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1939 Snow27/07/1939, Written by: Erick Brenstrum | 0 comments
In July and August 1939 New Zealand experienced the most extensive snow storm of the twentieth century when snow fell the length and breadth of the country.On 31 July the lighthouse keeper at Cape Maria van Diemen at the top of the North Island...
Kopuawhara Flash Flood14/02/1938, Written by: Erick Brenstrum | 0 comments
The deadliest flash flood in New Zealand history occurred in the Kopuawhara stream between Gisborne and Wairoa in February 1938. In the middle of a Saturday night, the stream rose rapidly by five metres after thunderstorms in the coastal hills. Carrying...
1947 Wanganella Weather 19/01/1947, Written by: Erick Brenstrum | 0 comments
Possibly the best weather ever to attend a shipwreck in New Zealand occurred in January 1947. The passenger ship Wanganella, which had been a hospital ship during the Second World War, was returning to the trans-Tasman run. En route from Sydney...
Good Weather for Sinking26/06/1918, Written by: Erick Brenstrum | 0 comments
Adverse weather is not responsible for all maritime tragedies . In fact, benign conditions lessened the scale of the tragedy when the steamer Wimmera, bound for Sydney, struck a mine 18 miles north of Cape Maria Van Dieman before dawn on 26 June...
Weather Causes First Aircraft Accident in Wellington25/03/1914, Written by: Erick Brenstrum | 0 comments
Early aviation was extremely vulnerable to the weather, particularly to the strong winds found in many parts of New Zealand, as was seen during the first sustained aircraft flight to take place in Wellington.On March 25 1914 Will Scotland ran his...
Rimutaka Rail Tragedy11/09/1880, Written by: Erick Brenstrum | 0 comments
High winds caused a tragic accident on the railway line over the Rimutaka Range between Wellington and Wairarapa on 11 September 1880. The track over the mountains had been open less than two years. It was so steep that the trains were driven...
Cyclone Gisele and the sinking of the Wahine10/04/1968, Written by: Erick Brenstrum | 0 comments
The storm that grew out of tropical cyclone Gisele caused the strongest wind ever recorded in New Zealand - 181 km/h (98 knots) gusting 269 km/h (145 knots) at Oteranga Bay west of Wellington. Although it wrought havoc to thousands of properties in...
1901 Wellington Fire30/05/1901, Written by: Erick Brenstrum | 0 comments
By a long streak of good fortune, the fires that occurred in 19th century Wellington coincided with light winds. The Panama Street fire of February 1887 was the worst, burning most of a city block and destroying property to the value of over...
1936 Cyclone02/02/1936, Written by: Erick Brenstrum | 0 comments
In early February 1936, a devastating cyclone, possibly New Zealand’s most destructive storm in the last century, struck the North Island.This storm formed south of the Solomon Islands late January 1936. It met up with a cold front north of New...
Cyclone meets wildfire March 191818/03/1918, Written by: Erick Brenstrum | 0 comments
One of the worst wildfires in New Zealand history was caused by severe gale-force winds around a cyclone.  On March 18, 1918, a farmer near Horopito, north of Ohakune lit a fire to burn timber and scrub he had cut down to clear the land. Although...
Weather place names05/03/1864, Written by: Erick Brenstrum | 0 comments
There is a lot of weather tied up in New Zealand place names. The screaming northwest gales of Canterbury are celebrated with names like Windwhistle, near the Rakaia Gorge, Mount Blowhard, near Oxford, and Nervous Knob, near Castle Hill, where gusts of...
Rugby Weather: New Zealand v South Africa in the Rain17/09/1921, Written by: Erick Brenstrum | 0 comments
On Saturday 17 September 1921, the deciding test of the first Springbok Tour was played at Wellington’s Athletic Park. New Zealand had won the first test 13-5 at Carisbrook and South Africa the second test 9-5 at Eden Park.Unfortunately, after a...
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