Northern News : January 19th 2011
8 NORTHERN NEWS, JANUARY 19, 2011 NEWS *Offers are available when purchasing from the $199 price range or above. Price complete with PENTAX (excluding Transitions) standard single vision lenses. Price for other lens types may differ. Extra options not included. Offers are mutually exclusive and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Available for a limited time only. Conditions apply. © 2010 Specsavers Optical Group · SMART_SPE10915. Kaitaia: 408 6113, Kerikeri - Horizon Centre: 407 7760. specsavers.co.nz Warm year of drought and rain NIWA's National Cli- mate Centre has released its official sum- mary of the climate for last year. Some topline'' points are: Increased anticyclones (highs) brought rela- tively settled conditions to the country. The broad climate set- ting switched from mod- erate El Nino early in theyeartoaLaNinaby July. The La Nina characteristics had become moderate-to- strong by September. 2010 was the fifth warmest year since 1900, with average annual temperature of 13.1 deg C.The four warmer years were 1971, 1998, 1999 and 2005. The year brought droughts as well as wet periods. Notable climate fea- tures included two droughts, several heat waves, and three signifi- cant rainfall events. Some podium fin- ishers'' order: 1, 2, 3): Sunniest: Whakatane, Nelson, Blenheim. Warmest: Whangaparaoa, Whangarei, Kaitaia. Coldest: Mt Ruapehu, Lake Tekapo, Mt Cook. Wettest: Cropp River, Doon, North Egmont. Driest: Clyde, Ran- furly, Alexandra. Some records: Highest temperature: 35.6 deg C at Cheviot on Feb 22. Lowest temperature: -12.6 deg C at Lake Tekapo on Aug 10. Highest recorded wind gust: 217 kmh at Baring Head (near Wellington) on March 12. Most rain in a single day: 314 mm at Milford Sound on April 25. The main centres: Sunniest: Tauranga (2414 hours) Wettest: Wellington (1503 mm) Driest: Christchurch (660 mm) Warmest: Auckland (15.9 deg C).
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