Central Plateau, North Island

Central Plateau, North Island
View from a friend's farm

Thursday, 20 June 2013

The Snow Fell, and Fell, and Fell !!!


Today  ,  snow has  fallen on much of the South Island, and parts of the Central North Island. In the far south, after torrential rain on Monday, that closed roads and flooded farmland and town areas as well,   from 12 to 40 inches of thick white snow fell, blanketing the country in white. Roads are closed, schools closed, airports closed!!! Stay indoors, do  not travel unless it is totally necessary,  was the message from authorities.

The farm south of Dunedin had a huge amount fall, at times with gale force winds,  bitterly cold, all vehicles staying in the garage.Stock were moved to higher ground,  safely away from the  rising river level.  A few pics from today.

Many thanks to our family for photos, and  to dogs and man for the photo shoot!!!

The front yard of the home just up  the road, no cup of tea out there today.

front yard framed

This truck was not going anywhere .

old yellow Framed 

Ralph was hoping his dog stayed right there, wet weather gear barely managing to  keep the cold at bay. I promised not to do any post-processing  on this photo!!!

Ralph in wet weather gear #1

The sheep were all moved to higher ground on Monday and Tuesday, guess they were hanging out for the hay delivery.

sheep yards #1

The woolshed is empty, no doubt a haven for anyone wanting a roof over their head on a freezing day, top temperature of ZERO Celsius!!! ( According to data from the internet)

woolshed #1

Heading home, the snow blanketed the view with white,  and continued to fall thickly. Tractor and blade made sure the road was levelled safely, as the snow was starting to feel very crunchy underfoot.

heading home #1

A quirky part of the snowy landscape, white top hat, white cycling gloves, pity the seat was so hard to sit on, maybe better to leave it right there for the day.

snow cycle Framed

Quotation of the day,   author unknown

“ One snowflake is fragile, but when many get stuck together,

look what they can do”

Greetings from Jean


Susan Heather said...

That is why it feels so cold here. It does look beautiful though.

Nancy J said...

Susan, this is on the farm about an hour south of Dunedin, not far from Lawrence. Huge snowfalls in all that area, some say the most for over 7 years. Getting very windy here, and freezing rain. Take care, Cheers from Jean.

Craig said...

I saw on the news online that a big storm was due to hit - and I see that they were accurate! Beautiful to look at from afar.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Wow, that's a lot of snow.

Keep warm ~ FlowerLady

Georgia said...

Jean, your pictures almost make me feel cool! My house was 82 degrees F inside when I got up this morning.

TexWisGirl said...

i enjoyed these wintry photos as we are approaching the stifling heat of summer here!

sweet 'bicyclist'. :)

Judith said...

Brr! Thanks for posting these. Cold windy and wet here in Waikanae this morning.

Carol Mattingly said...

Jean that's way too much snow for me. Amazing images.

Laurie said...

I did enjoy the pictures Jean.... hope you are keeping well and warm... lets catch up sometime if you are in Rotorua.... hugs Laurie

Tanya said...

Rain or snow, the scenery is beautiful in your part of the world!

Nancy J said...

Weather update, no power here for nearly 6 hours today, snow down south very crunchy this morning, windy here, no damage, we are so lucky. Thanks for all comments. Greetings, Jean.

Anonymous said...

those pictures helped cool off this florida boy who is dying in this sweltering heat! thanks for the refresh!

KB Bear said...

Beautiful photos. I love the one of Ralph and his dog, and I also love the one of the statue with the tophat and his bike!

I hope that you are staying safe and warm.

Nancy J said...

Hi KB, I had to reassure Ralph there would be no " airbrushing", hope to get an update today (Saturday) on the snow down there. Huge gales in Wellington, and much damage, we have the fire going, and are all OK, very snug and warm inside. Greetings, Jean.

Here I Am/Carrie said...

All memory of my snows were long forgotten and only colorful thoughts of flowers. So hard to imagine you are now in winter. Well hope you are enjoying all the wonders snow can bring.

Julie Fukuda said...

Guess I should stop complaining about the rain....