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NZ weather summary January 1974
« on: March 28, 2012, 11:08:39 AM »
January 1974:   Barometers were high over the South Island in January and there was a comparatively high frequency of southerly to easterly winds. It was a dry month, with the driest, warmest and sunniest weather in western and northern districts. In parts of the North Island rainfall had been inadequate since September. Most areas showed little pasture growth.

Rainfall: Rainfall was below normal except in a 50-km wide strip near the coast from Tokomaru Bay to Wairoa and also near the coast from Dunedin to Balclutha. The deficiency was greatest in northern and western districts of both islands. The whole area from Auckland through Waikato to Waitomo and Rotorua-Taupo received less than 1/4 of the normal rainfall, as did a considerable part of the Alps and the Canterbury high country, and parts of Nelson and Marlborough. The average percentage of the 1941-70 normal was 35 in the North Island and 55 in the South Island.

Some totals: Gisborne 87mm; Kaitaia 13mm, Albert Park 8mm, Rotorua Aero 8mm, Waitarere Forest 8mm, Blenheim 6mm, Milford 153mm, Mt Cook 88mm, Tekapo 9mm.

Temperatures:  Temperatures were up to 1C above normal in western districts, and in northern districts of the North Island. Elsewhere they were about the same amount below normal.

35.0C maximum at Ashburton on the 28th.
 
Sunshine:  Western and northern districts were favoured with 30-70 hours above normal sunshine. In the east sunshine showed considerable variations. North Otago and South Canterbury had up to 60 hours above normal, but Gisborne and northern Hawkes Bay had a deficiency of 40 hours.

[Some totals: Kaitaia 262, Dargaville 277, Auckland 304, Tauranga 297, Whakatane 274, Taupo 256, Hamilton 295, Taumarunui 259, New Plymouth 287, Masterton 218, Gisborne 208, Napier 229, Wairoa 203, Palmerston North 227, Levin 249, Wellington 271, Stratford 292, Wanganui 267, Takaka 289, Westport 266, Hokitika 243, Haast 243, Riwaka 330, Nelson 322, Blenheim 272, Kaikoura 227, Mt Cook 217, Mt John 293, Christchurch 212, Timaru 203, Waimate 226, Dunedin 208, Oamaru 230, Te Anau 246,  Queenstown 275, Alexandra 275, Invercargill 216, Raoul Is 140].

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





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