Shivering in December

Following recent media enquiries, a collegue of mine pointed out the spectacularly bad start to summer that some places around NZ have had. To highlight a couple of places in particular, wrap up warm and read on…

Wellington

Mean daily temp in Dec 2006 = 14.0
Long term mean daily temp in Dec = 16.4 (1962-2003)
Lowest long term mean daily temp in Dec = 14.9 (1962-2003)

In other words, on average, Dec 2006 was the coldest Dec in over 40 years by 0.9C. Dec was also slightly windier than the long term mean, and had more raindays (>0.1mm) and more wet raindays (>1.0mm) than normal (despite having less rainfall than normal in the month).

Christchurch

Mean daily temp in Dec 2006 = 12.7
Long term mean daily temp in Dec = 15.8 (1953-2003)
Lowest long term mean daily temp in Dec = 13.9 (1953-2003)

Again, the coldest Dec in over 50 years by 1.2C! A new coldest minimum temp record was also set when Chch hit 0.0C on the 2nd (the previous coldest temp was 1.5C in 1994). Christchurch was also slightly winder than normal, and was certainly wetter than normal, both in the number of raindays and in the total amount – a whopping 115.2mm compared with the long term mean of just 49.0mm (1943-2003).

Someone obviously forgot to invite global warming to NZ’s summer…  😐 Let’s just hope Jan and Feb make up for the rubbish weather rounding off 2006!

About Chris
A self confessed geek, meteorologist (aka weather forecaster), father & proud kiwi mainlander living, working & playing in Wellington, New Zealand.

One Response to Shivering in December

  1. Chris says:

    And to add another woeful fact to Christchurch’s figures, the maximum temp for Dec 31st 2006 was 11C!!! just 0.6C above the long term lowest max temp in Dec of 10.4C (1954-2003).

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