New Zealand, August 11

Another nice satellite image from MODIS/NASA today, snapped about 10:15am:

Click through for a 1km/pixel resolution image (~900KB) where you’ll also find links to the higher resolutions of 500m or 250m. The detail at 250m is very nice (image size ~6.7MB), for example:

Lake Taupo and snow on Ruapehu and Tongariro:

Wellington, Kapiti Coast and a dusting of snow on the Tararua Range:

Christchurch and some fascinating silt patterns in Pegasus Bay:

A thick blanket of snow around Lake Tekapo:

New Zealand on June 9

A nice satellite picture from MODIS/NASA taken on June 9, showing the snow over the South Island:

(click for large 1MB version)

Fine and sunny in NZ

Unless you’re in Fiordland I suppose…

Here’s the view of New Zealand from space early this afternoon (Sat 24 Jan),

Almost cloud free – and warm too, with most places pushing into the high 20’s early afternoon and some spots already topping 30C (see the NZ temperature map at

The image above is from NOAA’s website, where you can get hourly visible and infrared satellite images for NZ. Or, visit my satellite imagery links page for other sites.

The winter fogs return

Following a foggy start to the day here in Wellington, I thought I’d see what the MODIS imagery from NASA looked like. Not surprisingly, there was a lot of fog and low cloud around – especially over the South Island under a ridge of high pressure, and luckily, a “Terra” satellite pass captured the South Island beautifully at 10:30am this morning.

Firstly, here’s Otago and South Canterbury, including the Mackenzie Basin, with extensive low cloud or fog in many valleys and basins (at 500m resolution),

Further north, and at a higher resolution of 250m, here’s part of Buller and northern Westland,

again with low cloud or fog right up through the Grey Valley and Buller Gorge, also in many of the valleys in North Canterbury inland and north of Hanmer Springs.

If you want to see the full high resolution (250m) image covering the lower half of the North Island and all of the South Island, click through to this page on the MODIS website (the full image is 5416×8120 pixels with a filesize of 8.1MB). Enjoy!

Today’s MODIS Satellite Pics

A couple of nice photos from NASA’s MODIS Rapid Response System

The first taken at 10:25am this morning (from “Terra”) shows melting snow on the Canterbury Plains that fell on Saturday,

From the looks of that picture, the biggest falls on the Plains might have been in the Methven to Mt Somers area.

The second photo taken at 2:35pm this afternoon (from “Aqua”) shows some nice cloud formations at different levels in the strong southwest airstream covering the South Island – some low level cumulus (probably in rotors), mid-level lenticulars and some high level cirrus,


If you want to see the full 250m high resolution images that these are cropped from, click through from the images above.