Rainfall was largely below normal across the region in November, the third and final month of what was a notably dry spring.
November rainfall at our monitored sites varied from 61% to 146% of normal, with an average of 87%.
Six sites were above normal: Mangati (102%), Pohokura Saddle (101%), Duffys Farm (104%), Patea (109%), Omahine at Moana Trig in the eastern hillcountry (119%) and Omaru at Charlies Clearing, also in the eastern hillcountry (146%). At the other end of the scale, Brooklands Zoo recorded 61% of normal with 73.6mm.
Across the three months of spring (September to November), rainfall was only 49% to 95% of normal, with a regional average of 66%. Motunui's 174mm was just 49% of normal. At Whareroa (Duffy's Farm), however, the spring total of 266mm was 95% of normal - the highest percentage in the region.
Meanwhile, year-to-date rainfall ranges from 87% to 129% of normal at our monitored sites, with an average of 107%. Only five sites are still below normal - North Egmont (87%), Hillsborough (92%), Mangati (92%), Egmont Village (93%) and Cape Egmont (98%).
With a month to go, our sites range from 78% and 118% of their normal yearly totals. Of the 27 sites that are reported on, 11 have already received a normal year's worth or more - (107%), Kahui Hut (101%), Stratford (103%), Toko (105%), Tongaporutu (100%), Pohokura Saddle (100%), Te Kiri (100%), Manaia (105%), Duffy’s Farm (116%), Patea (109%) and Charlie’s Clearing in the eastern hillcountry (118%).
November 2018 rainfall 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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