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NZ weather summary July 1957
« on: May 03, 2018, 09:28:31 PM »
July 1957:  It was frosty and also sunnier than usual. In some districts, more so in the North Island, pastures and stock were adversely affected. However in most western parts of the North Island the relative dryness of the season was beneficial. On the 27th a westerly gale caused serious damage in central Hawkes Bay.

Rainfall:
Rainfall was about 3/4 of normal over the greater part of the country. However it was somewhat wetter than average in the far south, in eastern districts from Ashburton to Gisborne, and also in Nelson and Manawatu. Heavy rain on the 3rd-4th caused some flooding in the South Taranaki-Wanganui-Rangitikei area.

Temperatures: Mean temperatures were about 1F below normal over most of the country. Unusually heavy snow was reported at low levels in Otago and Southland from the 24th-28th, seriously dislocating transport. The remainder of the South island and the high country of the North Island were also affected, the latter having previously had a good coating from the 3rd-5th. Frosts were frequent in many districts, the frostiest periods being from the 5th-15th, and the last 3 days of the month. In the latter period unusually severe frosts were reported in Southland, in many parts of which snow was still lying at the beginning of August. The lowest screen temperature observed was 6.9F (-14C) at Garston on the 31st. The upper reaches of the Mataura River were frozen over.

Sunshine:
The greater part of the country was favoured with sunnier weather than usual, and the excess amounted to an hour a day over most of the provinces of Auckland, Taranaki and Westland.

[Some totals: Te Hapua 156, Kaitaia 180, Kerikeri 175, Whangarei 163, Auckland 168, Tauranga 183, Whakatane 193, Taupo 135, Hamilton 162, New Plymouth 165, Masterton 93, Gisborne 105, Napier 147, Paraparaumu 143, Ohakea 140, Palmerston Nth 121, Levin 149, Wellington 106, Wanganui 133, Westport 145, Hokitika 158, Greymouth 156, Haast 178, Nelson 162, Blenheim 173, Grassmere 157, Mt Cook 66, Methven 155, Christchurch 129, Tekapo 116, Timaru 151, Waimate 132, Omarama 159, Dunedin 106, Queenstown 94, Alexandra 105, Invercargill 118, Campbell Is 14, Chatham Is 87].

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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