Science Media Centre

Science Media Centre

Science Alert: Experts Respond

El Niño and its impacts – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on May 13th, 2015.

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has confirmed the Pacific is in an El Niño climate pattern – what does this mean for New Zealand? The Bureau made the declaration yesterday following close analysis of ocean temperature shifts and wind patterns. The El Niño conditions typically bring warmer ocean waters in the tropics, and weaker wind […]

Updated: Oklahoma tornado – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on May 21st, 2013.

Updated: A Huge tornado has devastated the US state of Oklahoma killing at least 24 people and injuring many more. Earlier reports indicated more than 90 fatalities, however this number was revised downward. Our colleagues at the UK SMC collected the following expert commentary. Feel free to use these quotes in your reporting. If you […]

Drought raises climate questions

John Kerr posted in on March 11th, 2013.

Current drought conditions in the North Island have heated up discussion about the science of climate change and the future of New Zealand’s weather. Climate scientists have warned the we may see similar dry seasons in the future. Examples of media coverage from over the weekend: Sunday Star Times: North Island Drought The Most Severe […]

Continue reading “Drought raises climate questions

Cyclone Evan NZ bound – Jim Salinger

John Kerr posted in on December 17th, 2012.

Tropical cyclone Evan has devastated Samoa and is currently causing strife in Fiji. Now, meteorologists are forecasting that a weakened cyclone Evan will continue on to New Zealand. Prof Jim Salinger, climate scientist and visiting professor at Stanford University, noted to the SMC: “It looks like tropical cyclone Evan, after strafing Fiji, will head for […]

Tornado strikes Auckland – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on December 6th, 2012.

Update: The MetService has blog has been updated to redefine the weather event as a ‘mircoburst’ rather than a tornado. A tornado struck Auckland amidst heavy weather at 12.15pm today. Three people are reported dead and a further seven in hospital following extreme winds and weather damage centred around the suburb of Hobsonville. Emergency services […]

Hurricane Sandy – Experts Respond

John Kerr posted in on October 30th, 2012.

Hurricane Sandy, currently hitting the East Coast of the United States, shares several similarities with Cyclone Giselle – which sunk the Wahine in Wellington in 1968 – according to experts. Prof James Renwick, Associate Professor School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, Victoria University Wellington, comments: “Hurricane Sandy poses huge risks for the heavily populated […]

Continue reading “Hurricane Sandy – Experts Respond

Hurricane Sandy and climate change – Kevin Trenberth

John Kerr posted in on October 29th, 2012.

Writing for the website The Conversation, US-based New Zealander Dr Kevin Trenberth notes the contribution of climate change to Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the American East Coast. Dr Trenberth contributed to a SMC media  briefing on extreme weather and climate change whilst in New Zealand last year. Hurricane Sandy mixes super-storm conditions with climate change […]

Jim Salinger on the NZ climate record – Dom Post

John Kerr posted in on July 20th, 2012.

In the Dominion Post ex-NWIA climate scientist Prof Jim Salinger writes about the climate record he helped to create – which is now the subject of a High Court case. An excerpt (read in full here): Wellington’s climate shows warming trend Climate scientists want to monitor how climate is changing and global warming progressing. How […]

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 […]

Reconciling cold weather and global warming

John Kerr posted in on August 21st, 2011.

Writing in the Dominion Post Weekend paper, Michael Forbes looks at the connections between the recent chilly weather and climate change.  An excerpt (read in full here): NZ can expect more big snowstorms You might have had better luck selling ice to eskimos than peddling global warming theory on the streets of Wellington this week. […]

Copyright 2016 Science Media Centre (New Zealand)

Disclaimer | Privacy Policy