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Australian flooding – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on March 7th, 2012.

Heavy rainfall has caused extensive flooding across southern New South Wales and North East Victoria, forcing several communities to evacuate. Widespread, and persistent recordbreaking rainfall was recorded across southeast Australia between 27 February and 5 March 2012, leading to heavy flooding across southeast Australia.  So far, 13,000 people are reported to have been evacuated from […]

Kauri tree rings give new insight into El Nino/La Nina cycles

Kent posted in on February 6th, 2012.

Climate  scientists interested in how El Nino/La Nina weather patterns may interact with future global warming are expected to take a close interest in the latest research using tree rings to build a picture of Northland’s climate since Polynesians discovered New Zealand. In kauri trees, El Nino periods are linked to wide tree rings, and […]

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 […]

NIWA Seasonal Climate Outlook: February – April 2011

Peter Griffin posted in on January 28th, 2011.

NIWA has published its climate outlook for the next three months: “Warmer than normal conditions likely to continue into autumn” The equatorial Pacific remains in a strong La Niña state, which is expected to persist into the start of autumn 2011, says the NIWA National Climate Centre. Beyond this time, there is disagreement between the […]

Climate summary 2010 released

Dacia Herbulock posted in on January 12th, 2011.

The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) issued its annual report on New Zealand’s  climate today, highlighting the warmest, wettest, driest and sunniest places in 2010. The year began with a moderate El Niño, transitioning to the opposite La Niña pattern by July and strengthening through the end of 2010. Prevailing westerlies supported an […]

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2010 Global temperatures in top 3 warmest on record – WMO

Dacia Herbulock posted in on December 3rd, 2010.

The World Meteorological Organization released its draft annual statement on the status of global climate today at UN climate talks (COP16) in Cancun. The statement details extreme weather trends around the globe in the past year, and says that 2010 is set to be among the warmest three years since instrumental recordings began in 1850, […]

NIWA Seasonal Climate Outlook: December 2010 – February 2011

Peter Griffin posted in on December 1st, 2010.

NIWA has published its climate outlook for the next three months: “A typical La Niña summer likely” A moderate to strong La Niña, which is currently active in the tropical Pacific region, is expected to persist through summer, according to NIWA.  Further, these conditions look likely to persist through to autumn 2011, after which they […]

NIWA Seasonal Climate Outlook: August – October 2010

Peter Griffin posted in on July 30th, 2010.

NIWA has published its climate outlook for the next three months: “La Niña conditions for the rest of 2010” The equatorial Pacific is now in a La Niña state, which is likely to continue until the end of the year. Early spring temperatures look to be at, or just below, normal for much of the […]

NIWA seasonal climate outlook: April – June 2009

Peter Griffin posted in on March 30th, 2009.

NIWA has published it’s climate outlook for the next three months: La Niña weakening, with a mild end to autumn La Niña is on the wane, and the end of autumn and start of winter looks likely to be mild. The NIWA National Climate Centre says that, on average over the next three months, above […]

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