AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
Weatherman Never Gets Bored
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Daily Report - Wednesday, November 24, 1999 -
Today was the sort of the day they send the weatherman out for a picnic - cloudy and getting cloudier, rain by early afternoon but not a great deal of wind! We set sail again on the Hauraki Gulf to test our new boat. It was the kind of day the sailors like, a very steady wind. Unfortunately mother nature did not understand the urgency or importance of our testing program and provided us with a northwest to west wind that simply could not settle down!
The culprit for today's weather has been a cold front, heading our way from the Tasman Sea after annoying the southern parts of Australia. Auckland and New Zealand suffer many frontal systems; some intense, some with nasty low pressure systems attached, and some (like todays) just a typical Southern Ocean front. These fronts generally have a well defined structure ahead and behind. Today was pre-frontal with clouds and rain... tomorrow should be cooler and showery with the wind shifting southwest to south in direction.
Auckland sits in the lee of Australia and therein lies a huge weather problem. A large country like Australia or America disrupts and enhances the otherwise smooth flow of the weather systems as they cross the ocean. New Zealand is somewhat equivalent to having an island approximately 1000 miles east of New York, but without the benefit of the Gulf Stream. In Auckland we witness a daily parade of weather systems so, at least the weatherman never gets bored!
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