2017: The Big Wet

I remember the climate scientists telling us that Global Warming (aka Climate Change) would bring increasing amounts of droughts.

Some of us have had enough of 2017.  Lakes are overflowing, pasture is sodden, market gardeners have their crops rotting away.

In a year of extreme rainfall amounts, a MetService meteorologist is describing 2017 as “the year it didn’t stop raining”.

Waikato and Bay of Plenty rainfall are already at record levels, and extreme rainfall levels are being recorded across the north and east of the North Island, and along the eastern South Island.

“January to September rainfall records have been smashed in the Waikato and greater Bay of Plenty region,” said meteorologist Georgina Griffiths.

“It has also been an extremely wet year-to-date for Auckland.”

Auckland and Tauranga have had their fourth wettest year in observations since 1962 and 1898, respectively.

Many locations, including Tauranga, Te Puke, Hamilton, Gisborne, Rotorua, Taupo, Paraparaumu, Christchurch and Ashburton have all received more rain so far in the nine months of 2017 than they usually get in the year.

“For many of us, 2017 may well be remembered as the year it didn’t stop raining,” Griffiths said.

How have you coped with it all?


– NZ Herald


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