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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...
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...
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...
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...
Rimutaka Rail Tragedy11/09/1880, Written by: Erick Brenstrum | 0 comments
High winds caused a tragic accident on the railway line over the Rimutaka Range between Wellington and Wairarapa on 11 September 1880. The track over the mountains had been open less than two years. It was so steep that the trains were driven...
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...
FiztRoy: inventor of the weather forecast05/03/1864, Written by: Erick Brenstrum | 0 comments
Robert FitzRoy is famous as captain of the Beagle on the voyage when Darwin made his discoveries, although many New Zealanders also know FitzRoy as Governor of New Zealand before George Grey. But to meteorologists, FitzRoy is famous as one of the...
A Hazardous Passage24/11/2014, Written by: Erick Brenstrum | 0 comments
“Had a ver ruf day the sea running mountains high, the ship reeling to and frow like a drunkin man, chists upsetting, watter cans pots & pans tumbeling in all directions.”So wrote an immigrant named Mathieson travelling to Dunedin...
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