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NZ weather summary July 1967
« on: July 21, 2018, 05:10:07 PM »
July 1967:  As in June, barometers were unusually high over New Zealand in July. It was marked by a comparative absence of wind and was also the 3rd successive month with rainfall well below average. Conditions were favourable for stock and lambing, but the ground was unusually dry for July. It was too dry for some farmers, especially in parts of the North Island. [This ended a 12-month period with unusually high MSLPs, especially in central areas. At Kelburn, the average for 8/66-7/67 was 1017.5 hPa, 3.3 above average, its highest for any 12-month period].

Rainfall: In the North Island rainfall was mainly 2/3 of average. In eastern districts of the South Island from Central Marlborough to South Otago up to about 30 miles inland, it was less than half average; near the coast and on Banks Peninsula it was less than 1/4. The last July as dry as this one in the North Island was in 1952, and in the South Island in 1958.

[Oamaru Aero 2mm, Herbert Forest 1mm were the lowest values].

Rainfall was above average in only 2 areas. The first consisted of parts of Nelson and Marlborough Sounds. The second included Westland and Fiordland and extended over the Alps into parts of Central Otago and the Canterbury high country. In South Westland it was mainly more than double the average, largely as a result of falls of 7-13” there on the 2nd.

Temperatures: Over the greater part of the South Island and in Northland temperatures were 1F-3F warmer than average. Elsewhere they were close to or a little cooler than average. In the South Island there was a noticeable lack of snow on the main ranges.

Sunshine:
Sunshine was mainly close to or somewhat above average. Over most of Northland it was 30-50 hours below average.

[Some totals:  Kaitaia 113, Kerikeri 92, Whangarei 91, Auckland 144, Tauranga 148, Whakatane 172, Taupo 120, Opotiki 166, Hamilton 142, New Plymouth 147, Masterton 112, Gisborne 139, Napier 133, Wairoa 133, Paraparaumu 137, Ohakea 143, Palmerston North 128, Levin 133, Wellington 120, Stratford 148, Ohakune 148, Wanganui 148, Westport 121, Hokitika 125, Greymouth 105, Haast 138, Riwaka 144, Nelson 158, Blenheim 169, Grassmere 161, Kaikoura 142, Mt Cook 88, Mt John 176, Methven 139, Christchurch 118, Tekapo 135, Timaru 148, Waimate 145, Omarama 150, Dunedin Aero 112, Dunedin 108, Oamaru 150, Queenstown 92, Alexandra 86, Invercargill 89, Campbell Is 8, Chatham Is 82].



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Re: NZ weather summary July 1967
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2018, 05:15:26 PM »
Oamaru was getting into another run of mostly dry months - 1968 was a wetter year, but then the next 4 years were quite dry. Areas with well above average sunshine included the Central Plateau, South Canterbury and North Otago. I did a train journey to Christchurch, a ferry ride and another train trip to Auckland as part of an exit journey to the USA. The train trips were not very comfortable, especially the night one, but the coastal scenery between Dunedin and Oamaru looked very attractive on a sunny mild day that felt nothing like winter. The ferry ride was in virtual millpond conditions - ironic in view of later events.


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