Forecasting for the Summer's Day Sweepstakes

This blog post is about the MetService Summer's Day Sweepstakes. I'd like to give you some background on how to use the material on the MetService website to give yourself an advantage in the Sweepstakes. The prizes are fantastic so it'll be worth your effort.

New feature for "towns & cities" - Past Weather

We have added a new feature to the "towns & cities" section on "Past Weather" is now located below the ten day forecast for most locations showing wind, air temperatures and rainfall in a graphical format.

The graph shows the elements for yesterday, the last 7 days, and the last 30 days, as well as 'historical' on a calendar monthly basis. The data is detailed further upon mouse-over and includes:

- the highest wind gust
- the direction the wind was blowing from
- the highest and lowest air temperatures; and
- rainfall

The New Zealand Pollen Forecast

Written by:

Dr David Fountain, Associate Professor Plant Biology (Retired), Institute of Molecular BioSciences, Massey University

Summer is the time of year when there's lots of pollen - and hayfever - around. Pollen grains are shed from flowering plants and are typically 15 to 50 millionths of a metre across - about the same width as a human hair.

Wind warnings for Recreational Marine Areas


All MetService inshore recreational marine forecast areas are now covered by a full warning service.  This extension of services started on Tuesday 7 December 2010. 

Weird Taranaki Cloud

Addendum added at end of this post on  20 Dec 2010

Lesley of New Plymouth recently sent in some cloud images taken by cellphone at New Plymouth.  They were taken at around 7:50am on Thursday 18 November 2010 and look a bit like someone or something had been slicing the clouds.  The first, below, was taken from the Waimea Street/Brois Street roundabout, looking roughly east-south-east  (to the right of the morning sun).

Myth-busting ultraviolet radiation

Written by Wayde Beckman from the Health Sponsorship Council, on 11 November 2010

Who would have thought in November, when temperatures struggle to get over 20 degrees in some New Zealand places, that ultraviolet (UV) radiation levels are already high enough to cause sunburn and put Kiwis at risk of developing melanoma skin cancer?

Cold Windy Friday

Check the weather forecast before heading out to that fireworks show.

Verification of Severe Weather Warnings

This blog post is the third in a three-part series discussing verification of MetService forecasts. Here, we present the method used for verifying Severe Weather Warnings, along with some recent examples.