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NZ weather summary November 1971
« on: March 17, 2012, 01:08:44 PM »
November 1971:  November was a sunny month marked by an unusually high frequency of northeasterly winds. Strong gales from a westerly quarter buffeted most of the North Island on the 26th, causing some damage.

Rainfall: Rainfall was above normal over most of the North Island besides most of Otago, Stewart Island, and parts of Fiordland, Nelson and Marlborough. It was more than double the normal value in eastern Bay of Plenty and around Dunedin. It was 25% drier than normal in North and Central Canterbury and in parts of Buller; also in northern Southland. Daily falls of up to 160mm caused some flooding on the Taieri Plain.

185mm rainfall at New Plymouth, 116mm at Musselburgh, Dunedin; 17mm at Earnscleugh.

Temperatures: Temperatures were above normal by up to 1C over the North Island. In the South Island they were a little above normal on the coast and mainly a little below normal inland. An unusually late fall of snow was reported on the hills in parts of Central Otago and South Canterbury on the 15th, affecting transport over the “Pig Route”. In some districts this was the eighteenth successive month with temperatures warmer than normal; and 1971 is likely to be the one of the warmest years on record in New Zealand [Now behind 1998, 1999, and 2016-2018].

27.7C maximum at Ashburton on the 13th, -2.5C minimum at Naseby on the 22nd.

Sunshine: Sunshine was close to or above normal. Departures of 40-80 hours occurred in Westland and also in Wellington and parts of Manawatu. Haast had its highest November sunshine since 1949. The period from the 2nd to the 12th was particularly sunny and dry in the South Island besides southern and eastern districts of the North Island, under the influence of an anticyclone centred near the Chatham Islands. [See also the following post].

[Some totals:  Kaitaia 215, Kerikeri 210, Whangarei 241, Leigh 261, Auckland 225, Tauranga 230, Whakatane 247, Taupo 186, Opotiki 228, Auckland Aero 225, Hamilton 212, New Plymouth 234, Masterton 216, Gisborne 259, Napier 252, Wairoa 259, Paraparaumu 236, Ohakea 248, Kairanga 232, Palmerston North 227, Levin 213, Wellington 253, Stratford 201, Ohakune 176, Wanganui 229, Takaka 211, Westport 188, Hokitika 219, Greymouth 202, Haast 251, Riwaka 226, Nelson 218, Blenheim 236, Grassmere 219, Kaikoura 193, Mt Cook 157, Mt John 238, Methven 189, Christchurch 184, Tekapo 238, Timaru 172, Waimate 171, Omarama 208, Palmerston 149, Dunedin Aero 151, Dunedin 154, Oamaru 163, Queenstown 211, Alexandra 191, Invercargill 167, Raoul Is 148, Campbell Is 94, Chatham Is 127].

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 November 1971
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2019, 12:30:04 PM »
Minor updates.

The period 28th Oct. - 13th Nov. (17 days) was one of the sunniest ever in Wellington in spring, with 182.6 hours of sunshine, and no day having less than 7.3 hours.  (A couple of weeks later I heard someone complaining about a couple of overcast days with some drizzle - talk about lack of balance!)

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Re: NZ weather summary November 1971
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2019, 06:22:01 PM »
Aye. That's human nature, I guess!
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