Archive for the ‘Weather – Analysis’ Category

April 2007 Typical for the Time of Year

Friday, May 11th, 2007

Tawa’s climate during April 2007 was cooler and drier than April last year but similar to conditions recorded in the period 2003 to 2005.

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Hydro Storage Remains Below Average

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

New Zealand’s hydro lake storage remained below average during March 2007, due to a month of mainly below-average inflows.

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Dry First Quarter 2007

Monday, April 9th, 2007

The first three months of 2007 have been drier in Tawa than the same period in the previous two years.

During the first 3 months of 2005, the Tawa weather station recorded 200 mm of rainfall. The same quarter of 2006 saw 218 mm recorded. Only 112 mm of rain was recorded during the same period this year.

Whilst rainfall during January this year was slightly more than the same period last year (66 mm vs 58mm), February and March have been considerably drier with only 12 mm and 34 mm of rain respectively.

The weather has been calmer, too. The lack of strong drying winds reducing the impact of the dry conditions on plants and soil.

March 2007 Drier Than Previous Three Years

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

Tawa’s climate during March 2007 was the warmest and driest since 2004, and similar to temperatures experienced during March 2003.

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Hydro Lake Storage Continues to Decline

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

The levels of New Zealand’s hydro-electric storage lakes declined further during February 2007, continuing the trend set in December 2006. By month’s end, storage was 94% of the average for the time of year, having slid to below average levels on the 21st.

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February 2007 Calmer, Drier than previous two years

Monday, March 12th, 2007

Tawa’s climate during February 2007 was cooler, drier and calmer than the same period in 2005 and 2006, but warmer and drier than 2003 and 2004.

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Hydro Lake Storage Declines During January

Saturday, March 10th, 2007

At the beginning of January 2007, New Zealand’s hydro-electric lake storage stood at 3552 Gigawatt hours (GWh), 121% of the average for the time of year. By month’s end, storage had declined slightly to 3524 GWh which was 111% of average.

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January 2007 Calmer Than Previous Four Years

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

Tawa’s climate during January 2007 was wetter and cooler than 2006 but warmer and drier than 2005. Overall, the month was calmer than conditions experienced during the previous four years.

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December 2006 Windier, Stormier

Thursday, February 1st, 2007

Tawa’s climate during December 2006 was stormier than the previous three years, with prolonged windy periods and temperatures lower than 2003 and 2005, but on par with 2004.

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Hydro Lake Storage Maintained

Thursday, January 11th, 2007

Hydro-electric storage lake levels were consistently above average during December 2006, but declined against the seasonal average.

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November 2006 Cooler, Wetter, Windier

Friday, January 5th, 2007

Tawa’s climate during November 2006 was cooler, wetter and windier than the previous three years.

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Hydro Lakes Recover

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

Hydro-electric storage lake levels improved dramatically during the latter half of November.

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October 2006 Wetter, Windier

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

Tawa’s climate during October 2006 was considerably wetter and windier than the previous three years.

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Hydro Lake Storage – Cause for Concern

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

Hydro Lake Storage during October failed to benefit from hoped-for springtime inflows and ended the month below average for the time of year.

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September 2006 Gloomy

Sunday, November 12th, 2006

Tawa’s climate during September 2006 was gloomy when compared with the previous three Septembers. Low cloud and fog were recorded on more days, it was generally windier and, whilst temperatures were almost on par, they were recorded over a narrower range.

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