A newspaper doesn’t know its weather from its climate [UPDATED]

A new climate report has revealed just how extreme last month was in the weather books – not that the rain-soaked residents of Whanganui, Manawatu and Dunedin, or the owners of frozen South Island farms needed any reminding.

A report card issued today by the National Institute of Water and Atmosphere described June as being unsettled on the whole, with storm events affecting different parts of the country.

Along with devastating floods that forced a state of emergency to be declared, temperature gauges in parts of the South Island recorded three of the lowest temperatures ever experienced in New Zealand.

Rainfall was more than the double the June normal in Whanganui, Palmerston North, Central Otago, while Dunedin was drenched in more than three times its normal total for the month.

Instruments set up in the Dunedin suburb of Musselburgh recorded 194ml for the month – 335 per cent of normal – while Dunedin Airport, further out from the city, recorded 158ml.

A one-in-85-year flood across the North Island from Taranaki to Horowhenua, which caused damage to dozens of homes and forced evacuations, contributed to Whanganui’s fourth highest June rainfall total on record – 237ml was recorded across the month at the city’s airport – and Palmerston North’s highest.

Totals “well above normal” – or more than 150 per cent of the usual amount – fell on parts of Taranaki, Mt Ruapehu, Horowhenua, Hokitika, Timaru, Oamaru, and Gore.
In contrast, it was a very dry month for eastern and northern areas of the North Island, as well as coastal northern Canterbury.

Some areas in Northland, Auckland, Coromandel, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, and Hawke’s Bay received less than half the normal June rainfall.

The lack of rainfall in eastern parts of both Islands exacerbated concerns regarding soil moisture, levels, but particularly in northern Canterbury.

NIWA put out a report every month to summarise the previous month’s weather stats. ? But a climate report it isn’t.

Jamie Morton is the science reporter for a newspaper, so we would have to assume he knows the difference between climate and weather.

That only leaves us with a single explanation. ?Morton deliberately skews a weather report and sells it as if the country’s climate is going to the dogs.

Now why would he do that?

UPDATE: ?It appears I need to let a newspaper off the hook for parroting the NIWA climate propaganda.


Monthly climate summary. ?And these are the people we pay to do this?

Feb. 1, 2005
NASA – What’s the Difference Between Weather and Climate?

The difference between weather and climate is a measure of time. Weather is what conditions of the atmosphere are over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere “behaves” over relatively long periods of time.

What Climate Means
In short, climate is the description of the long-term pattern of weather in a particular area.

Some scientists define climate as the average weather for a particular region and time period, usually taken over 30-years. It’s really an average pattern of weather for a particular region.

A month is not a long period of time with regards to climate. ?Seriously.

NIWA need to get a grip, and media need to stop pushing this ridiculous “climate” barrow, just because we had a statistically interesting event over the previous 4 or 5 weeks. ? There people are supposed to be scientists. ? This is shameful agenda pushing stuff.


– a “science” reporter, a newspaper