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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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.