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NZ weather summary March 1958
« on: May 05, 2018, 03:11:10 PM »
March 1958: A warm and humid month. Most districts enjoyed two spells of settled weather at the beginning and end of the month, and stock and crops were reported to be in very good condition. The season has been a very favourable one for dairying, but in parts of Marlborough and Gisborne the weather was too dry, adversely affecting growth.

Rainfall: Rainfall was about 2/3 of the normal value in eastern districts and also over the greater part of the Auckland province. Marlborough (except the Sounds), northern Northland and parts of Gisborne had only 1/3 of their usual rainfall. On the West Coast and in the Alps it was the 6th successive month with rainfall well above normal, and some stations received twice the average amount. The total rainfall over the greater part of this area for the six months (commencing October 1957) was a record for any 6-monthly period. In the Alps and Fiordland the total exceeded the average annual rainfall; Milford Sound received 253.8”.

Temperatures: Temperatures were above normal, mainly by 2F-3F. Departures were highest in Hawkes Bay.

Sunshine:
It was cloudier than usual, except in eastern districts from Gisborne to Wairarapa. The sunshine deficiency was greatest in western and inland districts of the South Island, where it exceeded an hour a day.

 [Some totals: Te Hapua 182, Kaitaia 184, Kerikeri 165, Whangarei 162, Auckland 168, Tauranga 186, Whakatane 209, Taupo 183, Hamilton 168, New Plymouth 184, Masterton 213, Gisborne 231, Napier 234, Paraparaumu 166, Ohakea 169, Palmerston Nth 147, Levin 152, Wellington 164, Wanganui 154, Westport 129, Hokitika 117, Greymouth 112, Haast 98, Nelson 191, Blenheim 200, Grassmere 178, Mt Cook 131, Methven 171, Christchurch 157, Tekapo 177, Timaru 127, Waimate 123, Omarama 171, Dunedin 111, Queenstown 168, Alexandra 172, Invercargill 114, Campbell Is 63, Chatham Is 122].


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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