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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...
Getting Started: The Colonial Administration Buys First Thermometers01/01/1861, Written by: | 0 comments
Government involvement in meteorology in New Zealand started in August 1861 when the Colonial Secretary, William Fox, instructed Provincial Superintendents to establish observatories for meteorological instruments which the Colonial office would send....
Drought, Wildfires and Settlers01/09/1878, Written by: Erick Brenstrum | 0 comments
One of the hazards the weather threw at early settlers was the effect of gale force winds on fires. In eastern areas of the South Island the northwest wind is particularly dangerous as the gales occur with extremely low humidity. One of the worst...
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...
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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