Kapiti Observer : August 18th 2011
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By KAROLINE TUCKEY, TASHA BLACK and BEN STRANG Treacherous road: The view looking up the ice-laden Paekakariki Hill Rd. The snow that caused treacherous conditions on Kapiti roads, and stopped mail deliver- ies, was the weather equivalent of opening a fridge door from the Antarctic, scientists say. This week's snowfall to sea level was due to a period of southerly winds sweeping extremely cold air over New Zea- land from unusually deep in the Antarctic, Niwa climate scientist Georgina Griffiths says. While the snowfall was rare, there was no reason to suspect climate change was at work, Ms Griffiths said. We've probably had two events [as extreme as this week's snow falls, including this one] in the last 70 or 80 years since records started, so it's a once or a twice in a lifetime event, depending on how long you live.'' MetService forecaster Geoff Sanders says the cold souther- lies and snow brought record low daytime maximums for Kapiti, with Paraparaumu not rising above 8 degrees on Tuesday, breaking previous maximum lows by decimal points. Meanwhile, police and fire emergency have been quiet despite the snow causing haz- ardous conditions on roads, and say locals have been smart about how they negotiated the snow and ice. Senior Sergeant Alasdair Macmillan said the known couple of minor crashes were not caused by the weather. Paraparaumu Fire Brigade station officer John Arthur said fire fighters attended one crash on Tuesday afternoon, and a kitchen fire also on Tuesday. Obviously a lot of people are using their fires at the moment to keep warm, but so far every- one has been very smart about it and is staying safe.'' New Zealand Post cancelled mail deliveries to Kapiti on Tuesday because the Wellington Mail Centre was closed on Monday night, said spokesman Michael Tull. Department of Conservation programme manager Wayne Boness said it was hard to know how much work they would have to do after the snowfall because they were unable to get to a lot of walking tracks. No tracks were closed, but special care was needed. He asked residents to contact the Waikanae office on 296 1112 or DOC hotline on 0800 36 24 68 if they came across damage to facilities, and if possible to take photos or provide a grid refer- ence. Paraparaumu College post- poned parent-teacher interviews scheduled for Tuesday night. We actually rang the MetService and got a clarifi- cation. They said it would be wise not to have any event,'' said princi- pal Richard Campbell. Kapiti Island DOC ranger Margie Grant said the snow there was a sensational'' experi- ence. At time of print MetService was still forecasting a further 10 to 20cm of snow above 500m for Kapiti and light snowfall to 300 metres until 9am today. The main P1 photograph is a night shot of the hills beside Waikanae, from jackpenmanphotography.com.
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