October was a relatively dry month for most of Taranaki with 115mm of rainfall – 30% less than usual.
There was 48% less rain than normal at Brooklands Zoo in New Plymouth and the site also had the highest air temperature for the month at 25.6°C. Year to date rainfall ranges from 13% less rainfall at Uruti at Kaka Rd, and 10% more rainfall at Omaru at Charlies, with an average of 3% less than normal.
Mean river flows for October were 28.3% lower than typical values while mean river (non-mountain) water temperatures were 12.9°C, about the same as normal for a typical October. October average wind speeds were 18.2km/hr, with average gust strength of 48.9km/hr. The maximum wind gust recorded in October was 130km/hr at Waitotara at Ngutuwera - the windiest spot in the region for the second month in a row.
October 2023 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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