How dry was January? Very. Rainfall at all our monitored sites was less than half the normal January total.
They ranged from 10% to 47% of normal, for an average of just 27%.
Stratford and Ngutuwera (Waitōtara Valley) recorded new January minimum rainfall totals with 19.5mm and 13.5mm respectively. Stratford got 18mm of its monthly total in a single day.
What you should know:
The site map shows data from a selection of the sites we monitor, but not all of them.
The distribution map is based on mathematical modelling and may not accurately represent actual rainfall in some unmonitored areas.
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