August rainfall ranged from three-quarters to one-and-a-half times normal at our monitored sites, with an average of 110%.
At the top end of the scale, Pātea recorded 162.2mm, or 149% of normal. At the other extream, Brooklands Zoo recorded just 74% of normal with 127.6mm.
Twenty-two of our 27 monitored sites were near or above normal for the month. The five below normal were Inglewood (87%), Brooklands Zoo (74%), Hillsborough (76%), Bell Block (82%) and Motunui 93%).
Winter rainfall (June to August) ranged from 79% to 137% of normal, with an average of 103%. Dawson Falls topped the scale with 2537mm to reach 137%, mainly because it recorded twice its normal rainfall in July. Brooklands Zoo and Hillsborough were both on 79% with 394mm and 446mm respectively.
Six other sites were below normal for winter: Bell Block (87%), Motunui (84%), Everett Park (94%), Inglewood (92%), Tongaporutu (85%) and Omahine in the eastern hillcountry (92%). Sites on Taranaki Maunga recorded 110% to 137% of normal for winter.
Year-to-date rainfall ranges from 84% to 121% of normal, with an average of 101%. Omahine's 979mm was just 84% of normal, while Dawson Falls has recorded 121% of normal to date with 4826mm. This site has already received 81% of its total average annual rainfall of 5928mm
August 2021 rainfall maps
What you should know:
The site maps show data from a selection of the sites we monitor, but not all of them.
The distribution maps are based on mathematical modelling and may not accurately represent actual rainfall in some unmonitored areas.
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