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NZ weather summary February 1967
« on: July 19, 2018, 11:12:22 AM »
February 1967: February was a sunny month. In the North Island cyclone Dinah in its last stages brought heavy rain during the first 3 days and there was little rain for the remainder of the month. This suited most farmers. In the South Island conditions were much drier, especially in Marlborough, where stock were feeling the lack of water.

Rainfall: In the North Island rainfall was mainly above average. In Auckland, Waikato and Rotorua-Taupo it was more than double the normal value. Half to 3/4 of the month’s total fell on the 2nd; and on this day there were many falls of 5-10”, with flooding in some areas, especially Whakatane and parts of Waikato, Auckland and Northland. In the South Island rainfall was mainly below average. In Marlborough and Nelson and parts of Otago and the West Coast it was less than half the normal value. In inland Marlborough some stations received negligible amounts, less than 1/4”.

Temperatures: Mean temperatures were mainly close to average. However, they were 2F cooler than normal on the West Coast. The 26th was a particularly warm day in some eastern districts of the South Island. At Jordan, in the Awatere Valley, Marlborough, the temperature reached 101F, about equal with Ashburton’s reading on 19 January 1956 [A NZ record, broken on 7 February 1973; on that date Jordan registered 42.3C]. At Eyrewell Forest, North Canterbury, 98.5F was recorded.

Sunshine: Sunshine was above average by 20-60 hours over the greater part of the country. Highest departures were recorded around Cook Strait and in South Canterbury and North Otago. Blenheim’s 274 hours ranks high on the list of NZ February totals [pushed down a bit by some very high values in 1968, 1973 and 1978]. In most northern and western districts and in the remainder of Otago and Southland sunshine was only average.

[Some totals: Kaitaia 201, Kerikeri 171, Whangarei 165, Auckland 219, Tauranga 235, Whakatane 232, Taupo 228, Opotiki 212, Hamilton 218, New Plymouth 214, Masterton 237, Gisborne 238, Napier 236, Wairoa 241, Paraparaumu 229, Ohakea 237, Palmerston North 204, Levin 187, Wellington 252, Stratford 202, Ohakune 206, Wanganui 228, Westport 217, Hokitika 188, Greymouth 182, Haast 170, Riwaka 260, Nelson 235, Blenheim 274, Grassmere 242, Kaikoura 225, Mt Cook 182, Mt John 270, Methven 232, Christchurch 228, Tekapo 267, Timaru 215, Waimate 218, Omarama 228, Dunedin Aero 188, Dunedin 179, Oamaru 211, Queenstown 197, Alexandra 230, Invercargill 154, Campbell Is 75, Chatham Is 170].

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 1967
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2018, 11:14:01 AM »
The equipment at Jordan was no longer being regularly read by February 1973, but someone decided it would be worth a look.


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