TORNADOS … MADE IN NEW ZEALAND … an Auckland experience

THIS TIME LAST YEAR, TWO SMALLISH TORNADOS HIT AUCKLAND IN THE SUBURB OF ALBANY ON THE NORTH SHORE OF THE MAIN HARBOUR.

ONE PERSON WAS KILLED IN DAMAGE TO A COMMERCIAL MARKET.

THIS WAS THE WRITER’S PERSONAL EXPERIENCE ON THAT DAY … 3 MAY 2011.

MY POSSIBLE ‘EARLY WARNING’ ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE HARBOUR  ( 7-8 MILES AWAY )… OF WHAT LATER EVENTUATED, IS RECORDED HERE TO CONFIRM IF ANY OTHER PERSON HAS HAD THE SAME EXPERIENCE … EG … IN  USA,  WITH ITS GREATER LAND MASS.

TORNADOS ARE NOT THAT COMMON IN NZ. THEY GENERALLY START AS ‘WATER-SPOUTS’ AT SEA  …  OFF  OUR NARROW , SMALLER ISLAND LAND MASS.

” ABOUT  8:30 AM, AFTER A COMFORTABLE NIGHTS SLEEP, I WENT ABOUT DRAWING THE WINDOW DRAPES ON THE INSIDE OF MY NORTH FACING LOUNGE ‘RANCH-SIDER’ DOOR / WINDOWS. THERE WAS A VIEW-OBSCURING COATING OF CONDENSATION ON THE GLASS.

SURPRISE ! … NOT THE NORMAL … THE CONDENSATION WAS ON THE ‘OUTSIDE’ OF WINDOWS ETC.

THIS WAS DIFFERENT !  … I HAD NOT SEEN THIS PREVIOUSLY … IN MY LIFETIME …

AS IT SO HAPPENED …AT THE SAME TIME…  A NURSE FROM A LOCAL BLOOD-TESTING CLINIC, WAS DRIVING HER SMALL CAR TO MY HOME TO COLLECT A SAMPLE.  ON ARRIVAL, I TOLD HER OF  THE ‘REVERSE’ CONDENSATION ON THE WINDOWS.

TO MY SURPRISE … SHE STATED THAT WHILE DRIVING TO MY PLACE ( ABOUT 3 MILES AWAY ) , SHE HAD TO START HER  WIND-SCREEN WIPERS TO ALLOW HER TO SEE THE ROAD AHEAD. AGAIN … CONDENSATION ON THE ‘OUTSIDE ’…OF A MOBILE CAR

LATER IN THE DAY … AT 3PM IN THE AFTERNOON, RADIO REPORTS WERE COMING IN THAT TWIN TORNADOS HAD TRACKED UP THE HARBOUR DOING DAMAGE TO A SHOPPING MALL & RELATED RENOVATION WORK.  A BUILDING CONSTRUCTION WORKER HAD BEEN KILLED

SOMETIME LATER I PHONED A LOCAL WEATHER FORECASTER TO GET HIS OPINION ON THE WEATHER AT THE TIME. HE CONFIRMED, THAT THERE HAD BEEN MULTI FLUCTUATIONS TO BAROMETRIC PRESSURE OVER THE CITY. THIS HAD COINCIDED WITH A SOUTHERLY COLD WIND MEETING UP WITH A WARMER BREEZE FROM THE TROPICAL NORTH PACIFIC.  TORNADOS … THE RESULT.

IN SPEAKING TO OTHER HAM RADIO OPERATORS IN NZ & WITHIN THE PACIFIC  ’RING OF FIRE’ , THE US PLUS OTHER COUNTRIES … I HAVE NOT AS YET HAD ANY PERSON ,CONFIRM A SIMILAR EXPERIENCE OF EXTERIOR SURFACE CONDENSATION ON WINDOWS … AS A PRECURSOR.. ‘EARLY WARNING’ OF TORNADOS IN THE VICINITY.

                                            HAVE  YOU ? “

C UL… DEREK  ZL1AKJ

 

 

 

 

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