SC spring colder than usual

AL WILLIAMS
Last updated 15:28 04/12/2012
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SPRING CHILL: Lambs huddle together as South Canterbury experiences a spring colder than usual.

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Spring was colder than usual in South Canterbury with the lowest national temperature recorded in Lake Tekapo.

The thermometer dropped to a shivering -8.3degC on October 14, reflecting a cooler than usual spring for the region.

The National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) said spring was characterised by much lower pressures than normal to the south and east of New Zealand.

''The enhanced southwesterly winds produced a cooler than usual spring in many regions of the country; the nationwide temperature in spring was 11.8C, 0.3C below the 1971 to 2000 average,'' a Niwa spokesperson said.

It was also a wetter than usual season across much of the southern half of the South Island, with above normal rainfall , exceeding between 120 and 140 per cent of the usual volume in South Canterbury.

On October 4 strong winds damaged the main lift at Mt Dobson, forcing the ski field of close early for the season.

Snow fell in the region on October 22. All roads remained open but the final section of the three-day Hard Labour event, a 90 kilometre cycle race around the canal routes near Lake Tekapo village, was cancelled because of conditions.

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- The Timaru Herald

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