Waikato, Bay of Plenty wet­ter than ever

This year has been a chal­leng­ing one on the weather front, with ex­treme rain­fall amounts recorded across the north and east of the North Is­land, and along the east­ern South Is­land.

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“For many of us, 2017 may well be re­mem­bered as the year it didn’t stop rain­ing,” said MetSer­vice me­te­o­rol­o­gist Ge­orgina Griffiths.

Many lo­ca­tions in the up­per North Is­land, and along the east­ern South Is­land, have al­ready re­ceived more than their usual an­nual quota of rain­fall, in only the first nine months of the year. Tau­ranga, Te Puke, Hamilton, Gis­borne, Ro­torua, Taupo, Para­pa­raumu, Christchurch and Ash­bur­ton have all re­ceived more rain so far in 2017 (in nine months), than is typ­i­cally re­ceived across an en­tire year.

“Jan­uary to Septem­ber rain­fall records have been smashed in the Waikato and greater Bay of Plenty re­gion,” com­mented Griffiths. “It has also been an ex­tremely wet year-to­date for Auck­land.”

The year-to-date rain­fall ac­cu­mu­la­tion at Hamilton Air­port (1271mm at the time of writ­ing) was the high­est Jan­uary-Septem­ber tally there in records that be­gan in 1935. Sim­i­larly, it was the wettest Jan­uary-Septem­ber pe­riod at Ruakura (1234mm, records since 1905), Ro­torua (1717mm, records be­gan in 1963), and Taupo (1091mm, records since 1976).

It was the sec­ond wettest Jan­uary – Septem­ber pe­riod for Te Puke (2020mm, records since 1958), and the third wettest Jan­uary – Septem­ber pe­riod at Pukekohe (1271mm, records since 1986). Auck­land and Tau­ranga have also been ex­tremely wet over the same pe­riod, both rank­ing as fourth wettest in ob­ser­va­tions since 1962 and 1898, re­spec­tively.

“Lows con­tinue to tar­get New Zealand. It is al­most like we’ve got a bull’s-eye on our back.” For all those farm­ers and grow­ers out there, MetSer­vice rec­om­mend check­ing in with the Oc­to­ber Out­look, and keep­ing in touch with the ru­ral fore­cast­ers on so­cial me­dia.

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