Richard Davis Meteorological Records 1839-1851
Registration number: 38
Year of registration: 2019
Location: Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections
Further information: Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections
These journals kept by Richard Davis, a young farmer and lay preacher from Dorset, have been identified as the earliest continuous land-based weather records currently known in New Zealand. In two weather journals covering 1839-1844 and 1849-1851, Davis recorded temperature and barometric pressure and described cloud cover, wind speed and direction and extreme weather (including heavy frosts and a snowfall that persisted for two days on the hills around the Waimate North mission station).
The quality of Davis’s observations has allowed NIWA (National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research) climate scientists to develop a better understanding of the historical weather record of northern New Zealand.