This article is based on work done by Andrea Knox and Jordan Monk in fulfillment of the group project requirements for the 2022 Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington course: STAT394 Multivariate Statistics.
“I wish I was in Wellington, the weather’s not so great.”
The Mutton Birds, “Wellington”, 1994.
Wellington is notorious for its windy and unpredictable weather. We
celebrate it in our public sculptures, our songs, and our (seemingly
daily) complaints about it. Our weather seems to defy the seasons - we
have hail storms in summer and gloriously sunny winter days. Spring can
seem like a cruel joke. We envision hope and renewal, newly opened
flowers and crisp sunny mornings. Instead we endure grey rainy days and
a howling wind. Perhaps we need to adjust our expectations.
In a popular 2014 tweet,
Adam Shand proposed a new classification of Wellington’s seasons that
splits spring into two periods (August and December) and
renames what was formerly spring (September to November) as
shitsville. People approved. There have been hundreds of
retweets, you can buy the
t-shirt and there’s even a
website that tells you what the “real” season is now.