THE JOURNEY

Mark Crompton - an 'old weather recorder'
Campbell Island Bicentennial Expedition, Mark Crompton, The Gaurdian
Campbell Island Bicentennial Expedition, Mark Crompton, The Gaurdian

Mark Crompton - an 'old weather recorder'

After 44 years reading the weather, and seven years combined time on Campbell Island (the longest combined time on the island) manning New Zealand's most southern meteorological station, it is time for Mark to hang up the thermometer.

Mark was a key support personnel on the Campbell Island expedition - downloading and interpreting weather maps every night so that we knew what kind of weather was in store for us on the following days. Without Marks interpretation we would not have been nearly as prepared for the changes in weather on the small island. His responsibilities at the Met Station at Hokitika has been to take daily recordings of the weather, that meant working all hours of the day and night. Even during the two month expedition to Campbell Island he had to ensure that this work still continued. I am sure there were a few nail biting moments for Mark as we departed from Bluff on the HMNZS Wellington, wondering if there would be any problems while we was away from his post (given the competent young personnel he got on board for his time away I am happy to say that things progressed smoothly during this time).

With the advent of an automated weather station for Hokitika, Marks work at the met station there is slowing down. But as technology marches on so Mark is marching on as well - with semi-retirement upon him I am sure that there will be many more hills in the West Coast range that will be tramped by Mark. And I am sure that Colin will keep Mark busy with taking all sorts of temperature and flora recordings on his ourtings!

Read the attached newspaper articles about Mark to find out more about his time as a weather man.

[Shelley McMurtrie]