Monday 29 July 2019

Winter in Lower Hutt - July, 2019

Warm night time 

temperatures, no frosts and 

dispappearing snow on the 


I remember the last time Wellington (that's where we were living at the time) had what I would regard as a normal winter as I have experienced right through my life as well as my father before me.

It was 2003 – (that is 16 years ago!)

I remember travelling out for early morning horse rides on Saturday and were mostly frosty with lovely crisp cool air (with stream on the breath) and ice in the puddles.

This is what I rely on for historical weather statistics for Lower Hutt where we have been living fo 13 years.

My breakdown of last year's winter temperatures is here:

Mid-winter in Lower Hutt, New Zealand

I measured these temperatures with an electronic max-min thermometer under a lean-to on the south side of the house.

The average historical HIGH temperature for July is 11 degrees whereas the average MINIMUM temperature was 5 degrees.

Contrast that with this July whereas the maximum NIGHT TIME temperature was over 17 degrees and the lowest temperature was 4.2 degrees  (on one occasion only) whereas the average night time minimum temperature was 9.0C compared to an average minimum (taken over night and day was 5 degrees.

Over the 28 days I took measurements in July (the coldest month of the year there were no frosts

Here are the figures

And my breakdown of the figures:

Highest night time temperature                   17C
Highest day time temperature                     17.8 C

Lowest night time temperature                    4.3 C
Lowest day time temperature                      5.1 C

Average night time maximum temperature 13.7C
Average day time maximum temperature   15.5C

Average night time minimum temperature  9.0 C
Average day time minimum temperature    10.6 C

Median day time minimum                          11.2C
Median night time minimum                        9.2

Median day time maximum           15.5
Median night time maximum         13.5

Clear, sunny -                                 6
Cirrus cloud” obscuring the sun – 7
Overcast weather -                         7
Rain                                                7

What yells out from the figures, apart from the warmer temperatures overall is the warm nights and the narrow difference between night time and day time temperatures (13.7C average night time maximum compared to 15.5C for day time

Was this the last frost in Lower Hutt (in 2018)? 

Furthermore, a full 7 days out of 28 (that is a quarter) were characterised by the presence of cirrus clouds which goes a long way to explain the absence of cold nights.

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When looked at through tinted sunglasses this is what it looks like. This occludes the sun as much as any overcast day.

This is a new phenomenon, at least on this scale and one which I cannot but associate with geoengineering of the sky.

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Nobody in the NTHE wants to even acknowledge this, let alone address it. 

That to me is a form of denial.  It is something that I feel might be associated with the cold rejection from Guy McPherson who is not only contemptuous of any mention of "chemtrails" but does not even want to hear specific data even when it relates to Arctic sea ice.


Earlier in the season the headlines would be saying "winter has arrived" as a southerly would leave a solid snowfall on the Alps

The reports I had from the top of the South Island was there would be snow that would disappear within 48 hours.

This is what New Zealand's best-known ski field, Coronet Peak near Queenstown looks like at the end of the year's coldest month.

This is how the glossy brochures tell you it SHOULD look like.

Most people, if they are not enthusing over the "lovely weather" will pretend this is just a one-off.

However, they are wrong.I have paid close attention to my own neck of the woods and often I have been MEASURING.

This is an ongoing and accelerating trend (and note, this year is not an el-Nino, or as near as not).

The news media is lying to you by omitting to provide the context and to pretend that ongoing warm weather is some sort of anomaly from what is otherwise "normal".

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