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After one of the most tranquil weeks of the season, winter returns to the South Island this weekend, delivering some fresh powder—music to the ears of the country’s snow hounds.
After the coldest and snowiest stretch of winter last week, there’s some settled weather in the forecast for anyone heading to the ski slopes.
NIWA scientists and field teams will be heading outdoors for the first snow mobilisation of winter later this week to make the most of what is expected to be the largest and longest wintry blast of the year.
A number of temperature records toppled across New Zealand over the weekend as tropical winds from New Caledonia and Vanuatu streamed over the country.
A series of low pressure systems will trek across the Tasman from tonight into the weekend, resulting in locally heavy rain and the potential for flooding and slips for the east of the North Island.
The Deep South National Science Challenge today announced new funding for seven new scientific research projects to help New Zealanders better understand their future climate.
The discovery of diaries of an English missionary living in Northland in the 1800s reveals him as New Zealand’s first meteorologist.
The first six months of 2016 are set to be the warmest ever start to the year, according to NIWA’s long-term seven-station temperature series.
NIWA Meteorologist Ben Noll takes a north-to-south look at the record-breaking warm temperatures experienced by Kiwis during the winter solstice.
The weather for Fieldays 2016 is shaping up to be mostly tranquil with seasonable temperatures – that’s after a cool front brings patchy showers to the Mystery Creek area on Wednesday. Strong high pressure will build across the North Island from Thursday onward, bringing cool, crisp mornings and seasonably mild afternoons along with dry weather.
Wear your gumboots by all means - but Fieldays 2016 is shaping up to be mostly mild and dry.
An important scientific milestone was reached on a windswept point at the bottom of the North Island this week.
A potent storm strengthening over the Tasman Sea will move over New Zealand tonight and pummel the country with heavy, possibly flooding, rain and damaging wind gusts.
Another powerful weather system is set to hit New Zealand tonight and tomorrow morning, bringing another round of strong, gusty wind and drenching downpours.
Across the North Island, soil moisture levels have generally remained the same or decreased slightly when compared to this time last week.
Across the North Island, soil moisture levels have generally remained the same or increased when compared to this time last week.
A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent. Regions experiencing these soil moisture deficits are deemed “hotspots”. Persistent hotspot regions have the potential to develop into drought.
A major weather system is heading to New Zealand in the next couple of days.
A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent. Regions experiencing these soil moisture deficits are deemed “hotspots”. Persistent hotspot regions have the potential to develop into drought.
A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.

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