Since when was rain not a spring thing?

On whichever channel I was watching last night (I think it was Newshub) they made a comment along the lines of rainy weather not being a spring thing.

The Herald implies something similar:

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Stuff had an odd Spring caption in Heavy rain lashing Auckland and Northland causes flooding:

Sophia Williams, 4 of Herne Bay, was enjoying the wet weather despite it technically being spring.

Wet weather despite it being spring? Rain in spring tends to be helpful in making things grow, and it’s not out of the ordinary.

Auckland averages 1211 mm of rain a year, 105 mm in September (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auckland#Climate with Whangarei slightly more), so September is average for rainfall there. Average rain days per year are 136, in September it’s 12.8 so again fairly normal – every second or third day it rains on average.

There was also flooding last September by the look of Heavy rain, flooding in North Island spark warnings.

September 2012: Auckland suburbs flood as rain hits.

Stupid headlines and content are common, but it stood out that three media coincidentally made stupid comments about spring rain.

 

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19 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  26th September 2016

    Research is an unknown word to most journalists. Yet now information is vastly more available than in the past.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  26th September 2016

      I am reading my way through Trollope’s Palliser novels, which never pall (ha ha)

      He says much the same thing. The papers then printed much the same sort of drivel a lot of the time as they do now.

      But he has more than one character give another the advice to ignore this when it’s about them, as by responding they’d be keeping it alive and giving the paper what it wants. Even in those days…

      The politics don’t seem to change much, either.

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  2. Nick Ellis

     /  26th September 2016

    A good frost is a spring thing in parts of the country, count your blessings they don’t have frosts in Auckland.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  26th September 2016

      Frosts in SPRING ??? Not where I live. We may have a few in winter, but they are usually of the ‘must try harder’ kind.

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  3. Gezza

     /  26th September 2016

    Every September there is a *polar blast* and lambs die in snow somewhere down South and the media breathlessly report this unexpected event as a singular calamity.

    (*Polar blast* is up there with *horror crash* and *weather bomb* in the tv news presenters’ shock & awe phrasebook.)

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    • Another oxymoron for Gezza: Intelligent Reporting

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  26th September 2016

        Gezza, the phrase book includes ‘brutal murder/rape/assault’,(as opposed to the gentle ones, I suppose) ‘mercy dash’ (someone going to hospital after an emergency to see the victim), ‘plucked to safety’, ‘fighting for his/her life’, ‘P/obesity/binge drinking epidemic’….

        And, of course, ‘frenzied attack’ and ‘killer road’.

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  4. I just got back from Ahipara and the locals up North reckon the rain is heaven sent with the tanks full and the grass growth being assisted along. Good news. My wife and I had a contest going this year as to the success rate of TV forecasts for doom and gloom in the weather front. They have a remarkable record of predicting storm fronts hitting Wellington, its running at 100% successful misinterpretation, a record they no doubt are proud of!

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  26th September 2016

      I pretty much ignore TV weather forecasts, BJ. I use the internet Accuweather site and the windmap site and find them much more useful than a talking head trying to be entertaining.

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      • Tks Alan, I finally have got access to Accuweather sussed and shall not stray in the future. Very helpful suggestion for which I am grateful.

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        • Nick Ellis

           /  30th September 2016

          I think accuweather is just siphoning data from the met-service’s website, their historical data for where I live goes back exactly the same two years as the met-service and their current temperature, and weather stations are the same. They do have a registered trademark on ‘Realfeel’ though, which is funkier than ‘feels like’.

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  5. Zedd

     /  26th September 2016

    ‘since when was rain not a spring thing ?’

    when it becomes a torrential downpour/flood :/

    btw; the ‘polar blast’ is hitting, here in Dunaz.. very cooool man 😀

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  6. Kitty Catkin

     /  26th September 2016

    The September rainfall for this year has been well above the average for September.

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  7. Kitty Catkin

     /  26th September 2016

    These downpours are hardly what Chaucer calls ‘shoures sote’. They are more like monsoons.

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