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

 


A cool January for most of New Zealand

Overview

January 2014 was characterised by much lower pressures than normal over and to the west and south of New Zealand, and close to near normal pressures were situated off the southeast coast of Australia.

These regional pressure patterns resulted in a strong southwesterly flow anomaly across the country, which caused significantly lower than normal temperatures for the time of year across much of the country, especially in the south and west.

Temperatures for January were well-below average for the South Island and much of the Waikato and Manawatu-Wanganui regions (more than 1.2°C below January average). Temperatures were below average for the remainder of the North Island (0.5-1.2°C below January average), except for Hawke’s Bay, Gisborne, eastern Northland and Auckland, as well as the coastal strip north of Bank’s Peninsula in the South Island, where near average temperatures were observed (within 0.5°C of January average).

The nation-wide average temperature in January 2014 was 16.2°C, (0.9°C below the 1971-2000 January average from NIWA’s seven-station temperature series which begins in 1909).

Well below normal rainfall (less than 50 percent of January normal) was experienced in Northland, parts of Waikato, Hawke’s Bay, and around Christchurch. Below normal rainfall (50-79 percent of January normal) was recorded in the remainder of those regions as well as Bay of Plenty. In contrast, well above normal rainfall (more than 149 percent of January normal rainfall) was recorded in Wellington region, as well as parts of Marlborough, Central Otago, and Fiordland.

Above normal rainfall (120-149 percent of January normal) was recorded in parts of north Canterbury and Taranaki, and near normal rainfall (within 20 percent of January normal) was experienced elsewhere.

Further Highlights:

• The highest temperature was 33.8°C, recorded at Leeston (near Christchurch) on 19 January.

• The lowest temperature was -2.7°C, observed at Waiouru on 27 January.

• The highest 1-day rainfall was 220 mm, recorded at North Egmont on 4 January.

• The highest wind gust was 183 km/hr, observed at Cape Turnagain on 16 January.

• In January 2014, Auckland was the warmest, Dunedin was the coolest and cloudiest, Christchurch was the driest, Wellington was the wettest, and Tauranga was the sunniest of the six main centres.

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