An intense winter storm hit New Zealand 12 June 2006. As it turns out, the storm was one of the worst in 50 years, dumping snow across much of the South Island. We had snow here in Christchurch which I have posted in Our First Snow of the Season. Around 3-5cm of snow fell here in downtown Christchurch, but much of the Canterbury Plain received 20-50cm of snow, with some areas of higher elevation receiving roughly 1 meter. Snow level was down to sea level with the waves washing up the beach over the newly fallen snow! The heavy snow caused long term power outages to outlying areas in inland and south Canterbury.

This image was captured 13 June 2006 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on Nasa’s Aqua satellite.

There is also a high resolution version (2.08MB) if you would like to see the awesome detail of this image. Please note the high-resolution version is a large file.

“The view from above tells the story/
Of Winter in majestic glory.”