Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 

Signs of Summer

Issued at 03:44pm 02-Dec-2003
Signs of summer

There are natural signs around the country that summer is here. Some cicadas are being heard and pohutukawa blossoms are appearing. The cabbage trees between Horowhenua and Marlborough have been flowering prolifically. This is called a "mast seeding" and seems to only occur when the right conditions come together.

The recent episode of fine dry weather brought day-time high temperatures in some places up to around 30 degrees. MetService meteorologists are expecting that conditions are right this summer for more of these episodes, lasting three to four days, brought by high pressure systems moving slowly across the Tasman Sea.

"The longest day this year is on Monday 22 December, and the hottest days usually follow about six weeks later, around Waitangi Day," commented MetService weather ambassador. Bob McDavitt. "However the sea surface temperatures around New Zealand are cooler than normal and this may help to keep the nights cool."

McDavitt also expect several windy episodes over the next few weeks. "Low pressure systems in the southern ocean have recently been deeper than normal and if the trend continues then we can expect more blasts of northwest wind. The next blast is expected over the South Island on Thursday and Friday."

NIWA Research Scientist, Darren King, has been studying traditional Maori knowledge of the natural indicators of climate (nga tohu ahuarangi). "Bright and heavy flowering in pohutukawa is a sign, based on centuries of observations, of a long dry summer," commented Mr.King. "That was exactly what happened last year in the East Coast, but this year's pohutukawa flowering is, so far, not as strong around Auckland as it was last year."

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Stats NZ: Consents For New Homes At All-Time High

A record 41,028 new homes have been consented in the year ended March 2021, Stats NZ said today. The previous record for the annual number of new homes consented was 40,025 in the year ended February 1974. “Within 10 years the number of new homes ... More>>

Stats NZ: Unemployment Declines As Underutilisation Rises

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 4.7 percent in the March 2021 quarter, continuing to fall from its recent peak of 5.2 percent in the September 2020 quarter but remaining high compared with recent years, Stats NZ said today. ... More>>

ALSO:

Digitl: The Story Behind Vodafone’s FibreX Court Ruling

Vodafone’s FibreX service was in the news this week. What is the story behind the Fair Trading Act court case? More>>

Reserve Bank: Concerned About New Zealand's Rising House Prices

New Zealand house prices have risen significantly in the past 12 months. This has raised concerns at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand – Te Putea Matua about the risk this poses to financial stability. Central banks responded swiftly to the global ... More>>

Westpac: Announces Strong Financial Result

Westpac New Zealand (Westpac NZ) [i] says a strong half-year financial result has been driven by better than expected economic conditions. Chief Executive David McLean said while the global COVID-19 pandemic was far from over, the financial effect on ... More>>

MYOB: SME Confidence In Economic Performance Still Cautious

New insights from the annual MYOB Business Monitor have shown the SME sector is still cautious about the potential for further economic recovery, with two-in-five (41%) expecting the New Zealand economy to decline this year. The latest research ... More>>