Fire Climate 1961-2001
A number of fire climate maps were created by Landcare Research
under the NZ Fire Service Commission's Contestable Research Fund
for the NRFA. The maps were created from from data collected by
the NRFA weather station network and NIWA's national climate database.
The maps represent the long-term averages for the Fire Weather
Indices using the average of the top 20% of values between
October and April each year.
Click on a map for a larger version.
For details of thework completed by Landcare Research funded by
the NZ Fire Service Comission's Contestible Research Fund - Click
Drought Code Averages 1994-2005
The images below are maps showing the average DROUGHT CODE values
calculated over the fire season for each year (1 October - 31 March).
The Spatial Fire Management System creates the maps for each day
that appear on this site which are also used to calculate the averages.
The 1994-95 fire season was the first season with a significant
coverage of weather stations.
The daily maps were also used to make an animated version of the
progression of the DROUGHT CODE throughhout a season - October to
April. The DROUGHT CODE was found to be particularly useful in showing
the spread of drying and the effect of rainfall on a region as it
increases and decreases in relatively small increments. Other indices
are more sensitive to daily variations making the animation seem
Click on "MOVIE" for the year you are interested in
for a short clip approximately 1 minute long and 10Mb in size.