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Climate Update 87 - September 2006


August's climate

Global setting & climate outlook

Feature article

Feature article

Web access to the National Climate Database

Part of the computer suite which manages the National Climate Database.

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NIWA’s National Climate Database provides an archive for thousands of weather and other environmental measurements made around New Zealand every day.

August's climate

New Zealand climate in August 2006

Rainfall (click to enlarge).

Temperature (click to enlarge).

August rainfall was well above normal in southern parts of the North Island, including Wanganui, Kapiti, Wellington, Wairarapa, and also around Christchurch. In contrast, most of the rest of the South Island was drier than normal.
Air temperatures were near average in most regions, with both warm and cool spots in Otago, and cool conditions in the west of Northland.

Global setting & climate outlook

Global setting and climate outlook
Sea surface temperatures around New Zealand

New Zealand SST (click to enlarge).

SST anomalies in the New Zealand region were near 0.0°C in August (+0.3°C in July), with a June to August average of +0.2°C. Positive anomalies existed east of New Zealand, while temperatures were below normal in the mid and eastern Tasman Sea.


A monthly newsletter from the National Climate Centre.
September 2006 – Number 87
Wet in the south of the North Island, and in Bay of Plenty, Taupo, Wanganui, and around Christchurch; dry over much of the South Island. Near average temperatures in many regions. Cool spots in Otago and western Northland.
Outlook for September to November – normal or below normal rainfall; warmer than normal conditions likely in the east of the North Island.


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