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NZ weather summary June 1956
« on: April 30, 2018, 08:33:32 AM »
June 1956:  A mild month but unsettled, especially in western districts. Conditions were favourable for stock, except that the 3rd consecutive month of wet weather in the Auckland province left waterlogged ground in some areas. There was an unusually high frequency of winds from a westerly quarter. 3 small local tornadoes were reported.  2 of these were on the 7th – one at Bell Block, and the other just northeast of Kaitaia. The third occurred at Oakura on the 29th.

Rainfall: Rainfall was appreciably above normal in western districts and in most of the high country. In Waikato, and in parts of the King Country, North Taranaki and Rotorua totals were more than twice the usual value. In the Hamilton-Ngaruawahia area rainfalls ranged from 12.5” to over 17”, and it was the wettest month for over 40 years. It was drier than usual in eastern districts from Dunedin to Castlepoint and from just north of Napier to East Cape. On the Canterbury Plains it was only 1/2 the usual amount. An unusually large number of thunderstorms were reported, especially in western districts, from the 17th-22nd. Following considerable rain from the 17th-20th, the Waikato River was in flood below Hamilton, in the Rangiriri area, for the last 10 days of the month and until well into July. Flooding was reported in many other parts of the Auckland province during the month. On the 2nd and 3rd parts of Coromandel were seriously affected, while on the 11th parts of Northland were flooded for the 10th time in 6 months.

Temperatures: Temperatures were above normal over the whole country, mainly by 2F-3F. From the 19th-21st snow fell on the high country of both islands and to low levels in parts of Otago and Southland.

Sunshine: Sunshine was mainly a little below normal. However in the Nelson-Buller area and the Waikato the deficiency was an hour a day.

[Some totals: Te Hapua 124, Kaitaia 130, Kerikeri 126, Whangarei 125, Auckland 102, Tauranga 133, Taupo 91, Hamilton 78, New Plymouth 100, Masterton 102, Gisborne 138, Napier 130, Paraparaumu 97, Ohakea 94, Palmerston Nth 76, Levin 82, Wellington 98, Wanganui 84, Westport 72, Hokitika 92, Greymouth 66, Haast 110, Nelson 123, Blenheim 142, Grassmere 135, Mt Cook 69, Methven 134, Christchurch 116, Tekapo 89, Timaru 118, Waimate 105, Omarama 125, Dunedin 86, Queenstown 63, Alexandra 88, Invercargill 72, Campbell Is 9].


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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Re: NZ weather summary June 1956
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2018, 05:18:57 PM »
Extremely wet in some regions, but probably they weren't overwhelmed by logging trash …


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