Why does New Zealand need both MetService and NIWA?

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 … Continue reading Why does New Zealand need both MetService and NIWA?

NIWA “dryer than average” New Zealand rain Outlook looks under threat – again

The NZ climate prediction maestros look to have dropped another dodgy one – to my untrained eye anyway. Stuff says – Live: Christchurch declares state of emergency, orders evacuation as floods rise – and the NZ Herald with hopeless front page – Winter storm chaos: What you need to know If I read the COLA … Continue reading NIWA “dryer than average” New Zealand rain Outlook looks under threat – again

NIWA 3 month Outlook destroyed inside two weeks

Just as useless as our BoM – the NIWA March to May Outlook issued 1st March wrecked by heavy rain they never saw coming. They said – Regional predictions for the March – May 2017 season Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty Rainfall totals are about equally likely to be in the near normal (35% … Continue reading NIWA 3 month Outlook destroyed inside two weeks

New peer reviewed paper finds that New Zealand warms at only 0.28°C per century compared to Govt NIWA trend of 0.91.

Good to see this new paper – A Reanalysis of Long-Term Surface Air Temperature Trends in New Zealand – by C. R. de Freitas & M. O. Dedekind & B. E. Brill. Also great to see them use the Fig 3 twin diagram ex NASA GISS – that I have been drawing attention to for … Continue reading New peer reviewed paper finds that New Zealand warms at only 0.28°C per century compared to Govt NIWA trend of 0.91.

NIWA reports on record New Zealand warmth for June 2014

This article from Stuff reporting NIWA-talk mentions “A persistent lack of southerlies had a profound impact on the monthly temperatures.” Or you could say northerly winds brought a flow of warm tropical air over the New Zealand region during June – as shown by this BoM map. The NZ Herald says – The winter of … Continue reading NIWA reports on record New Zealand warmth for June 2014

New Zealand climate gurus NIWA hacked from IP address in China

Hackers must be bored and hard up for something to do – Hack attack on Niwa from China IP address – What could be of interest to hackers there? – except the cheap thrill of being inside where they should not be. On the other hand – In February 2011 I lodged an FOI request … Continue reading New Zealand climate gurus NIWA hacked from IP address in China

Surprising wording in NIWA affidavit re BoM’s work – filed in New Zealand court case

Originally posted Feb 2012 – taken down late March due legal reasons. For newcomers – about a year ago I lodged a FOI request with the BoM to see documents relating to a “peer review” they had conducted for NIWA and I reported last May when the BoM decided that all the documents were secret. … Continue reading Surprising wording in NIWA affidavit re BoM’s work – filed in New Zealand court case