Story: Canterbury region

Nor’west arch

Nor’west arch

The warm, dry north-west wind that blows across the Canterbury Plains can send temperatures soaring in Christchurch. It is often accompanied by a distinctive cloud formation known as the nor’west arch.

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John Wilson, 'Canterbury region - Weather and climate', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 August 2021)

Story by John Wilson, reviewed & revised 6 Jul 2015