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Forecast for D-Day05/06/1944, Written by: Erick Brenstrum | 0 comments
In Europe, the weather forecast for the invasion of France in 1944 played a crucial role in the success of the landings. Originally planned for the morning of June 5, the invasion was put on hold for 24 hours when bad weather was forecast. A window of...
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...
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...
The Weather at Passchendaele07/10/2013, Written by: Erick Brenstrum | 0 comments
We remember our war dead on Anzac Day, 25 April, the anniversary of the landings at Gallipoli in World War I. But our heaviest losses in that war occurred on the Western Front.Our worst day was 12 October 1917...
MetService and World War II01/01/1942, Written by: Erick Brenstrum | 0 comments
World War II transformed the Meteorological Service from a handful of staff to 335 by war’s end. The increase of personnel began before hostilities broke out, as the government started training military pilots in anticipation of war. Meteorologists...
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