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NZ weather summary December 1972
« on: March 18, 2012, 02:36:31 PM »
December 1972:   Pressures were unusually low over New Zealand in December, and the weather was cool and windy. Over the northern half of the North Island, good growth was reported, but elsewhere conditions were too dry.

Rainfall: Rainfall was below normal over the greater part of the South Island, mainly by 25%, and also over the southern half of the North Island, mainly by 50%. Blenheim received only 13mm and Nelson 17mm. On the other hand, rainfall was more than double the normal value in northern Hawkes Bay and southern Gisborne. In this area some particularly heavy rain was recorded on the 1st and 2nd, with as much as 320mm over the 2 days.

223mm rainfall at Frasertown (Wairoa), 24mm at Napier, 6mm at Vernon Lagoon (near Blenheim).

Temperatures: 
Temperatures were mainly below normal by 1C. Highest departures were recorded in parts of Canterbury and in Central Otago. The coldest part of the month was the first week and also the 13th and 14th. Conditions were particularly wintry in eastern districts on the 1st and 2nd. In Auckland and most of Northland temperatures were normal.

32.0C maximum at Hastings on the 31st, -3.4C minimum at Molesworth on the 3rd.

Sunshine:   Sunshine was close to normal over the greater part of the country, especially the South Island. However, it was up to 45 hours below normal in Northland and Auckland and also in south Taranaki, Wanganui and Manawatu.

[Some totals: Kaitaia 176, Leigh 193, Auckland 180, Tauranga 228, Whakatane 242, Taupo 229, Auckland Aero 199, Hamilton 193, Taumarunui 202, New Plymouth 202, Masterton 198, Dannevirke 180, Gisborne 242, Napier 236, Palmerston North 143, Levin 188, Wellington 222, Manaia 183, Wanganui 186, Takaka 248, Westport 198, Greymouth 175, Hokitika 197, Haast 197, Riwaka 266, Nelson 244, Blenheim 268, Kaikoura 206, Mt Cook 173, Methven 195, Christchurch 211, Tekapo 232, Timaru 193, Waimate 195, Dunedin 162, Oamaru 192, Queenstown 229, Alexandra 214, Invercargill 184, Raoul Is 259].

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




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