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NZ weather summary April 1967
« on: March 28, 2015, 06:12:29 PM »
April 1967: Winds from a westerly quarter were unusually frequent and they blew almost continuously during the last 16 days. In the North Island the weather was drier than usual and in the north and east also sunnier; in many areas the drier weather was appreciated after the previous wet months and farmers found it a good month. In the South Island it was wetter than usual and also more cloudy in some areas. Following several months of rather dry weather the additional rain was appreciated so here also farmers found April a favourable month. In parts of Canterbury and Otago the ground was still too dry.

Winds were particularly strong from about the 20th to the 25th, with many gales, especially from Cook Strait southward. Some particularly strong gales were reported on the 25th, especially about Cook Strait and Fiordland.

Rainfall:
In the South Island rainfall was mainly 50% above average. It was more than double the average in Fiordland, the Southern Lakes, and also most of the Alps, the high country of South Canterbury, and Central Otago. In some northern and eastern coastal districts, notably the Marlborough Sounds and the Christchurch area, rainfall was at least 25% below average. In the North Island rainfall was mainly 2/3 of average. Central districts together with Bay of Plenty, Waikato and Auckland received less than half. In Wellington and southern Manawatu and on the Wairarapa and Hawkes Bay coasts, rainfall was somewhat above average.

On the West Coast most of the rain fell in 2 periods: 6-8 April, in moist northerlies; and 19-26 April, in westerlies. In the Alps and Fiordland some areas received monthly totals of 35”-50”, of which 20-35” fell during 20-26 April, with serious flooding around Milford Sound and in parts of Westland. The highest total was 47.5” at Doubtful Sound, of which more than 36” fell during 19-25 April.

Temperatures: Temperatures were close to or a little above average over the whole country.

Sunshine: Eastern and northern districts of the North Island were favoured with 15-50 hours sunshine above average. Western and some inland districts together with Manawatu received 15-50 hours below average.

[Some totals: Kaitaia 167, Kerikeri 157, Whangarei 168, Auckland 198, Tauranga 196, Whakatane 201, Taupo 162, Opotiki 194, Hamilton 188, New Plymouth 171, Masterton 136, Gisborne 199, Napier 191, Wairoa 200, Paraparaumu 133, Ohakea 155, Palmerston North 121, Levin 120, Wellington 141, Stratford 165, Ohakune 150, Wanganui 165, Westport 118, Hokitika 116, Greymouth 94, Haast 137, Riwaka 209, Nelson 193, Blenheim 186, Grassmere 155, Kaikoura 156, Mt Cook 113, Mt John 184, Methven 142, Christchurch 145, Tekapo 171, Timaru 140, Waimate 132, Omarama 164, Dunedin Airport 140, Dunedin 131, Oamaru 134, Queenstown 132, Alexandra 172, Invercargill 94, Campbell Is 28, Chatham Is 125].


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 1967
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2018, 10:41:23 AM »
If the higher altitude West Coast rainfall sites (like Cropp) had been operating in 1967 their monthly totals would likely have ranged up to 2000mm or more.


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