Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


December 2013 Climate Summary

December 2013 Climate Summary
Overview

December 2013 was characterised by mean sea level pressure anomalies that were well below normal across New Zealand, with particularly negative anomalies extending south-westward into the Australian Bight and the southern Ocean.

Positive pressure anomalies were situated to the south-east of the country.  These regional pressure patterns resulted in a weak northerly flow anomaly across the North Island, with wind patterns of variable nature across the remainder of the country.


Temperatures were above average (0.5-1.2°C above December average) or well above average (more than 1.2°C above December average) throughout much of New Zealand.  The exceptions were parts of the Far North, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, eastern Canterbury and Otago, and Southland, where near average temperatures (within 0.5°C of December average) were recorded. 

The nation-wide average temperature in December 2013 was 16.6°C, (1.0°C above the 1971-2000 December average from NIWA’s seven-station temperature series which begins in 1909).

Rainfall was below normal (50-79 percent of December normal) or well below normal (less than 50 percent of December normal) for parts of Taranaki, the Central Plateau and the lower North Island, as well as northern Marlborough, the Mackenzie Country and parts of Central Otago.

In contrast, well above normal rainfall (more than 150 percent of December normal) was observed in northeastern parts of the North Island, including areas of Northland, the Coromandel Peninsula and Bay of Plenty, as well as around the Kaikoura coast and southwestern Southland.  Rainfall was above normal (120-149 percent of December normal) across most remaining parts of the northeastern North Island and the eastern South Island. 

Further Highlights: 

The highest temperature was 34.2°C, recorded at Clyde on 5 December.
The lowest temperature was -1.2°C, observed at Middlemarch on 1 December.
The highest 1-day rainfall was 175 mm, recorded at North Egmont on 4 December.
The highest wind gust was 152 km/hr, observed at Cape Turnagain on 21 December.
In December 2013, Wellington was the driest and sunniest, Auckland was the warmest, Dunedin was the coolest and cloudiest, and Tauranga was the wettest of the six main centres.

For full summary and regional breakdowns please see attachment.

Climate_Summary_December_2013.pdf

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand

The news that a New Zealand citizen was killed last November in a US drone attack in Yemen brings the drones controversy closer to home.

To the US, drones are a legitimate response to the threat posed by the al Qaeda organisation and its franchisees... To the US, the drones carry the added advantage of not putting US troops at risk on the ground, and minimises the need for putting them in large numbers in bases in the countries concerned, always a politically sensitive point.

The counter-argument, well articulated by security analyst Paul Buchanan on RNZ this morning, is that this particular drone attack can be said to amount to an extra-judicial execution of a New Zealand citizen by one of our military allies, in circumstances where the person concerned posed no threat to New Zealand’s domestic security. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Policies: Labour’s Economic Upgrade For Manufacturing

Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today announced his Economic Upgrade for the manufacturing sector – a plan that will create better jobs and higher wages. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And ACC Work Of Sir Owen Woodhouse

With the death of Sir Owen Woodhouse, the founding father of the Accident Compensation Scheme, New Zealand has lost one of the titans of its post-war social policy. More>>

ALSO:

Bad Transnationals: Rio Tinto Wins 2013 Roger Award

It won the 2011 Roger Award and was runner up in 2012, 2009 and 08. One 2013 nomination said simply and in its entirety: “Blackmailing country”... More>>

ALSO:

Select Committees: Tobacco Plain Packaging Hearings

The Stroke Foundation is today backing the Cancer Society and Smokefree Coalition who are making oral submissions to the Health Select Committee in support of proposed legislation to remove of all branding from tobacco products. More>>

ALSO:

Milk: Oravida Asked For Cabinet Help

New evidence released by New Zealand First today reveals Justice Minister Judith Collins used her position to manipulate the Government to help her husband’s company, Oravida, after the Fonterra botulism scare, says New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters. More>>

ALSO:

With Conditions: Ruataniwha Consents Approved In Draft Decision

The Tukituki Catchment Proposal Board of Inquiry has granted 17 resource consents relating to the $265 million Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme in a draft decision that would open more of the Hawke’s Bay to irrigation. More>>

ALSO:

Fast Lanes, Campervans: Labour 'Making The Holidays Easier For Kiwi Drivers'

The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Royalty And Its Tourism Spin-Offs

Ultimately the Queen’s longevity has been one of her most significant accomplishments. A transition to Prince Charles while the monarchy was in the pits of public esteem in the mid to late 1990s would have been disastrous for the Royal Firm. Far more congenial representatives have now emerged... More>>

ALSO:

Privacy (Again): ACC Demands Excessive Privacy Waivers

Labour: “This is just another example of ACC under National deliberately acting to deny treatment and compensation... Those who did fill in the form have effectively been victims of yet another ACC privacy breach. This time Judith Collins knew it was happening..." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news