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NZ weather summary May 1967
« on: May 23, 2015, 11:01:57 PM »
May 1967:  Marked by a higher frequency of southwesterly winds than usual. It was a cloudy month in southern districts of the South Island, and also very wet in Southland; while in Gisborne and Hawkes Bay it was unusually sunny and dry. Rainfall was comparatively low over most of the country, but in only a few areas, mainly Gisborne and Bay of Plenty, was it low enough to retard pasture growth.

Rainfall: Rainfall was below normal except in Southland and on the West Coast, also around Christchurch, and in parts of Otago and the Waikato. In Gisborne and parts of Hawkes Bay it was less than 1/4 of average, with some totals below 1”. Elsewhere rainfall was mainly about half the average. The only area with rainfall well above normal was the Southland Plain with South Otago and the Dunedin area, where totals were about double the average. In the North Island and western and northern districts of the South Island, a large part of the rain fell between the 23rd and 26th.

Temperatures:
Temperatures were close to average in the North Island and northern and western districts of the South Island. They were 2F-4F above average over most of Canterbury, Otago and Southland. The main cold spells were experienced about the 11th, 15th and at the end of the month. The one of the 15th was accompanied by snow to low levels in many eastern districts, and also on the West Coast.

Sunshine: Sunshine was above average by 10-70 hours in eastern districts from Kaikoura to Gisborne and about Cook Strait. Gisborne received 191 hours, its highest in 30 years of records [record now 209 (1990)]. In Westland, Otago, and Southland, sunshine was 10-30 hours below average, greatest deficiencies being recorded in Otago and Southland.

[Some totals:  Kaitaia 146, Kerikeri 136, Whangarei 123, Auckland 134, Tauranga 162, Whakatane 189, Taupo 144, Opotiki 183, Hamilton 118, New Plymouth 136, Masterton 153, Gisborne 191, Napier 190, Wairoa 190, Paraparaumu 126, Ohakea 125, Palmerston North 109, Levin 119, Wellington 132, Stratford 136, Ohakune 92, Wanganui 124, Westport 115, Hokitika 107, Greymouth 85, Haast 110, Riwaka 177, Nelson 164, Blenheim 182, Grassmere n/a, Kaikoura 144, Mt Cook 78, Mt John 152, Methven 122, Christchurch 122, Tekapo 133, Timaru 113, Waimate 127, Omarama 142, Dunedin Aero 79, Dunedin 70, Oamaru 132, Queenstown 69, Alexandra 120, Invercargill 67, Campbell Is 13, Chatham Is 91].

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 May 1967
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2015, 11:10:28 PM »
A quiet month overall, and very pleasant in the east from North Canterbury northwards.

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Re: NZ weather summary May 1967
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2018, 11:07:37 AM »
A sharp cutoff between Dunedin and Oamaru in the southwesterlies - a large difference in sunshine; rainfalls were 101mm at Musselburgh, 26mm at Oamaru Airport.

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Re: NZ weather summary May 1967
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2018, 02:42:25 PM »
"A quiet month overall, and very pleasant in the east from North Canterbury northwards".


Except on the 15th.

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Re: NZ weather summary May 1967
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2018, 04:30:14 PM »


Nothing's perfect …. but Hawkes Bay and Gisborne in that month were pretty close for a late autumn month ...


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