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NZ weather summary April 1966
« on: April 03, 2015, 09:39:18 AM »
April 1966: Although it was a sunny month, it was also wetter than usual in most districts. As in March, the middle part of the month was comparatively settled and sunny. Farmers reported very favourable conditions. Two small local tornadoes were reported, in Waitara on the 9th and in Levin on the 24th.

Rainfall: Rainfall was above average over the greater part of the country. It was more than double the average value about Cook Strait. The main areas which were appreciably drier than usual were South Canterbury and Otago, where a considerable area near the coast has less than half the average rainfall; Hawkes Bay, Gisborne, Auckland, and the east coast of Northland, all with about 2/3 of average. In Wellington and the Marlborough Sounds the 25th was by far the wettest day, with totals of 3-8” and flooding in the Hutt Valley on the 26th. Most of the rain fell during the night.

Temperatures: Temperatures were mainly close to average. However, inland districts of the southern half of the South Island were 1F warmer than normal.

Sunshine:
Sunshine was mainly 10-30 hours above average. Northland, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay and parts of Waikato and North Taranaki had even higher surpluses. However, on the West Coast and the Southland coast and in the Southern Lakes district sunshine was only average.

[Some totals: Kaitaia 181, Kerikeri 180, Whangarei 170, Auckland 185, Tauranga 206, Whakatane 220, Taupo 168, Opotiki 202, Hamilton 186, New Plymouth 202, Masterton 175, Gisborne 198, Napier 194, Wairoa 184, Paraparaumu 166, Ohakea 181, Palmerston North 151, Levin 149, Wellington 180, Stratford 188, Ohakune 158, Wanganui 177, Westport 141, Hokitika 144, Greymouth 114, Haast 124, Riwaka 228, Nelson 216, Blenheim 205, Grassmere 196, Kaikoura 182, Mt Cook 129, Mt John 210, Methven 176, Christchurch 170, Tekapo 195, Timaru 141, Waimate 136, Dunedin Aero 146, Dunedin 135, Oamaru 139, Queenstown 138, Alexandra 177, Invercargill 105, Raoul Is 206, Campbell Is 38, Chatham Is 124].


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 April 1966
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2018, 10:48:16 AM »
Another good autumn month after two poor summer ones.


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