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NZ weather summary July 1966
« on: July 08, 2018, 01:31:18 PM »
July 1966:  July was somewhat wetter than usual over the North Island, but drier than usual in the South Island. A deep depression crossed the North Island on the 18th-19th; strong gales caused considerable damage, especially in South Auckland, where trees were blown down, disrupting power supplies. Snow was reported well down on the hills in the southern half of the North Island, and also in parts of the South Island high country.

Rainfall:  Rainfall was above average by about 50% over most of the North Island, also in Marlborough and South Canterbury. Over the remainder of the South Island it was below average, mainly by 25%. It was a dry month in Central Otago and Fiordland, with less than 0.5” at some stations. Alexandra’s total was only 0.04”, its lowest in July for 34 years; and Milford Sound’s 3.32” was the lowest in July in 37 years of record [lowered to 71mm in 1973].

Temperatures: Temperatures were mainly close to average. The period from the 21st to the 26th was particularly frosty in the South Island. Molesworth had 35F of ground frost on the 24th.

Sunshine: Northland and most eastern districts received 10-35 hours less sunshine than average. Parts of Manawatu received a similar amount above average.

[Some totals: Kaitaia 99, Kerikeri 109, Whangarei 92, Auckland 119, Tauranga 151, Whakatane 165, Taupo 130, Opotiki 158, Hamilton 118, New Plymouth 129, Masterton 97, Gisborne 115, Napier 129, Wairoa 102, Paraparaumu 123, Ohakea 131, Palmerston North 123, Levin 131, Wellington 90, Stratford 124, Ohakune 116, Wanganui 131, Westport 130, Hokitika 126, Greymouth 109, Haast 128, Riwaka 154, Nelson 153, Blenheim 163, Grassmere 146, Kaikoura 137, Mt Cook 77, Mt John 145, Methven 124, Christchurch 100, Tekapo 90, Timaru 121, Waimate 116, Dunedin Aero 93, Dunedin 96, Oamaru 116, Queenstown 73, Alexandra 95, Invercargill 92, Campbell Is 4.7 (record low), Chatham Is 82].


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 July 1966
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2018, 01:33:47 PM »
It was a fairly dry month in Dunedin, mitigating the cool and rather cloudy conditions somewhat. I spent a weekend with friends in Alexandra for some ice skating. Fortunately there was no fog - just a couple of cold nights and lovely sunny calm days so that 8C felt fine.


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