Weather Place Names

There is a lot of weather tied up in New Zealand place names. The screaming northwest gales of Canterbury are celebrated with names like Windwhistle, near the Rakaia Gorge, Mount Blowhard, near Oxford, and Nervous Knob, near Castle Hill, where gusts of 240 km per hour have been measured. Fine weather gets a mention with Sunnynook and Sunnyvale, both near Auckland. We have a Misty Peak and a Cloudy Bay and rainbows are well represented, being used to name an island, a mountain, a lake and a pass.

New Website Enhancements to Come

MetService has continued to receive a lot of feedback about the new website design over the Christmas break.

You'll notice some enhancements over the next few weeks. The main changes will be:

- Graphical information on the Rural and Towns and Cities pages - we hear ya! We will be reviewing how the rainfall and temperature information is displayed.

- Automatic play of maps e.g. radar, 3 Day and 5 Day Rainfall Maps. You will notice these maps will no longer animate on page load.

The New MetService Website

Why redesign
We understand that knowing what the weather’s doing helps you plan your day and stay safe when you’re out in the elements.  The website is three years old now, and over that time we’ve added a lot of new content and have made hundreds of tweaks from hundreds of emails that you have sent us. With SO much new content, it was time to stop and review the website to ensure it is clear and easy to use and that it gives us a good platform to move forward from for the next few years – we hope you like it.