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NZ weather summary December 1970
« on: March 13, 2012, 09:35:23 PM »
December 1970:  Like November, December was warm and predominantly dry. By the end of the month pastures were badly dried up in many areas, but the settled weather was favourable for haymaking.

Rainfall:
Rainfall was less than 3/4 of the normal value over the greater part of the country. Areas with less than half included northern Northland; and Wellington with southern Manawatu and southern Wairarapa. A considerable area in southern Wairarapa had less than 1/4 of the normal; and Mangonui in Northland received less than a tenth. Rainfall was above normal in Fiordland, Southland and parts of Otago; the Southland plain being the only area with more than 50% above. Rainfall was also somewhat above normal in a few North Island areas, the largest being Gisborne with eastern Bay of Plenty. Persistently low rainfall for November and December was especially marked about Cook Strait, Wellington receiving 2.09”, Masterton 1.65” and Blenheim only 1.17” for the two months. These totals were all unusually low.

Some totals: Milford 761mm, Invercargill 139mm; Dargaville 15mm, Kelburn 25mm, Blenheim 22mm, Fairlie 20mm.
 
Temperatures: Temperatures were 1F-2F above normal, with highest departures in northern districts of the North Island. 1970 has been a particularly warm year in New Zealand.

35.2C maximum at Ruatoria on the 6th.

Sunshine:  Sunshine was above normal by 20-60 hours in most northern and western districts of the North Island and also over the southern half of the South Island. Highest departures were recorded in South Canterbury and North Otago. Eastern areas from Napier to Kaikoura received up to 30 hours less than the normal sunshine.

[Some totals:  Kaitaia 248, Kerikeri 271, Whangarei 233, Leigh 258, Auckland 264, Tauranga 262, Whakatane 264, Taupo 246, Opotiki 235, Auckland Aero 275, Hamilton 256, New Plymouth 263, Masterton 195, Gisborne 235, Napier 215, Wairoa 225, Paraparaumu 232, Ohakea 235, Kairanga 235, Palmerston North 210, Levin 205, Wellington 216, Stratford 281, Ohakune 244, Wanganui 253, Takaka 273, Westport 228, Hokitika 205, Greymouth 186, Haast 206, Riwaka 276, Nelson 262, Blenheim 217, Grassmere 187, Kaikoura 198, Mt Cook 194, Mt John 278, Methven 222, Christchurch 216, Tekapo 282, Timaru 215, Waimate 198, Omarama 265, Palmerston 213, Dunedin Aero 225, Dunedin 211, Oamaru 205, Queenstown 274, Alexandra 264, Invercargill 195,  Campbell Is 91, Chatham Is 196]

Sources: NZ Met. Misc. pub. 107 (Climatological table, NZ Gazette) and NZ Met. Misc. pub. 109 (Meteorological Observations).

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Re: NZ weather summary December 1970
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2012, 10:19:00 PM »
Thanks, RWood. Great to see this information available.
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Re: NZ weather summary December 1970
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2018, 10:07:31 AM »
Minor updates. Another warm dry month, sunny for most. I spent the Xmas week in Hamilton - sunny and very warm, humid conditions. Having a beach close at hand would have been nice!


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