A few reflections on winter

In New Zealand, most people would not consider May and October to be winter months. This year, however, they were noticeably colder than usual. NIWA remarked upon this in their Climate Summaries for May and October 2009. To quote very selectively from these summaries:

Thank you for your feedback

Wow, in less than 24 hours we have received over 400 emails! Thank you to everyone who has provided feedback on the new look website .

Based on your comments we are addressing the following issues:

Ice

You may have heard in the news recently about a large group of  icebergs in the ocean south of New Zealand. There is an impressive photo of one of the icebergs here.

MetService launches preview of new website

MetService has released the new version of metservice.com for preliminary viewing. You can interact with the new site to compare it with the current site, which is still live.


How the Sun moves across the sky

As we approach summer in NZ, the Sun gets higher in the sky and increasingly warms the Earth and the air around us. In the early 1600s Galileo Galilei explained that the Earth goes around the Sun, but there's no reason why we can't discuss the apparent movement of the Sun across the sky, as you see it from a frame of reference fixed to the Earth. Let's do that, and investigate the different ways that the Sun drives our seasons.

Saturation

As I indicated at the end of the recent post about surface tension, I've started a new thread about the amazing properties of water. This time I'll write about saturation, what it is and what it isn't.

November gale

We've just had some very strong winds over NZ, so I'm writing this short post to give some background to it.

First of all, check out these peak northwesterly wind speeds from the morning of Wednesday 4 November:

A fresh new look for summer - metservice.com website redesign

MetService is currently working on a brand new metservice.com – it is being overhauled from top to bottom and is due for the big launch in early December.

This follows a major review where we have considered user feedback, met with metservice.com user testing groups and had a look at best practice around the world.  The MetService website is one of the most visited in the country and dear to the hearts of Kiwis, we know, so we have made changes carefully.  It has been five years since the last redesign.  We hope you will agree that the designs are a huge improvement in many ways.