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Eyeless worm a window into our diverse ocean

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 9:10 am | NIWA

A worm that feeds on bacteria and has no eyes is one of the standout stars of almost 600 unfamiliar and potentially new ocean species identified at NIWA in the past year. The worm was found burrowed into a piece of sunken wood found North East of the Chathams ... More >>

Climate Summary: 2nd-warmest July on record

Monday, 5 August 2019, 1:57 pm | NIWA

Temperature Temperatures were above average (0.51°C to 1.2°C above average) or well above average (>1.2°C above average) nearly everywhere across New Zealand, with the most unusually warm temperatures in the interior South Island and parts ... More >>

Scientists study eels by moonlight

Thursday, 1 August 2019, 10:18 am | NIWA

Under the light of the moon where the river meets the sea, NIWA researchers are planning to catch tiny fish that are all but invisible to the naked eye. More >>

NZ Climate Summary: June 2019

Thursday, 4 July 2019, 3:15 pm | NIWA

An unusually dry start to winter Temperature Temperatures were near average (-0.50 to +0.50°C of average) for the majority of the North Island. A portion of south Waikato observed below average temperatures (-0.51°C to -1.20°C of average) while ... More >>

2019 so far – a story of weather and climate extremes

Tuesday, 2 July 2019, 2:28 pm | NIWA

We’re now halfway through 2019 and NIWA climate data from the first six months tell a dramatic story of weather and climate extremes. “During summer, heatwave conditions scorched our seas for the second consecutive year, while several areas ... More >>

Coming season to become progressively more active for NZ

Monday, 1 July 2019, 10:04 am | NIWA

• A weak, central Pacific El Niño continued during June as sea surface temperatures (SSTs) remained more than 0.7C above average (i.e. the El Niño threshold) for the fourth consecutive month. More >>

It only gets brighter from tomorrow!

Friday, 21 June 2019, 10:05 am | NIWA

We’re here already – the shortest day is tomorrow (Saturday) and after this, it gets progressively lighter out to the longest day of the year in December. More >>

Fieldays Weather 2019: a mix of rain, sun, fog, and fun

Monday, 10 June 2019, 12:12 pm | NIWA

If you’re planning a visit to the National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek this week, here’s what you can expect from the weather. NIWA, the official forecaster to Fieldays, says the weather is likely to be a mixed bag for the event with Thursday ... More >>

NIWA May Climate Summary and Autumn Seasonal Climate Summary

Thursday, 6 June 2019, 10:33 am | NIWA

Autumn 2019 was New Zealand’s 4th warmest on record More >>

Come jump in a lake with NIWA

Wednesday, 5 June 2019, 1:26 pm | NIWA

Visitors to NIWA’s stand at this year’s Fieldays are invited to go diving with into the Rotorua lakes -without having to get wet. More >>

Winter Climate Outlook

Thursday, 30 May 2019, 4:16 pm | NIWA

Outlook Summary • A weak, central Pacific El Niño continued during May, as patterns of enhanced rainfall persisted in the vicinity of the International Dateline. Although El Niño is forecast to continue during the upcoming three-month period, it may weaken ... More >>

Seasonal records set to fall like autumn leaves

Monday, 27 May 2019, 4:24 pm | NIWA

With just a few days of autumn left, prolonged warm weather and less rain than normal means some spots across New Zealand are heading for the record books. NIWA will release its official Autumn Climate Summary next week but a spate of prolonged fine weather ... More >>

Owha and her friends awarded citizenship

Monday, 27 May 2019, 10:04 am | NIWA

New Zealand’s newest citizens like the solitary life, have leopard-like markings, and can each weigh up to 600kg. More >>

Thermal images reveal heat levels in New Zealand’s glaciers

Wednesday, 22 May 2019, 1:50 pm | NIWA

Thermal images taken by a NIWA scientist during this year’s aerial survey of South Island glaciers have revealed in extraordinary detail how heat in the surrounding landscape is affecting the ice. More >>

Scientists hoping to solve great eel mystery

Friday, 17 May 2019, 9:28 am | NIWA

NIWA freshwater scientists are pinning their hopes of solving an age-old mystery on 10 female longfin eels who are about to begin an epic journey to their spawning grounds somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. More >>

Scientists study how to predict marine heatwaves

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 10:39 am | NIWA

Scientists have taken a step closer to predicting marine heatwaves with new NIWA-led research finding a link between their formation and the length of time sea temperatures are warmer than normal. More >>

New understanding of threats to Hector’s and Māui dolphins

Sunday, 12 May 2019, 12:21 pm | NIWA

A new scientific assessment of Hector’s and Māui dolphins has led to a revised understanding of their biology, their distribution and their main threats. More >>

NIWA mapping Whakatipu lake floor

Wednesday, 8 May 2019, 3:04 pm | NIWA

NIWA researchers are out on Lake Whakatipu for the next week mapping the lake floor for the first time. More >>

Students, scientists, citizens study Arrowtown’s ailing air

Tuesday, 7 May 2019, 10:49 am | NIWA

Arrowtown may be known for its picturesque autumn scenery, but in winter this tiny Central Otago town has a problem. More >>

NIWA Outlook: May – July 2019

Thursday, 2 May 2019, 9:21 am | NIWA

• A weak, central Pacific El Niño continued during April, as patterns of enhanced rainfall persisted in the vicinity of the International Dateline. Although El Niño is forecast to continue during the upcoming three-month period, it may weaken later ... More >>



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