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NZ weather summary February 1957
« on: May 03, 2018, 10:15:07 AM »
February 1957: A warm month and, like January, rather dry. Good rains fell in the first few days and again towards the end of the month, but in many districts these were not considered adequate. Pasture growth was affected in most parts of the country, and in some areas dairy production was down. A small local tornado caused some damage in Greymouth on the 26th. Settled anticyclonic conditions prevailed from the 7th to the 20th.

Rainfall: It was drier than normal, except in Otago and northeastern Northland. Rainfall was less than 50% of normal in Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa, and in western districts of the Auckland province south of Kaipara harbour. Parts of central and southern Hawkes Bay received totals of less than 0.25”. A series of rather violent thunderstorms affected the New Plymouth-Wellington-Nelson area on the night of the 3rd and morning of the 4th.

Temperatures:
Mean temperatures were above normal, mainly by about 3F.

Sunshine:
Most districts were favoured with more sunshine than usual by about 20 hours. However in Taranaki and in eastern Northland, southern and eastern areas of the Auckland province totals were somewhat below normal.

[Some totals: Te Hapua 174, Kaitaia 172, Kerikeri 137, Whangarei 149, Auckland 205, Tauranga 210, Whakatane 212, Taupo 212, Hamilton 202, New Plymouth 210, Masterton 216, Gisborne 205, Napier 212, Paraparaumu 238, Ohakea 239, Palmerston Nth 219, Levin 226, Wellington 226, Wanganui 235, Westport 210, Hokitika 205, Greymouth 205, Haast 193, Nelson 247, Blenheim 250, Grassmere 231, Mt Cook 167, Methven 217, Christchurch 215, Tekapo 249, Timaru 194, Waimate 188, Omarama 214, Dunedin 173, Queenstown 239, Alexandra 225, Invercargill 169, Campbell Is 63, Chatham Is 203 (again well above average)].

Sources: NZ Met. Misc. pub. 107 (Climatological table, NZ Gazette) and NZ Met. Misc. pub. 109 (Meteorological Observations) - additional comments by the poster.




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