Notes on the Weather During 1886.
January.—A fine month, with moderate rain; wind generally from N.E., and moderate; temperature about the average. Earthquake at Rotorua on 26th at 4.30 p.m., slight. Meteor in South on 11th.
February.—Generally fine weather, with little rainfall, except in North; wind moderate, and from N.E.; temperature above the average.
March.—In the North rainfall below the average, but in the South rather in excess; temperature generally below the average; a tolerably fine month. Earthquake at Rotorua on 30th at 1 a.m., slight.
April.—On the whole fine, though total rainfall above the average; winds moderate generally, the temperature rather above the average. Earthquakes at Rotorua on 22nd at 3 p.m., 28th at 4.30 a.m., and 30th at 5.30 p.m., and at Wellington on 19th at 9.25 p.m., all slight.
May.—In the extreme North small rainfall, but otherwise rain in excess and generally uupleasant weather with frequent squalls. Earthquake at Wellington and other places in the neighbourhood on 16th, about 4 a.m., smart. Comet observed in South, direction W.
June.—Generally a wet, cold, unpleasant month, with frequent strong winds and snow and hail. On 10th an eruption occurred at Tarawera, and there were earth tremors at Rotorua from 10th to 24th at frequent intervals, direction, N.W. to S.E. Earthquake also at Wellington on 29th at 12.30 a.m., slight, and at Dunedin on 23rd. Meteors seen in South Island on 11th and 12th.
July.—Rather showery, but on the whole fine weather, and rather cooler than is usual for this month. Earthquakes at Rotorua, frequent tremors, from 7th to 14th; at Wellington on 12th, at 7.30 a.m., slight, N. and S.; and at Dunedin on 2nd.
August.—An unusually wet, unpleasant month. Serious floods in the South; very cold and severe, with frequent snow-storms and strong wind. Earthquake at Rotorua on 29th, at 9 p.m.
September.—On the whole a showery, unpleasant month, and strong winds. Earthquakes at Rotorua on 20th, at 6.15 a.m., smart; and Wellington on 3rd, at noon, two smart shocks, E. to W.; and on 7th, at 7 a.m., slight, E. to W.
October.—A cold, wet month, with very unsettled weather, and frequently stormy. Earthquakes at Rotorua on 25th, at 11.15 a.m., N.W. to S.E.; and at Wellington on 11th, at 4.12 p.m., slight, and 13th, about 8.30 p.m., very slight.
November.—Fine seasonable weather during this month, and rainfal1 under the average. Earthquakes at Rotorua on 5th, at 6 a.m, and on 17th' at 1.30 and 5.10 a.m.; at Wellington on 10th, at 5 a.m., E. and W., slight; 14th, two slight shocks, morning and afternoon; on 26th, at 1 a.m., very smart, and at 3 p.m., E. and W., slight.
December.—A fine month, with very little rainfall, except in South; wind frequently strong, and prevailing from N. and N.E. Earthquake at Rotorua on 28th, smart, at 10.20 a.m.