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OYSTERS AHEAD: Bluff season begins

Friday, 27 February 2015, 3:34 pm | NIWA

Each March, oyster lovers descend on the catch of Bluff’s best bivalves – a seasonal delicacy from one of the last remaining wild oyster fisheries on the planet. More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch

Monday, 23 February 2015, 4:04 pm | NIWA

For the North Island, soil moisture levels remain much drier than normal for this time of year for nearly the whole of the island. Sizeable areas of severely to extremely drier than normal soil moisture persist in the Waikato, southern Taranaki, Wellington, ... More >>

Lake sediments reveal frequency of Hawke’s Bay quakes

Thursday, 19 February 2015, 3:15 pm | NIWA

An international team of scientists has analysed 7000 years’ worth of lake-bottom mud from central Hawke’s Bay to work out how often the region might expect earthquakes of at least moderate (ground shaking intensity MMI 7) strength, such as the recent ... More >>

Blue Whale encounters with Tangaroa captured on film

Tuesday, 17 February 2015, 10:33 am | NIWA

Travelling through the icy Southern Ocean with blue whales is helping scientists discover whether the population is really recovering from the devastating effects of industrial whaling. More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch 16/2/15

Monday, 16 February 2015, 4:49 pm | NIWA

For the North Island, soil moisture levels remain much drier than normal for this time of year for most of the island. Areas of severely to extremely drier than normal soil moisture persist in the Waikato, southern Taranaki, Wellington, Wairarapa, Hawke’s ... More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch

Monday, 9 February 2015, 4:16 pm | NIWA

For the North Island, soil moisture levels remain much drier than normal for this time of year in the Waikato and Wairarapa regions as well as parts of Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay. Pockets of severely to extremely drier than normal soil moisture persist ... More >>

Whale tales from the edge of Antarctica

Monday, 9 February 2015, 2:45 pm | NIWA

Researchers aboard RV Tangaroa have encountered humpback whales at the Balleny Islands deep in the Southern Ocean and are on the track of the world’s largest mammal, the blue whale. More >>

January 2015 Climate Summary: Warm, sunny, very dry

Tuesday, 3 February 2015, 1:48 pm | NIWA

A warm, sunny and very dry month for most of the country. Rainfall Rainfall was well below normal ( Soil Moisture As of 1 February 2015, soil moisture levels were below normal for the time of year for extensive areas of New Zealand, but especially for ... More >>

New study confirms world's oceans are warming

Tuesday, 3 February 2015, 12:18 pm | NIWA

An international team of oceanographers, including NIWA’s Dr Philip Sutton, has analysed data from ocean-profiling instruments known as Argo floats and found the temperature of the world’s oceans increased steadily between 2006 and 2013. More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch 30/1/15

Friday, 30 January 2015, 5:16 pm | NIWA

Weekly update to help media assess likelihood of extremely dry weather preceding a drought. Regions experiencing severely to extremely drier than normal soil conditions are deemed “hotspots”. More >>

NIWA Seasonal Climate Outlook February-April 2015

Friday, 30 January 2015, 5:09 pm | NIWA

Sea surface temperatures across the equatorial Pacific Ocean are borderline between neutral and weak El Niño conditions. However -- as was the case over the past few months – the atmospheric circulation in the Pacifc is still inconsistent with ... More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch 23/1/15

Friday, 23 January 2015, 3:31 pm | NIWA

Weekly update to help media assess likelihood of extremely dry weather preceding a drought. Regions experiencing severely to extremely drier than normal soils conditions are deemed “hotspots”. More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch 20/1/15

Tuesday, 20 January 2015, 10:40 am | NIWA

Weekly update to help media assess likelihood of extremely dry weather preceding a drought. Regions experiencing severely to extremely drier than normal soils conditions are deemed “hotspots”. More >>

The science of the surf

Monday, 12 January 2015, 11:48 am | NIWA

Nothing says summer holiday quite like the rhythmical sigh of waves breaking gently on a sundrenched shore. But waves are so much more than a soothing accompaniment to our afternoon nap: they’re the outcome of a fascinating combination of physical ... More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch 9/1/15

Friday, 9 January 2015, 4:06 pm | NIWA

Weekly update to help media assess likelihood of extremely dry weather preceding a drought. Regions experiencing severely to extremely drier than normal soils conditions are deemed “hotspots”. More >>

2014: Near normal rainfall , near average temperatures

Friday, 9 January 2015, 10:58 am | NIWA

The year 2014: Near normal rainfall and near average temperatures for most of the country. Rainfall Annual rainfall was near normal for most parts of New Zealand in 2014. The exception was parts of the central North Island and Central Otago where ... More >>

Seasonal Climate Outlook: January-March 2015

Thursday, 8 January 2015, 3:18 pm | NIWA

Sea surface temperatures across the equatorial Pacific Ocean remained steady during December 2014 at above conventional El Niño thresholds. However, not all atmospheric indicators are yet consistent with El Niño development. More >>

December 2015 Climate Summary

Thursday, 8 January 2015, 10:17 am | NIWA

Rainfall Rainfall was below normal (50-79%) or well below normal ( 149%) rainfall occurred. Meanwhile, the general theme for central and western portions of the island was near normal or below normal rainfall. Soil Moisture As of 1 January 2015, soil ... More >>

Who's to blame for the weather?

Monday, 5 January 2015, 9:36 am | NIWA

When it comes to second-guessing the weather, everyone has an opinion. NIWA meteorologist Chris Brandolino has heard most of them. Here he explains the magic, mystery – and science - of weather forecasting. More >>

The Science Behind A Good Homebrew

Monday, 29 December 2014, 11:43 am | NIWA

The Science Behind A Good Homebrew Karl Safi is reluctant to say brewing beer is a science. More >>

 

 

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