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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 […]

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NZ Herald: Rainfall data vital to fight fires and flooding

Peter Griffin posted in on February 8th, 2010.

Eloise Gibson of the New Zealand Herald writes, in the second of a four-part series on the subject, about the importance of rainfall data for climate forecasters. Being able to forecast rainfall patterns is of particular importance for a number for reasons, including urban (heavy falls can pressure stormwater systems) and rural (longer fire seasons […]

NIWA on a wet, wild but warm July

Peter Griffin posted in on August 4th, 2008.

Key points: Temperature: Near or slightly above average for most of the country; Rainfall: Well above normal rainfall (more than 200% of normal) in Marlborough, Canterbury, and eastern Otago; above normal (around 150% or more of normal) in Westland, Tasman, and the majority of the North Island; Sunshine: Below normal hours of bright sunshine recorded […]

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