Not a headline we normally want to run – but over the next week or so WeatherWatch.co.nz will be exploring better ways we can update you, the NZ public, plus make changes behind the scenes in preparation of trying to cover more places in our detailed forecasts later this year.
Already your taxes fund both MetService and NIWA weather forecasts (not one other western nation has two government forecasters funded by the public) – and both of those organisations receive monumental tax funding – over 120 million dollars of your money each year.
But WeatherWatch.co.nz does not receive a cent – not that we’re putting our hand out for it, but it’s an important note – as it explains why we still don’t have detailed forecasts for every town in NZ and we’re always a ‘work in progress’.
Basically, we’re three forecasters and one news journalist – but we’re looking to grow in 2015.
Over the next few weeks we are making technical changes behind the scenes to grow what we do.
So that means over the next few weeks some updates may be a little later than usual…and in a few rare cases raw data may replace our usual very detailed forecasts – we guess it’s short term pain for some long term gain.
Thanks SO MUCH – for your ongoing suport. Here’s to a very positive 2015 ahead…
on 28/02/2015 3:50am
Hey guyes 😀 Im very curious as into how you forecast? Do your forecasters for example get a ertain aspect to forecast for example: Rain and snow, Wind , andtemperature? Also are you guys based inan in town office or at home? Haha thanks guys/..
on 28/02/2015 4:04am
Hi there – basically we cover the main areas that people want us to (temperature, rain/type of rain, wind, wind speed) – plus any other bits and pieces of interest, like hail, thunder, frost, fog, storms etc. We get basic raw data from computer models (about two or three different companies around the world) and then draw from that our own forecasts. Then it’s up to the public to decide if they are useful/accurate or not. We’re based in Auckland central and rural Canterbury. We have reporters based in small towns all over New Zealand, some in Australia and a few across the US, Canada and Mexico – and they all feed in information to us on a regular basis to help with our news side of things, as well as forecasts during storms.
Hope that’s helpful 🙂