Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Kaikoura... Tonight's Nor-West Sunset...

 This was tonights most spectacular sunset.
The friend I am staying with tells me the clouds
are typical of the swirling nor west winds that
is a weather pattern only experienced on the South
Islands east coast.  Formed from the warm moist air that
comes over the Tasman Sea, drops it's moisture as
rain on the west coast and is responsible for the
temperate rain forest there. The moist air is then
forced up by the Southern Alps and form
there amazing cloud patterns.

 These clouds are coming over the Seaward Kaikoura
Range... One of the very few places in the world
where such high mountains rise directly
out of the sea.

In ten minutes it was all faded and gone.
I just had time to take these photos
while I gazed in awe.