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NZ weather summary February 1963
« on: May 18, 2018, 01:13:35 PM »
February 1963: It was warmer than usual and also very cloudy over most of the country. In parts of the North Island there was very little rain from 12 January to 15 February and this adversely affected crops and dairying in a few areas. Good rains from 16 to 22 February benefited pastures, except in Gisborne and Hawkes Bay. A tropical storm crossed the North Island during the 20th-21st, causing gales in Auckland, with some damage.

Rainfall: In Gisborne and Hawkes Bay rainfall was mainly less than 1/4 of the average value. Over the remainder of the North island it was also somewhat below average, except in central and southern Northland, Rotorua, western Taranaki and Manawatu, where it was 30-100% above average. It was also wetter than usual over most of the South Island, mainly by 30-100%; but in Nelson and Marlborough Sounds it was more than double the average. In Southland and about the Kaikoura Coast it was drier than average by 30-50%.

Temperatures:
Temperatures were above average over the whole country, in the North Island by 3F-4F, in the South Island by 2F-3F.

Sunshine: Sunshine was below average by 20-70 hours in the Auckland province (excluding Gisborne) and also in Nelson, Westland, Otago and parts of Canterbury. Elsewhere it was close to or somewhat below average. The total of 105 hours at Dunedin was the lowest there for February in 50 years of observations and one of the lowest recorded for February in the South Island {Broken in 1974, with some locations well under 100 hours}. The total of 116 hours at Kerikeri was one of the lowest totals recorded for February in the North Island.

[Some totals: Te Hapua 124, Kaitaia 155, Kerikeri 116, Whangarei 128, Auckland 162, Tauranga 151, Whakatane 166, Taupo 160, Opotiki 131, Hamilton 163, New Plymouth 188, Masterton 175, Gisborne 199, Napier 202, Wairoa 198, Paraparaumu 195, Ohakea 205, Palmerston Nth 190, Levin 187, Wellington 196, Stratford 178, Ohakune 175, Wanganui 199, Westport 148, Hokitika 142, Greymouth 122, Haast 139, Nelson 175, Blenheim 204, Grassmere 190, Kaikoura 162, Mt Cook 146, Methven 160, Christchurch 165, Tekapo 193, Timaru 122, Waimate 127, Oamaru 127, Omarama 145, Dunedin Aero 121, Dunedin 105, Queenstown 141, Alexandra 146, Invercargill 149, Raoul Is 214, Campbell Is 83, Chatham Is 127].

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 February 1963
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2019, 03:17:48 PM »
It Would like to be on par with other warmer Februaries such as 1998, 2016, 1938 and 1990.
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Re: NZ weather summary February 1963
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2019, 03:50:39 PM »

Of those four, 1938 is the one with major rainfall events and flood damage. The other 3 were quite benign.


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