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Northern rain welcomed by farmers, growers

Heavy rain last night fell across parts of Auckland, Northland and Coromandel Peninsula and this morning continues to fall across parts of Waikato and Bay of Plenty.

For weeks now a drying trend has kicked in – and while this rain maker isn’t the end of the dry weather it is perfectly timed.

In recent days more and more farmers have told that conditions where they are, are either drier than average or drier than they were this time last year.  

However the long range forecast shows this low may be the last big ran maker for a week or two in northern areas.  A few showers are in the forecast but the long range maps still indicate that November will end drier than it started for many places.

– Homepage image / Kapiti, Chris Johnson


Are you concerned about how dry it is? Has rain fallen where you are in recent days?  Or is it the sun you need more of?!  Let us know by posting a comment below…


karen on 6/11/2013 5:00am

only had 22 mls in october and that bit last nite only 13 mls. what concerns me is how low the water tables must be after such a dry winter.

Derek on 5/11/2013 9:55pm

Definitely need more rain here in Whangarei, last nights rain was intermittent and not that heavy although it was most welcome and did not dampen fireworks night. A still day so far so will give the rain a chance to soak in and hope the winds do not come up too strong as of late to continue to the drying out.
Presently sunny with some cloud and the atmosphere feels like rain is around.

Ann on 5/11/2013 7:44pm

Yes I am concerned. We had our driest October since we started taking rainfall measurements 22 years ago.
After the big dry last summer it is a little worrying.

Glenda on 5/11/2013 6:37pm

Only 3ml from last night. Seemed to be a lot of gaps in the shower band and we missed most of it. Here’s hoping tonight brings something more substantial. Bone dry last month only 24ml.

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