Members of the Pastoral management Group, to which we belong, shared experiences of June’s snow storms.
Everyone paid tribute to warnings from the Met Service which allowed stock to be moved and preparations made, both of which minimised the damage done.
Met Service has been equally accurate with its forecasts for the last few days. Thanks to that farmers and orchardists were able to prepare for the polar blast which reminded us yet again that the weather doesn’t observe the calendar.
August was mild but we’ve had a cold start to September about which Met Service warned us. I can see fresh snow on the Kakanui Range from my kitchen window and the temperatures are more wintry than spring-like.
Weather forecasting is not an exact science and we only ever know if forecasts are right after the event.
We’re quick to complain when they get it wrong but on these two occasions, Met Service was right when it mattered and their forecasts made a difference.