Hotspot Watch 20 January 2022

Hotspot Watch 20 January 2022

As of 17 January, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map shown below indicates that dry conditions are now located in Nelson, southern and interior Otago, eastern Southland, and Stewart Island.

Hotspot Watch 13 January 2022

Hotspot Watch 13 January 2022

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry conditions are now located in southern Otago, eastern Southland, and Stewart Island.

Hotspot Watch 6 January 2022

Hotspot Watch 6 January 2022

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry conditions have emerged in northern Kaipara Harbour and eastern Waikato.As of 4 January, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry-to-very dry conditions are located in parts of Southland, Raikura/Stewart Island and Clutha.

Hotspot Watch 18 November 2021

Hotspot Watch 18 November 2021

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that no dry conditions are located in the North Island as of 15 November.The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that no dry conditions are located in the South Island as of 15 November.

Hotspot Watch 11 November 2021

Hotspot Watch 11 November 2021

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that no dry conditions are located in the North Island as of 8 November.The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that no dry conditions are located in the South Island as of 8 November.

Hotspot Watch 4 November 2021

Hotspot Watch 4 November 2021

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that no dry conditions are located in the North Island as of 1 November.The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that no dry conditions are located in the South Island as of 1 November.

In New Zealand, People (and Moths) Rediscover Dark Skies

In New Zealand, People (and Moths) Rediscover Dark Skies

The man had made his way from Texas to the Mackenzie region of New Zealand’s South Island for the landscapes, to see vivid swathes of violet lupins set against blue glacial lakes and snowy peaks rising beyond golden tussocked hills.

The weather’s better in lockdown, right?

The weather’s better in lockdown, right?

As for where this lockdown phenomenon is being felt the most, warmer than average days have been happening across the North Island, the top of the South Island and about Otago.

Hotspot Watch 9 April 2021

Hotspot Watch 9 April 2021

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that widespread dry to very dry conditions are in place across most of the northeastern South Island, as well as Otago and eastern Southland.

Hotspot Watch 1 April 2021

Hotspot Watch 1 April 2021

As of 24 March, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that widespread dry to very dry conditions extend from southern Northland to Wellington, excluding Taranaki, and across the east of the North Island, as well as Marlborough, eastern and coastal Canterbury, parts of Otago and Southland.

Hotspot Watch 26 March 2021

Hotspot Watch 26 March 2021

As of 24 March, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that widespread dry to very dry conditions are in place across most of the central and eastern North Island, northeastern South Island, as well as parts of Otago and Southland.

Hotspot Watch 18 March 2021

Hotspot Watch 18 March 2021

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that widespread dry to very dry conditions are in place across the northeastern South Island as well as parts of Otago and Southland.

Scientists watching lake on South Island glacier survey

Scientists watching lake on South Island glacier survey

Scientists undertaking the annual glacier snowline survey over the South Island later this month are keeping a watchful eye on a lake that has been forming and disappearing at the junction of the Tasman and Hochstetter glaciers.

Hotspot Watch 19 February 2021

Hotspot Watch 19 February 2021

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry-to-very dry soils are found in the northeastern South Island and along parts of eastern Canterbury.

Hotspot Watch 4 December 2020

Hotspot Watch 4 December 2020

Much of the South Island saw small to moderate soil moisture increases during the past week, also small decreases occurred from Clutha District to Invercargill.Due to the expected rainfall over the next week, the western and lower North Island will likely see additional soil moisture increases.

Hotspot Watch 27 November 2020

Hotspot Watch 27 November 2020

Some soil moisture increases may be found in the West Coast and upper South Island during the next week, but additional decreases will be most likely in southern Canterbury and coastal Otago.

Hotspot Watch 12 November 2020

Hotspot Watch 12 November 2020

Significant soil moisture changes are not expected during the next week, although small increases may occur in the West Coast and lower South Island, with small decreases possible from central Canterbury to Marlborough.

Hotspot Watch 7 May 2020

Hotspot Watch 7 May 2020

Soil moisture increases will be possible in the next week along the West Coast, although minor to moderate decreases are likely in most other parts of the South Island.

Drought hits hard, far and wide

Drought hits hard, far and wide

And while conditions have improved in most regions, NIWA meteorologist Ben Noll says river flows and soil moisture levels remain below normal for large parts of the North Island and upper South Island while before last weekend drought still persisted in the Coromandel Peninsula.

Hotspot Watch 1 May 2020

Hotspot Watch 1 May 2020

Soil moisture increases will be likely in the next week along the West Coast and in parts of the upper South Island.

Hotspot Watch 23 April 2020

Hotspot Watch 23 April 2020

Many parts of the South Island saw small soil moisture increases during the past week, although small decreases were observed in northern Canterbury.While soil moisture increases will be possible in the lower South Island during the next week, expect further decreases across Marlborough and Canterbury.

Bushfire smoke continues trip around world

Bushfire smoke continues trip around world

The bushfires also caused a spike in carbon monoxide readings earlier in the year and last month NIWA scientists documented ash deposits on the South Island glaciers originating from the Australian fires.

Hotspot Watch 16 April 2020

Hotspot Watch 16 April 2020

While moderate soil moisture increases occurred across Tasman, West Coast, and the lower South Island, slight decreases were observed across much of Canterbury.With significant rainfall possible in parts of the North Island, many locations will likely see minor to moderate soil moisture increases during the next week.

Auckland set to break dry spell record

Auckland set to break dry spell record

The New Zealand Drought Index ( ) shows severe meteorological drought is widespread across Northland, Auckland, and northern Waikato.The summer of 2012-13 featured one of the worst droughts in decades for parts of Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Hawke’s Bay, and the western South Island.

Hotspot Watch 12 February 2020

Hotspot Watch 12 February 2020

Due to the likelihood of heavy rain from Uesi, soil moisture levels will likely increase during the next week across the western and lower South Island.

South Jersey's Mid-Century Modern Motels, in All Their Neon Glory

South Jersey's Mid-Century Modern Motels, in All Their Neon Glory

The area first developed into a major summer tourism destination in the 1950s when brothers Lou and Will Morey, inspired by a visit to Miami’s South Beach, started building motels on the island.

Hotspot Watch 19 December 2019

Hotspot Watch 19 December 2019

With the anticipated rainfall in the upcoming week, little or no change in soil moisture levels are expected from the south Waikato northbound, along with parts of southern Hawke’s Bay and coastal Wairarapa, while the rest of the North Island are expected to experience slight soil moisture increases.

‘Tis the season for a Christmas weather forecast…

‘Tis the season for a Christmas weather forecast…

It was a different much more pleasant occasion in the South Island where Cromwell hit 32.8°C on Christmas Day, the warmest temperature recorded across all of New Zealand in December 2018.Daytime temperatures near average (generally in the upper teens.)

Hotspot Watch 11 December 2019

Hotspot Watch 11 December 2019

Across the South Island, substantial rainfall during the past week led to soil moisture increases along the lower West coast, Fiordland, parts of Otago, lower Canterbury along with northern Tasman and Marlborough.

Hotspot Watch 20 November 2019

Hotspot Watch 20 November 2019

Soil moisture levels are likely to increase along the West Coast and in parts of the lower South Island during the next week, while most other areas will see little change.

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