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NZ weather summary September 1964
« on: June 14, 2018, 10:17:01 AM »
September 1964: It was the 3rd successive month with an unusually high frequency of winds from a westerly quarter. Farmers were finding the ground too wet in most western districts of the North Island, while in many parts of Canterbury and Otago there was serious shortage of feed. The month opened with 2 days of the coldest weather of the year, bringing unusually heavy snow to central and eastern districts of the North Island. It was reported to be a foot deep in some high country towns, and down to sea-level in parts of Hawkes Bay. Considerable stock losses were reported. Lambing conditions were favourable in the South Island.

Rainfall:  Rainfall was more than 50% above average over the whole of Taranaki, and in surrounding areas as far north as Manukau Harbour, as far east as Rotorua and the Ruahine Range, and as far south as the mouth the Rangitikei River; also in southern Manawatu and Wellington and parts of Wairarapa; and in Buller. Greatest excesses were recorded in Taumarunui and eastern Taranaki. Rainfall was more than 25% below average in most southern and eastern districts of the South Island and in parts of Marlborough and Nelson; also in most of Hawkes Bay and Gisborne. In a few areas of Central Otago, especially just south and west of Alexandra, rainfall was less than 1/4 of average. Four the 4 months June-September the total rainfall at Ashburton was only 4.47” and at Alexandra only 0.92”. The total at Alexandra for the 12 months ending September 1964 was only 7.08”, the lowest yet recorded anywhere in New Zealand over a 12-month period. [Broken next month, see October report].

Temperatures: In the North Island temperatures were about average. In the South Island they were mainly 1F above average.

Sunshine: Over most of the North Island and in Southland, Nelson and Buller, sunshine was below average, mainly by 10-30 hours. Greatest deficiencies were recorded at Hamilton and Westport. Over the remainder of the South Island and in Northland and Gisborne sunshine was about average, or 10-20 hours above.

[Some totals: Te Hapua 190, Kaitaia 183, Kerikeri 167, Whangarei 152, Auckland 154, Tauranga 159, Whakatane 181, Taupo 148, Opotiki 144, Hamilton 128, New Plymouth 149, Masterton 147, Gisborne 193, Napier 181, Wairoa 177, Paraparaumu 143, Ohakea 157, Palmerston Nth 115, Levin 123, Wellington 164, Stratford 133, Ohakune 104, Wanganui 150, Westport 117, Hokitika 143, Greymouth 128, Haast 164, Nelson 175, Blenheim 184, Grassmere 167, Kaikoura 178, Mt Cook 141, Mt John 177, Methven 177, Christchurch 153, Tekapo 179, Timaru 155, Waimate 157, Dunedin Aero 144, Dunedin 149, Queenstown 158, Alexandra 184, Invercargill 121, Campbell Is 49, Chatham Is 118].

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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