Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand, and these few hourly records to the right were wind gusts this evening when I walked uphill to the planetarium (1/17/17):
New Zealand meteorologists use the term, “bomb low” for an explosion of wind & rain when pressure rapidly decreases.
SEVERE WEATHER WARNING.
ISSUED BY MetService AT 8:20 pm 17-Jan-2017
Significant heavy rain… Severe northwest gales for eastern parts of central New Zealand.
A rapidly deepening low and associated front over the Tasman Sea will approach …Severe northwest gales gusting 150 or 160 km/h are expected in exposed places from late Wednesday afternoon. Winds of this strength can bring down trees and powerlines, damage unsecured structures, lift roofs and make travel hazardous.”