Stats say June gumboots month

BLANTON SMITH
Last updated 05:00 03/07/2014

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Mt Taranaki and the northern half of the region were hammered by rain last month.

Of the 15 sites the Taranaki Regional Council monitors only four recorded less than normal rain rates and they were all located south of Stratford.

The two sites on the mountain were worst affected with Dawson Falls recording 167 per cent of the usual rate with 1027mm.

North Egmont received 1029mm which was 144 per cent its regular rainfall.

Council hydrology officer Andrew Cotter said Dawson Falls had 20 days of rain, North Egmont had 22 and Patea 14. Patea was the driest place with only 70mm of rain, 66 per cent of normal.

Overall Taranaki had a wetter than normal June with an average of 112 per cent across the region.

However, year to date values show an average of 102 per cent of normal across the region.

Cape Egmont was the warmest spot with an average air temperature of 13.1 degrees celsius.

Although Stratford recorded the highest temperature at 19.9 degrees the rural town was also the coldest place to be outside of the national park with an average temperature of 10.0 degrees. The coldest overall temperature was -1.7 degrees recorded at Whareroa.

Although North Taranaki was battered by more rain than normal, river flows did not break any maximum or minimum flow values, Cotter said.

However, the Waitara, Manganui, Waiwhakaiho, Waiongana and Tawhiti rivers all had higher than normal average flow rates.

Average river temperatures around the region were all higher than previous years with Kapoaiaia River the warmest on average at 11.35 degrees.

The Pohokura site set a new record for maximum soil moisture at 59.07 per cent, while the Kotare and Hillsborough sites recorded new minimum soil moisture levels of 34.60 per cent and 23.81 per cent respectively.

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- Taranaki Daily News

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