The last week in Canterbury has seen some big rainfall totals and a number of smiles on farmers faces however a few frowns on the faces with those involved in sporting events, according to South Island weather analyst Richard Green.
“On 3 different occasions in the last 7 days, downpours have resulted in some healthy rainfall totals, with Christchurch Airport receiving in excess of 115mm which is almost 3 times the February average”
Elsewhere in the city, rain guages were overflowing with more than 150mm in suburbs such as Addington, Cashmere and Sumner.
Further inland over the weeklong period, some stations have recorded upward of 220mm.
“This has been great news for what was a very parched Canterbury Plains however for those in the sporting arena where Christchurch had one of its biggest weekends of the year, it was downright frustrating!”.
Organisers of the PGA Golf tournament at Clearwater Resort lost basically 2 days play and the tournament was cut in half for the first time in Australasia for 20 years. The Crusaders opened their season in very wet and cold slippery conditions and more akin to an evening in July and yesterday under clear blue skies, the one day cricket game between Canterbury and Otago at QE2 was abandoned due to the trickiness of the pitch because of the recent heavy rains.
It appears that the rains are basically over and done with for now and with some sunshine forecast this week, good grass growth is expected across the province.