Fieldays to get top forecasts

Last updated 08:34 14/05/2013

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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.

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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