So where are the biggest totals of rainfall this week? The highest totals for the whole week were undoubtedly in South Canterbury however various areas got some heavy rain this week at times starting out on Monday north of western Bay of Plenty. The various figures posted below are readings for the previous 24 hours till 1pm on the day in question. On Monday Great Barrier Island received 48mm, Paeroa in the Waikato got 68.2mm. Parts of Tasman also got high rainfall with 58.5mm recorded in the ranges behind Motueka.
Kawerau in the Bay of Plenty received the highest 24 hour totals till 1pm on Tuesday at 43.2mm, in the South Island up in the ranges behind Motueka heavy rain fell once again with up to 90mm falling this time. Heavy rain also developed in South Canterbury on Tuesday.
On Wednesday the heaviest falls shifted to the Wairarapa with up to 65mm falling, in the South Island some heavy falls continued in the ranges behind Motueka with 40mm falling, also other areas of Marlborough. Some heavy rain continued about South Canterbury but was easing.
Yesterday and today the heaviest rain has been about Hawkes Bay and Gisborne.
As for the biggest totals which were in South Canterbury, for the week from Monday through to today. Geraldine forest has recieved 243mm, up in the ranges behind Albury and Fairlie 250mm has fallen. The majority of that rainfall fell late on Monday through Tuesday then eased on Wednesday.
Geraldine township has an average annual rainfall of approximately 630mm and the foothills of South Canterbury around 700 to 1000mm depending on the location so if you thought you had a lot of rain in that area over a couple of days you would be right.
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By weather analyst Aaron Wilkinson, WeatherWatch.co.nz