Articles | Volume 12, issue 2
Research article
01 Mar 2016
Research article |  | 01 Mar 2016

The "dirty weather" diaries of Reverend Richard Davis: insights about early colonial-era meteorology and climate variability for northern New Zealand, 1839–1851

Andrew M. Lorrey and Petra R. Chappell


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by Editor) (03 Dec 2015) by Stefan Bronnimann
AR by Andrew Lorrey on behalf of the Authors (26 Jan 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (04 Feb 2016) by Stefan Bronnimann
Short summary
The meteorological diary of Reverend Richard Davis (1839–1844; 1848–1851) is the earliest continuous daily instrumental weather observation record for New Zealand. It pre-dates James Hector's meteorological network by more than 20 years, and it contains evidence that temperatures for May–August were on average colder than present day in Northland. Some weather extremes Davis also witnessed may have been more frequent in the mid-1800s relative to the modern era, including frost, ice and snow.