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D for dry about sums up December’s
weather in the North King Country.
Weather watchers say despite the num-
ber of rain days in some areas, it didn’t
amount to much.
Michael Lellman says the coastal town
had a total of 45.9mm, over 18 days
with the biggest fall on 13.4mm on
But it was the driest December since
1998 and the third driest in the past 50
“December’s average is 102.9mm, with
a maximum of 317.5mm in 1958 and a
minimum of 29.3mm in 1961,” he says.
“December 2016 was much drier than in
the two years we had the big droughts
earlier this decade.
“But 2016, with a total of 1784mm was
the wettest since 1998 and third wettest
since records began in 1905.”
Mr Lellman says Kawhia’s wettest year
was “back in 1962” with 2016.5mm.
“The driest was in 1937 with just
927.2mm, with the number of days of
rain recorded, of 216.
“That was exactly the same in 2015, but
in 1937, 306 less millimetres of rain actu-
Ian Clark recorded just 56.4mm with the
greatest fall of 14.7mm on December 8.
The total was just above 2015’s Decem-
ber rainfall of 56.2mm.
“December was a dry month compared
to our average of 124mm,” he says.
“Our driest was December 1986
with 45.6mm, while our wettest was
415.8mm in 1958.”
Overall 2016 was wetter in the district
with 1605mm compared to the yearly
average of 1484mm.
“A recording of only 46mm during De-
cember means a serious moisture deficit
compared to November’s 112mm,” says
Mr Murphy says a few overcast days
meant drizzle which was not recordable.
Otorohanga’s biggest fall during the
month was 15mm on December 21.
In 2016, Otorohanga had 1481mm of
And the ‘dry’ continued in Te Kuiti, with
Frank Kelly recording just 70mm over 12
days during December.
Mr Kelly says December was the second
driest month for 2016, behind April’s
In 2016, Te Kuiti received 1960mm –
above the yearly average of 1604mm –
but a long way from the wettest year he
has on record of 2062mm in 1962.
2016 was officially New Zealand’s
warmest on record since NIWA”s seven
station series temperature recordings
began in 1909.
Annual temperatures were 0.51°C-1.20°C
above average throughout the country –
13.4°C on average to be precise.
The first seven months of the year from
January-July were remarkably warm with
the nationwide average temperature
higher than average for each month
respectively. The three warmest months
of 2016 were February, May and June.
On the opposite side, August and
December were the only two months
where temperatures were below aver-
Rainfall averages were up for parts of
the west coast in the South Island and
bottom of the North, it was below nor-
mal for the east coast of both islands.
And while we may not have thought
it, annual sunshine was near normal
Of the six main centres, for 2016 as
a whole, Auckland was the warmest,
Christchurch the driest, Wellington the
wettest and Dunedin was the coldest.
The national climate centre is predicting
temperatures will be near average be-
tween now and March and rainfall totals
are likely to be near normal.
And there’s a 50% chance soil moisture
levels and river flow are most likely to be
SANTA CLAUS spent December in Te Kuiti
and Otorohanga and was visited by thousands of
people eager to pass on their wish lists.
Mayoral executive assistant Day Dowd says
well over 1000 people visited Otorohanga’s grotto
between December 1 and Christmas Eve.
“In addition to locals we had visitors from
China, South America, USA, Finland, Thailand,
Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom,”
“It was a huge success, it was just heart-
warming to hear the many stories of times past,
listening to the Christmas wishes of the children
and seeing the smiling faces of the adults.
“It was Otorohanga’s special place for De-
“As the years go by it is hoped that decorations,
trees and all things Christmas that are not being
used will be gifted to make the grotto bigger and
better each year.”
Legendary Te Kuiti marketing officer Yvette
Ronaldson says the Te Kuiti Santa’s grotto was
“a great success”.
“The idea behind having Santa here was to save
parents a trip out of town, bring some Christ-
mas festivity to Te Kuiti and of course encourage
people to come into town,” she says.
“Being our first year we’ve learnt a few things,
so we’ll tweak it and make it better this year. We
hope to each year build on what we have done
previously, so Christmas 2017 will see more
Christmas trees, and we’re also looking at more
street decorations as well as some new Christ-
mas events in town.”
Santa’s grottos a Christmas hit
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