13 Nov | The Meteorological Society of New Zealand

13 Nov

New Zealand weather and climate news

 MetService focus

Spring storms bring hail and thunder

The country is being pounded by stormy weather as a spring storm brings a cold air mass, forecasters say.

"Most of the county has had plenty of heavy showers and also thunderstorms and hail," MetService meteorologist Mariken van Laanen said.


Thunderstorms set to blast in

Thunderstorms are barrelling toward much of the country, with Marlborough and North Canterbury likely to be hit the worst.

A MetService severe storm watch said thunderstorms were expected to develop over the southern regions this afternoon.


Lightning strike blasts tree to bits

'Steam [was] rising out of the tree'

A violent electric storm in Dunedin left a large macrocarpa shattered and torn yesterday.

The tree in the township of Portobello, just out of the city, was split into pieces - with chunks and shards thrown for metres - after being the target of a violent lightning strike around 2pm.

MetService meteorologist Rob Kerr said the stormy weather for the city would continue throughout the day before heading north.

"A big blob of cold air" was passing over coastal regions, including Dunedin, and was expected to continue today, Kerr said.


Dark storm clouds gather

Today's outlook better - slightly

Black clouds threatened to unleash on Timaru yesterday, but the massive storm front failed to bring the expected hail and thunder.


Rain forecast for next 9 out of 10 days

First the good news - you won't need to water your garden for while.

But that means nature is going to do it for you, with MetService forecasting rain for all of the lower North Island for up to 10 consecutive days, including today.


Batten down the place for windy, rainy weekend

Wanganui can expect the unsettled weather to continue for a few days.

MetService forecasters said a fast-moving front would sweep up from the South Island on Saturday, bringing heavy rain in the west and gales in the east.


Brace yourselves for a southerly sting

Batten down the hatches - a southwesterly change will herald a chance of hail, thunder and lightning in Hawke's Bay this morning, MetService says. MetService meteorologist…


Dithery weather on way: MetService

But MetService meteorologist Chris Noble said there was a week of "changeable" weather ahead.

"This week we've got a few fronts moving up over the country and they'll bring a period of unsettled weather.


Early forecast picks week of rain and gloom

It could be time to take that break on the Gold Coast, with MetService predicting gloomy weather across much of the country during the next 10 days.


Hail hits Wellington

Stormclouds have rolled over Wellington this evening, with dumps of hail reported in Porirua and the Hutt Valley, and cold rain on the way.

The heavy weather was rolling in from the south and had already caused heavy rain and thunderstorms for two hours tonight, Metservice duty forecaster Heath Gullery said.


Metservice warns of cold spell

The Metservice is warning Coromandel locals of an unusually late cold spell that will blow in this week.


International news and research

East coast, U.S. hurricanes can flood the Midwest

Located hundreds of miles inland from the nearest ocean, the Midwest is unaffected by North Atlantic hurricanes. Or is it? Scientists have found that North Atlantic tropical cyclones in fact have a significant effect on the Midwest.clip_image002


Weather and communications/social media

The Content Marketer’s Toolkit: 35 Tools You Can’t Blog Without

Don’t you wish there was an easier way to blog? From coming up with ideas to writing and promoting, there is a lot that goes into content marketing.

So, how can you facilitate the whole process?


Q&A: Being a meteorologist was always on Brian Olson's radar

Brian Olson does not get sick of talking about the weather. 

Whether (weather?) it's for his job as part of the Channel 27 StormTrack team, or being on the radio, or just talking to people in grocery stores, weather has been a big part of his life since he was a small child.

Read more: http://host.madison.com/news/local/q-a-being-a-meteorologist-was-always-on-brian-olson/article_5d6f254e-65e2-11e4-b5e3-3fe3b919d2b8.html#ixzz3It0mxfXW

El Nino

Japan raises chance of El Nino emerging in winter

(Reuters) - Japan's weather bureau said on Monday that the possibility of an El Nino pattern forming this winter is higher than the 50 percent it projected in its previous monthly forecast.


Journals online

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Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology - Volume: 53, Number: 11 (November 2014)

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Intense and Extreme Wind Speeds Observed by Anemometer and Seismic Networks: An Eastern U.S. Case Study

S. C. Pryor, R. Conrick, C. Miller, J. Tytell, and R. J. Barthelmie

Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, Vol. 53, No. 11, November 2014: 2417-2429.
Abstract | Full Text | PDF (1862 KB) | Supplemental Material

Pseudovertical Temperature Profiles in a Broad Valley from Lines of Temperature Sensors on Sidewalls

C. David Whiteman and Sebastian W. Hoch

Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, Vol. 53, No. 11, November 2014: 2430-2437.
Abstract | Full Text | PDF (852 KB)

Optimizing the Probability of Flying in High Ice Water Content Conditions in the Tropics Using a Regional-Scale Climatology of Convective Cell Properties

A. Protat, S. Rauniyar, V. V. Kumar, and J. W. Strapp

Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, Vol. 53, No. 11, November 2014: 2438-2456.
Abstract | Full Text | PDF (3842 KB)

Precipitation Estimates from MSG SEVIRI Daytime, Nighttime, and Twilight Data with Random Forests

Meike Kühnlein, Tim Appelhans, Boris Thies, and Thomas Nauß

Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, Vol. 53, No. 11, November 2014: 2457-2480.
Abstract | Full Text | PDF (2087 KB)

Daily Cycle of Precipitation over the Northern Coast of Brazil

Sheila Santana de Barros Brito and Marcos Daisuke Oyama

Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, Vol. 53, No. 11, November 2014: 2481-2502.
Abstract | Full Text | PDF (5648 KB)

Stratiform and Convective Precipitation Observed by Multiple Radars during the DYNAMO/AMIE Experiment

Min Deng, Pavlos Kollias, Zhe Feng, Chidong Zhang, Charles N. Long, Heike Kalesse, Arunchandra Chandra, Vickal V. Kumar, and Alain Protat

Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, Vol. 53, No. 11, November 2014: 2503-2523.
Abstract | Full Text | PDF (3721 KB)

Uncertainties of GPM DPR Rain Estimates Caused by DSD Parameterizations

Liang Liao, Robert Meneghini, and Ali Tokay

Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, Vol. 53, No. 11, November 2014: 2524-2537.
Abstract | Full Text | PDF (1896 KB)

Combining the Perspective of Satellite- and Ground-Based Observations to Analyze Cloud Frontal Systems

Anja Hünerbein, Hartwig Deneke, Andreas Macke, Kerstin Ebell, and Ulrich Görsdorf

Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, Vol. 53, No. 11, November 2014: 2538-2552.
Abstract | Full Text | PDF (2724 KB)

A Synergistic Analysis of Cloud Cover and Vertical Distribution from A-Train and Ground-Based Sensors over the High Arctic Station Eureka from 2006 to 2010

Yann Blanchard, Jacques Pelon, Edwin W. Eloranta, Kenneth P. Moran, Julien Delanoë, and Geneviève Sèze

Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, Vol. 53, No. 11, November 2014: 2553-2570.
Abstract | Full Text | PDF (1543 KB)

Skill of Direct Solar Radiation Predicted by the ECMWF Global Atmospheric Model over Australia

Alberto Troccoli and Jean-Jacques Morcrette

Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, Vol. 53, No. 11, November 2014: 2571-2588.
Abstract | Full Text | PDF (1981 KB)

Study of a Sea-Breeze Case through Momentum, Temperature, and Turbulence Budgets

J. Cuxart, M. A. Jiménez, M. Telišman Prtenjak, and B. Grisogono

Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, Vol. 53, No. 11, November 2014: 2589-2609.
Abstract | Full Text | PDF (3281 KB) | Supplemental Material

Uncertainty in Contaminant Concentration Fields Resulting from Atmospheric Boundary Layer Depth Uncertainty

Brian P. Reen, Kerrie J. Schmehl, George S. Young, Jared A. Lee, Sue Ellen Haupt, and David R. Stauffer

Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, Vol. 53, No. 11, November 2014: 2610-2626.
Abstract | Full Text | PDF (2862 KB)

A Case Study of Mid-Atlantic Nocturnal Boundary Layer Events during WAVES 2006

S. Rabenhorst, D. N. Whiteman, D.-L. Zhang, and B. Demoz

Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, Vol. 53, No. 11, November 2014: 2627-2648.
Abstract | Full Text | PDF (9232 KB)

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