Just a week ago I was struggling to cope with record breaking temperatures. And in typical Kiwi fashion, I blamed the Aussies for the heat wave. According to my indoor/outdoor temperature station the maximum outdoor temperature over the last week was 37.9°C (100°F). I’m looking for a reason to blame the Aussies for the current state of the weather, but it looks like Antarctica is the culprit. It’s approaching 2:00pm and it’s a very untropical 16°C (61°F) outside, with a steady breeze of 30km/h (19mph) gusting to 50km/h (31mph). That’s a drop in temperature of 22°C (40°F) over a few days, although there’s been no change in wind speed, just in direction.
I guess Trump and friends will claim this is proof that there is no global warning. They conveniently ignore the fact that even small increases in global warming can cause severe climate change, the effects of which vary from region to region. In the case of Aotearoa New Zealand, our very changeable weather is becoming even more changeable with the extremes becoming greater – one example being areas that have been historically safe for habitation are now being designated floodplains not suitable for habitation.
6 Feb, 2019 at 8:22 pm
No better description of undecided weather than this
6 Feb, 2019 at 8:46 pm
NZ has a reputation for unpredictable changeable weather, and tramping (hiking in the wilderness) can be dangerous if you’re adequately prepared. But it’s getting ridiculous: This is barbecue season, and the winds haven’t let up since Christmas. There’s been one day and marginally 2 evenings where a barbecue has been practical. I emphasise practical because they weren’t exactly pleasant due to the “breeze”. If this keeps up, I’m going to have to trade my gas barbecue for something more useful – like a land yacht 🙂
6 Feb, 2019 at 9:42 pm
Maybe trying getting a glider, should work well with the winds. Luckily for us we hardly have any such strong winds.
6 Feb, 2019 at 10:06 pm
Actually, we frequently see gliders from our house. They only fly in calm weather. We can watch them as they circle on thermals to gain height before striking out to seek another thermal some distance away, where they repeat the process. It’s quite fascinating to watch, but I haven’t seen one in weeks.