What happened to the rainfall?
Kaitaia has received significantly more rain that average so far this year, but last month was the second in succession, and the third of the last four, to produce less than average.
The Northland Age recorded 74.1mm on 13 days in October, compared with the 88-year average of 94.3mm on 15 days, taking the total for the year to date to 1324.6mm on 170 days. That compares with 1559.7mm on 162 days over the same period last year, and the average of 1186.3mm on 154 days.
It was even drier at Pamapuria, where Robin Shepherd recorded 67mm on seven days.
Niwa’s expectations for the next three months are that Northland will see higher than average temperatures, less than average rainfall and near average soil moisture and river flows.
Meanwhile, Niwa meteorologist Ben Noll said this month was shaping up to be as warm as last summer, the warmest on record.
“There will be northwesterly winds in Northland that are relatively warm starting [this] week, and temperatures are likely to be well into the 20s,” he said.
Northland’s east coast would be drier than normal, but there was a chance of heavy rainfall in the second half of November.