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NZ weather summary September 1966
« on: July 12, 2018, 03:22:17 PM »
September 1966: There was an unusually high frequency of northeasterly winds in September, especially in the North Island. The month was marked by exceptionally dry weather in parts of Canterbury and Otago, where feed in some parts was reported to be scarce. On the other hand it was much wetter than usual in Northland, too much so for many farmers.
   
Rainfall: Canterbury, Otago and Southland received less than half the average rainfall; and it was particularly dry in South Canterbury, inland North Otago and parts of Central Otago, with less than a tenth of the average value. Lake Waitaki and Ophir reported nil rainfall. Parts of Otago have had rainfall below average every month from February. Musselburgh, Dunedin had only 11.74” during these eight months, the lowest for many years. For the greater part of the rest of the country rainfall was also somewhat below average. However, it was wetter than usual in most northern and western districts of the North Island (except for western Waikato) and also in parts of Nelson and Marlborough. Rainfall was more than double the average in two areas. The first extended from Whangarei nearly to Bay of Islands; and in this district some stations received 11” in the 3 days 4-6 September. The other was part of the area between Rotorua and Tauranga, where some places received 10” in the week 16-22 September, with local flooding.

Temperatures: Temperatures were close to average, except in Gisborne and Hawkes Bay, where they were 1F below. The coldest spells were 10th-11th; and in the South Island, also 23rd-24th, with snow to low levels in Otago and Southland.

Sunshine: Sunshine was below average by up to 60 hours in eastern districts from Marlborough northward, also in Northland and Nelson. Elsewhere it was close to or slightly above average.

[Some totals: Kaitaia 156, Kerikeri 125, Whangarei 116, Auckland 160, Tauranga 163, Whakatane 182, Taupo 156, Opotiki 154, Hamilton 166, New Plymouth 164, Masterton 115, Gisborne 133, Napier 148, Wairoa 140, Paraparaumu 168, Ohakea 170, Palmerston North 149, Levin 141, Wellington 160, Stratford 165, Ohakune 159, Wanganui 165, Westport 126, Hokitika 149, Greymouth 157, Haast 138, Riwaka 159, Nelson 158, Blenheim 159, Grassmere 150, Kaikoura 170, Mt Cook 123, Mt John 191, Methven 177, Christchurch 168, Tekapo 197, Timaru 148, Waimate 151, Dunedin Aero 137, Dunedin 145, Oamaru 163, Queenstown 158, Alexandra 186, Invercargill 156, Campbell Is 58, Chatham Is 115].


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 September 1966
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2018, 03:23:32 PM »
A pleasant month for most, excluding areas in the North Island very exposed to the northeast.

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Re: NZ weather summary September 1966
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2018, 07:21:09 PM »
Unusual to see Invercargill and Nelson and Riwaka and Blenheim with very similar readings?
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Re: NZ weather summary September 1966
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2018, 10:30:57 PM »

Indeed it is. The NE flows can be good for Invercargill with a long overland fetch. Wait till September 1989 turns up (a fair way off in my efforts though)….

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Re: NZ weather summary September 1966
« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2018, 10:45:08 PM »
Unusual to see Invercargill and Nelson and Riwaka and Blenheim with very similar readings?

Indeed it is. The NE flows can be good for Invercargill with a long overland fetch. Wait till September 1989 turns up (a fair way off in my efforts though)….
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Thanks. Will look forward to that.

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Re: NZ weather summary September 1966
« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2018, 12:15:36 PM »
Only 58 visits as at noon or so - where have the bots gone?  ;)

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Re: NZ weather summary September 1966
« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2018, 04:07:28 PM »
There was a song something like that: "Where have all the flowers gone?"


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