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NZ weather summary June 1967
« on: July 21, 2018, 12:15:07 PM »
June 1967: Barometers were unusually high over New Zealand during June and it was a month of settled weather with comparatively low rainfall. Southerly winds were more frequent than usual, especially over the North Island, where temperatures were below normal. Most farmers found conditions very much to their liking, though in parts of Waikato, King Country and Bay of Plenty unusually frequent frosts greatly reduced growth.
   
Rainfall: Rainfall was less than half the average value over nearly the whole of the South Island and also over the greater part of the North Island. Greatest deficiencies were recorded in the Alps together with the Canterbury high country, and parts of Central Otago; also in most of North Otago and the Dunedin district. In all these areas rainfall was less than 1/4 of the average value. The only district with rainfall above average was Hawkes Bay, where 2/3 of the total fell on the 3rd and 4th. This was the driest June over the country as a whole since 1958. However, in the South Island, June 1964 was drier than either June 1958 or June 1967.

Temperatures: In the North Island temperatures were 1F-4F below average. Greatest departures were recorded in Auckland, Waikato, Waitomo, Taumarunui and Taupo; in these areas it was the coldest June for many years, but about equal with 1951. In the South Island temperatures were mainly close to or somewhat above average. On the 21st snow was reported in Southland to low levels and elsewhere well down on the ranges.

Sunshine:
Sunshine was above average over the greater part of the country. Waikato, Waitomo, Canterbury and Westland were particularly favoured, with surpluses of 30-40 hours. By contrast, eastern districts of the North Island and Northland had less sun than usual, mainly by 30-40 hours.

[Some totals:  Kaitaia 100, Kerikeri 107, Whangarei 103, Auckland 123, Tauranga 171, Whakatane 177, Taupo 139, Opotiki 165, Hamilton 144, New Plymouth 137, Masterton 100, Gisborne 96, Napier 116, Wairoa 105, Paraparaumu 132, Ohakea 127, Palmerston North 94, Levin 116, Wellington 101, Stratford 128, Ohakune 133, Wanganui 124, Westport 159, Hokitika 157, Greymouth 145, Haast 157, Riwaka 189, Nelson 181, Blenheim 187, Grassmere 172, Kaikoura 137, Mt Cook 107, Mt John 180, Methven 162, Christchurch 152, Tekapo 140, Timaru 155, Waimate 144, Omarama 159, Dunedin Aero 101, Dunedin 105, Oamaru 136, Queenstown 66, Alexandra 97, Invercargill 76, Campbell Is 3.9, Chatham Is 77].

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 June 1967
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2018, 12:19:59 PM »
Dry and sunny for most, cool in the North Island. The sunshine total at the Hermitage (Mt Cook) was a record high and would have been about 80% of the recordable amount. It must have been a great month for alpine scenic viewing.

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Re: NZ weather summary June 1967
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2018, 12:55:23 PM »
It certainly would have been ideal for alpine viewing. But a bit of a trickier time for Campbell Island, by the looks. Wasn't a small science team based there in those days?
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Re: NZ weather summary June 1967
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2018, 01:47:44 PM »
Dry and sunny for most, cool in the North Island. The sunshine total at the Hermitage (Mt Cook) was a record high and would have been about 80% of the recordable amount. It must have been a great month for alpine scenic viewing.
It certainly would have been ideal for alpine viewing. But a bit of a trickier time for Campbell Island, by the looks. Wasn't a small science team based there in those days?
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I know MetService and its predecessors had teams there on 6-month (I think) stints from 1941 to about 1995 when the manual station closed. One would certainly have needed a Vitamin D boost in the winter.


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