Tagged: Rainfall

2015: The year in weather - Guest Work

Guest Work Jan 12, 2016

The first in a summer series of posts from Crown research institute NIWA There were floods, tornados, fires and big waves in another year of big weather for New Zealand. NIWA climate scientists review the inclement highlights month by month. January Highest temperature 36.4°C, at Timaru on 16 January. Lowest temperature 0.4°C, at Lumsden on 21 January. Highest 1-day … Read More

Weather and water in New Zealand – where do our storms come from? - Waiology

Waiology Oct 13, 2014

By James Renwick New Zealand sits astride the middle latitudes in western Pacific Ocean, exposed to wind and weather from all quarters. Yet we do not usually receive our rain and storms from all quarters. Because the flow of the winds is normally from the west, most of the rain New Zealand experiences arrives from somewhere to the west or … Read More

Rain mainly in the plains? Not so much - Waiology

Waiology Jun 17, 2011

By Daniel Collins Despite what they say on Broadway, the rain in Spain does not stay mainly in the plain. Most of New Zealand’s rain doesn’t fall in the plains either, but in the mountains, particularly the Southern Alps. This is why the West Coast is so wet. The plains are in fact quite dry in comparison. In an … Read More

Friday's Factoids and Quirky Quotes - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Aug 13, 2010

They’re fun, eh? And the staple diet of cable TV science… Yes, I’m lowering myself to this.* Sigh. It’s Friday, a good time for something digestible in one bite. Here’s a collection from recent reading: most short, a few a little longer. This is the opening paragraph of Wikipedia’s pithy and … Read More