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.

FAO - News Article: FAO, WMO and partners call for early warning and early action to avoid disasters

FAO - News Article: FAO, WMO and partners call for early warning and early action to avoid disasters

13 October 2020, Geneva/Rome - As extreme weather and climate events have increased in frequency, intensity and severity, particularly due to climate change, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and its partners have warned that early warning systems, followed by early action, are critical to prevent disasters and save lives.

A Beautiful Yet Grim Map Shows How Wildfire Smoke Spreads

A Beautiful Yet Grim Map Shows How Wildfire Smoke Spreads

Courtesy of NOAASo if you’re looking at the HRRR-Smoke map, on that same left-hand menu, click on “Near Surface Smoke.” This gives you smoke concentrations at about 8 meters off the ground, which are indicated on a light-blue-to-purple color scale at top right on the map.

A Drop in Commercial Flights Is Bad for Hurricane Forecasts

A Drop in Commercial Flights Is Bad for Hurricane Forecasts

These algorithms, which capture the physics of cloud formation, tropical storms, and polar winds, among other things, are then populated with temperature data from satellites and surface observations to generate a three- or 10-day forecast.

SpaceX Launched Two Astronauts—Changing Spaceflight Forever

SpaceX Launched Two Astronauts—Changing Spaceflight Forever

Once SpaceX starts ferrying astronauts to orbit on operational missions, seats on Crew Dragon will cost roughly half the price of a seat on the Russian Soyuz capsule.

What's Next for SpaceX's Crewed Mission to the ISS?

What's Next for SpaceX's Crewed Mission to the ISS?

On Wednesday, NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley were supposed to launch to the International Space Station in SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule.

It's Not Just the Extreme Heat. It's the Extreme Humidity

It's Not Just the Extreme Heat. It's the Extreme Humidity

Intolerable bouts of extreme humidity and heat that could threaten human survival are on the rise across the world, suggesting that worst-case-scenario warnings about the consequences of global heating are already occurring, a new study has revealed.

NIWA Essential Services: COVID-19

NIWA Essential Services: COVID-19

These are broadly defined as hazard monitoring, resilience, diagnostics for essential services like biosecurity, maintaining animal facilities, and infrastructure that requires constant attention (e.g., security of samples, collections and computing facilities), as follows.

We don’t know much about lakes and climate change, says researcher

We don’t know much about lakes and climate change, says researcher

Lake scientist Piet Verburg was part of an international team of 39 researchers from 20 countries who carried out a recent review of current knowledge on how lake ecosystems respond to extreme storm events.

Glowing Amphibians, Extreme Weather Satellites, and More News

Glowing Amphibians, Extreme Weather Satellites, and More News

Frogs are reflecting and satellites are detecting, but first: a cartoon about self-driving without a license .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.New research in Scientific Reports reveals that amphibians actually glow, and always have—scientists just couldn't see it.

Forecast shows Auckland region to stay dry

Forecast shows Auckland region to stay dry

In Auckland city, just 5mm of rain was recorded at the Motat weather station—the lowest since 1948 and just 7% of normal.The extremely dry conditions have prompted NIWA and Fire Emergency New Zealand to issue a video today highlighting the areas at greatest risk and alerting people to the fire danger.

Weathering With You Is an Environmental Power Fantasy

Weathering With You Is an Environmental Power Fantasy

The movie cuts to Hina falling through the sky like some celestial thing, witnessing supernatural weather patterns only she’s meant to see.The added water vapor caused by global warming, climate scientists have warned for decades, will coalesce as heavy rain not unlike the constant downpour in Weathering.

It's Not Just You—Wild Swings in Extreme Weather Are Rising

It's Not Just You—Wild Swings in Extreme Weather Are Rising

All that rain meant a bumper crop of grasses and other vegetation, which, as hot and dry conditions returned, likely contributed to a combustible mix of fuels that played a role in the severe fires that have swept California in the past two years .These wild swings from one weather extreme to another are symptomatic of a phenomenon, variously known as “climate whiplash” or “weather whiplash,” that scientists say is likely to increase as the world warms.

Ten years of the weather with you

Ten years of the weather with you

The Seven Station Series dates back to 1909 and shows New Zealand’s average annual temperature has increased by about 1ᵒC over the past 100 years.Takahe Valley (Southland), 9.61 °C (record length 3419 days) Lowest average mean daily temperature :.

What's in the Forecast: Private Weather Predictions

What's in the Forecast: Private Weather Predictions

After several years of testing, NOAA is now preparing to purchase readings from commercial satellites that use GPS signals to measure the density of the atmosphere.

The Arctic Is Warming Much Faster Than the Rest of Earth

The Arctic Is Warming Much Faster Than the Rest of Earth

Kristin Laidre, an animal ecologist at the University of Washington and a coauthor, says the melting summer sea ice is causing trouble for big mammals: polar bears, walruses, and seals.

The week it snowed everywhere

The week it snowed everywhere

Novel handwriting recognition project casts new light on historic weather data.NIWA climate scientist Dr Andrew Lorrey says the project has the potential to revolutionise how historic data can be used.

Remote Sensing Data Advances Soil Health Science

Remote Sensing Data Advances Soil Health Science

The Operational Tillage Information System (OpTIS), developed by scientists and engineers at Dagan, uses publicly-available, remote sensing data from Landsat and Sentinel 2 satellites to monitor trends in the adoption rate of soil health practices—no-till, conservation tillage and cover crops—each year.

RIP Dashboard, the MacOS Feature I Don't Want to Live Without

RIP Dashboard, the MacOS Feature I Don't Want to Live Without

It launched with 14 basic options developed by Apple, including Weather, Dictionary, World Clock, Calendar, and Calculator widgets.I could type little notes on my Stickies, glance at the Calendar or Weather widget, use the Calculator, or find out why my laptop fan was going crazy.

What to Expect From the 2019 World Track Championships

What to Expect From the 2019 World Track Championships

Throughout the IAAF World Athletics Championships, WIRED's editor in chief, Nicholas Thompson, will be chatting with Knox Robinson, the former editor in chief of the Fader and founder of the Black Roses running club in NYC.You’re a decent marathoner, but I’m more impressed that you’ve turned WIRED into the best running magazine out there.

Is It OK to Change Hurricane Forecasts With a Sharpie Doodle?

Is It OK to Change Hurricane Forecasts With a Sharpie Doodle?

Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesTo do that, I’m going to use a much simpler problem—predicting the path of a tennis ball tossed into the air.In our model above, the ball lands between 7.93 and 8.06 meters.

Rare weather phenomenon possible

Rare weather phenomenon possible

Called a Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW), it occurs when the temperature of the stratosphere (30-50km above ground) over the South Pole rises by more than 25ᵒC.The Southern Hemisphere is characterised by a cold Antarctic continent surrounded by relatively warm seas.

Colonies of Aggressive, Social Spiders Boom After a Hurricane

Colonies of Aggressive, Social Spiders Boom After a Hurricane

They found that the most aggressive colonies were located in places with the highest historic exposure to cyclones.“There’s clearly some kind of selection going on here for the aggressive individuals in response to these extreme weather events, and that’s what’s really fascinating,” says George Uetz, a spider biologist at the University of Cincinnati.

The Bonkers Tech That Detects Lightning 6,000 Miles Away

The Bonkers Tech That Detects Lightning 6,000 Miles Away

And it would have gone entirely unnoticed by faraway humans if it weren’t for the assistance of a company called Vaisala, which operates the sensor network and uses it to triangulate a lightning strike, feeding the data to outfits like the National Weather Service.

Why Lightning Strikes in an Arctic Gone Bizarro

Why Lightning Strikes in an Arctic Gone Bizarro

Matt Simon covers cannabis, robots, and climate science for WIRED.Weirder still, on top of there typically being not enough heat to form deep convective clouds in the Arctic, there’s also a limit to how high these things can build up into the atmosphere.

Scientists Are Getting Better at Predicting Killer Heat Waves

Scientists Are Getting Better at Predicting Killer Heat Waves

For now, they’re looking back in time, working to see how accurately their model captures heat waves globally and in the various seasons, and whether it accurately represents the high and low pressure systems created by the MJO.In North America, says Julie Caron, an associate scientist at the center’s Climate and Global Dynamics Lab, the oscillation causes high-pressure systems that block the movement of cooler air from the Arctic or the Pacific Ocean.

8 Ways Wild Animals Beat the Heat

8 Ways Wild Animals Beat the Heat

This multi-purpose substance also moisturizes the skin while it at the same time repels water, allowing the hippo to stay submerged for long periods of time. For lizards, cold-blooded animals found in often-warm environments, shade is particularly important.