Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Weather update with dotterels
Photos and video: Rosalie Liddle Crawford
Today's weather update is brought to you from Mount Main beach where the dotterel chick is off for a crisp jaunt along the beach.
In today's weather forecast we are expecting a fine day at first. There may be a few afternoon and evening showers, with a chance of heavy rain with thunderstorms. Also southwesterlies.
It's a one-clothing layer day today with a high of 26 and overnight low of 14 degrees.
Low tide is at 9.50am and high tide is at 4pm. Sea temperature is 21 degrees. There's an average sea swell of .3m. Sunset tonight is at 8.35pm.
If you're going fishing today the best fish bite times are between 8.30-10.30pm.
This day in NZ history in 1880 Tuhiata, known as Tuhi, was hung in Wellington for the murder of the artist Mary Dobie at Te Namu Bay, Ōpunake. Tuhi wrote to the governor days before his execution asking that 'my bad companions, your children, beer, rum and other spirits die with me'.
In 1931 a floating dock broke its moorings in Wellington Harbour. Built in England, the Wellington Harbour Board's new Jubilee Dock was 178m long, 36m wide and could lift ships displacing 17,000 tons.
In world history on this day in 1607 Indian chief Powhatan spared John Smith's life after the pleas of his daughter Pocahontas. In 1849 gas lighting was installed in the White House. In 1940 in a radio interview, President Roosevelt proclaimed the United States to be the “arsenal of democracy.” On the same day in 1940 London suffered its most devastating air raid when Germans firebombed the city on the evening of December 29.
Today is the birthday of Charles Goodyear, inventor of vulcanised rubber for tyres. He was born in 1800.
It's also the birthday of William E Gladstone, British prime minister. Born in 1809 he said "We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace." He also said "Justice delayed is justice denied." And my favourite of his quotes is "If you are cold, tea will warm you; if you are too heated, it will cool you; If you are depressed, it will cheer you; If you are excited, it will calm you.”
Two cruise ships are in the port of Tauranga today - the L'Austral and the Diamond Princess. There's plenty of beach, sun, surf, parks and outdoor places to go and enjoy today. To find more activities and events check out our What's On page.
Have a great day!