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Volume 18, 1885
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Notes on the Weather During 1885.

January.—On the whole, showery weather, but total rain under the average; temperature at all stations less than average; some bright, pleasant days; winds moderate. Earthquake felt in North on 15th, at 6.10 p.m., slight, N. and S.

February.—Except in South, the rainfall has been much less than the usual average for this month, and the weather on the whole has been fine, with light variable wind. Earthquake felt on 19th, in North Island, at 8.30 a.m.; very slight; brilliant meteor on 20th.

March.—Generally a wet, unpleasant month, with frequent squalls and cold weather.

April.—Fine weather, with generally light wind and small rainfall.

May.—Showery weather during this month, but no very heavy falls of rain. Wind, on the whole, moderate; temperature, below average.

June.—Fine weather during this period for time of year; little rain, and moderate or light wind; temperature rather above the average.

July.—Weather about the average for time of year. Earthquakes at Wellington, 18th, 9.43 p.m., and on 26th, 7.50 p.m., slight; also at Lincoln on 26th, at same time, slight.

August.—Rain rather under the average, and, on the whole, seasonable weather, though some severe days experienced in the South, with strong winds. Earthquake at Wellington on 5th, at 5.10 p.m., rather sharp.

September.—Generally fine weather during this month, with small rainfall, and about the average temperature.

October.—On the whole, fine for the time of year, except rain in excess at Wellington and squally weather; temperature about the average. Meteor on 20th, to eastward.

November.—Fine generally at all stations during the month, with moderate winds.

December.—Very fine weather at all places, the rainfall considerably under the average; and the temperature was less than the usual average for this month. Earthquake reported on 13th, at 7.15 a.m., and on the 20th, at 7.20 a.m., at Wellington.

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Earthquakes reported in New Zealand during 1885.

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Place. January. February. March. April. May. June. July. August. September. October. November. December. Total.
Woodville 15* 1
Hawera 20 1
Feilding 26* 1
Patea 26* 1
Foxton 9 5 2
Wanganui 15* 1
Wellington 15 19 18, 26 5* 13* 6
Blenheim 15* 26* 11 3
Nelson 15 1
Ross 20* 1
Christchurch 15 26* 2
Ashburton 26 27* 2
Lincoln 26 1
Timaru 27* 1
Westport 25* 26* 2
Greymouth 26* 1
Kumara 25* 1
Hokitika 25* 26* 2
Oamaru 27* 26* 2

The figures denote the day of the month on which one or more shocks were felt. Those with an asterisk affixed were described as smart, those with a dagger as severe shocks. The remainder were only slight tremors, and no doubt escaped record at most stations, there being no instrumental means employed for their detection. These tables are therefore not reliable as far as indicating the geographical distribution of the shocks.