The results of our latest poll are in, and it seems like our head weather analyst Philip Duncan got it spot on – and the rain that’s been falling over the last few days is the exception rather than the rule so far this Spring.
Some farmers in northern New Zealand have told WeatherWatch.co.nz in recent days that conditions this spring have been drier than they were this time last year – regions that were ultimately impacted by a drought.
This is backed up by the results of our latest poll – in which nearly half of respondents voted that this Spring has been much drier than usual – and from the comments, it seems like most of these are in the North Island.
One commenter from Northern Waikato said it’s not looking good heading into Summer, and they’ve got their fingers crossed it won’t be another drought season.
Philip Duncan says November is often the transition month from the stormy spring weather to the more settled and drier summer pattern.
“Already we’re seeing high pressure systems lingering for longer, affecting more of the country, and blocking some rain makers”.
WeatherWatch.co.nz expects a drier than average start to summer for northern and north eastern parts of New Zealand and says people should make the most of the rain that has fallen this week.
Keep an eye out for our next poll, which will be up on Sunday morning at 11.
– Image / File, Ducklings in a spring puddle on the golf course! / Dane Hawker
on 9/11/2013 2:45am
Its coming into summer so yes it is drying but that’s whats expected.
Auckland has had around 45mm in the last 25 days were as Chch has only had 22mm and Auckland has had some very months of late with April may June August and September being well up.
The south island too is getting dry and constant story’s about the north getting dry is getting a little boring to read.