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NIWA Annual Climate Summary – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on January 12th, 2016.

2015 was a dry, sunny year for New Zealand, but no hotter than average overall, according to NIWA’s annual climate summary. You can access the full annual climate summary here. Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology also released its 2015 climate summary last week, which showed that 2015 was the fifth warmest year on record for Australia. […]

El Niño forecast debated

John Kerr posted in on May 13th, 2015.

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has declared the Pacific is in an El Niño climate pattern – but some New Zealand scientists are not ready to back the claim. 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 […]

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Cyclone Pam hits New Zealand

John Kerr posted in on March 16th, 2015.

Wild weather is expected across much of the country as Cyclone Pam tracks close to New Zealand. Severe weather warnings are in place across the country as the extra tropical cyclone approaches New Zealand. The cyclone comes fresh from Vanuatu where it has wreaked havoc, damaging homes and infrastructure. Early reports from Vanuatu suggest that […]

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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 […]

PODCAST: Climate, extreme weather and polar forecasting

Dacia Herbulock posted in on February 27th, 2014.

The president of the World Meteorological Organization, Dr David Grimes, and over 30 international experts on polar weather and climate are in New Zealand for a week-long meeting of the WMO’s specialist polar advisory panel. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It is the UN system’s authoritative voice on […]

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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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 […]

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 […]

Expert on post-Sandy storm bearing down

Peter Griffin posted in on November 7th, 2012.

A nor’easter threatening to target the East Coast as it recovers from Superstorm Sandy may be less severe than previously thought but also brings the threat of snow and resulting power outages as US citizens head to the election booths. New Zealander Prof Jim Salinger, Visiting Professor at Stanford University, California,  told the NZ SMC: “A […]

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