Story: Weather forecasting

Lighthouse, Nugget Point

Lighthouse, Nugget Point

Between 1874 and 1926 weather forecasting was a Marine Department service – the lighthouses that dotted the length and breadth of New Zealand were well placed to serve as weather stations. In addition to running the lighthouse, keepers’ duties included reporting daily temperature, rain, air pressure and sunshine readings, and making visual observations. The country’s southernmost lighthouse, at Nugget Point, South Otago, was automated in 1989 and is still used as a weather station.

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Erick Brenstrum, 'Weather forecasting - Early forecasting', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 August 2022)

Story by Erick Brenstrum, published 12 Jun 2006, updated 1 Jun 2016