Home
About this image
Results:

Stories by topic: extreme weather

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...
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...
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...
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...
Rugby Weather: New Zealand v South Africa in the Rain17/09/1921, Written by: Erick Brenstrum | 0 comments
On Saturday 17 September 1921, the deciding test of the first Springbok Tour was played at Wellington’s Athletic Park. New Zealand had won the first test 13-5 at Carisbrook and South Africa the second test 9-5 at Eden Park.Unfortunately, after a...
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...
1 to 6 of 10 results