Photo of the week: Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park

Department of Conservation —  07/08/2013

This week’s photo, of the towering cliffs and peaks of the Milford Sound in the Fiordland National Park, was taken by photographer Jonas Seaman.

Milford Sound with storm brewing. Photo by Jonas Seaman via Flickr. Creative Commons.

When we ended up getting there [Milford Sound] the weather was actually quite nice, but there was something definitely brewing up above.

It illustrates how quickly New Zealand’s mountain environment can turn from warm and calm to treacherous.

Because of our “four seasons in one day” weather, and to improve the safety of those enjoying New Zealand’s parks, DOC has funded a new online mountain weather forecast service with the MetService.

The service, which launched a few days ago, will provide standardised five day forecasts, updated every day for 24 mountain locations across eight of New Zealand’s most popular parks. It means large areas like the Fiordland National Park now have forecasts for four different locations because the park is so large that the weather can significantly vary between east and west and north and south.

Is it the best New Zealand weather forecast? We think so!

Learn more:

New online mountain weather forecast service – Media release, 31 July 2013

– MetService blog

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