Ride With the Guy Who Builds Roller Coasters in His Yard

Ride With the Guy Who Builds Roller Coasters in His Yard

“A lot of people would build a swimming pool in a yard like this,” Pemble says, motioning around the sparse outdoor space behind his home “I didn’t want that. I didn’t think my kids would learn a lot from that.

Scientists confirm warming seas around New Zealand

Scientists confirm warming seas around New Zealand

That may not sound like a huge amount but slightly stronger warming of about 0.4ᵒC per decade off the east coast of Tasmania has resulted in significant changes to ecosystems which has led to concerns of similar impacts in New Zealand,” Dr Sutton says.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 16 January 2019

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 16 January 2019

Across the South Island, soil moisture levels generally decreased slightly in most locations, although small improvements were observed in Tasman and Buller District during the past week.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 9 January 2019

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 9 January 2019

The driest soils in the North Island compared to normal are currently found in the eastern Far North District, around New Plymouth, and coastal Horowhenua. Across the South Island, soil moisture levels generally increased in Southland and the lower West Coast and remained constant or slightly decreased elsewhere.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 19 December 2018

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 19 December 2018

The driest soils across the North Island compared to normal for this time of year are found across the Far North and Kaipara Districts in Northland, western Auckland, around New Plymouth, in the Central Plateau, and along west coastal Manawatu-Whanganui.

SpaceX’s Failed Landing Still Ended With a Clean Plop

SpaceX’s Failed Landing Still Ended With a Clean Plop

But unlike Monday’s textbook touchdown, today’s landing didn’t quite go as planned.The Falcon’s first stage, the largest and most expensive portion of the rocket, was expected to navigate itself back to land after launching the Dragon spacecraft.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 29 November 2018

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 29 November 2018

In the North Island, another week of substantial rainfall is likely in many areas, which could lead to further soil moisture improvements. With substantial rainfall amounts anticipated in the next week, additional soil moisture improvements are likely in the northern half of the North Island.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 7 November 2018

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 7 November 2018

Although flooding is likely in the West Coast due to the upcoming heavy rainfall, this will also mean significant increases in soil moisture levels across much of the South Island during the next week.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 14 November 2018

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 14 November 2018

With the rain amounts expected in the east and north, soil moisture levels are anticipated to improve in the next week, while soil moisture should stay near constant or slightly decrease in the rest of the island where many locations will see total rain amounts less than 15mm.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 31 October 2018

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 31 October 2018

An area of low pressure south of the country will bring a threat for heavy rain to the West Coast on Friday evening and Saturday with rainfall of 50-100 mm possible.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 17 October 2018

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 17 October 2018

The current pattern of higher than normal pressure and prevailing westerlies, bringing generally dry conditions especially in the east, is expected to continue over the next seven days.

Typhoon Mangkhut: Storm Slams Philippines on Landfall

Typhoon Mangkhut: Storm Slams Philippines on Landfall

Typhoon Mangkhut struck the Philippines early Saturday after thousands of people evacuated their homes to dodge the 550-mile-wide storm as it roared across the Pacific.The ferocity of the storm — with maximum sustained winds of around 120 miles per hour — in some ways eclipsed Hurricane Florence on the other side of the world, which was pummeling the Mid-Atlantic Coast of the United States with life-threatening rains and flooding.As dawn was breaking in the Philippines, there was no official word on casualties or damage.The eye of Mangkhut, known as Ompong in the Philippines, made landfall on the northeastern portion of Luzon island, the country’s rice- and corn-growing heartland, at about 1:40 a.m.[Catch up on the rest of our storm coverage.]

Hurricane Florence Live Updates: Rescues in North Carolina as Storm Makes Landfall

Hurricane Florence Live Updates: Rescues in North Carolina as Storm Makes Landfall

In the riverfront city of New Bern, emergency rescue teams were trying to reach hundreds of residents trapped in cars, on roofs and in their attics as the Neuse River overflowed and flooded the city.Here are the latest developments:• The storm, which was downgraded to Category 1 late Thursday, made landfall about 7:15 a.m., with winds of about 90 miles an hour.

Hurricane Florence: Storm’s Path Shifts and 3 Million Could Lose Power

Hurricane Florence: Storm’s Path Shifts and 3 Million Could Lose Power

The hurricane will then gather strength and spread inland as the center of the storm edges toward the coast on Friday afternoon, bringing torrential rainfall of up to 40 inches that will continue through Saturday and Sunday.Here are the latest developments:• The major power supplier for North and South Carolina, Duke Energy, said that the storm could knock out power for up to three million customers across the two states and that it could take several weeks to restore electricity.• The storm was predicted to slow and the eye could stall just offshore, battering the coast with high waves and dropping as much as 20 to 40 inches of rain in flood-prone coastal areas.

North Carolina Chose to Ignore Its Dangerous Sea Levels Years Before Hurricane Florence Hit

North Carolina Chose to Ignore Its Dangerous Sea Levels Years Before Hurricane Florence Hit

“If you compared storm surge heights from the same storm at the same location over several decades, the surge would be higher ― assuming no change in flood defenses ― because of sea level rise,” Sweet said.But in North Carolina, lawmakers chose to ignore the threats.

Super Typhoon Mangkhut Heads Toward Philippines and China

Super Typhoon Mangkhut Heads Toward Philippines and China

HONG KONG — A super typhoon packing winds of up to 150 miles per hour is heading toward the Philippines, picking up speed over the Pacific on a route that also has Taiwan and the heavily populated southeastern coast of China in its sights.Super Typhoon Mangkhut is on track to hit the northern Philippines with its strongest winds on Friday before striking Taiwan and then possibly veering south toward Hong Kong and mainland China.As many as 43 million people could be exposed to cyclone-strength winds, according to the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System.

As Florence’s Power Nears the Carolinas, Residents Brace for the Worst

As Florence’s Power Nears the Carolinas, Residents Brace for the Worst

As Florence’s Power Nears the Carolinas, Residents Brace for the WorstMany coastal communities in the Carolinas, including Nags Head, N.C., emptied out on Tuesday after the approach of Hurricane Florence prompted mandatory evacuation orders.With millions of coastal residents either on the move or hunkering down anxiously in place, Hurricane Florence surged toward North Carolina on Tuesday, tracing an unusual path that could lead to tremendous destruction — especially if the immense storm dumps enormous amounts of rain as it moves inland.“This could be an unprecedented disaster for North Carolina,” said Brian McNoldy, a senior research associate at the University of Miami, in a post on Tuesday on his popular hurricane blog.[ Are you in the path of Hurricane Florence?

Hurricane Florence Strengthening and Targeting the Southeast Coast, Forecasters Say

Hurricane Florence Strengthening and Targeting the Southeast Coast, Forecasters Say

Hurricane Florence Strengthening and Targeting the Southeast Coast, Forecasters SayTropical Storm Florence was upgraded to a hurricane on Sunday.NOAA, via Associated PressForecasters on Sunday upgraded Tropical Storm Florence to a hurricane, saying it was strengthening and taking aim at North and South Carolina, where it could make landfall by the end of the week.“We expect a rapid intensification of Florence tomorrow,” Dennis Feltgen, a spokesman for the National Hurricane Center, said on Sunday.

A Red Tide on Florida’s Gulf Coast Has Been a Huge Hit to Tourism

A Red Tide on Florida’s Gulf Coast Has Been a Huge Hit to Tourism

I don’t want them jumping in the water and then leaving me a negative review.” More red tide coverageThe Deadly Toll of the Red TideAug. 31, 2018A Toxic Tide Is Killing Florida Wildlife July 30, 2018Although Labor Day weekend usually marks the last summer spike in tourism along this coast, an unusually persistent red tide — the longest in the area since 2006 — has driven away would-be visitors, turning a survey of the Intracoastal Waterway, which would normally be buzzing with boats, into a quiet nature tour, despite bright blue skies and a cool breeze.

Key internet connections and locations at risk from rising seas

Key internet connections and locations at risk from rising seas

Data centers are built on land, and most of the physical elements of the internet – such as the cables that connect households to internet services and the fiber optic strands carrying data from one city to another – are buried in plastic conduit under the dirt.

As ice recedes, the Arctic isn’t prepared for more shipping traffic

As ice recedes, the Arctic isn’t prepared for more shipping traffic

But the number of partial transits will increase as cruise ships, mining companies and future oil and gas activity focus their eyes on the Arctic.

New large shark species heading for the UK? That’s no cause for panic

New large shark species heading for the UK? That’s no cause for panic

This detailed study of Australian tiger sharks suggested that an increase in water temperature of 1-2°C will lead to them being seen off New South Wales all year round (at the moment, they tend only to visit the region in summer).

Councils get help to prepare for sea-level rise

Councils get help to prepare for sea-level rise

Dr Bell is one of several experts, along with analysts from the Ministry for the Environment, that will be leading the workshops that aim to encourage councils to plan for coastal climate change now rather than wait for certainty about what might happen.