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After the coldest and snowiest stretch of winter last week, there’s some settled weather in the forecast for anyone heading to the ski slopes.
Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai visited NIWA’s Wellington campus this week, as part of his first official visit to New Zealand.
NIWA atmospheric scientists in Central Otago are turning plane spotters next week as they eagerly await the flyover of a NASA research plane.
A number of temperature records toppled across New Zealand over the weekend as tropical winds from New Caledonia and Vanuatu streamed over the country.
It may be winter, but it’s going to be so warm this weekend temperature records are likely to tumble.
The Deep South National Science Challenge today announced new funding for seven new scientific research projects to help New Zealanders better understand their future climate.
Marine scientists are proving they know that it takes good bait to catch a big audience.
The first six months of 2016 are set to be the warmest ever start to the year, according to NIWA’s long-term seven-station temperature series.
Potentially record-breaking temperatures are likely across New Zealand tomorrow, coinciding with the shortest day of the year.
The sounds made by whales and dolphins as they pass through New Zealand’s Cook Strait are to be recorded for the first time through a research project being undertaken by a NIWA scientist.
Across the North Island, soil moisture levels have generally remained the same or decreased slightly when compared to this time last week.
NIWA may lose valuable scientific equipment after two massive icebergs broke off the Antarctic coastline over the weekend.
A whole of catchment Report Card for the Waikato and Waipa rivers has been released by the Waikato River Authority giving the catchment an anticipated low rating for its wellbeing.
A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent. Regions experiencing these soil moisture deficits are deemed “hotspots”. Persistent hotspot regions have the potential to develop into drought.
NIWA researchers have spent part of the last month keeping a close eye on the bottom of Lake Tekapo to find out what it looks like and what is going on below the lake bed.
A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.
A breakthrough in understanding about the causes of climate change has today been published online in the prestigious international journal Science.
NIWA climate scientists studying the diaries of an early English missionary stationed in the Far North have found the oldest surviving long-term instrumental weather records made in New Zealand.
Across the northern North Island, soil moisture levels have generally remained the same or increased slightly when compared to this time last week.
A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.
A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.
A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.
Over the past week, soil moisture levels across the North Island have mostly remained the same or increased.
A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent. Regions experiencing these soil moisture deficits are deemed “hotspots”. Persistent hotspot regions have the potential to develop into drought.
Soil moisture levels across the North Island have increased significantly when compared to this time last week for eastern Northland, Auckland and Waikato regions where soil moisture levels are now normal to above normal for this time of year.

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