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27 July Weather and Climate media clips are avialable at http://www.metsoc.org.nz/newsletters/2015/27-july-2015
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Kiwis may have been shivering, but last month was the world's hottest June on record.
PETER HANNAM
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When you see the world through weather, #ItsAmazingOutThere!
Photo Credit: Rachel Kisner via Facebook

These are circumhorizontal arcs that occur when sunlight refracts through plate-shaped ice crystals. They can be common in the summer in middle latitudes when the sun is high enough (58 degrees) above the horizon.
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This month’s cold snap has broken a swathe of temperature records around the country.

NIWA climate scientist Gregor Macara said the cold weather was caused by a cold southerly flow that brought icy showers and snow last week, followed by a high pressure system bringing clear skies and little wind to most of the country.

“Clouds act like a blanket at night and trap heat over the Earth’s surface, whereas clear skies enable enhanced night-time cooling as this heat escapes the atmosphere. This process has contributed to the severe frosts observed lately,” he said.

Check out the list of record breakers: https://www.niwa.co.nz/news/temperature-records-broken-around-the-country

Photo: Mt Ruapehu and surrounding farm land covered in snow. This photo was taken last week by NIWA's Susan Pepperell. #brrrr #coldsnap #snowdump #snow  
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Typhoons Chan-Hom and Nangka are moving through the western Pacific... via Himawari-8 satellite
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13 July 2015 weather/climate media clips now at http://www.metsoc.org.nz/newsletters/2015/13-july-2015
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