February 2017: Heavy Rain in Summer isn’t Meant to Happen
February 19th, 2017. Over the last 60 hours there has been constant and at times very heavy rainfall from the east over the South Pacific Ocean. It really shouldn’t be happening; February in New Zealand is summer. The hot, dry time of the year, when everyone has fun in the sun.
SO MUCH RAIN
In fact I believe that in the last three days I’ve experienced more rain than I saw in all my thirty-three plus years living in California.
DOWN UNDER IN THE SUMMER RAIN
While living there, when anyone asked about New Zealand, (Aotearoa; “The Land of the Long White Cloud”) telling me they were planning a trip “Down Under” my first response was to tell them they would have an amazing time. Enjoying the friendly people, their unique culture and the amazing scenery. Then saying the very best time to be in New Zealand is February. When the weather is at its very best.
CHRISTMAS IN THE SUMMER
It’s also after the holiday seasons of Christmas and New Year when all the schools are back in session and a very big percentage of the population, who traditionally take annual holidays around Christmas-New Year are back at work.
COME VISIT. YOU ARE ALWAYS WELCOME IN NEW ZEALAND
Not only that, motels and hotels have vacancies and that’s not always the situation through the holiday season. Air flights are easier to book and usually prices have dropped somewhat.
THE WATER TANKS ARE FULL AND OVERFLOWING
But back to the rain that’s still falling. My brother Ash and I have two water tanks that collect all the rain that falls on our roof. No city water supply out here.
Each tank holds 25,000 liters ( 6,650 gallons). Any overflow goes into a well on our property; it’s three meters (10 feet) deep. This time last year we had to buy a tanker-truck load of water to keep us going. An expensive happening. This year, both tanks are full to the brim and the overflow has filled the well. With nowhere to go the excess roof water is spilling over its guttering onto the ground.
WET SHEEP BUT HAPPY FARMERS
Ground temperatures are summer warm and the rain is warm giving vegetable and fruit tree growth a real hurry-along. More importantly, farmers will be smiling all the way to the bank as the additional produce growth and grass growth for their sheep and cattle promises to give them very good cash returns.
One of the local farmers told me that in the seven weeks of this year he is close to the total amount that fell on his farm in all of 2016.
THE STREAM THAT REALLY ONLY FLOWS IN WINTER
There’s a small stream at the back of our property. We are 200 meters (220 yards) from the shore-line and during the summer “dry season” the stream never makes it to the sea, dying out about 100 meters (110 Yards) from the shore-line.
Not so at this time. It’s cut a path right out to the surf line with a very swift flow. At the top of the beautiful sandy beach the cut it made is close to 1 meter (3 feet) deep.
A RUN ON THE BEACH IN THE RAIN
Yesterday between heavy down-pours I took our dogs for a walk along the beach and through the native reserve. Such a beautiful area, I’m very blessed to have such a wonderful place to live.
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