Live stream from the video source of the Upper Hutt weather station. Many, many hours of hard work and support from many locals who volunteered their time to get the station on it’s feet including the live video stream you see here from the new weather station.
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I grew up in Wainuiomata, attending Wainuiomata Primary, Intermediate and College. Back then the fascination for the weather wasn't there as much as it is these days. It was in 1995 when my parents and two younger brothers moved to Upper Hutt that the fascination for the weather began.
On the 18 July 1995 it was a freezing day at Heretaunga College,I remember going out to catch the bus after college had finished for the day and you could see the snow starting to settle above Riverstone Terraces. Excited about the snow falling our bus driver told us it was snowing in Kaitoke.
As we passed through Birchville and Te Marua the falling snow started becoming heavier. By the time we started heading up the Kaitoke Hill snow was settling all over the road, thankfully we made it home with snowy conditions through the evening. 10 to 15cm of snow fell at our farm that night.
The next day the Southerly was clearing so me and my brothers improvised using our skateboards as snowboards, removing the wheels and trucks.
We had a nice downhill on our property that made the perfect ski slope.We had a ball of a time, a memory I will never forget. From that moment we always watched One News Jim Hickey and learned more about Southerly storms and waited in excitement of the next snowstorm to come. Sadly, they were rare, with only the odd snowfall since until the big snowstorm of August 2011.
I have had the privilege of growing up in a family of Mountaineers and Trampers that went skiing at Mt Ruapehu every year since I was toddler. My passion for the snow is infectious and always love the beautiful scenery and landscape of Mt Ruapehu.
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