NZ dump as seen from space

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I just love this image… Such a massive area blanketed in snow. An interesting article about the storm from the Earth Observatory web page.

Winter Storm in New Zealand

A powerful winter storm swept across New Zealand on June 12, 2006. The storm brought strong winds that gusted up to 130 kilometers per hour (80 miles per hour) and at least one tornado, reported the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Heavy rains triggered floods and landslides along the western coast of South Island, and snow blanketed the central part of the island. This wild weather, said the ABC, knocked out power in Auckland, on North Island (not pictured), and throughout the Canterbury region, shown here.

On June 13, skies were clear when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this photo-like image of South Island, New Zealand. Snow covers the Southern Alps, making the finger-like glacier lakes stand out like sapphires against a field of white. The snow stretches to the sea on the east side of the island. It is here, in the river basins and valleys east of the mountains and around Christchurch, that deep snow closed roads and isolated communities, say news reports.

The impact of heavy rain along the western shore of South Island is also evident in this image. Mud-laden water, full of sediment from landslides and run-off, flows into the Tasman Sea from the many streams that run out of the mountains. In the ocean, the muddy water is tan and fades to a cloudy green as the sediment disperses.

Click here for hi-res version (well worth a look – its lovely!)

More NZ dump photos

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Roadside air on the way to Mt Hutt

Timaru airport – only 27 metres above sea level!

Mt Hutt view from Methven

Giddy Up Horsie!

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More pics of the low-level snow in NZ, from ski.com.au forums (scroll down).

Ride em cowboy!

Yeehaar!

Frozen lamb chops

Trouble for trains

Monster Dump for NZ

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Reports of up to a metre in the Canterbury/Otago regions, & it’s still snowing – down to sea-level in Christchurch!

More info at snow.co.nz & Mt Hutt.

View from Mt Hutt – snow from the top right down to the plains.

A day in the life of Fridays Flat

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The fleeting beauty of an early dump.

Sweeeeeet!

Going…

Going…

Going…

Gone!

Surfs up at Lake Jindy

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Jindabyne must have been as windy as a baked-bean eating competition!

Photo by Principal Douglas, borrown from ski.com.au Moosh forum

2 girls for every boy

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Forget California – in the Japan Alps, it really is 2 girls for every boy! ;)

Here’s Dylan & Glen getting cosy with some very kawaii(cute in Japanese) chicks from Kyoto, in a temple within a snowcave (built by the lifties) next to the bottom a chairlift at Happo One, Nagano.

In a Canadian country garden…

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Tim Rowlandson’s brother Dan lives in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada.

Like all Canadians, he works as a lumberjack, grows BC buds in summer, eats Kraft Dinner for every meal, & has a snowboarding terrain park in his garden… Here he is enjoying it :)

Acid drop from the roof.

Rail-slide to strawberry patch.

Thanks Tim & Dan for the pics

Furano fresh

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Eary season lushness in Furano, Hokkaido.
More photos in this thread on ski.com.au forums.

Dance of joy

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My feet hardly touch the ground on a powder day…

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