Forecast a shell shock
Alf Hoyle reckons we’re in for poor weather this summer - but he’s just the messenger.
The weather forecast comes from Rotorua’s Herman the Tortoise, who emerged from her winter hibernation five days late this year.
It’s a bad sign for the region, according to Hoyle.
‘‘Normally if she’s up late it doesn’t mean we’re in for a good summer,’’ he said.
Hoyle has had Herman - named before her gender was known - for more than 50 years and he said she’s usually proved to be spot on at forecasting.
‘‘It’s funny how accurate she’s been through the years,’’ he said.
‘‘She woke up to some horrible weather.’’
Hoyle said Herman is taking it slow at the moment as she needs to spend some time in the sun to heat up.
‘‘She’ll walk around looking miserable until she warms up. It’s just got to happen naturally,’’ he said.
‘‘She can’t get her solar panels working.’’
Hoyle said Herman usually goes back into hibernation on April 4, with the exact date providing a forecast for the weather over winter.
‘‘It usually means at the end of summer we look at each other and say that wasn’t much of a summer.’’
Herman comes out of her shell.