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NZ weather summary October 1966
« on: July 13, 2018, 12:12:42 PM »
October 1966: Barometers were high over the country during October, and there was a comparative absence of winds from a westerly quarter. The month was sunny and dry, too dry for farmers in some dairying districts. A small local tornado caused some damage in Remuera on the 8th.

Rainfall: Over most of the country rainfall was about half of the average. In Gisborne, on the Canterbury Plains and on the North Otago coast it was mainly somewhat above average. Daily falls of as much as 4” were recorded on the 8th on the East Coast during the passage of a depression. Western areas of the North Island had some thunderstorms on the 10th-12th; and some were also reported in various parts of the country, especially Waikato, on the 30th and 31st.

Temperatures: Temperatures were mainly close to average. However, they were 1F-2F below average in the east from Wairarapa to Bay of Plenty, and also in Auckland and parts of Northland; and the same amount above average in western districts of the South Island, extending also to the Canterbury and Otago high country and lakes.

Sunshine:
Sunshine was above average by 20-70 hours, except in Northland, Southland and most of Otago, where it was close to average. It was the sunniest October on record in Auckland, with a total of 240 hours. Motueka recorded 291 hours; Blenheim 279, and Nelson 276.

[Some totals: Kaitaia 198, Kerikeri 187, Whangarei 190, Auckland 240, Tauranga 230, Whakatane 254, Taupo 207, Opotiki 254, Hamilton 220, New Plymouth 230, Masterton 230, Gisborne 245, Napier 245, Wairoa 246, Paraparaumu 217, Ohakea 212, Palmerston North 189, Levin 189, Wellington 225, Stratford 196, Ohakune 184, Wanganui 200, Westport 217, Hokitika 195, Greymouth 177, Haast 179, Riwaka 291, Nelson 276, Blenheim 279, Grassmere 254, Kaikoura 238, Mt Cook 197, Mt John 265, Methven 220, Christchurch 230, Tekapo 256, Timaru 202, Waimate 193, Dunedin Aero 175, Dunedin 179, Oamaru 192, Queenstown 197, Alexandra 211, Invercargill 159, Campbell Is 71, Chatham Is 144].


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 October 1966
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2018, 12:13:39 PM »
A very pleasant spring month, and far better than January, February, November or December.


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