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In contrast to this month, folk in Nelson and Marlborough had one of their soggiest Januarys in living memory, as more than twice the monthly total fell over the northern South Island regions.

Although Blenheim is traditionally known for its high sunshine hours especially during summer, the town recorded more than 140mm of rain, which made it one of the wettest mid summer months since records began.


Storm force winds caused some major problems in and around Wellington and the Kapiti Coast.

Eight homes in the Capital had their roofs lifted during the big blow and at Paraparaumu Airport, quite a number of light aircraft were damaged with one having to be written off.

The storm didn’t last for too long but the fierce winds certainly made their presence felt in just a few hours.


Southand and South Otago had an extended dry spell which became a worry for local farmers. Just 13 mm of rain had been recorded in Gore for the month and Balclutha had just received 8mm.

February however more than made up for the dry spell, as twice the montly total fell during the last month of summer!  



R Wood on 31/01/2009 4:41am

Re January 1995 – nearly all the rain in Nelson and Marlborough fell in the last few days of the month. The rest of it was dry, settled and anticyclonic with normal sunshine and temperatures overall. The same thing happened in February – dry for most of the month, some heavy rains at the end. I enjoyed a week or so of excellent holiday weather in Nelson and Takaka in Febraury.

WW Forecast Team on 31/01/2009 8:39am

Thanks R Wood

Good to get an actual breakdown of the month as the final figures can be misleading. Hope the holiday went well and what a wonderful part of the country to have it!


Richard Green

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