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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...
Forecasting Begins01/01/1868, Written by: Erick Brenstrum | 0 comments
Changes in the weather were a hazard to ships in New Zealand waters, particularly ships loading or unloading in exposed anchorages. On 3 February 1868 the ships Star of Tasmania, and Water Nymph and the ketch Otago were all...
1948 Hamilton tornado25/08/1948, Written by: Erick Brenstrum | 0 comments
One of the worst tornadoes to strike New Zealand occurred at Hamilton on August 25, 1948 killing three people, injuring dozens, and destroying or severely damaging almost 150 houses and 50 business premises.One man died when his bach collapsed on...
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...
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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