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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...
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...
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...
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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