A very good “STUFF” Editorial I missed a year ago.
I often comment on NZ weather and climate issues but getting hold of basic data and map presentations as can be easily found for Australia at the BoM www site – is time consuming and near impossible for NZ. As STUFF says “We believe public weather data should be just that – public.” Amen to that.
In terms of normal weather forecasting NZ could probably get rid of much of their duplicated structure (MetService – NIWA) and use the COLA maps www feed from New York.
Warming trends showing up strongest in the cooler months. Data is from a Govt fruit research institute the Marlborough Research Centre on the town outskirts. Charts by the MRC. Blenheim population growth. Small town temperature data – often classed as “rural” in global databases – can usually be shown to be riddled with UHI warming.
Click for monthly charts – January — February —March —April—May—June—July—August—September—October—November—December
Here are the monthly trends in degrees C as per MRC.
Trends 1932 to 2011 or 2012.
Instrument change a ~decade ago –
amazing nobody at GHCN has noticed this complete failure to calibrate the new instrument with what it replaced – data from KNMI Climate Explorer. Minimum affected too. This has historic significance because Hokitika was one of the “rural” series in Jones original global dataset in the 1980’s that had a ~century of data. Ruined for good now. I think the NZ Metservice runs the stations.
NIWA said only on Tuesday – Near-record warmth expected for parts of the South Island 17 Oct 17 – I have been checking places like Alexandra, Dunedin, Christchurch but can see little trace of this. Does anybody know what October hottest day records would be?
The new PM is so inexperienced and has zero history of dealing with Winston Peters. But Clark and Peters got on OK 2005-2008. If new PM Taxinda Ardern stumbles too badly in the next 3 years then Aunty Hulun will be there in the background to plot her removal.
But our Govts since 2007 have done a great job of creating our home grown disasters vastly more costly than an outback nuke strike. In late 2016 we listed
Australian Government financial disasters. Also four years ago.
Year of the flood in Christchurch -And Aotearoa main centres have all had over their average annual rain by 11 October.
Are there any other news items I have missed? And of course NIWA never saw this coming. Data from MetService Towns & Cities pages.
Penguins die in ‘catastrophic’ Antarctic breeding season the Beeb reports about a colony of Adelie’s. Yet the AAD reports 2015 research – Adélie penguin populations in East Antarctica have almost doubled over the past 30 years.
When such a senior DFAT boss speaks out so. DFAT boss warns international students to resist Chinese Communist Party’s ‘untoward’ influence
I have blogged on the utter stupidity of leasing the Port of Darwin to the Chinese.
First six blogs here.
For what it is worth there has been a divergence last month with SA, VIC and Tas reducing in price. NSW reducing a little and Qld now more expensive than NSW.
AEMO source data – AEMO NEM Dispatch Overview – NemWatch is useful as a snapshot of generation type and demand. There was more wind in September than August but October started with a wind-drought. Large vers chart