Weather tops online stories in 2013
Weather and crashes feature heavily in the list of The Timaru Herald's most viewed online stories of 2013.
Rain, wind, snow - even the possibility of a tornado - gave the South Canterbury region plenty to talk about throughout the year.
Fires at two well known Timaru firms within weeks of each other also created online interest. The smoke plume from a fire at a Sanford coolstore on the North Mole attracted attention from kilometres around. Meanwhile, a emergency services blocked off part of Seadown Rd when fire broke out in an Andar workshop.
The year had light moments in online news, too. When Happy Feet the penguin turned up on Caroline Bay (complete with eye witness video), many Herald readers were quick to notice the date - April 1.
And musician Doug Blakie broke the news in Timaru in March. that Kiwi entertainer Lynda Topp would be marrying her finance.
15. Driver injured in Timaru crash [March 26]
One person was hospitalised after a crash between a passenger car and a Coolpak Coolstores truck at a busy Timaru intersection.
14. Stormy weather on Timaru's horizon [January 16]
A MetService warning predicting rain, hail and even the possibility of a small tornado for South Canterbury caught readers' attention on January.
13. Man crushed by car in Timaru [June 11]
Despite efforts by his flatmate and emergency services personnel, a Timaru man could not be saved when his car crushed him as he was changing its oil.
12. Topp Twin to wed [March 1]
Kiwi entertainer Lynda Topp was set to marry her fiancee Donna Luxton.
11. Happy Feet frolics in Caroline Bay [April 1]
If the date on this story didn't give it away - or the giant, flat, cut out penguin - the suspect names and date probably tipped off astute readers not to take this story too seriously.
10. Password slip leaves Mayor sick [May 9]
Timaru mayor Janie Annear was left feeling "sick to her stomach" after watching a television news report in which she was filmed giving out the password to buy legal highs from a Timaru dairy.
9. Warnings over South Canterbury rainfall [June 17]
Residents were battening down the hatches and flood warnings were in place as rain continued to deluge the South Canterbury coast.
8. Warehouse blaze in Washdyke [May 24]
Less than two weeks after the Sanford coolstore fire, another company had a similar calamity, with a blaze at engineering firm Andar, which had police blocking off part of Seadown Rd to allow firefighters to deal with the fire.
7. Fire at Timaru port coolstore [May 12]
A fire in a Sanford coolstore on the North Mole sent huge plumes of smoke into an otherwise clear sky, drawing attention from people all around Timaru and prompting many to send us in their photos of the dramatic event.
6. Two crashes, then lights go out [May 21]
The lights went out across large sections of South Canterbury when two crashes within two hours of each other took out power poles.
5. Seven injured in two-car crash [June 15]
A crash involving two cars and injuring seven people kept police busy near Arowhenua Hotel on the evening of June 15.
4. Tragic death shocks club [March 30]
Temuka's taekwondo community was shocked to learn the victim of the early Easter crash was one of its most influential members, Stephen Kirkcaldie.
3. Snow cuts of parts of Mackenzie [June 20]
June gave South Canterbury torrential rains, and then "one of the wildest storms" ever at Aoraki/Mt Cook.
2. Fatal in first hour [June 29]
Police had the worst possible start to the Easter Holiday period in South Canterbury when a Fonterra worker was struck by a colleague on his way home for the long weekend. The fatality happened in the first hour of the holiday period. The driver was later sentenced to community work.
1. Road warnings in place in SC [June 17]
Heavy rain in June had Pareora Hut residents preparing to evacuate as the Pareora River rose to near capacity. Waimate activated its civil defence headquarters and the waters took out Bradshaws Bridge on the Waihao River.
The Timaru Herald