Here are some of the links i find useful for planning my outings. Please note this information is not to be used for protection of life or property.
Timaru - Centennial Park by Derek Bisdee
Timaru - Central by Kevin Smith
Evans Crossing by John Evans
Satelite Images, Radar and Predictions by METVUW
Goes Noaa - New Zealand
Rain Radar on Google Earth - Download file and open. Google Earth may have to be installed on your computer. Download it here.
NOAA Satelite Image by Landcare Research
Rain Guages by Ecan
River Flows by Ecan
AA Road watch
NZTA Highway Info
These webcams help to give me an idea of ground conditions elsewhere:
New Brighton Pier - by NIWA
Lightning map of New Zealand
After grabbing a few shots from Lake Ellesmere, I dismissed this sighting as a mere embryo of no consequence - certainly of no photographic merit. Some dust was spinning and rising, but only led me to comment that the southerly change must have hit some dry spot on the Rakaia River.
Timaru 4-5 January 2006
No chasing storms here, this unusal one landed on my doorstep.