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Volume 26, 1893

Appendix

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Meteorology.

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Comparative Abstract for 1893 and Previous Years.
Stations. Barometer at 9·30 a.m. Temperature from Self-registering Instruments read in Morning for Twenty-four Hours previously. Computed from Observations. Rain. Wind. Cloud.
Mean Reading. Extreme Range. Mean. Temp. in Shade. Mean Daily Range of Temp. Extreme Range of Temp. Max. Temp. in Sun's Rays. Man. Temp. on Grass. Mean Elastic Force of Vapour. Mean Degree of Moisture (Saturation = 100). Total Fall in Inches. No. of Days on which Rain fell. Average Daily Force in Miles for Year. Maximum Velocity in Miles in any 24 hours, and Date. Mean Amount (0 to 10).
Auckland 30·020 1·030 60·5 11·9 43·0 146·0 30·0 0·434 82 53·810 203 5·9
Previous 29 years 29·989 59·2 0·387 73 40·884 181
Wellington 29·963 1·421 56·7 11·7 48·0 150·0 24·0 0·343 74 53·034 186 215 690 on 17th Aug. 4·8
Previous 29 years 29·928 54·7 0·335 73 50·622 159 Aug.
Dunedin 29·868 1·266 50·9 13·7 58·0 144·0 26·0 0·280 75 54·495 184 151 510 on 22nd July 5·6
Previous 29 years 29·984 50·2 0·277 73 35·037 159 July

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Average Temperature of Seasons, compared with those of the Previous Year.
Stations. Spring.
September, October, November.
Summer.
December, January, February.
Autumn.
March, April, May.
Winter.
June, July, August.
1892.                1893. 1892.                1893. 1892.                1893. 1892.                1893.
Auckland 59·2                60·4 65·5                66·2 62·5                61·3 53·6                54·2
Wellington 55·3                57·5 61·7                61·5 57·4                57·1 49·3                50·7
Dunedin 51·4                52·6 56·8                56·4 51·7                50·9 44·7                43·5
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Remarks On The Weather During 1893.

January.—Generally fine weather, with prevailing northerly winds. Very showery during latter part in South.

February.—On the whole a wet month in North and over centre, with strong N.E. and N.W. winds; in the South small rainfall; but changeable weather.

March.—Fine weather in North; but heavy rain over centre; and fine with light showers in South. Moderate winds.

April.—Fine in North and over centre; but showery and foggy in South.

May.—In North showery, with prevailing S.W. winds; over centre also generally wet weather from S.E. and N.W.; and in South showery, except fine during middle of month. Winds S.W., and foggy at times.

June.—A wet and severe month, with prevailing southerly winds and frequent hail and snow, especially in South.

July.—Unpleasant wet weather generally, although mild for time of year.

August.—In North wet, with prevailing S.W. winds; over centre very heavy rains, especially in early part of month, from N.W.; in South showery, but small total rainfall, and moderate S.W. winds.

September.—In North fine weather, with moderate variable winds; over centre still heavy rain from N.W. and S.E., but not cold; in the South also showery and unpleasant, with variable winds.

October.—In North and over centre much finer weather, although strong N.W. winds over latter; in the South very showery, with prevailing N.E. winds.

November.—Heavy rainfall in North; generally fine over centre, with fresh N.W. winds; and very heavy total rainfall in South, with intervals of fine weather; winds N.E. and S.W.

December.—Showery in early and latter part of month in North, with prevailing S.W. winds; over centre generally fine, winds S.E. and N.W. and moderate; in the South wet weather, with N.E. and S.W. winds.

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Earthquakes reported in New Zealand during 1893.

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Place. Jan. Feb. Mar. April. May. June. July. Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec. Total.
Auckland 12 1
Rotorua 17 1
Napier 21 14* 2
New Plymouth 12* 23* 2
Marton 24* 1
Feilding 18* 24* 2
Shannon 24* 1
Palmerston N. 29* 12* 2
Dannevirke 18* 1
Pahiatua 11* 2
Woodville 21 24* 2
Masterton 24* 1
Wellington 13,28 10,12*,18 17 21 12,13*,18,27 15 4*,23 11 9 16
Nelson 12* 1
Blenheim 12* 1
Christchurch 1 1
Lincoln 12* 1 2
Lyttelton 1*,10,18 3
Ashburton 12* 1
Westport 12* 1
Reefton 12* 1
Hokitika 12* 1
Greymouth 12* 1
Queenstown 20* 1
Dunedin 12* 1

Note.—The figures denote the day of the month on which one or more shocks were felt. Those with the asterisk affixed were described as smart. 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.