2008 Weather Extremes
||Drought / 1997 - 1998 El Nino Drought
||Wind / March 2007 - Wyndham Street, Auckland
||Storm / January 2001 - Evans Bay, Wellington
||Flooding / March 2007 - Hikurangi, Whangarei
||Snow Storm / March 2001 - Ohai, Southland
||Heat / Matarangi Beach / Coromandel
||Set of 6
||Limited Edition Miniature Sheet with two 50 cent, one $1, one $1.50, one $2 and one $2.50 stamp (2,000 numbered copies)
|... Six Stamps : 50c (648a), 50c (648b), $1 (648c), $1.50 (648d), $2 (648e), $2.50 (648f)|
||First Day Cover - 5 March 2008
|... 50c (648a), 50c (648b), $1 (648c), $1.50 (648d), $2 (648e), $2.50 (648f)|
The United Nations General Assembly declared 2008 as the International Year
of Planet Earth to increase awareness of the importance of Earth sciences
for the achievement of sustainable development. To commemorate the Year of
Planet Earth and reflect growing concern over climate change New Zealand
Post issued a set of six stamps of extreme weather conditions experienced
in New Zealand.
If you have any questions or comments please contact us - we'd love to hear from you.
The first 50 cent stamp shows the effects of the
1997 - 1998 El Nino drought. A drought is an extended period with
consistently below average precipitation. It can have a substantial impact
on the ecosystem and agriculture of the affected region. The United Nations
estimates that an area of fertile soil the size of the Ukraine is lost
every year because of drought, deforestation, and climate
The second 50 cent stamp shows pedestrians on
Auckland's appropriately named Wyndham Street battling a westerley
gale in March 2007. New Zealand is hit by a tropical cyclone once every
eight to nine years but westerly gales are common in most regions with
winds often gusting up to 120 kilometres per hour.
The one dollar
stamp shows waves from a tropical cyclone storm surge at Evan's Bay,
Wellington in 2001. The worst storms develop when the remnants of tropical
cyclones approaching from the north re-intensify as they collide with
strong cold fronts approaching from the south. The 'Wahine' storm
in 1968 was one such example. Early on the 10th of April, two violent
storms merged over Wellington, creating a single extratropical cyclone
storm. The winds in Wellington were the strongest ever recorded - at one
point they reached a speed of 275 kilometres per hour ripping the roofs
off 98 houses in one suburb and blowing three ambulances and a truck onto
their sides as they tried to go into the area to bring out injured people.
The storm resulted in the capsize and sinking of the 'Wahine' - an
8,944 gross tonnage drive-on passenger ship in Wellington harbour. 53 of
the 733 passengers and crew on board died.
The $1.50 stamp shows
stock trapped above flood water on farmland at Hikurangi, a Northland
settlement in 2007. Over ten thousands homes were without power and
isolated by closed roads as torrential rain and wind gusts up to 180
kilometers per hour hit the region.
The two dollar stamp shows a
snow storm at Ohai, Southland in May 2001. Snow is common in the
south-east of the South Island, with snow falling to near sea level most
winters in Southland and around Dunedin.
The $2.50 stamp features
extreme heat. The eastern South Island records the hottest summer
temperatures, mostly due to North Westerly Foehn winds generated by winds
moving over the Southern Alps. A Foehn wind is a dry down slope wind which
occurs in the lee of a mountain range. It is a rain shadow wind which
results from the subsequent adiabatic warming of dry air which has dropped
most of its moisture on the windward slopes. As a consequence of the
different adiabatic lapse rates of moist and dry air, the air on the
leeward slopes becomes warmer than equivalent elevations on the windward
slopes and can raise temperatures by as much as 30 degrees Celcius.
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