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NZ weather summary June 1957
« on: May 03, 2018, 05:14:57 PM »
June 1957:  There was an unusually high frequency of southwesterly winds, especially in the first half. In many areas it was appreciably drier than usual and this combined with comparatively mild temperatures, made it a favourable winter month for stock and crops. By contrast, in Southland the unusually wet conditions which had prevailed in May persisted and became worse, with flooding at times, especially in the lower Mataura River.

Rainfall: Rainfall was about 2/3 of normal over the greater part of the country. It was unusually dry in Nelson and Marlborough, where many stations recorded totals below 0.5”. For Nelson city with 0.22” it was the driest June in 75 years of observation. It was wetter than usual by 50-100% in Southland and most of South Otago and South Westland. Similar excesses were recorded in eastern districts of the North Island from Gisborne to Waipukurau.

Temperatures: It was warmer than usual by 1F-3F except in the provinces of Auckland and Westland, where temperatures were about normal. Snow was reported at times in inland districts of Southland and on the high country of the North Island during a spell of southwesterly weather covering the first half of the month.

Sunshine: Sunshine was mainly about normal. Inland and western areas of the North Island from Hamilton to Wanganui recorded totals of 15-25 hours below average; while Northland, the Wairarapa-Wellington area, Canterbury and Otago were somewhat sunnier than usual.

 [Some totals: Te Hapua 143, Kaitaia 159, Kerikeri 169, Whangarei 152, Auckland 131, Tauranga 137, Whakatane 145, Taupo 98, Hamilton 102, New Plymouth 111, Masterton 128, Gisborne 144, Napier 148, Paraparaumu 129, Ohakea 102, Palmerston Nth 88, Levin 113, Wellington 130, Wanganui 90, Westport 102,  Hokitika 100, Greymouth 95, Haast 128, Nelson 161, Blenheim 153, Grassmere 152, Mt Cook 77, Methven 143, Christchurch 117, Tekapo 105, Timaru 126, Waimate 139, Omarama 153, Dunedin 105, Queenstown 75, Alexandra 122, Invercargill 68, Campbell Is 11, Chatham Is 88].

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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