Weather photo of the week: May 24

Last updated 05:00 24/05/2013

FUNNEL PHENOMENON: The waterspouts over Auckland.

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A rainbow forms over Waipu Cove in Northland.
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Vanessa McDonald captured this photograph of the waterspouts that hit Auckland on May 21, 2013.

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Small waterspouts swirled across Auckland on Tuesday afternoon during a sudden heavy downpour.

Vanessa McDonald captured this photograph from Big Bay, Awhitu Peninsula.

According to MetService the funnels formed ahead of the main band of thunder and rain showers which hit Auckland.

"They're funnels as soon as they form, then they're tornadoes if they hit the ground, then they're waterspouts when they hit the water.

"We see them quite often, particularly across the far north. We'll see maybe around 20 to 30  of them across the course of the year.

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