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NZ weather summary January 1969
« on: September 11, 2018, 12:21:03 PM »
January 1969: January weather was mainly average. Farming areas which had experienced rather dry weather in December had rainfall above average in January, and growth was very good.
   
Rainfall: Rainfall was above average by about 50% in Bay of Plenty and Taupo, in North Taranaki, in Manawatu and Wellington, in Nelson and the Marlborough Sounds, and in most of Otago and Southland together with part of South Canterbury. In the Alps, Fiordland, and South Westland, and also in Northland and parts of Taihape, rainfall was only half the average value. It was also somewhat drier than usual in Gisborne and Hawkes Bay. Parts of Northland received less than a quarter of their average rainfall.

Some unusually heavy hail was reported, notably in Hawkes Bay on the 15th, Canterbury on the 21st, and Wellington on the 22nd. The amount of hail in these storms was sufficient to cover the ground, and in Canterbury the hailstones were up to 2” in diameter, causing considerable damage to crops, glasshouses and windows.

Temperatures: Temperatures were mainly close to normal. However, Waikato and Waitomo, the West Coast, Central Otago and western Southland were 1F cooler than average.

Sunshine:
Sunshine was mainly close to normal. Southland and most of Otago were below average by 20-30 hours; and northern Northland was favoured with a similar amount above average.

[Some totals:  Kaitaia 246, Kerikeri 251, Whangarei 245, Auckland 236, Tauranga 250, Whakatane 259, Taupo 252, Opotiki 242, Hamilton 237, New Plymouth 235, Masterton 249, Gisborne 263, Napier 257, Wairoa 241, Paraparaumu 229, Ohakea 235, Palmerston North 215, Levin 219, Wellington 219, Stratford 229, Ohakune 223, Wanganui 244, Westport 212, Hokitika 197, Greymouth 186, Haast 195, Riwaka 273, Nelson 254, Blenheim 283, Grassmere 240, Kaikoura 243, Mt Cook 188, Mt John 290, Methven 205, Christchurch 222, Tekapo 285, Timaru 207, Waimate 204, Omarama 237, Dunedin Aero 168, Dunedin 169, Oamaru 214, Queenstown 202, Alexandra 239, Invercargill 176, Raoul Is 262, Campbell Is 105, Chatham Is 237.]


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 January 1969
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2018, 12:22:10 PM »
Apart from the hailstorms, a pretty quiet month.


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