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NZ weather summary March 1966
« on: March 12, 2015, 07:32:26 PM »
March 1966:  March was warmer than usual, with an unusually high frequency of northerly to easterly winds. The two main wet periods were at the beginning and end of the month. Between these two periods many areas experienced two or three weeks of settled weather.
   
Rainfall: Rainfall was mainly about 50% above normal in northern districts of the North Island and in eastern districts of both islands. In southern districts of the North Island, in the Marlborough Sounds and in western and most inland districts of the South Island rainfall was below average, mainly by 25-50%.

Temperatures:
Temperatures were mainly above average by 1F-3F, highest departures being in Taranaki and in some inland districts of the South Island. New Plymouth had its warmest March since 1938. However, in Gisborne and Hawkes Bay temperatures were only about average.

Sunshine: Sunshine was above average by 30-70 hours in western districts of the North Island from Auckland to Wellington, largest surpluses being in Manawatu and Waikato. In most other areas sunshine was fairly close to the average value. However, in Gisborne it was down by 30-50 hours; while over the coastal areas of Canterbury, Otago and Southland from Ashburton southward it was down by 20-30 hours.

[Some totals: Kaitaia 187, Kerikeri 171, Whangarei 166, Auckland 218, Tauranga 217, Whakatane 221, Taupo 202, Opotiki 218, Hamilton 217, New Plymouth 232, Masterton 214, Gisborne 155, Napier 207, Wairoa 176, Paraparaumu 245, Ohakea 235, Palmerston North 226, Levin 233, Wellington 227, Stratford 218, Ohakune 224, Wanganui 222, Westport 195, Hokitika 181, Greymouth 163, Haast 158, Riwaka 237, Nelson 224, Blenheim 232, Grassmere 200, Kaikoura 143, Mt Cook 154, Mt John 224, Methven 169, Christchurch 162, Tekapo 214, Timaru 137, Waimate 127, Dunedin Aero 121, Dunedin 123, Oamaru 117, Queenstown 175, Alexandra 206, Invercargill 129, Campbell Is 52, Chatham Is 128].

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 March 1966
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2018, 12:40:33 PM »
A placid month by comparison with the preceding ones back to November at least ...


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