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Notes on the Weather for 1888.

Notes on the Weather During 1888.

January.—A fine month, with rainfall under the average, and moderate wind. Meteor observed at Wellington on 25th, travelling eastward; and slight earthquake felt at Lincoln on 19th.

February.—Rainfall below the average, and temperature also under; on the whole, fine weather. Earthquake felt at Wellington, slight, on 17th, at 7 a.m.

March.—Rainfall in excess of average generally, and temperature on the whole below the average for this month. High wind prevailed. Earthquake at Wellington on 31st, at 7.30 a.m., slight, E. and W. High tides on 28th.

April.—Rainfall about the average; temperature under average; generally fine weather. Earthquake at Wellington on 3rd, at 6.50 a.m., smart, N. and S.; and on 21st, at 6.55 a.m., slight.

May.—About the average rainfall, though at some places in excess; temperature about the average; seasonable weather. Earthquakes—at Rotorua on 29th, at 11.15 a.m., smart; and on 31st, at 2.15 p.m., smart: at Wellington on 3rd, at 2.15 a.m. and 6.4 a.m., slight; and on 4th, at 5 a.m., slight, and two sharp shocks at 8.25 a.m. Meteor on 4th, observed in Wellington, brilliant; and lunar halo on 20th with brilliant colours. At Dunedin an aurora observed on 11th.

June.—On the whole, fine weather with moderate rain and wind, and the temperature about the average for this time of year.

July.—Showery weather, with strong N.W. and S.E. winds over centre.

August.—A wet month generally. Earthquake at Wellington on 16th, at 6.10 a.m., very slight; and 17th, at 7.20 a.m., slight: at Lincoln on 30th, at 10.30 p.m.

September.—Very fine weather, with moderate winds and small rainfall. Earthquakes reported at Wellington on 1st, at 4.15 a.m., long double shock, E. to W.; on 5th, during night, slight, E. to W.; on 20th, at 10 p.m. slight: Amuri and North Canterbury on 1st, at 4.14 a.m., severe; also on 4th, 5th, and 9th, all smart: at Dunedin on 1st, at 4.15 a.m.

October.—Rather wet weather towards end of month, but otherwise fine. Earthquakes—at Rotorua on 17th, at 8.15 p.m., smart, S.E. to N.W.: at Wellington on 23rd, at 8.15 p.m., two shocks, moderate; and on 26th, after midnight, sharp: at Lincoln on 12th, 2.25 a.m.; and on 23rd, at 8.19 p.m.

November.—Showery weather prevailed during this period, with strong S. and W. winds. Earthquake reported at Dunedin on 23rd.

December.—Generally fine pleasant weather and moderate winds, except strong from N.W. over centre. Earthquakes—at Wellington on 8th, at 7.10 a.m., slight: at Lincoln on 27th, at 9.30 p.m.; on 31st, at 9 p.m.: at Dunedin on 27th.