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2011-11-21 - 3NEWS - WINDY WELLINGTON LIVES UP TO REPUTATION - YouTube

I lived in Wellington for 10 years, most of that time in Island Bay or Owhiro Bay, an area with a specific building code - houses/structures have to be built to a higher standard than normal to cope with the constant winds. The article in next post quotes: "gusts exceeding gale-force (75km/h) about 175 days every year at the airport" and expect it was the same where we lived, almost 50% of life in a wind tunnel!

Gardening was an education - many a plant labeled 'coastal hardy' would shrivel and die in the salt-laden air; eventually established a good hillside garden/shrubs trees and found the best plants were ones raised locally rather than from inland/sheltered garden centres. Wellington Council has a large nursery in Berhampore that occasionally sells to the public and that was a good source of trees, they raised them there for coastal plantings, parks.

Cycling was often a challenge round the coast road, but all part of the fun. I remember when we were house hunting and went to view a property near Strathmore on top of the hills, we stopped the car and thought it was going to take off, just a Honda Civic but it was rocking on the suspension and we didn't dare try to open the car doors . . . time to look at another property.


"You can't beat Wellington on a good day" - as the advertising slogan says . . . on one of those good days . . . sea kayaking in Cook Strait, off Owhiro Bay. Once I was caught in a weather change and had visions of getting ashore at the top of the South island, swept a long way out till I could manage to make it back to land.

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Some facts and figures on Wellington winds from today's Dominion Post in following posts


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How windy is Wellington, really?


ISLAND BAY
Parts of the Miramar peninsula; Roseneath, Hataitai and Mt Victoria; Owhiro Bay up to Brooklyn; and pockets of Newlands, Johnsonville and Grenada North are among the windiest spots in the city.

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  • 248km/h The highest gust of wind ever recorded in Wellington
  • 29km/h The average wind speed at Wellington Airport; 18km/h Chicago's average wind speed
  • 104km/h The highest gust at Wellington Airport this spring, on November 28th
  • 233 The number of days winds topped gale-force speed in Wellington's windiest year.

So how deserved is all the ''Windy Wellington'' notoriety? And who cops the worst of it around town?

First, while we're not, strictly speaking, the windiest place on record in the country that honour belongs to Canterbury's Mt John, with a 1970 wind gust of 250km/h we're not far off, with recordings of 248km/h gusts in both 1959 and 1962.

Those kinds of freak speeds, recorded on Hawkins Hill near Brooklyn, are easily in hurricane territory.

"You couldn't stand up there,'' says Niwa principal scientist Brett Mullan. ''It's way above comfortable for walking."

The infamous Wahine storm of 1968 saw gusts upwards of 200km/h, while over the hill in the Wairarapa, windswept Castlepoint and Cape Palliser have seen peak gusts in the same territory.

And Wellington is much more consistently windy than most places, seeing gusts exceeding gale-force (75km/h) about 175 days every year at the airport, Mullan says.

Auckland's winds, by contrast, get over over 65km/h on only about 50 days of the year, while Christchurch averages 60 such days and Invercargill 90.

What's more, even though other cities around the world like to lay claim to extreme winds, it seems they've got nothing on Wellington.

Metservice meteorologist Daniel Corbett says lakeside Chicago has an average wind-speed of about 18km/h, where Wellington Airport's is 29km/h.

As for the worst spots to be, Wellington City Council divides the city into five levels of windiness. At the peak end of the scale are zones including the hilly parts of the Miramar peninsula; much of Roseneath, Hataitai and Mt Victoria; the stretch from Owhiro Bay through Happy Valley up to Brooklyn; and pockets of Newlands, Johnsonville and Grenada North.


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May be of use to people considering a property in Wellington, this interactive graphic displays the capital's wind zones.

When using the graphic, click on your street to see what wind zone you are in.

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Wellington City Council divides the city into five degrees of windiness:
1 = low wind
2 = medium wind
3 = high wind
4 = very high wind
5 = winds reach speeds above 50m/s; extra conditions required for building consents

"one excruciating Wellington October where the city saw 30 days of winds surpassing gale force"
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Wellington has always been windy, I remember 3 or 4 times holding onto parking meters to stop myself getting blown over. Cycling was hard, only maybe once a week was possible. But Wellington is a lovely city, probably one the most attractive cities in NZ with character and is compact. Please remember NZ is a very windy place generally with the South Pole winds, even Auckland is windy. You can't escape the winds in NZ period......my wife always complained about her hair been messed up.

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May be of use to people considering a property in Wellington, this interactive graphic displays the capital's wind zones.

When using the graphic, click on your street to see what wind zone you are in.

KEY FOR GRAPHIC
Wellington City Council divides the city into five degrees of windiness:
1 = low wind
2 = medium wind
3 = high wind
4 = very high wind
5 = winds reach speeds above 50m/s; extra conditions required for building consents

"one excruciating Wellington October where the city saw 30 days of winds surpassing gale force"

Wasn't able to get this Interactive to work for me like it did awhile back...then I
JUST FOUND THIS:
LINK: Maps - Wellington - New Zealand
Wind Zones:
We've temporarily removed the wind zone information from WebMap so that we can update it, following Building Code changes in effect from 1 February 2012. We will provide the updated wind zone information as soon as we can.

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I took some photos along the coast on Waitangi Day (February 6th - summer!) 2003, the road was closed near where we lived due to waves and debris; didn't see this ship go out though

Suilven In Massive Swell
Strait Shipping's Suilven in massive southerly swells on big Waitangi Day 2003.

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Ziln -Wild Welly-Suilven In Massive Swell


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Wellington is a fantastic place Song Si, quite unique. You must miss it terribly, what took you away and do you think you'll go back there one day?

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^ I moved to Wellington due to a job restructure - it was move or redundancy, and ten years later (two week short of ten!) left for the same reason. Made good friends there, though it can be a very transient place, esp in my occupation of HR, and most have moved on, the last HR team I worked in - 14 staff - just one left from when I was there 4 years ago, typically (!) they are mostly in Auckland, Australia or UK now. Few were Wellington-born, like me move with the job.
I loved the coast, rough or fine, running in winter wearing full length thermals and a balaclava - in Wellington terms this is 'character building' rather then 'crazy'. Being movie-mad something i miss is the festivals at Paramount/Embassy, and the two small suburban theatres near home - Penthouse in Brooklyn, and the one at Island Bay. When I wasn't competing I'd spend weekend over the Rimutakas on friends' farm, Wairarapa's got a lot to offer (even if James Cameron is buying it up)
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Had the best summers in Wellington back in the mid seventies. Lived at Worser Bay. I thought Wellington was windy, but hey its got nothing on Yorkshire UK. Have just returned to Australia after a five week house sit in Yorkshire over Xmas/New Year.

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I will be moving to Wellington in May from Glasgow, Scotland. Everyone I've spoken to about Wellington talks very highly of the city but always finishes the story with 'but it's really windy' and from what I understand it rain a lot too.

Nice weather is an important part of the move for me, on Wikipedia the average temp for Wellington is about 17 in the summer but just looking at the forecast yesterday it was nearly 30 for the past week.

Can anyone offer me a comparison between weather in Scotland and Wellington as I don't want to move to the other side of the world and get the same weather I get in Glasgow.

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