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NZ weather summary September 1958
« on: May 06, 2018, 10:22:33 PM »
September 1958: Except in parts of Northland, Coromandel and Gisborne it was a dry and very sunny month. The lack of strong winds and many sunny days made conditions very pleasant.  For Canterbury and Otago it was the fourth successive month of very low rainfall and some areas were threatened by drought. Conditions were however very favourable for the completion of lambing. A small local tornado was reported in Parua Bay, near Russell, on the 20th.

Rainfall:
Rainfall was appreciably below normal except for most of Northland and parts of the Auckland province. Most of the country had deficiencies of over 50%. It was exceptionally dry in Otago, South Canterbury, Manawatu and South Taranaki. These areas had less than 25% of average and many stations reported record lows. Some places in North Canterbury had totals of only 1.0” – 1.5” in the period July to September, the driest conditions for that time of year since 1915. An unusually heavy hailstorm was reported in Auckland on the 3rd.

Temperatures: Temperatures were mainly close to normal. Some light snow was reported in parts of the South Island on the 23rd. Frosts were more numerous than usual, and some low temperatures were recorded overnight on the 23rd/24th, especially in Central Otago.

Sunshine:
It was the sunniest September on record in most of the Wellington Province, Nelson, Marlborough and Canterbury. Elsewhere totals were well above average, except in some northern and eastern parts of the North Island. Below normal values occurred in northern Northland and Gisborne. The highest total reported was 252 hours, at Nelson.

[The sunniest September overall; the first month of what was a very benign spring in many parts, though an exceptionally warm October brought wet conditions to much of the north and east of the North Island. The E/NE sheltering in October helped contribute to the best spring on record at Kelburn. In Otago and Southland particularly the warm, dry spring with mainly low wind speeds helped to dim memories of the very unpleasant weather that dominated much of the period from October 1957 to May 1958. There was further reward in January 1959 which featured long spells of ideal holiday weather.]

[Some totals: Te Hapua 137, Kaitaia 149, Kerikeri 126, Whangarei 135, Auckland 200, Tauranga 210, Whakatane 243, Taupo 196, Hamilton 189, New Plymouth 208, Masterton 213, Gisborne 159, Napier 198, Paraparaumu 250, Ohakea 244, Palmerston Nth 223, Levin 240, Wellington 243, Wanganui 224, Westport 225, Hokitika 209, Greymouth 208, Haast 162, Nelson 252, Blenheim 242, Grassmere 244, Mt Cook 182, Methven 243, Christchurch 208, Tekapo 248, Timaru 202, Waimate 210, Omarama 233, Dunedin 198, Queenstown 208, Alexandra 201, Invercargill 163, Campbell Is 47, Chatham Is 129].


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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