 2009, 5:00am.
Headline: Downpours drench much of country.
www.radionz.co.nz, 20 February 2009, 12:27pm.
Headline: It's a very wet Friday just about everywhere.
www.radionz.co.nz, 20 February 2009, 4:15pm.
Headline: Farmers welcome Canterbury rain.
www.radionz.co.nz, 22 February 2009, 9:47pm.
Headline: Civil Defence Warning.
www.scoop.co.nz, Source: Canterbury Civil Defence, 21 February 2009, 2:24pm.
Headline: Wellington deluge as country drenched.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: Stuff.co.nz and Dominion Post, 20 February 2009.
Headline: Worst rain over for most - but not all.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: Stuff.co.nz and Dominion Post, 20 February 2009.
Headline: Seven accidents before 11am.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: Dominion Post and NZPA, 20 February 2009.
Headline: Stay out of the water.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: Dominion Post, 21 February 2009.
Headline: Harbour water test results today.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: Dominion Post, 23 February 2009.
Headline: Taranaki bears brunt of bad weather.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: Taranaki Daily News, 21 February 2009.
Headline: Mystery as sparrows drop dead.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: Taranaki Daily News, 21 February 2009.
Headline: Heavy rain likely cause for death of sparrows.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: Taranaki Daily News, 27 February 2009.
Headline: Flooded rivers begin to drop.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: Timaru Herald, 21 February 2009, 4:13pm.
Headline: Power outages likely as bad weather continues.
tvnz.co.nz, Source: ONE News, 20 February 2009, 3:43pm.
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