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What we learned in 2015 – An average summer, autumn wins again and daylight savings gets the thumbs up

We’ve had an incredible year weather-wise, with an amazing array of interesting, bizarre and extreme weather events around New Zealand since January.

Our polls have been a constant source of great information through the site, letting us get a better picture of how our readers feel about our climate, atmosphere, temperatures, seasons and regional conditions.

As 2014 ended, we asked readers to rate their weather year overall – by asking if kiwis got “the weather they wanted” during the year.
Nearly half of respondents said they “pretty much” did, while 34% replied “not really”, and 16% said it “wasn’t even close” to what they wanted.

We started the year halfway through an incrediby hot, dry summer – and so one of our first 2015 related polls was a look back to rate New Zealand’s hottest season – and the surprising result was that only 6% of those who voted rated it as “terrible” – even though much of the country sweltered in dry conditions.

Later in the year, as Daylight Savings time kicked in for the shorter autumn and winter days, we wanted to know how New Zealanders felt about the time changes – with 57% saying the system is “great”, while 30% – a not insignificant number, rated it as “bad”.

And we repeated an annual poll once again – by asking kiwis which season was their favourite – and we got a similar response as usual, with Autumn winning out again in the results!

Keep watching this space for new polls as they come up, we’ll be back to usual as 2016 begins!



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