Credibility of public weather forecasts: A Wairarapa perspective
Most people obtain weather forecasts from one or more of the three main mass media: press, radio and television. To study the credibility – in terms of accuracy – of the forecasts (from a Wairarapa perspective), forecasts presented regularly by each of these media, during the 6-month period beginning in August 1990, were evaluated against weather conditions observed from Masterton. The forecasts selected for the study were those published in the Wairarapa Times-Age newspaper (from the Blue Skies service), broadcast by National Radio at approx. 12.30pm (from the N.Z. Meteorological Service), and presented by TV1 at approx. 6.30pm (compiled for TV from information supplied by the N.Z. Meteorological Service).