The ‘Wanaka effect’
Weather can’t touch sunny little basin
would have thought that after all these years of collecting data weather forecasters would have sufficient evidence by now to prove the existence of the ‘‘Wanaka effect’’.
This is what happens to bad weather which is on its way to Wanaka but more often than not never makes it here.
I believe the forecasters are correct when the data they are viewing shows a nasty storm heading our way.
Most of that bad weather does come close – we can see it bucketing down in the mountains and we often know they’re copping it on the West Coast and over in Queenstown.
However, this amazing little basin that we sit in seems to ensure that weather often goes around us.
I have been aware of the ‘‘Wanaka effect’’ for many years now and Easter just gone was a perfect example.
Aweek out forecasters were predicting rain across the weekend with one showing heavy rain on all three days.
It was my first year in charge at Warbirds Over Wanaka and if the forecasts were true I would be presiding over the first airshow in 25 years where flying was not possible.
As it turned out the weather was perfect.
However, the damage had been done and many potential visitors made the decision, based on those forecasts, not to make the trip. That had economic implications across the region.
So how many other visitors have been put off coming to Wanaka over the years because they’ve taken a peek at the forecast aweek out?
I suggest that all long range forecasts for bad weather in Wanaka should come with an advisory – ‘‘because of the meteorological phenomena known as the ‘Wanaka effect’ the crappy weather forecast for this weekend is no more likely to happen than snow in May staying’’. ● Ed Taylor is general manager of Warbirds Over Wanaka and reckons Wanaka is the best place in the world to live.