Weather forecasting

Get those 4WD idiots to pay the bill

via Stuff

via Stuff

Thirty-eight people, including several children, became trapped in 13 vehicles along Waikaia Bush Rd near Roxburgh after bad weather and vehicle breakdowns.

The group’s vehicles were surrounded by snow 2.5 metres deep and temperatures reached freezing levels overnight, however they were rescued and arrived back to Roxburgh safe and well almost 26 hours later.

Otago Lakes area commander Inspector Olaf Jensen says the cost is never a factor over the safety of those needing help.

“The police’s prime objective in any [search and rescue] operation is always the welfare and safe recovery of those who are missing, along with ensuring the safety of all of those involved in the search.”

The total rescue cost was $56,927.53, which includes staff wages, costs of hiring equipment, vehicles and the local rescue helicopter. Read more »

Three days out, the forecasters say NYE will be crap, what do you reckon?

We are three days out from New Year’s Eve.

The weather forecasters are predicting rain and more rain, and a rubbish night.

The chance of perfect summer weather to welcome the arrival of 2015 is looking unlikely throughout most of the country, with the best chance possibly in the east of the lower North Island.

MetService is predicting a run of sunny, warm days with highs in the mid-20 degrees Celsius for Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne, including on December 31. Rain is expected to arrive sometime on the first day of the New Year. The key to a good night may be the timing of the weather’s flip to the bad side.

For Auckland and the traditional party spots of the Bay of Plenty and Coromandel Peninsula MetService is predicting an end to the sun with rain and northerlies to arrive sometime on Wednesday, lasting into Thursday. Hamilton may be a better bet, with no rain predicted in the Waikato centre until the first day of 2015.   Read more »

Might try this, loads of pooks around my place

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Apparently pukeko can help you tell the weather…they might be more accurate than weather forecasters even.

What do pukeko, blue cod or pohutukawa have to do with what weather is on its way?

While modern state-of-the-art high-resolution forecasting models, like those run by Niwa’s supercomputer, have demonstrated significant accuracy and continue to improve each year, mother nature can tell us even more about the weather ahead – just by observing patterns and sequences.

Using environmental indicators to anticipate local weather and climate outcomes is common practice among many indigenous people around the world, including Maori.

By observing patterns and sequences in natural events – such as the behaviour of birds, the blooming of certain trees and flowers, and the movements of the stars, Maori have long used environmental indicators to forecast local weather and climate – helping to manage daily and seasonal activities.  Read more »