Despite a decidedly soggy finish to the year in places, 2020 rainfall was at or close to normal annual levels at most of our monitored sites.
The year's totals ranged from 79% to 117% of normal, with the average bang on 100%. Most sites were above or near normal except for North Egmont (79%), Stratford (93%), Tongaporutu (90%) and Waitōtara (87%).
December was much more of a mixed bag. Totals ranged from 90% to 187% of normal, with an average of 142%. Duffy’s farm (near Whareroa) recorded 170mm, or 187% of its normal December ranfall. Omahine, inland from Pātea, recorded a new December record of 215.5mm, easily eclipsing its previous maximum of 185.5mm in 2011. Stratford and North Egmont were the only sites below normal, with 95% and 90% respectively.
Annual rainfall maps & December 2020 maps
What you should know:
The site maps show data from a selection of the sites we monitor, but not all of them.
The distribution maps are based on mathematical modelling and may not accurately represent actual rainfall in some unmonitored areas.
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