More sun­shine, less rain last month

Taranaki Daily News - - News - Mike Wat­son

Taranaki gar­den en­thu­si­asts were rained on but zoo an­i­mals lapped up the warm tem­per­a­tures as the re­gion’s weather turned out to be slightly warmer and a lit­tle drier for some last month.

Taranaki Re­gional Coun­cil weather record­ings show the worst of the rain was at the be­gin­ning of the month, when many were vis­it­ing for the an­nual Taranaki Gar­den Fes­ti­val.

Over­all, spring rain­fall trends con­tin­ued to track be­low nor­mal, with many dis­tricts re­ceiv­ing less rain than in pre­vi­ous years.

Be­tween Septem­ber and Novem­ber, rain­fall lev­els were be­tween 49 per cent and 95 per cent of nor­mal, with an av­er­age of

66 per cent, coun­cil data an­a­lyst Fiona Jansma said.

Mo­tunui, in North Taranaki, recorded just un­der half the usual rain­fall, with 174mm, or 49 per cent, for spring. In con­trast Duffy’s Farm, near Ha¯ wera, had

266mm, or 95 per cent of its nor­mal rain­fall.

Records show rain­fall to­tals for last month var­ied from be­tween 61 per cent and 146 per cent of nor­mal, and av­er­aged 87 per cent, Jansma said.

Six sites recorded above nor­mal for the month: Man­gati (102 per cent), Po­hokura Sad­dle (101 per cent), Duffy’s Farm (104 per cent), Pa¯tea (109 per cent), Omahine (119m per cent) and Omaru (146 per cent).

At the other end of the scale Brook­lands Zoo, in New Ply­mouth, had just 61 per cent of its nor­mal Novem­ber rain­fall, with 73.6mm.

Rain­fall in the re­gion this year is rang­ing be­tween 87 per cent and 129 per cent of nor­mal, with an av­er­age of 107 per cent. Only five sites are be­low nor­mal to the end of last month: North Eg­mont (87 per cent), Hills­bor­ough (92 per cent), Man­gati (92 per cent), Eg­mont Vil­lage (93 per cent) and Cape Eg­mont (98 per cent).

To­tal rain­fall for the full year is be­tween 78 per cent and 118 per cent of nor­mal. Within the 27 weather sites mon­i­tored by the coun­cil, 11 sites re­ceived the mean an­nual rain­fall for the year: Daw­son Falls (107 per cent), Kahui Hut (101 per cent), Strat­ford (103 per cent), Toko (105 per cent), Ton­gapo¯ rutu (100 per cent), Po­hokura Sad­dle (100 per cent), Te Kiri (100 per cent), Manaia (105 per cent), Duffy’s Farm (116 per cent), Patea (109 per cent) and Char­lie’s Clear­ing (118 per cent).

Kahui Hut, on the western side of Eg­mont Na­tional Park, had the most num­ber of rainy days in the re­gion last month, with 18. How­ever, Toko, Brook­lands, Hills­bor­ough, Cape Eg­mont, Patea and Waito­tara had the fewest, with 11.

Last month’s tem­per­a­tures ranged from 26.02 de­grees Cel­sius at Brook­lands Zoo, New Ply­mouth, down to a chilly 1.59C in In­gle­wood, which beat the town­ship’s pre­vi­ous Novem­ber low of 2.04C.

The Novem­ber mean air tem­per­a­ture was 14.5C, 0.2C warmer than the long-term av­er­age.

ANDY JACK­SON/STUFF

Spring rain­fall lev­els in Taranaki were slightly lower than nor­mal for Novem­ber.

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