Red at Night, Sailors Delight
Rainbow and a Paterson Inlet Squall
After the storm
Mares Tails, an approaching storm
Aurora Australis from Observation Rock
Red in the Morning, Sailors warning
Stewart Island Weather, Tides, Aurora & Webcam
My Interest in the Weather
All my life I have looked over my shoulder at the weather. It started with shepherding on my parents farm, reinforced during my time “On the Hill” as a forest ranger and later as a fisherman. And even today as a tour guide, as I really want the best possible experience for my guests. And as I get older I find myself more and more prone to rust. Of course as a fisherman the tides were all important and during night passages especially to and from Fiordland I was often fascinated by the Aurora displays.
So this page is addresses those three interests
Sails Ashore Webcam.
The view is out from our sunroom, over the Village of Oban, Halfmoon Bay and Foveaux Straits beyond
The camera position is 46.54.04 S, 168.07.33 E Heading 30 deg M
Sails Ashore Webcam. Image uploaded every 2 minutes, 24/7
apologies for the line mid image. It’s a stay for our weather system mast
Images will enlarge on mouse over
Stewart Island Flights Cam
Not long after our first web cam went live “Stewart Island Flights” who are our local Air Service told me they would log on several times a day for a quick visual on conditions and visibility here. And occasionally they would suggest that I turn the camera to point at a local hill which was actually their preferred reference for cloud ceiling. …… Low cloud is not unknown on Stewart Island …..But Garden Mound is not really the view we wished on our camera so i always just declined. My old camera went down some time ago and it took me a couple of weeks to get a new one and have it running …. projects are not always easy on an Island !!!…I got lots of growling’s from the pilots until it was running again. So I suggested that if they gave me a good outdoor camera I would point it at Garden Mound just for them. We are now on the second set of cameras. A lightening flash did for the first pair
And so here it is. .
Garden Mound is the reference point and is the rounded hill above and slightly to the left of the roof corner. This view will flare badly in bright late afternoon sun. Not an issue for the pilots as if it is sunny then the visibility is excellent for them. The image updates every 10 minutes
- Weather Station
- Last Month History
- Last Year History
- Comparative Rainfall
- "Windy" Weather Map & Forecast
- Tide Information
- Aurora Australis Forecasts
We are trialling a new met program
Click on the small orange widget in the top right corner for more features
Tides, Today and Tomorrow
This forecast comes courtesy of NOAA (USA)
But we now produce 100 % of our electrical needs, and are completely "Off Grid", Excess electricity is used to heat our domestic hot water and central heating system and this has cut our non renewable heating fuel usage to around 20% of pre solar.. All cooking is electric, no more LPG. See More .......
Kowhai Lane is also Solar powered,
Kowhai Lane is "Grid Tied" Excess production is used to heat water. Production beyond the house requirements is exported, thus cutting diesel use in the wider grid. At night Kowhai Lane Lodge receives power from the grid.
Like Sails Ashore, all cooking is electric,,,,, No LPG