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https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-12-553-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-12-553-2016
Research article
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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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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.