The sky on the eastern horizon was blood-red just before scheduled sunrise this morning. We say "scheduled" because it's overcast, and there was no sun to be seen. We tried to take a photograph on our iPhone, but it was still dark overhead, and the iPhone didn't do the colour justice.
It's a sign though that some stormy weather is on its way, to the power of two. There's a dirty big depression waiting out in the Tasman Sea about to wend its way over the North Island, and another depression down in the depths of the Southern Ocean posied to send fronts over the South Island. It's not a promising combination.
And Metservice has dished out widespread warnings. Included amongst those is a severe wind warning for our area, so before the day advances too much further, we will be heading home to tie down the things that tried to blow away in the March storm, including a rather weighty six-burner BBQ which blew off the deck, across the lawn and stopped just short of the fence; it must have run out of gas! We're a little exposed to the north-west; the price one pays for being elevated, and having views.
So if you're out there today, take care as the storms approach, and if you're in the south, get the firewood in before the snow arrives. Have a great day!
UPDATE: We've just seen this stunning photograph on Facebook of the Wanganui dawn this morning: