It’s Official

I know you were/are absolutely sick of hearing me moaning and complaining about the wet weather we have endured this winter. Oh yes, I know it has been a very hot summer for all of you in the Northern Hemisphere, but here in Wellington, it has been wet! Incredibly wet and now we have the official figures to prove it.

Today we got new rainfall figures from Greater Wellington’s Environmental Science team to confirm that last winter was the wettest on record, following the misery of a summer that was also the wettest on record in the Wellington region. 

The figures we are told, and on which we have to agree, “paint a portrait of suburbs soaked and districts drenched by record amounts of rainfall which exceeded many of the previous highest totals recorded across the entire region. On average, June rainfall was approximately 160% up on long-term seasonal averages, with July coming in higher at 200 per cent and August at 170 per cent. 

“The main causes of the extremely wet pattern were three-fold, says Climate Change scientist Dr Alex Pezza. 

“Background global warming increasing moisture in the air and leading to higher rainfall, a third consecutive year of a developing La Niña and the development of semi-permanent marine heatwaves around New Zealand. 

“These factors contributed to an enhanced northerly flow and formation of the phenomenon known as ‘atmospheric rivers’, which brought large amounts of tropical moisture into our region. The compounding factor of the wet seasons is important and has led to lasting, disruptive and expensive consequences, says Dr Pezza. 

“A chain of significant rain events effectively prevented our saturated soils from drying out, contributing to the severe slips seen in many areas of the capital by the end of winter.” 

And just for your edification, this was our driveway for a couple of days during the worst of the rain.

And today almost as if it is mocking our joy that Spring is here, it has poured nonstop from early this morning, and still, it rains!

End of rant about the weather, except..

“Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”…
“It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain
falling on the sunshine…” 
― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

JB September 30, 2022
In a very wet Wellington

Everybody’s Talking About It

What does he know? He’s just a bear with very little brain.
Not much dancing here.

There is only one thing on everyone’s mind today – Rain and it’s consequences.

Click here to get the scene playing out in the South Island.

And in the North of the North Island it in’t much better. Here in Wellington there have been major slips and landslides cutting off some communities.

Enough said.

JB. Wellington
August 21, 2022

Wet and Windy in Wellington

“Pray don’t talk to me about the weather, Mr Worthing.
Whenever people talk to me about the weather,
I always feel quite certain that they mean something else.
And that makes me quite nervous.”
― Oscar Wilde

Oh how easily we are fooled.  Having been lulled into a false sense of security with a few days of mild, almost windless weather, we woke up this morning to a typical winter’s day here in Wellington.

The rain fell out of the sky and the wind moaned and shook trees and roofs around our Capital City. No birds singing here today.

We know that Wellington is the most Windy City in the world.  Yes, it even beats Chicago.  We regularly (how often?) have gale force winds but hey, this all adds to the wind power that generates the turbines around the city. And according to an earlier Wellington Mayor, Justine Leonard, “Sailors, windsurfers and kite-surfers come from afar to ride the vortex. Air pollution is non-existent as any fumes are whipped away and wind power is harnessed for electricity.
Perhaps the best thing of all, it breeds a bunch of sturdy, resilient Wellingtonians who aren’t fazed by a little bit of wind.” he says.

As many of you know, I am a pluviophile, I like the rain and as I’m English, I like walking in the rain, but not today. The force of the wind and the heavy rain quickly convinced me not to go out.

And I have just heard on the mid-afternoon news that “A storm near Tasmania tonight will fall apart in the NZ area but will help usher in NZ’s first big wintry southerly of 2022 this Friday and Saturday. Temperatures will drop nationwide, but especially in the South Island.” 

So what shall I be doing then?

Drink tea

Looking forward to it.

Enjoy your day, whatever the weather. And here’s more good advice from that brainy little bear –

JB May 17, 2022