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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...
Sails to Satellites: The navigators01/01/1769, Written by: John de Lisle - from 'Sails to Satellites' | 0 comments
Even before the first systematic meteorological observations were started in 1861, a large amount of weather information had been gathered about New Zealand and its surrounding seas. This came first from the early explorers, and later from visitors,...
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...
FiztRoy: inventor of the weather forecast05/03/1864, Written by: Erick Brenstrum | 0 comments
Robert FitzRoy is famous as captain of the Beagle on the voyage when Darwin made his discoveries, although many New Zealanders also know FitzRoy as Governor of New Zealand before George Grey. But to meteorologists, FitzRoy is famous as one of the...
The Clutha Flood of 187824/09/1878, Written by: Erick Brenstrum | 0 comments
The Waikato may be our longest river, but the Clutha is swifter, has the largest catchment and carries the most water. With its headwaters in the rain-factory of the Southern Alps, the Clutha also produced, in 1878, one of New Zealand’s greatest...
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