Māori weather and climate indicators – a poster from NIWA

I notice that NIWA, New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, has a poster of Māori climate and weather indicators for download on its website. You can either grab the pdf or order a full-sized paid-for poster. The weather (day-to-day state of the atmosphere, varying from minutes to weeks) predictors include: From Te Roroa: The sound […]

How to measure the wind: the beauty of the Beaufort Scale

I love the language in the Beaufort Wind Scale as rendered in the 1947 edition of Mapwork and Practical Geography (which I found in a second-hand shop). 6 Strong breeze – large branches in motion; whistling heard in telegraph wires; umbrellas used with difficulty 7 Moderate gale – inconvenience felt when walking against wind 8 […]