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March climate summary

Wednesday, 5 April 2017, 10:22 am | Niwa National Climate Centre

March 2017 was characterised by higher than normal atmospheric pressure over and to the south and west of the South Island combined with lower than normal pressure to the northwest of New Zealand. This pressure pattern resulted in a predominant ... More >>

Seasonal Climate Outlook

Friday, 31 March 2017, 4:17 pm | Niwa National Climate Centre

Highlights this month include: • Mixed signals coming from the Tropical Pacific about El Nino and La Nina • Generally above average temperatures, rainfall and soil moisture levels More >>

Unique research records rare whale species in Cook Strait

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 10:48 am | Niwa National Climate Centre

The sounds of whales and dolphins rarely seen in New Zealand waters have been recorded by a NIWA scientist in a pioneering underwater sound project. More >>

Monthly Climate Summary

Friday, 3 February 2017, 1:50 pm | Niwa National Climate Centre

A tempestuous month, cool for many and very dry in the eastern North Island. More >>

Regional predictions for the next three months

Friday, 3 February 2017, 10:38 am | Niwa National Climate Centre

The tropical Pacific is currently in an ENSO (El Niño – Southern Oscillation) neutral state (neither El Niño nor La Niña). Sea surface temperatures (SSTs) in the central Equatorial Pacific Ocean are marginally below average. In the sub-surface ... More >>

Important submarine canyon ecosystems at risk

Thursday, 2 February 2017, 11:57 am | Niwa National Climate Centre

A NIWA scientist is calling for greater protection of submarine canyons around New Zealand as their rich marine life comes under increasing threat from human activity. More >>

NIWA temperature records for June 20-22

Thursday, 23 June 2016, 2:34 pm | Niwa National Climate Centre

Kaitaia, mildest 21 June overnight (temp didn’t drop below 14°C at night) Auckland, mildest overnight (temp didn’t drop below 13.5°C) Tauranga, mildest overnight (temp didn’t drop below 13.5°C) New Plymouth, mildest overnight (temp didn’t ... More >>

New Zealand Climate Summary: December 2015

Thursday, 7 January 2016, 3:46 pm | Niwa National Climate Centre

During December 2015, strong El Niño conditions continued in the Tropical Pacific. In New Zealand this contributed to the prevalence of high pressure over and to the west of the country while lower pressure than normal existed to the east of New Zealand. ... More >>

Spring Climate Summary

Monday, 7 December 2015, 10:57 am | Niwa National Climate Centre

Rainfall Rainfall was well below normal ( 149%) in Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay. Temperature Spring temperatures were near average (-0.50°C to + 0.50°C) for most of the country. The exception was parts of western Waikato, southern Hawke’s Bay, Wairarapa, the ... More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch

Friday, 13 November 2015, 3:28 pm | Niwa National Climate Centre

A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent. Regions experiencing these soil moisture deficits are deemed “hotspots”. Persistent hotspot regions ... More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch

Friday, 6 November 2015, 3:24 pm | Niwa National Climate Centre

A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent. Regions experiencing these soil moisture deficits are deemed “hotspots”. Persistent hotspot regions ... More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch

Friday, 30 October 2015, 3:33 pm | Niwa National Climate Centre

A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent. Regions experiencing these soil moisture deficits are deemed “hotspots”. Persistent hotspot regions ... More >>

Scientists produce stunning images

Thursday, 8 October 2015, 9:28 am | Niwa National Climate Centre

A day at the office for NIWA scientists can mean anything from taking a helicopter into the Southern Alps to check a weather station, to diving in the ocean to monitor various natural habitats or standing in rivers or lakes conducting water quality ... More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch

Friday, 2 October 2015, 3:46 pm | Niwa National Climate Centre

A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent. Regions experiencing these soil moisture deficits are deemed “hotspots”. Persistent hotspot regions ... More >>

Where there’s smoke, there’s air quality scientists

Thursday, 1 October 2015, 12:21 pm | Niwa National Climate Centre

NIWA scientists are now analysing data gathered from an air quality pilot experiment in Rangiora that could revolutionise the way communities can measure and control pollution. During September, NIWA staff installed temperature sensors in 14 homes ... More >>

Weed discovery puts boaties on alert

Monday, 14 May 2012, 11:42 am | Niwa National Climate Centre

An invasive aquatic weed has been found in Lake Rotorangi, prompting a request for recreational users of the lake to help prevent it spreading. More >>

National Climate Summary – November 2011

Friday, 2 December 2011, 11:51 am | Niwa National Climate Centre

• Rainfall: Extremely dry in Northland, Firth of Thames, Eastern Waikato, Coromandel, Western Bay of Plenty, and Taupo. Wet around Palmerston North, and very wet over much of South Island, especially Otago, South Canterbury, and the Lakes District. ... More >>

October: Wet and cloudy for many regions; easterlies prevail

Wednesday, 2 November 2011, 11:15 am | Niwa National Climate Centre

• Rainfall: Very wet in the north and west of the North Island, and the north and east of the South Island. Very dry in Gisborne. Below normal rainfall in the Wairarapa, and across the west and south of the South Island. • Temperatures: Above average ... More >>

La Nina Back But A Typical Summer Likely

Friday, 28 October 2011, 9:47 am | Niwa National Climate Centre

The NIWA National Climate Centre’s outlook for early summer, November 2011 to January 2012, indicates that temperatures are likely to be near average across all of the North Island and average or above average in the South Island. More >>

National Climate Summary – September 2011: Dry, sunny & cool

Monday, 3 October 2011, 11:39 am | Niwa National Climate Centre

• Rainfall: Less than half of normal in Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, the West Coast, and Mackenzie country. Generally dry elsewhere, except for Auckland, central Otago and coastal Southland. Driest September on record for Whakatane. • Sunshine: Extremely ... More >>

 

 

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