Bay of Plenty rainfall smashes records

Rain clouds in Tauranga today. Photo: Rosalie Liddle Crawford.

This year has been a challenging one on the weather front, with extreme rainfall amounts recorded across the north and east of the North Island, and along the eastern South Island.

“For many of us, 2017 may well be remembered as the year it didn't stop raining,” says MetService meteorologist Georgina Griffiths.

Many locations in the upper North Island, and along the eastern South Island, have already received more than their usual annual quota of rainfall, in only the first nine months of the year.

Tauranga, Te Puke, Hamilton, Gisborne, Rotorua, Taupo, Paraparaumu, Christchurch and Ashburton have all received more rain so far in 2017 (in 9 months), than is typically received across an entire year.

“January to September rainfall records have been smashed in the Waikato and greater Bay of Plenty region.

“It has also been an extremely wet year-to-date for Auckland.”

The year-to-date rainfall accumulation at Hamilton Airport (1271mm at the time of writing) was the highest January-September tally there in records that began in 1935.

Similarly, it was the wettest January-September period at Ruakura (1234mm, records since 1905), Rotorua (1717mm, records began in 1963), and Taupo (1091mm, records since 1976).

It was the second wettest January – September period for Te Puke (2020mm, records since 1958), and the third wettest January -September period at Pukekohe (1271mm, records since 1986).

Auckland and Tauranga have also been extremely wet over the same period, both ranking as fourth wettest in observations since 1962 and 1898, respectively.

Looking ahead, the wetter weather is forecast to continue for much of the country next week, with western and northern regions seeing the worst of it.

“Lows continue to target New Zealand. It is almost like we've got a bulls-eye on our back.”

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No surprises there

Posted on 23-09-2017 08:59 | By Papamoaner

Our planet is now pretty much covered with motor vehicles breathing all over the place. Ocean areas are not exempt. Thousands of high power jet aircraft are flying along inside natural jet streams in the upper atmosphere. Those planes can exit the jet streams and come back down, but I imagine their emissions are trapped in there forever, gradually building up over decades. The oceans and seas are evaporating, hence more rain. There's a lot of jumping up and down going on over this climate change, but I reckon it's probably too late now to counter it. Of serious concern is the exponential shape of the curve. If we are starting to notice changes, that means we are probably entering the vertical part of the curve, so WATCH OUT! This is merely the beginning.

was only

Posted on 23-09-2017 08:06 | By Capt_Kaveman

about 5 years ago (2012?) we had 2,480mm for that year and we are currently around 1,760mm to date

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