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New Zealand Weather Summary for 1946
« on: May 21, 2019, 05:58:05 PM »
A Brief review of 1946

The early part of the year was sunny and dry, with drought conditions in the Auckland and Hawkes Bay districts. The country recovered well following good autumn rains and a mild winter. July was particularly mild, and spring growth got away to a good start. Persistently cold and unsettled weather soon caused the season to become very backward, and by the end of the year farming activities were well behind schedule.

For the greater part of the country the annual rainfall was fairly close to the normal. Over the Auckland Peninsula it was a wet year, especially in the eastern portion, where some places had an excess of 50 per cent. Moderate excesses occurred in northern Wairarapa and the Canterbury Plains. In parts of Hawkes Bay, Marlborough, and Central Otago there was a moderate deficiency. Over the year mean temperatures were slightly above average in the North Island, except in the Wairarapa. In the latter district, and in the South Island there were small negative departures. Sunshine over the North Island was better than average except in portions of the Bay of Plenty, Taranaki, and Wairarapa districts. Invercargill, Blenheim, and Westport also enjoyed a little more sunshine than usual, but over the remainder of the South Island totals were deficient.

Seasonal Notes.—During January and February the weather was sunny and dry, except in the South. Rainfall in Hawkes Bay and Auckland was negligible in amount, and dairy-production suffered severely. In these areas the five-monthly period from October, 1945, was the driest for over thirty years. Scrub and forest fires were widespread over the North Island. Beneficial rains fell over the drier areas in the middle of March and were followed by substantial rainfall in April. Pastures and supplementary crops recovered well after the summer drought.

Over the North Island the next month was the mildest of any May since 1928. Winds from an easterly quarter predominated during May and June and rain was frequent in eastern districts, especially in Auckland and Hawkes Bay. Following very heavy rains in the north during the first week of July, the easterly type of situation which had dominated the weather for several weeks gave way to the westerly type. It was the mildest July since 1917. Windy westerly weather continued in August, when many places in the west and north had rain every day. Changeable weather during September further delayed agricultural activities. A wintry spell late in the month caused serious losses among young lambs in Otago and Canterbury. Orchards also suffered some damage. Growth war, slow during the cool changeable weather of October. Temperatures were even colder in November, which was the coldest on record. Fruit and vegetable crops suffered because of frosts and hail. December weather was dull and cool, and the season remained very backward.

THE NEW ZEALAND OFFICIAL YEAR-BOOK, 1947-49.


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Re: New Zealand Weather Summary for 1946
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2019, 07:01:40 PM »
Another cold year, reasonably sunny. MSLPs in central New Zealand, averaged over the whole year, were among the lowest on record.

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Re: New Zealand Weather Summary for 1946
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2019, 01:20:40 PM »
Auckland had around 56.48 in. (1434.5mm) of rain during the year. Is that right?

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Re: New Zealand Weather Summary for 1946
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2019, 02:10:01 PM »


CliFlo gives a total of 1435.1mm, which is pretty close to that. Whangarei Aero had 2123mm, its highest in records going back to 1937. Glenbervie Forest nearby would have been wetter still.


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