Taranaki skies were dark and heavy last month as an unusual quantity of cloud and rain hit the region.
The Taranaki Regional Council's latest figures show higher than normal rainfall was recorded at more than half the weather stations in Taranaki in August, and Niwa reported there was more cloud and less sun in the region than usual.
Council hydrologist Fiona Jansma said rainfall for August varied between 73 per cent and 177 per cent of normal. Higher than normal rainfall was recorded from New Plymouth down to Stratford and Toko as well as in Okato, Cape Egmont and Hawera.
The soggiest spot in the region was Manganui station in Everett Park between Inglewood and Waitara, where it rained for 25 days.
New Plymouth was also significantly showery, with stations at Mangorei, Brooklands and Waiwhakaiho recording more than 150 per cent of their typical August rainfall.
Most of the rain fell in the first two weeks of the month. As the rain continued to saturate the region towards the end of the month a tornado was reported in Bell Block and a large downpour caused eight slips along the coast and on Ahu Ahu Rd, near Oakura.
Niwa's monthly climate summary said the area of Taranaki through to Wellington had seen only 80 per cent of its usual sunshine hours during August.
Mt Taranaki sites recorded between 77 per cent to 92 per cent of the normal August rainfall.
Te Kiri (east of Opunake) is also enjoying a drier year than usual, having only recorded 719.5mm so far which is only 75 per cent of the norm for the year to date.
The Waitara, Manganui and Waiwhakaiho Rivers all recorded below normal river flows for the month, but water temperatures for the month were all above normal.
A sunny start to September on Saturday didn't last long, with showers and heavy rain forecast until tomorrow, said MetService forecaster Philippa Murdoch.
"On Wednesday, showers will be easing and becoming more isolated. It's a steadily improving trend."
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