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Volume 5, 1872
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Meteorological Statistics.

The following Tables, etc., are published in anticipation of the Report of the Inspector of Meteorological Stations for 1872.

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Table I.— Temperature of the Air, in shade, recorded at the Chief Towns in the North and South Islands of New Zealand, for the year 1872.
Place. Mean Annual Temp. Mean Temp. for (Spring) Sept., Oct., Nov. Mean Temp. for (Summer) Dec., Jan., Feb. Mean Temp. for (Autumn) Mar., Apl., May. Mean Temp. for (Winter) June, July, Aug. Mean daily range of Temp. for year. Extreme range of Temp. for year.
North Islands Degrees. Degrees. Degrees. Degrees. Degrees. Degrees. Degrees.
Mongonui* 62.1 60.5 72.0 64.3 55.0 14.9 56.0
Auckland 60.2 57.3 69.5 61.8 52.4 13.9 56.4
Taranaki 58.4 56.3 65.7 60.3 51.1 17.0 52.0
Napier 59.7 57.8 69.2 60.3 51.5 17.0 64.0
Wanaganui 56.7 54.5 65.1 58.6 48.8 16.6 58.0
Wellington 55.8 54.1 63.7 57.4 48.1 11.6 51.5
Means, etc., for North Island 58.8 56.7 67.5 60.4 51.1 15.2 64.0
South Island.
Nelson 56.7 55.5 66.6 57.9 47.0 20.9 65.0
Christchurch 56.6 53.2 64.4 53.8 43.2 15.0 74.2
Hokitika 54.1 53.4 61.1 56.6 45.2 12.0 55.0
Dunedin 51.4 51.9 59.5 52.0 42.3 14.7 61.0
Queenstown 51.4 51.7 61.7 53.1 39.2 16.7 61.7
Southland* 49.2 51.2 57.6 52.2 40.1 18.7 68.0
Means, etc., for South Island 52.7 52.8 61.8 54.2 42.8 16.3 74.2
Means for Nth. and Sth. Islands 55.7 54.7 64.6 57.3 46.9 15.7 74.2

[Footnote] * For eleven months; no returns for December furnished.

[Footnote] † For January and February only.

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Table II.—Barometrical Observations.—Rainfall, etc., recorded for the year 1872.
Place. Mean Barometer reading for year. Range of Barometer for year. Mean Elastic Force of Vapour for year. Mean Degree of Moisture for year. Total Rainfall. Mean Amount of Cloud.
North Island. Inches. Inches. Inches. Sat.=100. Inches. 0 to 10.
Mangonui* 30.024 1.407 45.330 5.3
Auckland 30.024 1.404 .428 80 42.096 6.3
Taranaki 30.001 1.429 .305 62 63.640 6.7
Napier 29.980 1.420 .389 74 23.940 2.0
Wanganui 30.087 1.520 .332 71 38.120 4.8
Wellington 29.934 1.629 .351 79 50.945 5.6
Means for Nth. Island 30.008 1.468 .361 73 44.012 5.1
South Island.
Nelson 29.919 1.518 .369 79 78.610 6.1
Christchurch 29.915 1.702 .333 79 19.741 5.6
Hokitika 29.944 1.543 .361 85 123.210 4.8
Dunedin 29.819 1.351 .293 76 27.393 5.8
Queenstown .257 67 28.880 5.3
Southland* 29.840 1.631 .275 77 40.110 5.7
Means for Sth. Island 29.887 1.549 .314 77 52.990 5.5
Means for Nth. & Sth. Islands 29.947 1.508 .337 75 48.501 5.3

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Table III.—Wind for 1872,—Force and Direction.
Place. Average Daily Velocity in miles. Number of days it blew from each point.
N. N.E. E. S.E. S. S.W. W. N.W. Calm.
North Island.
Mongunui* 169 20 39 51 40 12 56 22 82 13
Auckland 291 43 84 40 16 50 75 29 20 9
Taranaki 39 85 30 65 1 87 27 32 0
Napier 234 24 141 10 24 32 51 38 34 12
Wanganui 256 33 24 6 25 0 80 35 117 46
Wellington 204 21 27 8 111 5 6 7 179 2
South Island.
Nelson 35 84 12 52 7 67 39 70 0
Christchurch 10 90 78 21 15 105 7 30 10
Bealey 0 26 1 33 0 22 0 208 76
Hokitika 146 58 64 61 66 5 48 18 39 7
Dunedin 168 35 29 30 36 28 43 52 15 98
Queenstown 139 2 14 0 11 1 57 14 125 142
Southland* 191 95 31 28 25 27 26 57 46 0

[Footnote] * For eleven months; returns for December not furnished.

[Footnote] * For eleven months; returns for December not furnished.

[Footnote] † These returns refer to the particular time of observation, and not to the whole twenty-four hours, and only show that no direction was recorded for the wind on that number of days.

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Table IV.—Bealey,—Interior of Canterbury, at 2,104 feet above the sea.
Mean Annual Temp. Mean daily range of Temp. for year. Extreme range of Temp. for year. Mean Barometer reading for year. Range of Barometer for year. Mean Elastic Force of Vapour for year. Mean Degree of Moisture for year. Total Rainfall. Mean Amount of Cloud.
Degrees. Degrees. Degrees. Inches. Inches. Inches. Sat.=100. Inches. 0 to 10.
48.0 15.9 70.0 29.798* 1.433 .291 85 97.130 5.4

[Footnote] * Reduced to sea level.