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MetService considered for BBC weather – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on August 25th, 2015.

The BBC has dropped the UK Met Office as its weather forecasting provider and is considering a subsidiary of the New Zealand MetService as an alternative. You can read more on the official announcement from the BBC and the UK Met Office. Over the weekend, the Daily Mail speculated on the potential alternatives: “The BBC […]

The science behind weather balloons – 3 News

Laura Goodall posted in on March 4th, 2015.

3 News weather presenter Kanoa Lloyd asks Maurice Hodgson how he helps meteorologists measure weather conditions using hydrogen-filled balloons. An excerpt (read in full and watch the video here): Weather balloons are one of the most important tools used in forecasting. Every day, hundreds of them are released, simultaneously around the world. But behind many of […]

Brrrr! Experts comment on polar blast

John Kerr posted in on June 21st, 2013.

New Zealand is in the grip of a winter storm, with cold southerlies from Antarctica bringing snow, wind and hail. Severe Weather warnings from MetService are in place for most of the country. Earlier in the week, MetService Meteorologist Daniel Corbett commented,”This winter storm will have quite a bit of bark and bite, and is […]

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NZ Herald:Global warming debate heats up

Peter Griffin posted in on April 12th, 2010.

Philip Duncan writes in the New Zealand Herald about a New York Times article which found that climate change/global warming scepticism is not unusual amongst television weather forecasters, despite many of them having meteorology degrees. An excerpt: (read in full here) “The New York Times article says that researchers at George Mason University and the […]

3 News: Carter Observatory reopening this weekend

Peter Griffin posted in on March 25th, 2010.

Dan Parker reports for 3 News that Wellington’s Carter Observatory, which has been closed for the last two years, will reopen its doors this Saturday. The observatory was built over 140 years ago, and stands in the Botanical Gardens. An excerpt: (read in full here) “The Carter Observatory became the National Observatory in 1977. Since […]

New Zealand and Australia – warmest decade on record

Peter Griffin posted in on January 6th, 2010.

New Zealand and Australia experienced their warmest periods in the decade just closed since records began according to data released by NIWA and Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology. While 2009 was slightly cooler overall than the 1971 – 2000 average, says NIWA, the decade was still the warmest, followed by the 1980s, the 1970s and the […]

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