Weather Forecast for Masterton


Wairarapa Summary

Mainly cloudy and rainy

Forecast analysed and prepared by Weather Underground

Now

10.9°c

Observed at 8:08pm from:
Masterton, Masterton (IWGNMAST2)

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Rain (today)3mm
WindSW 1km/h
Humidity90%
Pressure1016hPa

Current conditions by Weather Underground

Tonight

10°c
Rain
Rain (chance)70%
WindNE 1km/h
Moon PhaseWaxing Crescent
Moon Illuminated4%

Computer generated forecast by Weather Underground

Tomorrow

11°c
Rain likely
Rain (chance)80%
WindSSW 19km/h

Computer generated forecast by Weather Underground

Next 24 Hours

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82%
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80%
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SSW
16km/hr
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16km/hr
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14km/hr
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19km/hr
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18km/hr
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16km/hr
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19km/hr
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18km/hr
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16km/hr
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14km/hr
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11km/hr
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11km/hr
S
11km/hr

Hourly forecast analysed and prepared by Weather Underground

Next 9 Days

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Sun 28 May
11°c
9°c
Rain likely
SSW
19km/hr
80%
chance
of rain
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16km/hr
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14km/hr
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11km/hr
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11km/hr
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11km/hr
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10km/hr
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10km/hr
SSE
8km/hr

Hourly forecast analysed and prepared by Weather Underground

Mon 29 May
14°c
6°c
Cloudy
ESE
6km/hr
30%
chance
of rain
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61%
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24%
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14%
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16%
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18%
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14%
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18%
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9%
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9%
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9%
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of rain
9%
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9%
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of rain
9%
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6km/hr
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6km/hr
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5km/hr
ENE
5km/hr
ENE
3km/hr
NE
5km/hr

Hourly forecast analysed and prepared by Weather Underground

Tue 30 May
14°c
7°c
A mix of clouds and sun in the morning will give way to cloudy skies and light rain during the afternoon
NE
16km/hr
60%
chance
of rain
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20%
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59%
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61%
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59%
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51%
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of rain
49%
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of rain
33%
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of rain
23%
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of rain
9%
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of rain
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14km/hr
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14km/hr
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14km/hr
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13km/hr
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13km/hr

Hourly forecast analysed and prepared by Weather Underground

Wed 31 May
14°c
6°c
Partly to mostly cloudy
SSW
18km/hr
20%
chance
of rain
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9%
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of rain
22%
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of rain
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of rain
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of rain
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of rain
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of rain
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of rain
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of rain
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of rain
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of rain
24%
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of rain
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of rain
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of rain
16%
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of rain
15%
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of rain
17%
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of rain
19%
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of rain
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of rain
23%
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of rain
22%
chance
of rain
18%
chance
of rain
20%
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of rain
20%
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of rain
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11km/hr
N
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11km/hr
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10km/hr
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10km/hr
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11km/hr
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10km/hr
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16km/hr
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18km/hr
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18km/hr
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16km/hr
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8km/hr
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8km/hr
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10km/hr
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10km/hr
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10km/hr

Hourly forecast analysed and prepared by Weather Underground

Thu 1 Jun
12°c
5°c
Considerable cloudiness
SSE
11km/hr
20%
chance
of rain
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9:00
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20%
chance
of rain
20%
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of rain
19%
chance
of rain
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of rain
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chance
of rain
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of rain
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of rain
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chance
of rain
19%
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of rain
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chance
of rain
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chance
of rain
20%
chance
of rain
17%
chance
of rain
16%
chance
of rain
16%
chance
of rain
9%
chance
of rain
10%
chance
of rain
12%
chance
of rain
19%
chance
of rain
20%
chance
of rain
20%
chance
of rain
11%
chance
of rain
10%
chance
of rain
10%
chance
of rain
W
10km/hr
SW
8km/hr
SSW
8km/hr
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5km/hr
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6km/hr
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8km/hr
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8km/hr
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8km/hr
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10km/hr
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13km/hr
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11km/hr
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11km/hr
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11km/hr
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11km/hr
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11km/hr
S
11km/hr
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10km/hr
SW
10km/hr
WSW
10km/hr

Hourly forecast analysed and prepared by Weather Underground

Fri 2 Jun
12°c
4°c
Partly cloudy skies
SSW
14km/hr
20%
chance
of rain
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9:00
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19%
chance
of rain
19%
chance
of rain
19%
chance
of rain
10%
chance
of rain
10%
chance
of rain
10%
chance
of rain
9%
chance
of rain
9%
chance
of rain
8%
chance
of rain
7%
chance
of rain
6%
chance
of rain
4%
chance
of rain
10%
chance
of rain
5%
chance
of rain
4%
chance
of rain
10%
chance
of rain
12%
chance
of rain
14%
chance
of rain
19%
chance
of rain
21%
chance
of rain
22%
chance
of rain
21%
chance
of rain
21%
chance
of rain
22%
chance
of rain
SW
10km/hr
SW
11km/hr
SSW
11km/hr
SSW
10km/hr
SSW
10km/hr
SSW
11km/hr
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10km/hr
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10km/hr
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11km/hr
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11km/hr
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13km/hr
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13km/hr
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13km/hr
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13km/hr
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13km/hr
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11km/hr
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11km/hr
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13km/hr
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13km/hr
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14km/hr
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14km/hr
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14km/hr
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13km/hr

Hourly forecast analysed and prepared by Weather Underground

Sat 3 Jun
12°c
6°c
Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds
W
18km/hr
20%
chance
of rain
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9:00
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10:00
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11:00
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20%
chance
of rain
20%
chance
of rain
20%
chance
of rain
24%
chance
of rain
24%
chance
of rain
24%
chance
of rain
24%
chance
of rain
24%
chance
of rain
24%
chance
of rain
18%
chance
of rain
17%
chance
of rain
16%
chance
of rain
16%
chance
of rain
15%
chance
of rain
15%
chance
of rain
15%
chance
of rain
16%
chance
of rain
18%
chance
of rain
19%
chance
of rain
19%
chance
of rain
19%
chance
of rain
10%
chance
of rain
9%
chance
of rain
8%
chance
of rain
NNW
11km/hr
NW
13km/hr
NNW
13km/hr
NE
8km/hr
NE
8km/hr
SSE
6km/hr
SE
8km/hr
SE
8km/hr
SSE
8km/hr
SSE
10km/hr
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13km/hr
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16km/hr
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18km/hr
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16km/hr
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16km/hr
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18km/hr
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18km/hr
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16km/hr
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16km/hr
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14km/hr
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14km/hr
NNW
16km/hr
NW
14km/hr
NNW
14km/hr

Hourly forecast analysed and prepared by Weather Underground

Sun 4 Jun
12°c
4°c
Overcast with rain showers at times
S
21km/hr
60%
chance
of rain
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8:00
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9:00
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10:00
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11:00
PM
22%
chance
of rain
24%
chance
of rain
32%
chance
of rain
24%
chance
of rain
24%
chance
of rain
24%
chance
of rain
35%
chance
of rain
35%
chance
of rain
33%
chance
of rain
37%
chance
of rain
34%
chance
of rain
24%
chance
of rain
55%
chance
of rain
55%
chance
of rain
56%
chance
of rain
60%
chance
of rain
60%
chance
of rain
60%
chance
of rain
58%
chance
of rain
58%
chance
of rain
58%
chance
of rain
49%
chance
of rain
49%
chance
of rain
48%
chance
of rain
NNW
13km/hr
NW
13km/hr
NW
14km/hr
WSW
11km/hr
SW
13km/hr
S
13km/hr
S
11km/hr
SSE
11km/hr
S
13km/hr
SSW
14km/hr
SSW
18km/hr
SW
19km/hr
SW
21km/hr
SW
21km/hr
SW
21km/hr
SSW
19km/hr
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18km/hr
S
16km/hr
SSW
14km/hr
SSW
14km/hr
WSW
14km/hr
SW
14km/hr
W
13km/hr
W
11km/hr

Hourly forecast analysed and prepared by Weather Underground

Mon 5 Jun
12°c
6°c
Cloudy with a few showers
SSW
16km/hr
30%
chance
of rain
Weather Underground
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7:00
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8:00
PM
9:00
PM
10:00
PM
11:00
PM
17%
chance
of rain
17%
chance
of rain
17%
chance
of rain
21%
chance
of rain
17%
chance
of rain
18%
chance
of rain
40%
chance
of rain
40%
chance
of rain
37%
chance
of rain
24%
chance
of rain
30%
chance
of rain
31%
chance
of rain
40%
chance
of rain
41%
chance
of rain
41%
chance
of rain
37%
chance
of rain
38%
chance
of rain
39%
chance
of rain
20%
chance
of rain
20%
chance
of rain
19%
chance
of rain
20%
chance
of rain
20%
chance
of rain
20%
chance
of rain
W
10km/hr
SSW
11km/hr
SSW
10km/hr
SSW
8km/hr
SSW
10km/hr
SSW
10km/hr
SSW
10km/hr
S
10km/hr
S
11km/hr
S
13km/hr
S
14km/hr
S
16km/hr
S
14km/hr
S
16km/hr
S
16km/hr
S
14km/hr
S
14km/hr
S
13km/hr
S
11km/hr
S
11km/hr
SSW
13km/hr
SW
11km/hr
WSW
11km/hr
WSW
10km/hr

Hourly forecast analysed and prepared by Weather Underground


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Database

Hi there, I was wondering if you have a database of the accumulative weather in Hamilton and Queenstown from the past two months, that I would be able to have access to for a school weather project? Thanks, Holly

Hi Holly, sadly we aren't

Hi Holly, sadly we aren't allowed to display tax funded data. Luckily the Government is now investigating NIWA and MetService's misuse of public data. In the meantime, you will need to contact NIWA or MetService directly.  The Government Minister in charge of the data review (Paul Goldsmith) is now making a decision on the future accessibility of data we all collectively fund and own. We hope he makes a decision that allows us to share data (like every other western nation on earth) before the end of winter.

Good luck
Cheers
WW

 

IAuckland 116

Nice to see my PWS featured! Sorry, the rain gauge is not accurate, measuring way under. I will replace it once $$$ allow but everything else should be fairly accurate!

Great work - and thanks for

Great work - and thanks for joining the Wunderground network! It's awesome to have people like you contributing. 

Thanks for your help and investment :)

Cheers
WW Team

Cloud breaking up

Wonderful to have sunshine back as the fog/cloud lifts. Great forecasting!

Thanks very much! The sun

Thanks very much! The sun sure is nice after a gloomy damp morning!

- WW

Am I correct in that Christchurch is

having less Frosts this year

Yes I'd say so - we don't

Yes I'd say so - we don't have the data but certainly we haven't had many frosty days that we've forecast for or written about. Been wetter than average so that probably explains why. 

Cheers

Philip Duncan

How much rainfall did Auckland get on Sunday 26 March 2017

Hi, Can you please tell me how much rainfall Auckland received on Sunday 26 March 2017? Thanks Lyndal

Hi LyndalSadly in New

Hi Lyndal

Sadly in New Zealand weather data that taxpayers fund and own is locked away for the sole commercial gain of NIWA and MetService (two Government owned & heavily commercial forecasters). This goes against all other western nations with open weather data. So sorry, we cannot help you other than saying please contact MetService or NIWA and ask them for the public data records you require.

Thankfully the New Zealand Government has launched a formal investigation following our complaints (and the complaints of other Government Ministries) into this obvious misuse of public owned data - you can read more here about this (very easy to read!).

Good luck finding the answers to your questions - in time we hope to have this data automatically and easily available from our website should the Government review agree that NZ needs to adopt international standards here.

Kind regards
Philip Duncan

 

Queens Birthday Weekend

Hi Is it too far out yet to say what the weather might be like over the Queens Birthday Weekend for the Auckland and Coromandel areas? Thanks

Hi there, yes it's still a

Hi there, yes it's still a bit too far out. Considering in the past couple weeks we've had an ex-severe cyclone and a significant Antarctic blast you can see the pattern is a bit chaotic! A rough idea should start to appear by the end of this week though :)

Cheers
WW

27th May

Hi thanks for answer before. What are we looking kike weather wise for Saturday 27th? Its our wedding that day.

Hi there. Congrats for the

Hi there. Congrats for the 27th! Assuming you mean the Auckland area? but generally across NZ on the 27th the models indicate a fine line between dry and wet (with a band of rain both to the east, north and west) but high pressure may be dominating then bringing in dry weather for that date - at least based on the modelling today. Keep an eye on the rain maps for more details - and all the best for the big day! 

Cheers,

WW

Choice

G/day there , I have just watched todays video and at the end you say you love being our second Choice, well Phillip you're not our second choice here, we always go to you first.

Hi there - thanks very much,

Hi there - thanks very much, that's great to hear! Hopefully in time we'll become New Zealand's first choice :)

Cheers

Phil.

Winter

Hi there, I really love your weather forcasts and find them very accurate for us. We are farming in the Waikato ( near Te Awamutu ) and looking ahead into winter I'm just wondering what are your predictions? What will the winter season be like? Wet? Dry? Cold? Thanks!

Hi there - thanks very much

Hi there - thanks very much for the kind feedback. At this stage we're seeing a warmer than average start to winter and possibly wetter than average. We're in a neutral season which means it's quite chaotic - subtropical lows, Antarctic blasts, wetter than average for many.  This pattern may linger, or begin to fade - either way we expect similar conditions into June. We'll have a better June forecast at the end of this month, but generally we avoid seasonal forecasts as half of the time they are wrong (especially for two islands in the Roaring Forties!), but we do tend to give a generally monthly guide where possible.

Cheers
WW

Darned rain!

I know this is a long shot and the answer can only be fairly vague, but are we in for a decent dry spell anytime soon? I need my earthworks to start!!!

Located on the North ashore

Located on the North ashore of Auckland, Dairy Flat

G'day there That can depend

G'day there

That can depend on where you are. Generally speaking we have a high moving over New Zealand later on Sunday which should bring a few days of dry weather. Perhaps 3 or 4 days of drier weather if you are in the North Island or east of the country. :)

WW

Wind

Hi have looked at your app for auckland today and it keeps saying ssw 15 knots when's it's clearly ne . I have checked met service airport wind all telling me it's never..What's going on !!!

Hi there - we had gusty NE

Hi there - we had gusty NE winds this morning turning NW today and in some areas it's quite calm for a time as it shifts from NE to NW (hence why some might be showing a southerly).  MetService and NIWA are both 100% owned by tax payers but refuse to share public data taxpayers own & fund, so we have launched a private Live Observations network in BETA form here: http://www.weatherwatch.co.nz/observations

Also, please note, as of yesterday the NZ Government finally completed an official investigation into NIWA & MetService's unfair use of tax owned data (been ongoing since last Spring) - we hope the Government does the right thing and finally gives New Zealand international standards with weather data access (data we already own so costs nothing to share).

We're pleased the New Zealand Government is finally stepping in due to both MetService and NIWA selfishly putting their profits ahead of the public - which happens no where else in the western world with Government owned forecasters.

Cheers

WW

Saturday 27th

How far are we off until we can get some indication of the kind of weather for Saturday 27th. We have a wedding that day so hoping it will be nice.

Usually 6 days out is when

Usually 6 days out is when you want to start looking at distant points in time like you mention. I could look to see what it is saying now about 10 days away but 7 out of 10 times it will have changed by the time the day in question comes around. Sometimes it can work out but not all the time.

Hope that helps! :)

WW

Northwest rain in canterbury

Hi, I spend most of my time working outside in canterbury and like to think I know how to pick the weather. One thing that has always fascinated me though, is sometimes it can be absolutely bucketing down on the west coast and we get nothing but the norwest wind, other times we can get heavy downpours. I understand how the mountains block the rain a lot of the time, but what conditions occur for the rain to get over the southern alps occasionally?

Hi there - a great question

Hi there - a great question and a somewhat complicated answer! Quite often fronts slide up the West Coast towards the North Island. When this is the situation it's perhaps lacking enough oomph or energy to 'spillover'. For that to happen you really need the rain clouds to press into the ranges from the west - not slide up from the south.  A direct westerly flow has less mountains to get through. Usually when the low or main rain band slides in from the west and over the ranges you get rain - when it slides along the coastline (ie, with a SWer) it tends to not spill over as much. The more energy there is on the western side (ie, a deep low) then the better the chances are for spillover. It's a tricky one - and to be honest a lot of the times we have to figure this out (rightly or wrongly) we usually take a look at the big picture of the rain band compared to the size of the South Island. If it's moving west to east spillover seems more likely. Each set up is basically unique. No doubt if someone was closely monitoring every rain band and what fell at your place you may be able to work the 'look' it is on the maps to better work it out yourself too. A tricky one to answer!

Cheers

WW

could there be a cold blast

could there be a cold blast affecting new Zealand 18th to 20th may?

Hi there, yes we do expect a

Hi there, yes we do expect a cold snap over the entire country end of this coming week. We'll have full details on Monday :) 

Cheers
WW

Switching between cities

Hi, I know your website is free, so it's all a bonus and thanks. But I need to share with you how frustrating I find it switching cities. First select from the drop down lost the city to switch to, and it appears. But then to switch to that city you have to click on it again. Two clicks, and the worst part is it's not obvious and sometimes I forget and think I'm looking at the city I wanted to switch to but discover later it was still the original city showing. I guess it's designed as a way to quickly check a one liner about the current weather for somewhere else different to the city currently displayed. Personally I find that a waste of time, and complicated. Why not just keep it simple, one click change to a new city, and be done with all the shagging round?

Hi there - definitely

Hi there - definitely something we're working to address. Being a free service we have to fund it out of our own pocket but we're keen to fix this frustrating problem (as it frustrates us too!)

Thanks very much for the honest feedback - we hope to fix this before the end of the year amongst other upgrades :)

Cheers

WW

Could there be a cold blast

Could there be a cold blast affecting new Zealand at around the 18-20 May ? Really want snow!

Hi there Could be, but it is

Hi there

Could be, but it is quite a while away. We'll put out more information closer to the dates in question should model information become consistent. :)

WW

New things to play with

LOVE the new weather ob's, great work Guys!!!!

Thanks! Glad you love it :)

Thanks! Glad you love it :) It's fun when we have hot or cold days in particular and you start getting a much better ideas as to where the hottest/coldest weather is tracking.  Thanks a lot :)

Cheers
WW

Masterton Scorching in Autumn

Just checked out the "Live Observations" link (4:24pm Tues 9/5) was left rather stumped that the temp for Masterton was 35 much higher than any other Town or City. When you click on the number icon & view summary it says current temp 27.6 lol. Note - I clicked the report bad data tab & sent notification :)

Hi there - yes we saw that

Hi there - yes we saw that 35! There are a few bad reports which we are looking to remove/block from displaying at our end if we can't people to fix their own stations.  Thanks so much for clicking on the report bad data tab - hopefully if enough people help out we'll be able to fix the incorrect readings. The great thing about the Obs page is that even if there are a few incorrect readings you still get to see the general trend in your area/nearby which is helpful we hope.

Thanks a lot :)

Cheers

WW

You're welcome

No problem gave me a slight chuckle for a Tuesday afternoon

RE: Live observations

Amazing job with these live observations, I'll now be able to see what the weather is doing where I am, with the nearest station about 500m away. however, I Don't know how to report duplicates ie: Station ID: IAUCKLAN220 is on there 3 times! the report button only has temp/wind/pressure as options, so i thought i'd post here. Keep up the good work guys.

Hi there - thanks for the

Hi there - thanks for the kind feedback! We are working on fixing errors - it may take some time but we wanted to get this finally up and running after several months of work. We'll aim to fix some of the issues raised once we get more resources.

Cheers!
WW

Reading your article about TC

Reading your article about TC Donna, you seem to have unrealistic expectations of what southwest pacific forecasters can do. Of course they can't fly a plane into the centre to get measurements! The americans pump a lot of money into their research on weather systems, so have the ability to do this in their part of the world. None of the southwest pacific nations have this kind of money, so of course it won't happen - that doesn't mean they're withholding information like you suggest. I agree it would be good if TC forecasts were consistent with each other. But I have found, the official forecasters (this means appointed by the WMO, part of the UN, and meteorologists are qualified to the international standards set by the UN) i.e. Fiji and MetService are always consistent with one another with regards to tropical cyclone forecasting, as they communicate with each other about it. It is others who want to have an opinion who usually are inconsistent. I am not sure what the Vanuatu map is about, but their own map contradicts itself (gives a circular boundary for where you can expect gale force winds which excludes Vanuatu, but then has Vanuatu on warning for gale force winds anyway). So I wouldn't put too much stock in that forecast, when it isn't even consistent with itself. Yet you seem very selective where you place quotation marks around the word 'official'. It seems that if it is a forecast you don't endorse, then the authority who issued it is "official", but if it is a forecast you like, then the issuing authority is official, without the quotations. I understand that you are trying to keep people informed by pooling together lots of different information from different sources. But it seems you are letting your personal biases lead the story over which ones should be believed (whether they are official, or "official"). And it generally seems to be the more extreme forecasts that you endorse (better media story)? My advice to you would be to just report the facts - don't let your personal biases skew a news story when it involves public safety!

Did you consider....

...that maybe the articles are written by different people? I'm pretty sure that Phillip does not write allllllllll the articles himself! Infact, I checked and most are uploaded by WW Team. Maybe that is his style of writing, he obviously loves the weather and the articles he writes has "" in them. While others don't? So the usage varies.... As an "highly educated" person myself, I say the usage of or not of said ""s, does not indicate bias, simply emphasis. Keep up the great articles, my kids love watching the weather videos too with me!

Hi there - thanks. We are

Hi there - thanks. We are reporting facts. Quote marks are pointing out "official" doesn't always mean most accurate and simply means Government owned. 

You point out the limited resources in our part of the world - precisely why we trust other sources beyond what we have here. There is a huge limit on open data in the South Pacific and is 100% why the NZ Government has launched a formal inquiry into it as it's affecting many people in many different ways, including an attitude towards the private sector and how we are supposed to forecast and report.

Thanks for your thoughts
WW

Thanks for your reply. My

Thanks for your reply. My point about the quotation marks was more that you don't use them consistently. You said that Vanuatu had official forecasters, with the full authority of the word, but Fiji forecasters are "official". Whether you meant them to be interpreted differently or not, they will be. The difference lends authority to one of them and takes it away from the other, and this is how people will read it. Yes, I realise that you are reporting facts, as I acknowledged, you are trying to pool information from different sources. But the point was that putting a subjective spin on how you present the facts is what introduces bias. Call them official or don't - just state who said what rather than selectively calling their credentials into question. You suggested that Fiji was "official", said they were withholding information, and said that they could not know that much about TCs since they don't fly planes through them. You did not, however, question Vanuatu's forecast. You just provided the map, and didn't question their credentials like you did with Fiji. Many readers will interpret this as meaning the Vanuatu forecast is the one to trust, as you pointed out all these subjective shortfallings of Fiji. Finally, you mention open data. You can't share data that doesn't exist. Measurements from planes flying through SW Pacific cyclones don't exist, and the americans don't have them for southwest pacific cyclones either. So I don't see how that is relevant. The government review of open data is to do with weather station and radar data for New Zealand - not tropical cyclone forecasting in the southwest pacific.

Hi there - value your points

Hi there - value your points but unless you've been involved in this data review we can't see how you could know how it affects our coverage of the South Pacific.  The fact that MetService can't even work with us during severe weather speaks volumes about their commercial focus - as no other Government forecaster on earth does this. Likewise NIWA refuses to share tax funded modelling which would help us know how Donna might impact New Zealand later this week - instead we are FORCED to use overseas data (which thankfully is very accurate). We have to constantly mention Official because MetService tell media and the public only they have "official" forecasts and to only use "official" forecasts which suggests that the private sector can't be trusted or isn't as reliable - a blind eye turned to all the official forecasts that have been incorrect in the past.

So it goes both ways.  We don't expect Fiji to fly planes through a storm - we never said that - we said the only true way of knowing the exact strength of a storm is to actually fly through one as they do in the Atlantic.  In other nations official forecasters work with the private sector, but not in NZ.  We do our best with no help from New Zealand Government forecasters who both go out of their way to limit what they give us and never offer any support of any kind because they are both commercial. As a tax payer this should frustrate you more than our free services.

Thanks again

WW

Thanks again for your

Thanks again for your reply. I never mentioned anything about your forecasts, and was not knocking them at all. As I said before, they can't share data that doesn't exist. Observational data on tropical cyclones in the southwest pacific is sparse, no matter who you are or where you get it from. Generally satellite imagery is the only reliable data for tropical cyclones in the southwest pacific, and neither Fiji nor Metservice (or NIWA) own a satellite - they use imagery from satellites owned by other countries, which I'm sure you do the same. They are not withholding any observational data regarding tropical cyclones because they don't own any (it is a vast ocean after all, making it impossible to set up a comprehensive observation network!) The situation in New Zealand is different, as you say, as there is much more data recorded here. But I don't see how that relates to tropical cyclone data. I guess my overall point was that it seems like you are making out that some places have data with regards to tropical cyclones and are withholding it (note: with regards to tropical cyclones, not weather stations in NZ - I never mentioned NZ weather). But it simply isn't the case because the data isn't there. Deferring to the American JTWC makes no difference either - they also only have satellite imagery to go off. The same satellite imagery that everybody else has.

Hi there, we rely on JTWC

Hi there, we rely on JTWC because they are consistent and have a much bigger pool of resources than either Fiji Met or NZ Met. We usually quote both Fiji Met and JTWC though - or at least make it clear which one we are quoting. Also in this part of the world we have to rely on 3 different bodies for cyclone tracking so consistency (and accountability sometimes) is an issue.

All international forecasters we deal with acknowledge there are big gaps in the market in the South Pacific for data - both NZ and Fiji cyclone regions (which Wellington has control over) are particularly void of open data and offshore buoys/stations. We've seen the differences open data makes in other nations - it's not just about local weather obs or radar, it's much bigger picture than that, it's about how Government forecasters actually treat the private sector and work WITH them during severe weather events. Governments produce great data but sometimes aren't so great at communicating the data in a way most people understand or find interesting. The NZ set up makes MetService and NIWA ignore private forecasters due to their own heavy commercial aspirations (on top of their tax funding) - this happens no where else in the western world. Limited data - and no access to raw data - stops us from being able to create the same cyclone products and details used overseas during storm events which includes the sub-tropical New Zealand zone where cyclones often track through and the Fiji area. We could chat forever about this but we're very busy tracking this storm amongst the usual updates but if the NZ Government makes changes to open weather data you'll soon see the benefits - including in places you didn't think possible.

Kind regards - appreciated your comments.

WW

Agreed that there are big

Agreed that there are big gaps in available data in the southwest pacific compared to other parts pf the world, but I maintain that is largely because it is a vast ocean with an extremely sparse population, a population that isn't very wealthy also. So there is only so much that can be done. By other countries standards, they may consider the amount of data in the southwest pacific to be extremely low, but we are simply never going to have anywhere near the amount of data available as the US or Europe, where governments have a lot more wealth, and much larger populations. Anyway, I appreciate your replies, but as you say, I'm sure you a busy, so thanks for taking the time to respond.

You raise great points - but

You raise great points - but believe us things could be improved without spending money instantly re: open data (ie, what is already there). And it should be a goal to have better standards and not just accept we can't do better - we may not have the resources but a lot of corporations do and could really make a difference to a lot of people.  There's a better way of doing things. Thanks for the thought provoking comments.

Cheers
WW

Local Forecasts

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