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NZ weather summary November 1969
« on: September 28, 2018, 02:29:41 PM »
November 1969: Barometers were exceptionally high, and it was a warm month with an absence of the usual strong winds. For the greater part of the country there was little rain for the 24 days 28 October-20 November. Rains in the last 10 days freshened pastures in many North Island districts, but were quite inadequate for the drought-stricken coastal areas of South Canterbury and North Otago.

Rainfall: Less than 50% of average over most of the South Island and western districts of the North Island. It was less than 25% of average over the Alps and parts of Buller; in an area from Makarora through Kingston and Roxburgh to Milton; in parts of Banks Peninsula; and near the coast in Waitomo. Westport, Reefton and the Hermitage all had their driest November for at least 40 years, the previous driest being in 1934. Rainfall was above average in Northland, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne and most of Marlborough apart from the Sounds. It was more than double the average around Kaitaia and some inland areas of Gisborne and Hawkes Bay. Rainfall to date has been unusually low in coastal districts of Canterbury and North Otago. For Waimate it was 9.85”, 43% of average; for Timaru 9.79” and 48%; for Christchurch 13.17” and 55%, and for Oamaru 9.69” and 56%. The readings at Timaru and Waimate are the lowest on record in 60 years of observations, but in Oamaru 1964 was drier, and in Christchurch it was drier in 1878.
 
Temperatures: Mainly 1F-4F above average in the North Island, and 2F-5F in the South Island. The Alps and South Island high country were particularly favoured, and the Hermitage surpassed its previous warmest November (1934, 40 years of record).

Sunshine:
Sunshine was 20-70 hours above average in western districts, but in eastern areas it was mainly close to or slightly below average.

[Some totals:  Kaitaia 219, Kerikeri 218, Whangarei 166, Auckland 214, Tauranga 250, Whakatane 215, Taupo 222, Opotiki 189, Auckland Aero 224, Hamilton 204, New Plymouth 241, Masterton 235, Gisborne 229, Napier 221, Wairoa 203, Paraparaumu 263, Ohakea 240, Palmerston North 212, Levin 222, Wellington 220, Stratford 199, Ohakune 231, Wanganui 228, Takaka 223, Westport 234, Hokitika 194, Greymouth 209, Haast 224, Riwaka 246, Nelson 231, Blenheim 255, Grassmere 225, Kaikoura 194, Mt Cook 205, Mt John 258, Methven 189, Christchurch 201, Tekapo 265, Timaru 161, Waimate 159, Omarama 224, Palmerston 178, Dunedin Aero 197, Dunedin 200, Oamaru 177, Queenstown 239, Alexandra 247, Invercargill 192, Campbell Is 55 {2nd lowest}, Chatham Is 161]


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 November 1969
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2018, 02:30:38 PM »
A warm dry month, unusually stable for the time of year.


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