Weather watch­ers can keep eye on Fiel­d­ays

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

Niwa says it will pro­vide a state- of- the- art weather fore­cast­ing ser­vice for the Fiel­d­ays at Mys­tery Creek next month.

Niwa is the of­fi­cial weather fore­caster for the Fiel­d­ays and for all ma­jor Mys­tery Creek events tak­ing place dur­ing the next three years.

Chief at­mos­phere sci­en­tist Mur­ray Poul­ter said so­phis­ti­cated com­puter fore­cast­ing mod­els would gen­er­ate weather forecasts for Mys­tery Creek up to six days ahead.

To ac­com­pany the forecasts, a weather sta­tion has been set up at Mys­tery Creek that will feed live ob­ser­va­tions of tem­per­a­ture, wind speed and di­rec­tion and rain­fall to dis­play screens across the com­plex and to Niwa’s Fiel­d­ays ex­hi­bi­tion site.

Mr Poul­ter said vis­i­tors to Fiel­d­ays will know well in ad­vance whether they need to have T-shirts and sun­hats or sweaters and rain­coats – or one of ev­ery­thing – at the ready.

‘‘Once we’ve re­ceived six weeks of ob­ser­va­tional data from the weather sta­tion we will know the mi­cro­cli­mate of the site and that will help to pro­vide a much more ac­cu­rate two-day fore­cast.

‘‘ We also wel­come farm­ers along to our Fiel­d­ays site PF15 to trial our spe­cialised weather fore­cast­ing ser­vices,’’ he said.

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