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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...
Lady Barker’s Storm28/07/1867, Written by: Erick Brenstrum | 0 comments
The weather hazards faced by colonial farmers were dramatically demonstrated by Lady Barker’s snowstorm. One of the worst snowstorms to affect New Zealand, it struck Canterbury in 1867. Starting on July 28 it lasted almost a week. Lady Barker’s...
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...
Rugby Weather: Snow and the Lions05/03/1930, Written by: Erick Brenstrum | 0 comments
The first test between the All Blacks and the Lions in 1930 was played at Dunedin’s Carisbrook Park just after a snowstorm. Rain started in the morning then turned to snow during the curtain raiser. It became almost impossible to make out the players...
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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