Author Topic: NZ weather summary April 1958  (Read 1808 times)

Offline Rwood

  • Moderator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1328
  • Country: nz
  • Karma: 244
  • Gender: Male
NZ weather summary April 1958
« on: March 26, 2015, 07:42:45 PM »
April 1958:  Marked by a prevalence of strong southwesterly winds, especially in the second half of the month. In Southland and some other districts exposed to the southwest the weather was persistently unsettled, but elsewhere it was sunny though rather cool. In Gisborne and Hawkes Bay conditions were very dry, and feed shortages were reported. Gales were particularly widespread on the 21st, when they affected coastal Southland, the West Coast, Wanganui and Taranaki.

Rainfall:
In the Auckland and Hawkes Bay provinces and in the Marlborough Sounds and parts of Nelson rainfall was less than half the normal value. The driest areas were central Hawkes Bay, the Gisborne district, and the Bay of Plenty, with totals mainly less than 0.5”. In the Bay of Plenty it was by far the driest April on record; while in the Gisborne-East Coast area the same applied, with the possible exception of 1945. Over the remainder of the North Island it was also somewhat drier than usual. The only parts of the country which received rainfall appreciably above normal were Southland, most of Otago, and the Christchurch-Banks Peninsula area. For Invercargill, with 8.96”, it was the wettest April on record.

Temperatures: Temperatures were below normal, mainly by about 2F. Highest departures were in inland and western districts. Snow fell on the hills in Otago and Southland on the 25th.

Sunshine: Except in western and southern districts of the South Island, sunshine was far above normal, mainly by 30-70 hours. New records for April were established at Waihi, Tauranga, Gisborne, Wellington and Blenheim; and in Auckland and Christchurch the previous records were equalled [The Auckland & Christchurch records have since been exceeded, by a substantial margin in the latter case. The combination of high rainfall, strong cool winds and low sunshine made for an extremely unpleasant month in Invercargill.]

[Some totals: Te Hapua 170, Kaitaia 179, Kerikeri 189, Whangarei 176, Auckland 189, Tauranga 236, Whakatane 242, Taupo 197, Hamilton 180, New Plymouth 173, Masterton 198, Gisborne 228, Napier 236, Paraparaumu 187, Ohakea 169, Palmerston Nth 160, Levin 157, Wellington 204, Wanganui 181, Westport 130,  Hokitika 135, Greymouth 104, Haast 145, Nelson 221, Blenheim 238, Grassmere 212, Mt Cook 120, Methven 195, Christchurch 192, Tekapo 187, Timaru 159, Waimate 147, Omarama 155, Dunedin 113, Queenstown 120, Alexandra 151, Invercargill 77, Campbell Is 66 {record high}, Chatham Is 116].


Sources: NZ Met. Misc. pub. 107 (Climatological table, NZ Gazette) and NZ Met. Misc. pub. 109 (Meteorological Observations) - additional comments by the poster.
« Last Edit: May 05, 2018, 03:21:51 PM by Rwood »




Share via twitter

xx
NZ weather summary May 1958

Started by Rwood

0 Replies
1120 Views
Last post May 05, 2018, 08:21:59 PM
by Rwood
xx
NZ weather summary January 1958

Started by Rwood

0 Replies
1653 Views
Last post May 05, 2018, 01:23:35 PM
by Rwood
xx
NZ weather summary August 1958

Started by Rwood

0 Replies
1025 Views
Last post May 06, 2018, 08:45:38 PM
by Rwood
xx
NZ weather summary November 1958

Started by Rwood

2 Replies
2858 Views
Last post May 07, 2018, 10:18:33 PM
by Rwood
xx
NZ weather summary February 1958

Started by Rwood

2 Replies
4020 Views
Last post May 05, 2018, 02:41:20 PM
by Rwood