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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...
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,...
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...
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...
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