Dry start to spring in Far North
Spring got off to a dry start in Kaitaia, the Northland Age recording 67.8mm of rain on 16 days, compared with the 88-year average of 122.3mm on 18 days, making it the driest September since 2011.
That took the total for the year to date to 1250.5mm 157 days, compared with 1477.3mm on 148 days over the same period last year and the average of 1092mm on 139 days.
Tony Schluter recorded 72mm on 16 days at Lake Ohia last month for a nine-month total of 1484mm on 160 days, compared with 1344mm on 138 days over the same period last year and a 27-year average of 1082mm on 135 days.
The Far North’s only mention in NIWA’s summary of last month’s climatic highlights was its rainfall figure for Kaitaia of 45mm, the town’s fourth-driest September since 1948.
NIWA’s expectations for Northland for the next three months are that temperatures and rainfall will be near average, with near to below average soil moisture and river flows.