Atmospheric scientist and meteorologist Augie Auer has died after suffering a heart attack while in Melbourne over the weekend.
Augie was most well known in New Zealand for his role as Chief Meteorologist for MetService in 1990. He came to New Zealand after over 20 years as a professor at the University of Wyoming in America.
In 1998 his fame through the media lead him to become weather presenter for TV3 and he coined such phrases as “Ditto day” and “another blue dome day”.
In 2002 he left our screens and in 2006 Augie helped found the New Zealand Climate Science Coalition – in which Augie passionately argued against the man made influence on global warming. He was well known for saying that it was time to ‘attack the myth’ of global warming. “It was fascinating to listen to Augie debate this controversial subject. He certainly made me challenge my own beliefs” says the Radio Network’s weatherman Philip Duncan. “Whether you believe in global warming or not, Augie was so interesting to listen to and he poked holes in a lot of global warming theories. Without Augie’s voice now, I fear the debate will become very one sided as he had a charming way of making people listen”.
“Augie always spoke with fire in his belly and had a simplistic, humorous approach to explaining the weather. He could hold your attention for a long period of time…he was just that kind of guy. He will be very sorely missed”.