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NZ weather summary May 1968
« on: August 03, 2018, 05:02:38 PM »
May 1968:  A mild month marked by an unusually high frequency of northwesterly winds. Many farmers considered the growth was good for the time of year. However, in some places it was too wet. Tornadoes caused some damage on 3 days; on the 7th in Kohimarama and Manurewa; on the 21st in Cooper’s Beach, Northland; and on the 29th at least 2 occurred near and to the east of Tauranga. Storm force southerlies on the 8th affected shipping in Cook Strait.

Rainfall:
Rainfall was above average by 40-70% in western and inland districts, also in Nelson and Marlborough. It was below average by the same amount in nearly all eastern districts including eastern Northland and eastern Southland. Over the greater part of the North Island the second half of the month was much wetter than the first half. In northern districts of the North Island the second half was also marked by an unusually high frequency of thunderstorms.

Temperatures: Temperatures were above average by 2F-4F in the South Island and in southern districts of the North Island and Taihape. Over the greater part of the North Island they were close to or slightly above average. There was a cold southerly spell from the 6th to the 9th, affecting especially eastern and southern districts of the North Island.

Sunshine: Sunshine was below average by 10-40 hours over most of the South Island and in Wellington and Taranaki. It was above average by the same amount in Northland, Waikato, Waitomo and Gisborne.

[Some totals:  Kaitaia 175, Kerikeri 152, Whangarei 153, Auckland 146, Tauranga 170, Whakatane 165, Taupo 128, Opotiki 151, Hamilton 134, New Plymouth 124, Masterton 111, Gisborne 160, Napier 143, Wairoa 149, Paraparaumu 97, Ohakea 132, Palmerston North 105, Levin 112, Wellington 84, Stratford 117, Ohakune 130, Wanganui 135, Westport 111, Hokitika 110, Greymouth 97, Haast 95, Riwaka 137, Nelson 124, Blenheim 152, Grassmere 143, Kaikoura 114, Mt Cook 74, Mt John 145, Methven 124, Christchurch 120, Tekapo 131, Timaru 109, Waimate 115, Omarama 124, Dunedin Aero 91, Dunedin 94, Oamaru 117, Queenstown 73, Alexandra 93, Invercargill 71, Campbell Is 38 (2nd highest), Chatham Is 83].

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 1968
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2018, 05:03:54 PM »
A poor month for Wellington, with the dominant wind directions its most unfavourable ones.

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Re: NZ weather summary May 1968
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2018, 08:54:21 PM »
"Storm force southerlies on the 8th affected shipping in Cook Strait"

Memories of a month before would've been very fresh in the peoples' minds.

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Re: NZ weather summary May 1968
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2018, 11:47:53 PM »

That's for sure!
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Re: NZ weather summary May 1968
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2018, 07:51:54 AM »
NZR cancelled several sailings, understandably cautious.


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