NEW dust graphs for Christchurch city

Over the past couple of days we've been working on an easy-to-understand indicator of the risk of wind-driven dust clouds in and around Christchurch city. To our knowledge, no-one’s tried this before.

These 'dust graphs' are now live on so that the people of Christchurch, emergency services, lifelines and others have more information to help them deal with the very trying circumstances they continue to face.

FitzRoy: Inventor of the weather forecast

This article was originally published in New Zealand Geographic, issue 99 September-October 2009 

Robert FitzRoy is famous as captain of the Beagle on the voyage when Darwin made his discoveries, although many New Zealanders also know FitzRoy as Governor of New Zealand before George Grey. But to meteorologists, FitzRoy is famous as one of the pioneers of weather forecasting; indeed, FitzRoy coined the term "weather forecasting". He was also a superb navigator and surveyor whose charts of South America were still in use more than 100 years after he made them.