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NZ weather summary July 1955
« on: March 29, 2018, 05:23:55 PM »
July 1955:  There was an unusually high frequency of southeasterly winds, and it was a particularly wet month in eastern districts. For many parts of Gisborne and Hawkes Bay it was one of the dullest and wettest months on record. Stock condition was good in the South Island, but there were feed shortages over a good deal of the North Island. Flood waters covered large areas of farmland and disrupted road communications on several occasions. On the 1st-2nd Wairarapa and Manawatu were affected, on the 14th-15th Gisborne and Hawkes Bay. From the 21st-24th flooding on the Taieri plains was the worst for about 15 years.

Rainfall: Rainfall was appreciably above normal in eastern districts from Balclutha to East Cape. Some stations in Gisborne and northern Hawkes Bay received more than 3 times their usual rainfall. For Wairoa, with 17.65” it was the wettest July in 27 years of record. On the West Coast rainfall was mainly only half the normal value.

Temperatures: Temperatures were below normal, except on the West Coast and in parts of Gisborne and Hawkes Bay. The departure was greatest in inland districts of the South Island, where many places had their coldest July since 1945. On the 12th-14th snow affected many districts from Dunedin to Rotorua. There were some exceptionally heavy falls in the Gisborne hill country and on the central plateau of the North Island.

Sunshine: Sunshine was appreciably below normal in eastern districts form Dunedin to East Cape, and also in inland areas of the South Island and about Cook Strait. For Napier (97 hours) it was one of the dullest months on record. Taranaki and western and northern areas of the Auckland province were favoured with sunnier weather than usual. For Auckland City the departure exceeded an hour a day.

 [Some totals: Te Hapua 141, Kaitaia 157, Kerikeri 153, Whangarei 147, Auckland 160, Tauranga 153, Taupo 123, Hamilton 144, New Plymouth 153, Masterton 79, Gisborne 98, Napier 97, Paraparaumu 125, Ohakea 130, Palmerston Nth 115, Levin 138, Wellington 91, Wanganui 140, Westport 124, Hokitika 128, Greymouth 126, Haast 142, Nelson 140, Blenheim 146, Grassmere 121, Mt Cook 76, Methven 122, Christchurch 101, Tekapo 86, Timaru 120, Waimate 121, Omarama 102, Dunedin 99, Queenstown 90, Alexandra 86, Invercargill 105, Campbell Is 10].


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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