It still feels like winter ...

23:39, Sep 05 2012
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SPRUNG: Lambs frolic in their grassy home at Muriwai.

Stormy weather has kept nor-west emergency crews busy over spring.

A felled tree on the Coatesville-Riverhead Highway, blocking one lane, was cleared after calls to Auckland Council. Firefighters raced to a small bonfire on Muriwai Beach on Saturday morning. Fire crews also dealt with flooding at a house in McKinley Rd, Warkworth, and were helping pump water from the Rodney Surgical Centre on Morrison Dr.

The spokeswoman says the basement of the surgical centre flooded about 9.20am.

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BLOOMING: Dennis Talyancich of Kumeu notes the white plum blossoms have sprung early this year on his orchard.

Meanwhile, MetService is predicting sunny skies with the forecast today fine in the North Island apart from cloudy periods in the west.

Tomorrow, weather experts expect drizzle in western areas south of Auckland and mainly fine elsewhere.

If you're feeling SAD you are probably stricken with Seasonal Affective Disorder, otherwise known as the winter blues.

This common mood disorder in winter leads to feeling depressed, sleeping longer and having little energy. It may warm you up to know that over winter, of the six main centres, Auckland was the warmest and sunniest.

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