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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...
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...
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...
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...
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