Farming Drives Toward ‘Precision Agriculture’ Technologies

Farming Drives Toward ‘Precision Agriculture’ Technologies

Agribusiness as a whole is betting that the world has reached the tipping point where desperate need caused by a growing population, the economic realities of conventional farming, and advancing technology converge to require something called precision agriculture, which aims to minimize inputs and the costs and environmental problems that go with them.

How to Take Care of Your Electric Vehicle Battery

How to Take Care of Your Electric Vehicle Battery

The Tesla Model 3 (which Hu himself drives) uses nickel-free LFP, which is typically cheaper and safer, with a long battery life: “Hundreds of thousands of miles,” he says.

New national rainfall record surpasses 56-year-old record

New national rainfall record surpasses 56-year-old record

NIWA meteorologists say the 103 mm of rain from 4am-5am recorded at Maungatapere near Whangārei on Monday 21 March is a new national hourly rainfall record for a low elevation station.

A New Super-High Satellite Will Eye Weather on Earth—and in Space

A New Super-High Satellite Will Eye Weather on Earth—and in Space

Basically, any kind of good or bad weather, any kind of hazardous environmental condition, the cameras on GOES-T will see them,” says Pamela Sullivan, director of the GOES-R program at the the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration, which together with NASA designed and built the new satellite.

How we won the 36th America’s Cup

How we won the 36th America’s Cup

During the 2021 America’s Cup, NIWA’s supercomputer, the largest in New Zealand, was used to analyse past environmental conditions (hindcasting), predicting future weather (forecasting) and modelling ocean currents in the Hauraki Gulf – all to an extremely high resolution.

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.

The Danger of Leaving Weather Prediction to AI

The Danger of Leaving Weather Prediction to AI

Models are now capable of interpreting the dynamics of parcels of atmosphere as small as 3 kilometers in area, and since 1960 these models have been able to include ever-more-accurate data sent from weather satellites.

The great debate: when does summer begin?

The great debate: when does summer begin?

While both the astronomical and meteorological definitions are valid, NIWA forecasters have turned to Mother Nature’s weather patterns, looking at the warmest 90-day period of the year to provide another perspective on when summer in Aotearoa New Zealand begins.

Battlefield 2042 Turns the Climate Crisis Into a Playground

Battlefield 2042 Turns the Climate Crisis Into a Playground

During November's COP26 summit , the world’s largest polluters, the US and China, refused to make even a loose and nonbinding commitment to move away from coal over the next few decades.

Did Climate Change Make That Freak Weather Even Worse?

Did Climate Change Make That Freak Weather Even Worse?

Averaging temperature measurements over the entire world helps scientists ignore the random vicissitudes of weather when determining the overall trajectory of climate change.“No human, no ecosystem on Earth, will ever experience the global mean temperature,” Swain says.

Your Rooftop Garden Could Be a Solar-Powered Working Farm

Your Rooftop Garden Could Be a Solar-Powered Working Farm

The same concept would work up on a roof: Solar panels would provide the shade that makes plants happier and less thirsty.

How Early Warning Systems Help Us Deal With Extreme Weather

How Early Warning Systems Help Us Deal With Extreme Weather

Early warning systems can alert local communities on things like approaching hurricanes, cyclones, or landslides due to extreme rainfall, where getting ahead of incidents by even a few hours can make all the difference, says Tye. They can also provide knowledge of slower onset events, such as an upcoming drought several months away.

Tree Rings Show Modern Cyclones Are the Rainiest in Centuries

Tree Rings Show Modern Cyclones Are the Rainiest in Centuries

A recent study addresses this question by using tree rings to reconstruct hundreds of years of seasonal cyclone precipitation levels.“Often, tree-ring reconstructions show us that the extreme climate we have recorded with instruments (weather stations) over the last 120 years was surpassed back in time,” Maxwell told Ars Technica.

New England’s Moose Are Losing the Fight Against Winter Ticks

New England’s Moose Are Losing the Fight Against Winter Ticks

On average, from 2017 to 2019, only 66 percent of moose calves survived their first 60 days.Not only do moose lack a grooming instinct, but they also offer a thick, eight-inch coat, keeping ticks “nice and warm,” Blouin says.

NASA Is Preparing for the Ravages of Climate Change

NASA Is Preparing for the Ravages of Climate Change

The agency’s newly released report highlights five areas of focus, including planning for climate risks as new missions move forward, adapting infrastructure as much as possible, and ensuring access to space, which could be disrupted if, say, a flooded road delayed the delivery of rocket fuel to a launchpad.

Field technicians greeted by thigh-deep snow

Field technicians greeted by thigh-deep snow

Christchurch-based environmental monitoring technicians Alec Dempster and Pieter Havelaar got way off the beaten track this week, heading to a snow-covered Mt Potts for weather station servicing in clear blue skies and some of the deepest snow they’ve ever worked in.

Apple's iOS 15 Is Here—These Are All the Top New Features

Apple's iOS 15 Is Here—These Are All the Top New Features

When you open the Photos app and go to the For You tab, you'll be greeted with a new version of Memories—this feature automatically generates a mini-movie of specific trips or events and automatically chooses a relevant song from Apple Music (but only if you have a subscription to the music service).

What Is ‘Fire Weather,’ and Why Is It Getting Worse?

What Is ‘Fire Weather,’ and Why Is It Getting Worse?

But if you’re wondering why we don’t often hear about catastrophic fires in the plains states, like we do in California, Oregon, and Colorado, that’s because “fire weather” just means the conditions are right for a blaze—it doesn’t mean they necessarily happen.

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.

NIWA takes shot at golf course ratings

NIWA takes shot at golf course ratings

Dr Turner determined that using NIWA’s in-house, high resolution weather model, known as the NZCSM – New Zealand Convective Scale Model – could result in a fairer comparison across all golf courses.NZCSM mean wind speeds from the past four years were applied to the ratings calculation of almost 400 golf courses across the country.

Three New Field Guides for Bird & Weather Nerds

Three New Field Guides for Bird & Weather Nerds

Here are three great new field guides that will teach you everything you’ve ever wanted to know about weather phenomena, how to identify bird nests, and the ins and outs of the bird families of North America.

June blows hot and cold – and possibly hottest of all

June blows hot and cold – and possibly hottest of all

Mr Noll says the last few weeks have been substantially warmer than average across the country prompted by warm sea temperatures in the western Pacific fuelling northerly low pressure systems bringing warm air to New Zealand.

Climate scientists making shift to new “normal”

Climate scientists making shift to new “normal”

“This is especially important because there has been a proliferation of different types of weather stations in recent times and we need to ensure that they each measuring the variables the same way.”.Climate scientist Raghav Srinivasan says the process of changing the normal takes several steps.

More Lightning in the Arctic Is Bad News for the Planet

More Lightning in the Arctic Is Bad News for the Planet

“The 2020 heat wave in the Russian Arctic shows how—even at high latitudes—really warm weather conditions can develop that can lead to fires that burn intensely and can grow to be very large,” says Isla Myers-Smith, an ecologist at the University of Edinburgh who studies the region but wasn’t involved in this new work.

Where Are Those Shoes You Ordered? Check the Ocean Floor

Where Are Those Shoes You Ordered? Check the Ocean Floor

“It’s a boom in import cargo beyond anything we've seen before,” says Lars Jensen, the CEO of SeaIntelligence Consulting, which advises clients in the container shipping industry.

The Energy Sector Must Prepare for More Extreme Weather

The Energy Sector Must Prepare for More Extreme Weather

Last week, Texas was hit by a different kind of extreme weather event: Record-smashing cold temperatures and heavy snow.But other states manage much colder weather every year without these types of power outages.

Wet, warm, cold, dry – the holidays with a bit of everything

Wet, warm, cold, dry – the holidays with a bit of everything

But before heading off to the bach, beach, or boat, here’s five things you should know about regarding the 2020 Christmas climate, according to NIWA forecaster Ben Noll: The wet — although the Christmas/New Year period will feature plenty of dry weather, Christmas Eve will be an exception.

Will Rising Temperatures Make Superweeds Even Stronger?

Will Rising Temperatures Make Superweeds Even Stronger?

Eventually, Stahlman, who has since retired, decided that the problem was likely temperature: Something about spraying in high heat was rendering the herbicides less effective.

21 Best Black Friday Deals on Fitness and Outdoors Gear (2020): Weights, Fitness Trackers, and More

21 Best Black Friday Deals on Fitness and Outdoors Gear (2020): Weights, Fitness Trackers, and More

We've waded through tons of Black Friday deals for the best fitness and outdoor gear that will help you stay in shape this cold winter.Running Gear Deals.Check out our Outdoor Gift Guide and roundup of the Best Outdoor Furniture and Gear for more picks.

Among Us Was Hit With Pro-Trump Spam

Among Us Was Hit With Pro-Trump Spam

Recently, US representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) engaged with the voting public via a big Twitch stream in which she played the party game/treachery simulator Among Us. Not long after, the game was plagued by a spam attack that launched a bevy of pro-Republican messages to players, which seems … possibly related.