New Zealand climate in October 2006
Rainfall was well above normal in Auckland, Wairarapa, Manawatu, and near Christchurch, and below normal in Central and East Otago. Record October rainfalls were recorded in Mangere, East Taratahi, and Palmerston North. The month was much windier than average over the South Island and the southern North Island.
Mean air temperatures were near or below historical averages in all regions. The national average temperature of 11.9°C was 0.3°C below normal.
For more information on the climate in October, visit the climate summaries page at www.niwascience.co.nz/ncc/cs/mclimsum_06_10
Dry in eastern pockets
By the end of October, soil moisture levels were below normal in parts of Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay, Nelson, coastal Canterbury, and Otago.
High flows in the southern North Island
October streamflows were normal over the west of the South Island, higher than normal in the southern North Island and lower than normal elsewhere.
August 2006 to October 2006: the climate we predicted and what happened
Rainfall was lower than expected in the eastern South Island and in parts of central and northern regions of the North Island.
The temperature outlook was correct in many places, although conditions were cooler than expected in the western North Island and southwestern South Island.
Streamflows were higher than normal in the southern North Island, and lower than normal in the northern South Island, as predicted. Flows in the north of the North Island and east of the South Island were mostly lower than predicted.