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NZ weather summary August 1967
« on: July 22, 2018, 03:42:09 PM »
August 1967: Owing to an unusually high frequency of northerly winds, August was exceptionally mild and also considerably wetter than usual. Pasture growth was very good for the time of year, with early fruit blossom. In parts of North and Central Otago there was a serious lack of feed after a very dry winter.

Rainfall: Rainfall was mainly 50% above average. In Nelson, Marlborough, Manawatu and parts of Taranaki, Taupo and Coromandel it was more than double the average. The only extensive area considerably drier than usual was Otago, where many stations received less than 3/4 of the average. At Dawson Falls, Mt Egmont, the total rainfall was 67.22”, the highest ever recorded in a month in the North Island. [Record now 2845mm at North Egmont]. Of this, 32.22” fell on the 10th-11th, the highest 2-day recorded in the country, previous highest being 30.52” at Emscote, North Canterbury, on 6-7 May 1923 [Record now 1049mm at Cropp]. As a result of heavy rain on the 10th & 11th flooding was reported around Hawera, Wellington and Takaka. Heavy rain on the 23rd caused flooding around Kaikoura. The total rainfall for June-August at Middlemarch was only 0.96”, its lowest for these 3 months in 50 years of record [Still a winter record there; its lowest for any 3 month period is 22mm for Feb-April 1985].

Temperatures: Temperatures were above average by 3F-4F. For most of the country this was the mildest August for at least 30 years; and in some places it was the mildest in 70-100 years of record. [National mean of 10.0C equalled in 1987 & 2005; 10.1C in 1984; August 2013 now warmest with 10.6C].

Sunshine: Sunshine was mainly close to average. However, in Northland, Wairarapa, Taranaki, southern Manawatu, Nelson, Buller and North Westland it was down by 20-30 hours. On the other hand, most of Canterbury was favoured with 20-30 hours more sunshine than usual.

[Some totals:  Kaitaia 134, Kerikeri 119, Whangarei 109, Auckland 139, Tauranga 164, Whakatane 163, Taupo 117, Opotiki 148, Hamilton 147, New Plymouth 124, Masterton 109, Gisborne 143, Napier 156, Wairoa 149, Paraparaumu 127, Ohakea 155, Palmerston North 133, Levin 121, Wellington 125, Stratford 114, Ohakune 139, Wanganui 152, Westport 103, Hokitika 116, Greymouth 108, Haast 129, Riwaka 140, Nelson 141, Blenheim 153, Grassmere 147, Kaikoura 165, Mt Cook 87, Mt John 189, Methven 168, Christchurch 168, Tekapo 175, Timaru 156, Waimate 162, Omarama 165, Dunedin Aero 129, Dunedin 123, Oamaru 161, Queenstown 114, Alexandra 145, Invercargill 103, Campbell Is 26, Chatham Is 93].

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 August 1967
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2018, 03:43:14 PM »
An exceptionally mild month with some noteworthy rainfalls.


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