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NZ weather summary June 1968
« on: August 08, 2018, 04:54:55 PM »
June 1968: Barometers were low over New Zealand, and several depressions crossed the country. It was an exceptionally cloudy month over the North Island. It was also very wet over most of the country, too much so for many farmers. Coromandel and the nearby islands were buffeted by very severe gales on 13 June as a deep depression passed to the northeast of Auckland. The coaster Maranui was lost off Coromandel in this storm. Several local tornadoes were reported. The worst damage was done by one at Te Horo Beach, Manawatu, on the 7th, and one at Opua, Bay of Islands, on the 29th.

Rainfall:  Rainfall was above normal, except in Westland, Southland and parts of Otago. In Coromandel, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, central Marlborough, South Canterbury and North Otago it was mainly at least double the average value. Greatest excesses were recorded in parts of central Hawkes Bay and North Otago. In North Otago and Dunedin flooding was reported on the 8th following heavy rain on the 6th-7th; parts of Canterbury were also affected at this time. In Hawkes Bay flooding occurred on the 22nd around and to the north of Napier following heavy rain on the 21st.

Temperatures: Temperatures were 1F-2F warmer than normal in the North Island and in Nelson, Buller and parts of Marlborough. Over the remainder of the South Island temperatures were mainly cooler than normal by 1F. Snow was reported in the Mackenzie Country on the 8th. However, the main period of snowfall was the last 4 days of the month, during a period winds from the westerly quarter, when there were considerable falls on the high country of both islands and down to low levels in parts of Otago and Southland. The Queenstown district was badly affected. These falls continued into the first week of July. [See a later July 1968 report for more on the consequences of this].

Sunshine: Over the North Island and Nelson sunshine overall was the lowest of any month on record, and many stations received 50-70 hours below the average value. Some record low values were: Kaitaia, 76 hours; Auckland, 79 hours; New Plymouth, 69 hours; Nelson, 84 hours. [Auckland city had 72 hours in June 1979]. Over most remaining South Island districts sunshine was also somewhat below average; but coastal districts of Otago and Southland were favoured with up to 15 hours above average.

[Some totals:  Kaitaia 76, Kerikeri 93, Whangarei 75, Auckland 79, Tauranga 84, Whakatane 109, Taupo 77, Opotiki 93, Hamilton 67, New Plymouth 69, Masterton 63, Gisborne 110, Napier 94, Wairoa 89, Paraparaumu 90, Ohakea 82, Palmerston North 59, Levin 74, Wellington 75, Stratford 63, Ohakune 51, Wanganui 92, Westport 104, Hokitika 94, Greymouth 93, Haast 113, Riwaka 93, Nelson 84, Blenheim 113, Grassmere 94, Kaikoura 94, Mt Cook 63, Mt John 131, Methven 123, Christchurch 104, Tekapo 93, Timaru 111, Waimate 116, Omarama 102, Dunedin Aero 103, Dunedin 111, Oamaru 131, Queenstown 64, Alexandra 93, Invercargill 71, Campbell Is 11, Chatham Is 56.]

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 1968
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2018, 04:56:16 PM »
The cloudiest June on record for the North Island. For the South Island, it is probably June 1981.

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Re: NZ weather summary June 1968
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2018, 10:11:00 PM »
Those are miserable totals of sunshine hours, for sure!
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