Tropospheric Temperatures 1979 to May 2019

Weather Eye with John Maunder The chart below shows that since 1979, when reliable satellite observations became available, there has been little change in the overall trend in the average tropospheric temperatures, apart from milder/warmer...... Read More

A guide to The Cricket World Cup

The Weekend Sun editor Daniel Hutchinson has stumbled across the disturbing fact that many people don’t like cricket and, to them, the Cricket World Cup is a baffling event that looks a lot like watching grass grow. But, it’s a bit like the...... Read More

Tauranga May Average Afternoon Temperatures 1913-2019

Weather Eye with John Maunder The average afternoon temperature in Tauranga in May 2019 was 18.7 degrees C, the fifth warmest on record. Temperatures have been recorded in the Tauranga area at several sites during the last 100...... Read More

Useless rules to be aware of

The Weekend Sun editor Daniel Hutchinson investigates an airline’s tattoo ban and other bizarre rules. Straight out of the ‘totally useless gestures’ category is Air New Zealand’s lifting of a ban on tattoos this week. If you...... Read More

May Rainfalls for Tauranga 1898-2019

Weather Eye with John Maunder Rainfalls for the month of May have been recorded in Tauranga since 1898 – except for 1904, 1907, 1908, and 1909. The graph shows the range of rainfalls from an extreme high of 634 mm in 2005...... Read More

Embarrassing cover shots we’d like to see

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits The botched Wellbeing Budget is infamous for many things, the most apparent being its lack of wellbeing for New Zealanders. Considering it was titled the well-being budget, it...... Read More

The season to be looney

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits Election time is approaching. The signs are clear. The nutters are coming out of the woodwork. Election time is like a supermoon. It flushes out the feral lunatics amongst us....... Read More

Solar Activity and the Maunder Minimum

Weather Eye with John Maunder The ‘Maunder Minimum' is the name given to the period from 1645 to 1715 when the number of sunspots – ‘storms' on the sun – became almost zero. The period is named after...... Read More

The Southern Oscillation Index

Weather Eye with John Maunder The Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) is a standardized index based on the observed sea level pressure differences between Tahiti and Darwin, Australia. The SOI is a leading measure of the large-scale...... Read More

Spoonful of political advice

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits Dear Auntie Roger I’ve got myself in a spot of bother. I promised to build a thousand houses but so far there’s only 80 and I think most of them were in the pipeline...... Read More