One of dri­est Oc­to­bers

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News -

The mid­dle month of spring (Oc­to­ber) proved to be dry with less than half the ex­pected rain­fall, but with av­er­age or near to av­er­age tem­per­a­tures. It was very much less windy than nor­mal for Oc­to­ber.

Dur­ing the month rain­fall amounted to just 51.5mm, some 58.75mm below the av­er­age for the month. In fact it proved to be one of the dri­est Oc­to­bers on record. Rain fell on only seven days and had it not been for a burst of rain over the fi­nal three days, then con­di­tions would have been even drier. The av­er­age for Oc­to­ber is 110.25mm on 15 days and the long dry spell of 15 con­sec­u­tive days with­out any rain from the 13th of the month to the 26th in­clu­sive was the long­est dry spell since last year. Day­time max­i­mum tem­per­a­tures for the month av­er­aged 16.1 de­grees (1.0 deg above av­er­age) whereas the night time min­i­mum tem­per­a­tures were 5.0 de­grees or 1.4 de­grees below that ex­pected. So the over­all daily tem­per­a­ture for Oc­to­ber was 11.1 de­grees and that was a mere 0.1 de­grees below the monthly av­er­age. It was an in­ter­est­ing month for weather in so far as the heav­i­est frost of the year was recorded on the 19th when the mer­cury dropped to mi­nus 7.0 de­grees while the overnight air tem­per­a­ture fell to mi­nus 3.1 de­grees. There were just three days when the wind ex­ceeded 50km/h, peak gusts at the Taupo¯ Air­port read­ing 57km/h on the 12th, 54km/h (17th) and 56km/ h (18th). I ex­pect the first part of Novem­ber to be un­set­tled and windy with west­erly to south­west­erly con­di­tions, but mild and with brief rainy pe­ri­ods from rapidly mov­ing west­erly frontal sys­tems.

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