Dry start to spring in Far North

The Northland Age - - Local News -

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.

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