Last year, July 2011, Christchurch had a huge amount of snow. This year, the snow’s come a month earlier.
For most of yesterday, huge fat feathery snowflakes fell and blanketed the city in soft powdery snow. Overnight, freezing temperatures meant that not only did the snow remain, but it also became pretty solid with plenty of thick ice around.
Those who thought to clear the snow from their driveways last night (thank you, thank you) had an easy job of brushing the powdery snow aside with a shovel. This morning, hundreds of people would have been up early, chipping away at the frozen snow on their driveways and windscreens.
My car is under a carport but a leak in the roof meant that a huge cascade of thick ice had frozen the passenger door shut.
My wife had a much harder time of it but managed to make it to work, sliding down the road, only to find that her boss had text everyone except her to let them know it was fine to stay at home. Cheers.
As I’m in a week-long break between two jobs, I was lucky enough to be able to venture out for a wander to check out the snow. I put together a short video, partly taken last night and partly this morning.
Below are some of the snow photos from New Brighton beach, Christchurch, as well as the forest at Northshore for June 2012’s snowfall and you can view more over on my Flickr profile. Enjoy.
View more on my Flickr profile.