Short term news for dry farms not good.
Ex Tropical Cyclone Funa has finally left New Zealand after battering the Capital on Tuesday with gusts to Hurricane force. TRN’s head weather analyst Philip Duncan says the storm didn’t deliver rain in the areas that needed it the most and the prediction is dry, settled, weather could stay for the rest of the month. “A very large high will spread over New Zealand by Thursday, with just a final weak front moving up the South Island today (Wednesday). The short term outlook for those dry farms in the South and North isn’t good, with mostly sunny, dry, weather for the next 10 days”.
Duncan says that farmers should remain optimistic however. “This is a La Nina weather pattern and one thing La Nina brings to New Zealand is tropical depressions. Unfortunately Funa’s main rain bands missed the driest farms, which was simply bad luck, but there is a lot of tropical activity north of New Zealand and I see no reason why a large rain bearing low couldn’t bring relief to these dry farms in the remaining weeks of Summer”.
Duncan says already another tropical low should move to the east of New Zealand on Sunday which has the “potential” to bring a few showers to the Bay of Plenty and Gisborne regions.