What hap­pened to the rain­fall?

The Northland Age - - Local News -

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.

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