New Zealand's Weather History Project: "iwonderweather"
On 21 August in 1861, Dr. Charles Knight was appointed as the first Director of Meteorological Stations in New Zealand. This appointment marked the founding of the New Zealand Meteorological Service – the country’s oldest continuous scientific institution - with the aim of producing consistent climatic data for the whole colony by means of observatories in each province. This was followed by amalgamation with the Marine Department's storm warning service for shipping, and approval of the first official system of forecasting in 1879.
In 2011 MetService celebrated 150 years of existence. To mark this historical milestone, MetService has launched the iwonderweather project - gifting to New Zealand a chronicle of its own weather history, alongside the history of its own meteorological service.
iwonderweather is an ongoing collaboration between MetService and New Zealand's public, communities, historical societies and news media. We welcome contributions of ideas, stories, images, video and audio that will help expand the history we already have of New Zealand's weather and its effect on people and livelihoods.
All you need to do to share your weather history information with your fellow New Zealanders is click on Contribute from anywhere in the site. You can choose to contribute a suggestion for a new story, along with images, video or audio relating to that story - or you can choose simply to add a new photo or video to an existing story. The editorial team at MetService reviews each new story idea and aims to flesh out the weather story around it; all content contributed for existing stories is also reviewed before appearing on the site. And if all you'd like to do is add a comment to a story, you can do that too - along with social media sharing options - on each page.
Please share the iwonderweather story - it is through the interest of all New Zealanders that we'll be able to make this project a truly rich and deep history of our weather and its role in our lives through the years.