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Volume 6, 1873
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Meteorological Statistics.

The following Tables, etc., are published in anticipation of the Report of the Inspector of Meteorological Stations for 1873.

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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 1873.
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 Island. Degrees. Degrees. Degrees. Degrees. Degrees. Degrees. Degrees.
Mongonui 61.8 59.2 69.2 64.2 15.6 54.0
Auckland 59.3 57.1 66.5 60.8 52.7 13.9 49.3
Taranaki 58.1 56.1 64.6 60.5 51.4 16.7 51.0
Napier 58.0 57.5 64.9 59.5 50.5 16.9 54.0
Wanganui 55.2 55.4 61.6 55.9 47.9 17.9 56.0
Wellington 55.4 53.7 61.1 57.4 49.4 11.9 45.0
Means, etc., for North Island 57.9 56.5 64.6 59.7 50.3 15.4 56.0
South Island.
Nelson 56.6 55.8 64.4 57.6 48.4 22.2 58.0
Christchurch 52.9 52.6 61.2 53.4 44.4 14.4 60.0
Hokitika 53.7 49.5 59.7 55.3 46.9 12.9 49.0
Dunedin 50.6 50.2 56.9 51.3 44.1 13.8 50.0
Queenstown 50.8 50.3 59.2 51.8 41.1 16.4 58.2
Southland*
Means, etc., for South Island 52.9 51.6 60.2 53.8 44.9 15.9 58.2
Means for Nth. and Sth. Islands 55.4 54.0 62.4 56.7 47.6 15.6 58.2

[Footnote] * Returns not reliable.

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Table II.—Barometrical Observations.—Rainfall, etc., recorded for the year 1873.
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.
Mongonui 29.986 1.592 63.720 4.5
Auckland 29.981 1.596 .409 80 41.237 7.1
Taranaki 29.975 1.601 53.120 6.6
Napier 29.960 1.630 .375 77 42.380 2.6
Wanganui 30.053 1.550 .328 74 38.720 5.0
Wellington 29.942 1.540 .336 76 54.985 5.4
Means for Nth. Island 29.982 1.584 .362 77 49.027 5.2
South Island.
Nelson 29.873 1.539 .342 72 65.440 5.6
Christchurch 29.940 1.639 .332 81 26.330 6.1
Hokitika 29.951 1.621 .348 83 96.170 4.4
Dunedin 29.786 1.723 .290 78 35.825 5.9
Queenstown 29.987 1.443 .249 67 32.300 5.4
Southland 29.886 1.730 37.480 6.8
Means for Sth. Island 29.903 1.616 .312 76 48.924 5.7
Means for Nth. & Sth. Islands 29.942 1.600 .337 76 48.975 5.4

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Table III.—Wind for 1873.—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.
Mongonui 146 14 27 51 52 11 96 34 66 14
Auckland 296 13 65 18 87 26 88 9 39 20
Taranaki 225 20 60 27 100 10 78 26 44 0
Napier 245 26 94 13 32 43 75 36 32 14
Wanganui 249 21 13 10 42 11 38 29 142 59
Wellington 215 28 13 14 126 3 13 6 158 4
South Island.
Nelson 39 45 6 71 15 79 35 75 0
Christchurch 138 5 97 51 39 21 105 1 39 7
Bealey 0 45 7 63 0 35 0 164 51
Hokitika 189 48 79 121 16 11 51 10 29 0
Dunedin 168 32 55 22 25 43 56 34 11 87
Queenstown 139 4 13 0 19 3 34 24 121 147
Southland 187 34 58 47 25 3 82 43 73 0

[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.
47.7
Degrees.
16.9
Degrees.
69.8
Inches.
29.757*
Inches.
1.518
Inches.
.280
Sat.=100.
83
Inches.
82.070
0 to 10.
5.2

[Footnote] * Reduced to sea level.