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NEW POLL: Grade your summer

With summer oficially over*, we can look back and make an assessment of the last 3 months, and what we’ve seen around the country.

The season brought plenty of dry weather, and a number of big stretches of consecutive hot days.
It also caused droughts, bush fires and water restrictions – so we want to know what our readers have made of it all.

What’s your final grade for summer, compared to others in recent years?

Let us know by voting in this week’s poll, and tell us why in the comments below!

– Drew Chappell,

*Of course, even though March 1st is the meteorological start of autumn, the summer weather pattern is set to continue on for most of the month ahead across the country.


cupoteacoast on 1/03/2015 6:19am

I voted terrible as it is a nasty drought here on the Kapiti Coast. Our stream has stopped flowing now. Paraparaumu north are now on emergency bore water as no more can be taken from the Waikanae River. The rugged Southerly front stalled and split off into 2 more fronts, and the rain mostly fell out to sea, as the Southerlies tend to do in an El Nino. We only got 0.5mm.  Struth we need some decent rain. February has been unusual for strong wind as well as strong Southerly fronts. We got blasted by one of them. To get southerlies this strong in February, I suspect may well mean a hard winter on the way. 

Derek on 28/02/2015 10:53pm

I thought our summer here on our patch in Whangarei to be pretty good but marred once again by almost constant winds mainly from the east. The past couple of years they seem to have started up in early spring then blown there way through summer and quietened around beginning of autumn.

It is very dry so some nice rain would be welcome but not the cyclonic stuff.

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