What's going on down South?

04:38, Jun 06 2012
Snow
Rudi Cepon braves the snow. He is visiting Christchurch from Brisbane.
Nude pics in the snow
Hannah dons a bikini to lounge in the snow.
Nude pics in the snow
Hannah and Grace feel the chill during today's heavy snowfall in the South Island.
Nude pics in the snow
Spiderman uses his super powers to ignore the cold at the New Brighton pier.
Nude pics in the snow
Spiderwoman at the New Brighton pier.
Nude pics in the snow
Francine Evans' husband takes a dip.
Nude pics in the snow
Students play dress-down in the snow.
Nude pics in the snow
Some students are having a hard time letting go of summer.
Students
For these Canterbury University students, winter still hasn't arrived.
Snow
Max Wilkins braves the snow in Burwood.
Nude pics in the snow
Canterbury University students use the snow as the perfect opportunity for a photo shoot.
Nude pics in the snow
There's nothing like a spot of nude tennis.
snow photos
Emma Garraway decided to get out for some snow tanning.

Today's South Island snowfall has uncovered a strange phenomenon.

Stuff called for reader pictures of the winter wonderland. We always do. But this time, for some unexplained reason, it has led to a flurry of pictures of Mainlanders frolicking in the snow in their underwear.

The photos have ranged from men striking poses to girls covering up with artistically-placed frying pans.

Dog in Ashburton snow
Lakya the husky has an early morning romp in the snow in Ashburton.
Snow in Wigram, Christchurch.
Snow in Wigram, Christchurch.
Hills near Rangiora
WHITE OUT: Snow lies thickly on a garden in the hills above Rangiora.
Snow in Christchurch.
Snow in Christchurch.
Snow in Woodham Drive, Ashburton.
Snow in Woodham Drive, Ashburton.
Cows in the snow
SHIVERING: No escape for these animals in a paddock near Rangiora.
Cows sheltering from snow
SHELTER: Some stock have found shelter from the wind and snow.
Cosgrove's snow-covered deck
WINTRY: Rangiora residents woke to see their gardens blanketed in snow.
Dyers Pass Rd cars in snow
SLIPPERY: Careful progress for traffic on Dyers Pass Rd.
Ashburton snow
ASHBURTON: Snow has been falling heavily in mid-Canterbury.
Ashburton snow
SNOWGLOBE: Ashburton resident Christine Richards has photographed the large flakes as they fall.
Eli the cat loves snow
SNOW LOVER: Eli of Ilam loves snow, says the Dowsett family.
PREBBLETON: Winter landscape
PREBBLETON: Winter landscape
Red flowers in Ilam
PRETTY IN PINK: Flowers still blooming in Ilam.
Jazmine in Twizel
NEVER TOO EARLY: Jazmine was out playing in the Twizel snow before daylight.
Jaime Bennett in Rolleston
PLAY TIME: Summer Bennett rugged up in Rolleston.
Snow falls in Westmorland, Christchurch.
Snow falls in Westmorland, Christchurch.
Snow in Burnside, Christchurch.
Snow in Burnside, Christchurch.
Flooding
A house surrounded by floodwaters north of Greymouth.
Police closed SH6 north of Greymouth to most traffic after McLeans Creek overflowed.
Police closed SH6 north of Greymouth to most traffic after McLeans Creek overflowed.
Sh6 flooding
Flooding on State Highway 6 north of Greymouth.
Snow falls at Christchurch Airport.
Wintry conditions at Christchurch Airport.
Snow at Springfield
SNOWED IN: Sam Marsh and his dog Chai catch snowballs in Springfield, where around 20 centimetres of snow has fallen.
Avon River snow
PRETTY AS A PICTURE: Snow along the Avon River.
Kirwee snow
WHITE OUT: Windsor Drive, Kirwee gets a good covering of snow.
Rolleston snowman
COOL FRIEND: Natalya, 8, and Felicity, 7, with their snowman in Rolleston.
North Beach snow
SNOWY DAY: Larnach St in North Beach.
Redwood snow
SNOW TIME: 15-month-old Isaac tries to catch snow in Redwood.
AMI Stadium snow
ALL WHITE: AMI Stadium covered in snow.
Rolleston snow
BUMPY RIDE: Joseph Austin does a bit of snow biking in Rolleston this morning.
Cathedral snow
SNOW ANGELS: The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.
Fairlie snow
PEACE AVE: Fairlie's main street gets a dusting of snow.
Fairlie snow
TOO HIGH: Courtney O'Neill, 4, tries to dust snow off a mailbox in Fairlie.
Fairlie snow
FUN AND GAMES: Joe and Nick Brien play in the snow at Fairlie.
Fairlie snow
ICY ANTICS: Greta Pudney, Teniesha Holden and Eliza Pudney play in the snow at Fairlie.
Fairlie snow
NEW LOOK: Snow in Fairlie.
Huntsbury snow
SNOW MEANS FUN: A drift triker plays in the snow in Major Aitken Drive, Huntsbury.
Huntsbury snow
SNOW DAY: Drift trikers in the snow in Major Aitken Drive, Huntsbury.
Huntsbury snow
COOL IDEA: Drift trikers in the snow in Major Aitken Drive, Huntsbury.
Hanmer snow
Hanmer Springs received a significant blanketing of snow with 20 centimetres having fallen by Wednesday afternoon. Local girls Kelly Rutherford, Zoey Cuff and Jazmine Cuff enjoy a warm dip at the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools before the pools closed for the day due to a power outage.
Snow
MACHO MAN: Max Wilkins braves the snow in Burwood.
Oxford igloo
WARM IN HERE: A boy plays in an igloo in Oxford.
Cathedral snow
GOOD DUSTING: The Christ Church Cathedral.
Students
WHAT SNOW?: For these Canterbury University students, winter still hasn't arrived.
Hanmer snow
MAKING TRACKS: A snow plough clears the road in Hanmer Springs.
Snow
Rudi Cepon braves the snow. He is visiting Christchurch from Brisbane.
Ohoka snow
NEW BUDDY: Cassidy Earnshaw, 4, plays in the snow at her Ohoka home.
Tumara Park snow
WHAT IS THIS?: Sienna Tobeck, 19 months, isn't keen on walking in the snow to Tumara Park.
Students in snow
ICE QUEENS: Today's snow gives these students a chance to show off their modelling skills.
Waimairi Beach snow
LOTS OF FUN: Sophie and Mark Shawe enjoy the snow in Waimairi Beach.
John Malliard
FAMILY FUN: Dr Annie Maillard and Esme Maillard enjoy a snowfight at TaiTapu.
Lake Coleridge
SNOWED IN: Kylee Simpson sent in this photo from Lake Coleridge Station, where she is home with a new baby.
goodey
FUN IN THE SNOW: Nick and Claire Goodey at Sumner Beach.
Southshore beach
WATER'S EDGE: Snow reaches the sea at Southshore beach.
Mia Kitty
WARM KITTY: Mia the cat is wrapped up warm against the cold by her owner Chris Hlavac.
Southshore
SURF'S UP: Southshore beach was transformed by snow today.
Maya Stiven
GETTING CREATIVE: Maya Stiven makes snowmen in her Beckenham backyard today.
eric bichon
DOG'S LIFE: Gemma the bichon in her Rangiora backyard.
bird
BIRD FEED: A finch feeds in Eric Pollock's Rangiora backyard.

But why? Has the polar blast frozen some of their inhibitions? Are those in the South simply more comfortable in their own skin?

And why just the South? The lower North Island was hit hard by a rare snow dump last year yet Stuff's typical call for reader pictures didn't generate anything like this near-nude response.

Is it something in the water down there? Are the Southern Men and Women just made of tougher stuff?

We'll add to our gallery as we await your answers...

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