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NZ weather summary September 1956
« on: April 30, 2018, 10:38:59 PM »
September 1956:  A dry warm month, and also sunny in most districts, especially in the first 3 weeks. In the Auckland province some areas were still recovering from the very wet winter. Elsewhere the weather was mainly favourable for farming, but in some districts more rain would have been appreciated. Two small local tornadoes were reported, one at Greymouth, the other near Waitara.

Rainfall: Rainfall was less than 3/4 of normal, except over Canterbury, North Otago, and the northern and eastern districts of the Auckland province. The deficit was greatest on the West Coast, which experienced the driest September since 1935. For Banks Peninsula and parts of coastal Canterbury it was a comparatively wet month, a few stations having double the normal rainfall. A number of thunderstorms were reported in the North Island from the 27th-29th, and caused heavy local downpours in Auckland and Dannevirke on the 27th.

Temperatures:
Mean temperatures were above normal, mainly by 1F-2F. Snow fell on the high country of both islands during a southwesterly spell from the 13th-15th.

Sunshine: The greater part of the country received more sunshine than usual by about an hour a day. The Wellington-Manawatu-Wanganui area was particularly favoured. Wellington’s 221 hours was its highest since 1910. It was an unusually cloudy month in Otago and Southland. Gore and Invercargill had their lowest September totals in 40 years of records. [Invercargill recorded lowered in 1983]

[Some totals: Te Hapua 184, Kaitaia 198, Kerikeri 182, Whangarei 186, Auckland 205, Tauranga 181, Taupo 175, Hamilton 192, New Plymouth 207, Masterton 210, Gisborne 177, Napier 193, Paraparaumu 241, Ohakea 227, Palmerston Nth 204, Levin 218, Wellington 221, Wanganui 224, Westport 190, Hokitika 175, Greymouth 166, Haast 154, Nelson 227, Blenheim 224, Grassmere 216, Mt Cook 87, Methven 181, Christchurch 178, Tekapo 179, Timaru 168, Waimate 141, Omarama 139, Dunedin 97, Queenstown 118, Alexandra 134, Invercargill 84, Campbell Is 50].


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 September 1956
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2018, 05:16:49 PM »
Very dull in the south, in sharp contrast to the rest of the country.


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