We are smack bang in the middle of winter – our coldest, snowiest and wettest season – and some parts of the country have seen plenty of the aforementioned weather features!
Some winters can be extremely mild, while others are characterised by rainfall, and still others by snow or dryness – so we wanted to know how New Zealanders have rated 2015’s winter so far.
Have you dodged most of the rought stuff? Has the rainfall been helpful with grass growth? Or are you pining for the long, hot summer days and nights again?
– Drew Chappell, WeatherWatch.co.nz
on 19/07/2015 10:12pm
Why because its be rather dry and cold and that means you are hit by savage frosts more….. the grass grows better in a wetter winter
on 19/07/2015 1:29pm
For variation it has been rather good. We’ve had 200mm with flooding, snow, extremely high wind, mesocyclones, frosts, storms, diamond dust, all sorts of stuff. There has been far too much high pressure though, that has been constant. That can do nasty things to us in winter, like bringing clouds down to very low or even ground level. I think they must get trapped in the inversion, but when it is polar or glaciated cloud, coming down into us makes it one freezing cold wind. Higher than usual humidity has been an absolute bonus with the polar southerlies, as they haven’t been able to ice us with ice storms. Keep it up! The westerlies ex Australia, well I’d like to drop kick them right out of here at present, as they can present so many problems when clashing with polar air, such as forming mesocyclones and fronts. Yes, fully fledged mesocyclones. The wind hasn’t been warm with any of the westerlies here this winter, because the westerly air into southerly territory has meant formation of diamond dust in the air, which makes the wind very cold. 2C, snowing while blowing high speed wind full of diamond dust is formidable stuff. Did that last Southerly. All in all compared to other years, we’ve still had it pretty good, but it’d be far better without the intruding westerly air. I’ll give an average winter but an enjoyable one.