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.
Lately, during this spell of fine sunny weather, there have been a lot of comments about the air temperatures we are showing on our web site, where they are measured and opinions about them. In this Blog post I will explain the reasons for the location of our weather stations. I will also offer some help about how you can get some use from the information they provide.
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.
Ex-Tropical Cyclone Evan is playing a part in New Zealand's weather this Christmas.
Now that it has passed across the seas to the north of the North Island, the heaviest of the rain over northern New Zealand is over. This will be the last update of the "Evan" blog.
Thank you for all your feedback on the new MetService website. The website is an evolving platform and we will continue to make enhancements once we have reviewed all feeback.
The majority of feedback received has been about four main points:
This post looks at some of MetService's activities in the southwest Pacific, particularly a severe weather project and the training we have provided to individual countries over the last 7 months.
Update, Friday 14 December
Around midday on Thursday 6 December an active trough line passed slowly through Auckland. One of these thunderstorm cells contained a tornado which touched down near Hobsonville, tragically killing three people.
This blog post has been set up to keep you informed of the latest developments in this weather system as it travels south-east from Auckland.
Why redesign metservice.com?
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.