April weather all over the place

South Taranaki Star - - FRONT PAGE - MIKE WAT­SON

April was no sunny hol­i­day in Cuba for Taranaki res­i­dents as the re­gion weath­ered ev­ery­thing from tor­na­does and thun­der­storms to tor­ren­tial rain and hail, with the odd warm day thrown in for the start of au­tumn.

The sun shone high in Strat­ford, which had its hottest April day since 2011 with 25.9 de­grees Cel­sius, as av­er­age re­gional tem­per­a­tures dropped to 14.7C, which was 0.4C lower than the long term av­er­age, Taranaki Re­gional Coun­cil weather an­a­lyst Fiona Jansma re­ported.

Less than 20 kilo­me­tres fur­ther west, In­gle­wood had the coolest day in April with 2.5C.

The month’s rain­fall var­ied through­out the re­gion with data col­lec­tion sites north of In­gle­wood record­ing be­tween 38-91 per cent be­low nor­mal.

In con­trast rain­fall av­er­ages in South Taranaki were 110-181 per cent above nor­mal.

As lit­tle as 75.4mm of rain fell at Man­gati, Bell Block last month, while Rimunui Sta­tion, Waito­tara Val­ley, re­ceived 176.5 mm.

Rain­fall lev­els since Jan­uary re­mained above nor­mal, be­tween 107-212 per cent, an av­er­age of 145 per cent.

Kahui Hut, Eg­mont Na­tional Park, had the most num­ber of rainy days with 23 while Kaupokonui, Manaia, had the least with 12.

More rain in parts of the re­gion con­tributed to rivers flow­ing above nor­mal with the high­est mean flow on the When­u­akura River, Patea with 13,378 litres/sec - 6367 litres/sec­ond higher than the monthly long term av­er­age.

Soil mois­ture lev­els were above nor­mal by be­tween 2.41 10.12 per cent, ex­cept at Rimunui which had 27.34 per cent soil mois­ture - 1.53 per cent lower than long term av­er­age. Soil tem­per­a­tures were for the month were above nor­mal be­tween 0.05C and 0.86C at all sites ex­cept Hills­bor­ough and Rimunui Sta­tion which both had mean April soil tem­per­a­ture read­ings 0.41C and 0.17C cooler than nor­mal.

SI­MON O’CON­NOR/STUFF

The weather in Taranaki in April in­cluded ev­ery­thing from tor­na­does to hail.

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