Remember when Auckland didn't have a tornado season? Every extreme weather event now makes me wonder if I'm watching the results of global warming occur right in front of my eyes.
I was downtown central Auckland at the bottom of Queen street when it hit. The thing that was amazing was the speed and ferocity of the storm, it went from quiet to full blown horizontal rain in the space of minutes. The noise was incredible and people were genuinely frightened by the ferocity.
The loss of lives and the damage done in West Auckland is terrible.
Climate change caused by man made pollution is warming our planet and that in turn will increase extreme weather events like the one we saw in Auckland yesterday. While most of the right wing NZ blogosphere refuse to accept that climate change is being exacerbated by human pollution, the fruits of their denial are now in full bloom for all to see.