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NZ weather summary March 1970
« on: March 13, 2012, 07:05:07 PM »
March 1970: March was wet and warm. Very dry conditions affecting most of the North Island and a considerable part of the South Island were relieved in nearly all districts by good rains, commencing mainly from the middle of the month. Pastures were recovering rapidly, stock condition more slowly. Lack of rain was still a cause of concern in a few areas, notably southern Manawatu. Army worm was reported in Northland and facial eczema in Waikato.

Rainfall: Rainfall was more than double normal in Taihape, Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa, besides most of Marlborough and parts of Canterbury, Coromandel and Bay of Plenty. Greatest excesses were recorded in southern Hawkes Bay, where some stations received 4 to 8 times the normal value, with totals up to 14”, the highest recorded there in any month of the year. Elsewhere rainfall was mainly above normal or close to normal. In Hawkes Bay most of the rain fell from the 17th to the 19th in south-easterlies, with a depression centred off the east coast of Northland. Oruawharo, near Takapau, received 8.74” for the 17th and 18th.

249mm rainfall at Waipukurau, 22mm at Cromwell.

Temperatures: Mean temperatures were mainly 3F above normal in the North Island, and 1F-2F above normal in the South Island. The first 13 days were exceptionally warm and the last 8 days also rather warm. The period 15-21 March, when southerly to easterly winds predominated, was several degrees cooler than normal.

31.7C max. at Waimate on the 18th.

Sunshine: Sunshine was 40-80 hours below normal over most of the South Island besides Wellington and southern Wairarapa. It was particularly low in the Christchurch-Ashburton area. The total of 82 hours at Ashburton was the lowest ever recorded in New Zealand in March. {Ashburton value somewhat suspect. In 1979 the March values on both sides of the Alps were considerably lower, with the new record low being 59 at Timaru.}

[Some totals:  Kaitaia 179, Kerikeri 151, Whangarei 159, Leigh 178, Auckland 204, Tauranga 180, Whakatane 199, Taupo 174, Opotiki 198, Auckland Aero 209, Hamilton 197, New Plymouth 205, Masterton 150, Gisborne 179, Napier 193, Wairoa 170, Paraparaumu 165, Ohakea 192, Kairanga 173, Palmerston North 169, Levin 165, Wellington 145, Stratford 172, Ohakune 172, Wanganui 185, Takaka 184, Westport 185, Hokitika 156, Greymouth 152, Haast 173, Riwaka 190, Nelson 174, Blenheim 183, Grassmere 144, Kaikoura 109, Mt Cook 125, Mt John 182, Methven 111, Christchurch 92, Tekapo 173, Timaru 94, Waimate 104, Omarama 173, Palmerston 110, Dunedin Aero 113, Dunedin 107, Oamaru 121, Queenstown 181, Alexandra 189, Invercargill 148, Raoul Is 226, Campbell Is 46, Chatham Is 88 {3rd lowest]

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 March 1970
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2015, 12:36:40 PM »
So what can we expect for March 2015.
The above is from 45 years ago. Note Christcurch and Ashburton’s low sunshine hours and New Plymouth’s high of 205.

Will we finally get the much needed rain as they did in 1970 after a dry February.

Time will tell.
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Re: NZ weather summary March 1970
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2018, 11:05:48 PM »
Yes what did happen in 2015, in the end?
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Re: NZ weather summary March 1970
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2018, 09:32:57 AM »
So what can we expect for March 2015.
The above is from 45 years ago. Note Christcurch and Ashburton’s low sunshine hours and New Plymouth’s high of 205.

Will we finally get the much needed rain as they did in 1970 after a dry February.

Time will tell.

Yes what did happen in 2015, in the end?
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https://www.niwa.co.nz/climate/monthly?page=1

"A warm month, with patches of wet and dry throughout New Zealand"

Good to see this feedback …  :)
« Last Edit: May 26, 2018, 09:38:06 AM by Rwood »

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Re: NZ weather summary March 1970
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2018, 03:53:01 PM »
Thanks, Rwood. I appreciate the link, as well.

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Re: NZ weather summary March 1970
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2018, 07:13:58 PM »
A few numbers added.

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Re: NZ weather summary March 1970
« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2018, 08:40:21 AM »
 Update appreciated. Thanks for the ongoing information, RWood.


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