Archive for the ‘Weather – Analysis’ Category

Hydro Lakes Recover in November

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Hydro storage lakes recovered from a decline that set in during October and passed above 100% of capacity for only the second time during 2008 on November 24th.


Hydro Lakes Stable

Friday, November 14th, 2008

Hydro storage was above average for most of October 2008 but reduced inflows at the end of the month dragged levels down.


Hydro Storage Improved During September

Monday, October 20th, 2008

Dramatically improved inflows ended the possibility of a springtime energy crisis during September 2008. Generous rainfall improved hydro storage in both islands.


Lakes Decline Sharply During August

Friday, October 10th, 2008

New Zealand’s hydro-electric storage lakes declined sharply during August 2008.


Hydro Storage Improves

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

New Zealand’s hydro lake levels improved during July 2008, with good inflows boosting North Island lakes while South Island storage languished.


June 2008 Warmer, Wetter

Monday, July 21st, 2008

Tawa’s climate during June 2008 was warmer than the same month in the previous three years, but cooler than 2003. Rainfall was higher than readings taken since 2005.


Hydro Storage, June 2008

Monday, July 14th, 2008

New Zealand’s hydro-electric storage lake levels increased slightly during June 2008, benefitting from improved inflows and a reduction in demand.


May 2008 Cooler Than Recent Years

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

Tawa’s climate during May 2008 was calmer and cooler than recent years, with rainfall returning to normal levels after the dry May of 2007.


Hydro Lakes Remain Low

Friday, June 20th, 2008

New Zealand’s hydro-electric storage lake levels remained low during the first fortnight of June 2008, with anticipated rain maintaining the status quo.


Hydro Lakes Plunge During May

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Hydro lake levels plunged during May 2008, a month when inflows were dramatically low and demand consistently high.


Hydro Lakes Seriously Low During April

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

New Zealand’s hydro-electric storage lake levels remained seriously low during April 2008. Levels were dramatically lower than April last year, electricity demand was steady and inflows were seriously deficient.


March 2008 Warmer Than Normal

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

Tawa’s climate during March 2008 was warmer than normal, continuing the trend set in March 2007 which was the warmest and driest since 2004, and similar to temperatures experienced during March 2003.


February 2008 Typical for the Time of Year

Friday, April 4th, 2008

Tawa’s climate during February 2008 was typical for the time of year, being warm sunny and relatively dry. Temperatures did not reach the highs recorded in February 2005, but the average temperature was very close to that recorded during the previous two years.


Hydro Lakes Remain Seriously Low

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

New Zealand’s hydro-electric lake levels remained seriously low at the end of March 2008.


January 2008 Warmer, Drier

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Tawa’s climate during January 2008 was warmer and drier than conditions recorded since 2004.