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Ben Levin

I am a meteorology student from Australia, avid weather watcher and keen snowboarder. I hope to provide you a daily forecast of the week ahead in terms of weather that can be expected as well as a few medium term climate predictions. Hopefully you can get an appreciation of what drives these weather systems that bring the heavenly white powder!

Recent posts


Forecast Update 15th August

Posted on Wednesday August 15th at 11:02 a.m.

Mostly sunny and dry over the next few days on the South Island. Cloudy with the chance of a couple of light snow-showers above 1700-1800m on the North Island. A low pressure system is due from the Tasman on Sunday and at this stage it looks to be too warm for snow below 2000m. Some colder air should push through Monday which may bring a couple of light snow showers.

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Forecast Update 9th August

Posted on Thursday August 9th at 11:05 a.m.

Conditions should clear today to be mostly fine over the next two days. On Sunday a low pressure system from the NW will interact with some cold polar air bringing widespread snowfall over the following 3 days. Mt Hutt, Porters and the Mackenzie resorts could easily see another 50cm-1m of snow accumulated by this time next week. Elsewhere 20-40cm.

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Forecast Update 30th July

Posted on Monday July 30th at 11:43 a.m.

The radar has lit up and the satellite image fantastic. Expect to see widespread snowfalls today and tomorrow, we are talking 10cm for the North Island, 15-25cm for Southern Lakes, 30-45cm for Mackenzie, 35-50cm for Canterbury. Winds will be strong in Canterbury and gusty elsewhere. Wednesday/Thurs/Fri will see snowfalls continuing in Canterbury, dry elsewhere.

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Forecast Update 26th July

Posted on Thursday July 26th at 11:03 a.m.

Should be mostly fine over the next couple of days as a high pressure system keeps skies sunny and clear. By Sunday cloud will build ahead of a low pressure system due on Monday. Models are now in agreement that this will be a significant snowfall event, 20-40cm possibly and I believe this is conservative. No doubt forecasts will change a bit over the next few days.

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Forecast Update 24th July

Posted on Tuesday July 24th at 12:54 p.m.

Light snow showers will begin to fall tonight over the northern part of the country extending into Canterbury by tomorrow. Skies should clear for the weekend as a high pressure system moves in. Signs are encouraging for a decent fall of snow early next week, however it is still a little early to tell amounts. Stay tuned.

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Forecast Update 23rd July

Posted on Monday July 23rd at 3:59 p.m.

The next few days should bring some light snowfall to Canterbury and the North Island, clearing by the weekend. The next big system looks like it will arrive early next week. Signs are looking good for a decent snowfall however it is still early days.

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Forecast Update 18th July

Posted on Wednesday July 18th at 12:13 p.m.

Should be a good week on the slopes with mostly fine and sunny conditions. Weather patterns are starting to improve with more consistent cold fronts due from next Wednesday.

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Forecast Update 16th July

Posted on Monday July 16th at 10:12 a.m.

Possible light snowfalls today as a front passes over the front, should me mostly fine for the rest of the week. No indication of a decent amount of snow in the next 10 days.

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Forecast Update 14th July

Posted on Saturday July 14th at 11:33 a.m.

We have 22cm of new snow up high at TC and 8cm at the Remarkables. Today most of the precipitation will fall in North Canterbury however it will be too warm for snow below 2000m. Rain will redevelop tomorrow morning, clearing later in the day. A front looks like it will bring light snow on Monday clearing by Tuesday and for the rest of the week.

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Forecast Update 13th July

Posted on Friday July 13th at 11:08 a.m.

A large rain band is moving into NZ at the moment which will bring snow above 1750m in the South Island, areas in the west will do the best. Saturday and Sunday are looking ordinary with heavy rain, strong winds and warm temperatures. Monday will see cold front bringing light snowfalls above 1000m clearing by Tuesday.

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