New Zealand Experiences Warmest Winter on Record
September 7, 2013
By The Associated Press
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Winter was lacking its usual Antarctic chill this year in New Zealand.
Scientists say the South Pacific nation had its warmest winter since record-keeping began more than a century ago.
The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research said Tuesday the average nationwide temperature during winter was 9.5 Celsius (49.1 Fahrenheit). That`s about 1.2 Celsius above average and 0.3 Celsius above the previous record set in 1984. Record-keeping began in 1909.
NIWA climate scientist Brett Mullan says this winter had a pattern of warmer winds from the north but fewer southerly winds. Those typically bring cold air from Antarctica. He says he believes that global weather remains variable but is in a warming pattern.
June, July and August are considered the winter months for the Southern Hemisphere.
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