Canterbury Snow, 10 May 2009

With clear skies over most of Canterbury on Monday May 11th 2009, there was  a good look at the fresh snow that fell the previous day, Sunday (10th May).  Here's the view late Monday morning  (around 10:30am) from NASA's Earth Observing System Terra Satellite,

2009-05-10-2225Fresh snow on the Alps and Canterbury foothills - as @ Monday 11 May 2009. (Image courtesy of MODIS Rapid Response Project at NASA/GSFC.)

The Year of Slipping Dangerously

With rainfall well above normal this winter, it has been a great time for slips: big ones cutting major road and rail links in Kaikoura and other places and thousands of little ones making small mischief on roads and properties all over the country. Houses in Auckland have been threatened for days by slow moving slips, while, in Milford Sound, tourists watching waterfalls had to sprint to safety when the sound of the rain took on a deeper rumble and tonnes of rocks and trees crashed down on the spot where they had been standing.