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NZ weather summary October 1958
« on: May 07, 2018, 09:13:58 AM »
October 1958: It was exceptionally warm, especially in the North Island, and also cloudy and wet in Hawkes Bay and most of the Auckland province. The dry conditions which had prevailed in September over most of the country persisted for another week, but by the 9th rains had brought relief. An unusual feature was the predominance of winds from an easterly quarter over the North Island instead of the usual westerlies. A northwesterly gale caused some damage in parts of Otago, mainly near Dunedin, on the 23rd.

Rainfall:
Rainfall was well above average in Hawkes Bay and in most of the Auckland province. It was 2-5 times the usual value around Tokomaru Bay and Waihi. Elsewhere rainfall was mainly about 3/4 of the average, but in Canterbury, on the West Coast and in most of Central Otago it was close to normal. Heavy and persistent rain affected some east coast areas of the North Island from the 12th-17th, causing flooding in the Wairoa River and in the Waihou River at Paeroa. At Waitekauri near Waihi, 29” fell in 5 days, the total for the month amounting to nearly 40”.

Temperatures:
Temperatures were well above average. Over most of the North Island it was the warmest October for at least 40 years, with departures of 3F-4F. In the South Island temperatures were mainly 2F above normal. During a cold spell from the 10th-14th, snow was reported on the central plateau of the North Island.

Sunshine:
Sunshine was well below average over most of the country. From Hamilton through Waihi, Rotorua and Bay of Plenty to Gisborne it was the cloudiest October on record. The only station with appreciably more sunshine than usual was Invercargill. [Near-normal for Kapiti, Wellington and parts of the SI hinterland].

[Some totals: Te Hapua 166, Kaitaia 171, Kerikeri 155, Whangarei 142, Auckland 153, Tauranga 116, Whakatane 135, Taupo 119, Hamilton 104, New Plymouth 143, Masterton 164, Gisborne 128, Napier 159, Paraparaumu 177, Ohakea 164, Palmerston Nth 149, Levin 155, Wellington 190, Wanganui 158, Westport 130, Hokitika 152, Greymouth 144, Haast 138, Nelson 158, Blenheim 197, Grassmere 191, Mt Cook 117, Methven 181, Christchurch 149, Tekapo 201, Timaru 141, Waimate 142, Omarama 156, Dunedin 157, Queenstown 169, Alexandra 196, Invercargill 183, Campbell Is 48, 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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Re: NZ weather summary October 1958
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2018, 05:20:24 PM »
A general absence of westerlies made it a much pleasanter month than normal in Invercargill, especially compared to the previous October.


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