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NZ weather summary July 1956
« on: April 30, 2018, 12:15:01 PM »
July 1956: In the North Island, it was the 4th successive month of mild but unsettled weather, and in some areas the ground stayed excessively wet. In the South Island conditions were beneficial for stock. During the passage of a very deep depression over the Auckland province from the 13th-15th a violent storm raged over whole of the North Island. Southeasterly gales did considerable damage, interrupting the power supply in many districts; at Helensville a church was destroyed. Heavy rain caused disruption of road and rail transport. Serious flooding was reported in the Wairarapa, lower Manawatu, and at Tangoio, Hawkes Bay.

Rainfall: Rainfall was appreciably above normal over the southern half of the North Island, also in northern Hawkes Bay and parts of Northland and Canterbury. From the southern part of Wellington province up the east coast to Cape Kidnappers it was twice the normal amount. It was drier than usual over the greater part of Nelson and Marlborough, and in most inland areas of the South Island. In the Nelson-Motueka area and in Central Otago the deficiency exceeded 50%.

Temperatures: Temperatures were above normal, mainly by about 1F. Departures were greatest in western and northern districts. Snow fell on the high country of both islands on the 2nd-3rd, reaching quite low levels parts of Otago and Southland. In the storm of the 13th-15th heavy snow fell on the high country as far south as Canterbury.

Sunshine: Except in the far south, sunshine was below normal, mainly by about half an hour a day.

[Some totals: Te Hapua 138, Kaitaia 133, Kerikeri 125, Whangarei 128, Auckland 117, Tauranga 146, Taupo 102, Hamilton 107, New Plymouth 119, Masterton 107, Gisborne 128, Napier 128, Paraparaumu 127, Ohakea 98, Palmerston Nth 89, Levin 105, Wellington 114, Wanganui 96, Westport 104, Hokitika 123, Greymouth 113, Haast 146, Nelson 146, Blenheim 144, Grassmere 120, Mt Cook 69, Methven 108, Christchurch 102, Tekapo 79, Timaru 120, Waimate 108, Omarama 111, Dunedin 102, Queenstown 79, Alexandra 92, Invercargill 109, Campbell Is 18].

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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