isothermalsection

Author Topic: Major weather events  (Read 6243 times)

Offline mark

  • Financial Supporter
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3708
  • Country: nz
  • Karma: 667
  • Gender: Male
    • Bishopdale Weather
Major weather events
« on: May 18, 2012, 08:19:56 PM »
Records of even very recent weather events in New Zealand are sketchy, and in preparing a historical list of floods, droughts and storms it is difficult to rate the surviving records of events in any order of ‘importance’.

Bearing this in mind the following lists of significant weather events have been compiled from such records as survive.

Floods

1863 Over 100 lives lost during 6 weeks period in July-August. Major flooding of Clutha and tributaries.

1867 25 May-4 June. Hawkes Bay.

1878 September-October. Extensive flooding in Otago/Southland/Canterbury and the West Coast. In the North Island Lake Taupo and the Waikato River reached levels previously unknown to the oldest Maori inhabitants. Widespread damage in Otago in three separate floods: 25–26 September, 29–30 September and, finally, 4 and 12 October.

1913 29 March. Serious flooding in Southland. £100 000 damage at Gore.

1919 January. 5000 ha, surrounding Clutha inundated. Estimated damage £270 000.

1923 6–8 May. Floods and torrential rain in Canterbury.

1924 11–12 March. Hawkes Bay, Gisborne, Wellington, Taumarunui and Taranaki.

1926 4–5 November. Downpour and flooding in Greymouth and Westport. £50 000 damage.

1929 19–20 March. Coastal Otago and Canterbury from Dunedin to Oamaru. Damage in Dunedin £50 000. 156 mm rain in 24 hours at Oamaru with severe flooding.

1934 4–5 May. Canterbury especially Banks Peninsula. 160 mm rain in 12 hours at Akaroa.

1935 21–22 February. Taranaki.

1938 23–25 April. Floods in Hawkes Bay after three days rain. £200 000 roading damage.

1940 24–26 February. Widespread flooding in Wanganui and Taranaki districts. Wanganui River rose approximately 46 metres at Pipiriki. Road damage £180 000.

1941 2 October. Wellington and the Hutt Valley. £100 000 damage.

1945 20–22 February. South Canterbury. £485 000 damage.

20–21 May. Canterbury particularly Christchurch, with 320 mm rain in three days at Akaroa.

1951 17–18 April. Canterbury rivers, Highbank power station seriously damaged.

1953 25–26 January. Canterbury.

26 March. About 430 mm of rain in ten hours at Whataroa. Described by settlers as heaviest rain ever recorded.

24 December. ‘Tangiwai disaster’. This major flood was not caused by heavy rain, but rather by the loss of 2 million cubic metres of water from the crater lake on Mt Ruapehu. It caused the crash of the Wellington-Auckland Express with the loss of 151 lives.

1954 18–20 May. Thames-Coromandel.

1955 9 May. Wairarapa, Taranaki, Nelson and Marlborough.

1956 28 May. Northland, with £500 000 damage in Whangarei.

1957 12–17 April. Motueka River/Waimea Plains. 483 mm rain in 6 days.

18–19 May. Otago, especially the Taieri Plain.

1958 23–24 February. Kaitaia, Auckland, King Country. Main trunk railway closed.

1959 14 March. Brings flooding to northern North Island.

1960 10–14 September. Hauraki Plains, Coromandel.

1961 4 September. Wairarapa and Manawatu.

1963 3 June. Napier and Hawkes Bay rivers flooded after south-easterly storm.

1964 9–11 March. Eastern Bay of Plenty, especially Opotiki, Ohura. Heavy rain in Cook Strait area.

24 October. Wairarapa.

1965 11–12 February. Whakatane/Rangitaiki Plains.

10–15 August. Gisborne/Hawkes Bay.

1968 8–9 March. Dunedin, coastal north Otago, and south Canterbury.

April. Wahine Storm. Northland, Auckland, Bay of Plenty (9–10 April), Christchurch/Banks Peninsula (10–11 April) and Southland/west Otago (15 April)

1969 11–16 February. Northland.

1970 13 August. Rangitaiki Plains/eastern Bay of Plenty.

29 August. Nelson city (with two deaths). Buller and Grey rivers.

1971 24 February. New Plymouth. Stratford Mountain House had a two day (24–25) rainfall of 795 mm, one of the highest two-day rainfalls ever recorded in New Zealand.

20 October. Wairarapa/Marlborough. Central Hawkes Bay (23 October).

1974 15 June. Hastings.

1975 28–29 January. South Canterbury, especially at Peel Forest (four lives lost).

11–13 March. Former tropical cyclone Alison caused heavy rain in the northern half of the South Island.

1 April. Wairau River. Flow greatest since at least 1936. Flood control prevented damage.

1976 8–15 January. Northland/Auckland.

Auckland recorded 237 mm for the month the highest in 124 years of record.

20–21 December. Hutt Valley. Damage estimated at $30 million.

1977 18 January, Greymouth as the Grey river broke its banks on 19 January.

20–21 June. Gisborne houses evacuated, also Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty.

1978 27 March, Haast/Fiordland 13–14 April. Greymouth.

13–14 October. Otago/Southland—particularly Mataura and Riversdale, Kelso (west Otago), and parts of Alexandra, 12 November. Ohura (King Country).

1979 6 March. Franz Josef.

19 March. Bay of Plenty.

1980 16 January. Otago/Southland.

3–6 June. Otago—Dunedin Airport under water for six weeks.

1981 19–20 March. Kerikeri/Waitangi, $2 million damage.

12–14 April. Thames/Coromandel.

1983 8–10 July. Marlborough and Nelson. $6–7 million damage.

1984 26–27 January. Southland. $46 million damage.

1985 15–16 February. Thames/Coromandel especially in Te Aroha. $7 million damage.

1986 12–13 March. Southern Canterbury/northern Otago, $60 million damage.

1988 5–9 March. Cyclone Bola devastates Gisborne area. Extensive flooding and damage, estimated at $73 million.

1990 9 March. Taranaki/Wanganui.

copyed from THE NEW ZEALAND OFFICIAL 1990 YEAR BOOK




Share via twitter

xx
El Nino: Weather phenomenon 'among the four strongest events since 1950' trigger

Started by Martin4Jay

0 Replies
1696 Views
Last post September 02, 2015, 08:18:56 AM
by Martin4Jay
xx
Flood events slowly developing in Waikato & Wanganui

Started by OhauitiWeather

0 Replies
1532 Views
Last post July 16, 2012, 08:30:39 PM
by OhauitiWeather
xx
Major thunderstorm hits Wellington

Started by JennyLeez

2 Replies
1908 Views
Last post September 21, 2013, 07:13:02 AM
by intrepid
xx
Earth's rotation is slowing - and it could cause major earthquakes

Started by mark

0 Replies
292 Views
Last post July 27, 2019, 07:41:50 PM
by mark
clip
Major security camera breach - be very careful.

Started by Suezy

1 Replies
2288 Views
Last post April 12, 2012, 11:52:59 AM
by David