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
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 in May 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 growlings 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.
And so here it is. .
Stewart Island Flights weather cam. Garden Mound is the reference point, and is the rounded hill slightly 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
Finally Have our station back on line. although we have lost data from the 22nd May until 13th June due to U/S data logger
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This forecast comes courtesy of Victoria University (Wellington) and in my experience is the most accurate available for this part of Stewart Island
One of the problems with Aurora watching is that we have lots of cloudy weather. Another issue for us at Sails Ashore is that as we face north, and are under the crest of a hill our southern horizon is quite high. So we don’t see the Aurora quite as often as we would like.
Sails Ashore is quite sheltered from winds from WSW through South to SE.
This can mean that the high gusts as recorded are about the average wind on open water.