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NZ Herald: NZ’s cooler waters protect us from the worst storms

Peter Griffin posted in on February 4th, 2011.

Isaac Davison writes in the New Zealand Herald about the factors which protect New Zealand from storms such as Cyclone Yasi. The major factor is New Zealand’s waters, which are generally too cool to spin off large tropical cyclones.  Further, New Zealand barely feels the effects of the warmer currents which come with La Nina […]

Stuff: Climate scientists struggle against butterfly effect

Peter Griffin posted in on December 15th, 2010.

Michael Field writes for Stuff about NIWA’s quarterly seasonal climate outlook, and why accurately forecasting weather out past 16 days is difficult for even the fastest weather super-computers. However, while scientists can only predict 50% of weather three months out, NIWA’s James Renwick believes it could be possible to improve that figure. An excerpt: (read […]

NZ Herald: 10 big questions on climate change answered

Peter Griffin posted in on January 26th, 2010.

Weather analyst for the NZ Herald Philip Duncan poses 10 of  climate change’s big questions to Dr James Renwick, Principal Scientist, Climate Variability & Change at NIWA. Questions include why it doesn’t feel like it’s getting hotter every year (in addition to the recent cold snaps in Europe and North America), why weather forecasters can’t […]

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