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NZ weather summary November 1956
« on: May 01, 2018, 08:09:43 PM »
November 1956:  An unsettled month. Warmth and adequate rain were favourable for growth in most places, but some inland districts of the South Island were too wet. Shearing and haymaking have been delayed in many parts of both islands. A small tornado was reported at Roto-o-Rangi, near Cambridge, on the 6th.

Rainfall: More than 50% above normal over most of Taranaki, Canterbury and Otago. Inland Canterbury and Otago received mainly 2-3 times the average rainfall. The only substantial area with below normal values was southern Hawkes Bay. Severe thunderstorms were reported in Taranaki and the National Park-Taihape area on the afternoon of the 26th. In New Plymouth 45mm fell in just under an hour, flooding many streets and causing considerable damage. Another downpour in a thunderstorm affected New Plymouth in the early hours of December 1st, again causing flooding. In an unusually wet year in the North Island, rainfall to date in the northern half of Northland already exceeds any previous totals for the whole year.  [After further unsettled conditions in December, the very sunny stable conditions of January 1957 and much of February were very welcome.]
 
Temperatures: Mean temperatures were 1F above normal over most of Southland, in coastal districts of Otago and South Canterbury, also in southern and eastern districts of the North Island. The Palmerston North-Napier area was 2F warmer than usual. In the interior of the South Island temperatures were below average by about 1F.

Sunshine:
Below normal, except in parts of Northland and Taranaki and from Wellington to Palmerston North. In some western and inland districts of the South Island deficiencies exceeded 60 hours. For Tekapo, Queenstown and Alexandra it was the cloudiest November in 25-30 years of record. [Alexandra (154) had the same value in 1957; Queenstown (159) lowered its record with 156 hrs in 1967; Tekapo’s 163 is still its lowest value.]

[Some totals: Te Hapua 230, Kaitaia 206, Kerikeri 199, Whangarei 187, Auckland 197, Tauranga 220, Taupo 200, Hamilton 201, New Plymouth 224, Masterton 209, Gisborne 207, Napier 222, Paraparaumu 203, Ohakea 213, Palmerston Nth 194, Levin 187, Wellington 225, Wanganui 221, Westport 171, Hokitika 135, Greymouth 125, Haast 116, Nelson 217, Blenheim 235, Grassmere 222, Mt Cook 90, Methven 175, Christchurch 202, Tekapo 163, Timaru 169, Waimate 144, Omarama 142, Dunedin 152, Queenstown 159, Alexandra 154, Invercargill 156, Campbell Is 90].

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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