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Volume 14, 1881
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January.—Fine weather, small rainfall and moderate winds; temperature rather below average. Earthquake occurred at Wellington on 3rd, at 8.30 a.m., slight.

February.—Remarkably fine throughout; at times very hot; temperature in excess of average, and very small rainfall; light winds.

March.—Very warm and fine weather experienced; little rain, generally clear and bright, and moderate winds. Meteor observed in North on 27th.

April.—Fine weather, with little rain, except in the South, where it was rather in excess. Temperature above the average, and high barometer. Winds moderate and variable. On the 8th, at Castle Hill, Canterbury, smart shock of earthquake reported at 6.45 p.m.

May.—Fine weather throughout, rain below average and temperature above; barometric pressure high. Winds moderate from N.W. and S.W. Thunder at times. On 6th smart shock of earthquake reported at Castle Hill, Canterbury, at 6.45 p.m.; also on 14th, same place, at 11 p.m., slight; and 22nd, 23rd, and 24th, in Nelson District.

June.—This has been a wet stormy month throughout; rainfall considerably over the average. A rather severe earthquake was experienced throughout the colony, on the 26th about 5.25 a.m., followed by slight movements up to morning of 27th; another shock was felt on 29th, but slight.

July.—Early part of month generally fine, wind northerly, but latter part showery, very heavy rain occurring at Wellington; wind chiefly S.W. during this period; temperature in excess of average; earthquake at Wellington on 6th, at 5.15 a.m., and 12th, at 2.51 a.m., both slight.

August.—Showery and rather squally weather experienced; wind chiefly S.W.; rainfall slightly in excess, and temperature above the average, not severe for the time of year; earthquake on 8th, at Wellington, at 10.25 a.m., very slight.

September.—On the whole fine mild weather, with moderate rainfall, at times sudden changes from N.W. to S.E., bringing rain, wind, hail, and slight thunder, but no severe gales were experienced. Earthquake at Wellington on 1st, at 2.25 a.m., smart; on 14th, at 7.30 a.m., slight; and on 15th, at 7.37 p.m., very slight.

October.—Fine weather, with moderate N.W. and S.W. winds, and small rainfall.

November.—Except in the north the rainfall has been under the average and the weather on the whole fine, with moderate S.W. and W. winds prevailing.

December.—On the whole a wet month, with at times strong winds, chiefly from S.W. and N.W., and occasional thunder. Earthquakes occurred at Wellington on 3rd at 6.30 a.m., slight; on 23rd at 7.13 a.m. and 10.54 p.m., E. to W., slight; and 31st at 1 p.m., slight; at Lincoln on 5th at 7.37 a.m., on 6th at 5.6 a.m., and 9th at 5 22 a.m., all slight; at Dunedin a slight shock on 5th.