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View Poll Results: Christchurch
A 7 12.73%
B 16 29.09%
C 14 25.45%
D 12 21.82%
F 6 10.91%
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Old 10-25-2011, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Wellington and North of South
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Kind of reminds me of the weather on the west coast like northern CA, OR, WA, or Southern British Columbia. Which is funny because an Australian once told me not to bother going to NZ and go to BC instead because they look the same and its closer. I'm not sure if that is true or not.
An ignorant Australian...
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Old 10-26-2011, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Vancouver, Canada
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Boring yet quite survivable: C
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Old 10-26-2011, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Top of the South, NZ
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C+. Summer could be warmer and longer. More sunshine and more rain would be good as well. I like the warm Norwest winds they get (before they get too gusty). Wind from the east tends to be unpleasant. I could live there again, but it certainly wouldn't be my first choice.
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Old 10-26-2011, 08:42 PM
 
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Christchurch is an interesting station:

Like all southern hemisphere climates (outside of the tropical zones of course) it seems…Christchurch has rather cool summers; no month has average daily highs above 75 F (24 C)…and only two months (Jan/Feb) even have highs above 70 F (21 C). The mean temp of the warmest month is 63. 5 F (17 C). Of course, considering this is a Do climate (temperate oceanic) that is not at all unusual, as Do stations here in the USA like Seattle are not all that much different in the warmest month (Seattle is 66 F in warmest month). However, like most Do zones while winters are cold (below 45 F/7 C in the coldest months)…there seems to be little truly cold weather (coldest temp of all time is only 13 F) and it only snows once or twice a year according to the link. The 70 days with frost seems a bit odd (high) for Do climate (Seattle averages more like 30 annually). Sun hrs are not shown annually, but I would guess they are in the 2000 - 2200 range.

Admittedly, as a warm weather fan…I would prefer a hotter, lower latitude climate – however Christchurch still seems like a C+ climate, as at least 6 months (Oct – April) that would have comfortable temps for me.

Interestingly enough, I found a short link site with a comparison of New Zealand’s climate with the UK (another Do climate). The paper seems to try to point out that the NZ climate is superior to the UK climate:

Comparison of the New Zealand and British Climates and Weather
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Old 10-26-2011, 08:53 PM
 
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Christchurch is an interesting station:

Like all southern hemisphere climates (outside of the tropical zones of course) it seems…Christchurch has rather cool summers; no month has average daily highs above 75 F (24 C)…and only two months (Jan/Feb) even have highs above 70 F (21 C). The mean temp of the warmest month is 63. 5 F (17 C). Of course, considering this is a Do climate (temperate oceanic) that is not at all unusual, as Do stations here in the USA like Seattle are not all that much different in the warmest month (Seattle is 66 F in warmest month). However, like most Do zones while winters are cold (below 45 F/7 C in the coldest months)…there seems to be little truly cold weather (coldest temp of all time is only 13 F) and it only snows once or twice a year according to the link. The 70 days with frost seems a bit odd (high) for Do climate (Seattle averages more like 30 annually). Sun hrs are not shown annually, but I would guess they are in the 2000 - 2200 range.

Admittedly, as a warm weather fan…I would prefer a hotter, lower latitude climate – however Christchurch still seems like a C+ climate, as at least 6 months (Oct – April) that would have comfortable temps for me.

Interestingly enough, I found a short link site with a comparison of New Zealand’s climate with the UK (another Do climate). The paper seems to try to point out that the NZ climate is superior to the UK climate:

Comparison of the New Zealand and British Climates and Weather

I could be wrong on this but I think the main difference between Christchurch and Seattle has mainly to do with the fact that the Seattle gets the occasional outbreaks of polar (arctic) air in winter like most of the rest of North America whereas Christchurch doesn't. In some sense, I'd argue that Seattle is even more oceanic than Christchurch since the diurnal range in winter seems much smaller (less frosts in Seattle on average) and there is less day to day variable weather. Winters in Seattle tend to be monotonously gray whereas in Christchurch I get a sense of much more dynamic day to day weather in winter even if the temperatures don't change much.
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Old 10-26-2011, 10:27 PM
 
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I could be wrong on this but I think the main difference between Christchurch and Seattle has mainly to do with the fact that the Seattle gets the occasional outbreaks of polar (arctic) air in winter like most of the rest of North America whereas Christchurch doesn't. In some sense, I'd argue that Seattle is even more oceanic than Christchurch since the diurnal range in winter seems much smaller (less frosts in Seattle on average) and there is less day to day variable weather. Winters in Seattle tend to be monotonously gray whereas in Christchurch I get a sense of much more dynamic day to day weather in winter even if the temperatures don't change much.
30-year average sunshine for Ch'ch is 2145 hours, about 50-51% of the recordable. The seasonal variation is small - the sunniest months by % get about 53%, and only 3 months are below the 50 mark.

A couple of elementary NZ-UK differences:

(1) NZ is much sunnier - England mean is about 1460 hours (1971-2000) and UK average is only 1340 hours. NZ is around the 2000 mark.

(2) The UK is warmer relative to its latitude, but the difference in mean latitude is too great for that to compensate. Sea level annual means in NZ range from about 10C to 16C.
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Old 10-26-2011, 10:38 PM
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30-year average sunshine for Ch'ch is 2145 hours, about 50-51% of the recordable. The seasonal variation is small - the sunniest months by % get about 53%, and only 3 months are below the 50 mark.

A couple of elementary NZ-UK differences:

(1) NZ is much sunnier - England mean is about 1460 hours (1971-2000) and UK average is only 1340 hours. NZ is around the 2000 mark.

(2) The UK is warmer relative to its latitude, but the difference in mean latitude is too great for that to compensate. Sea level annual means in NZ range from about 10C to 16C.
Christchurch is better compared to northern Spain, as they're at similar latitudes.

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rather similar temps and sunshine.
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Old 10-27-2011, 03:55 AM
 
Location: Yorkshire, England
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Interestingly enough, I found a short link site with a comparison of New Zealand’s climate with the UK (another Do climate). The paper seems to try to point out that the NZ climate is superior to the UK climate:

Comparison of the New Zealand and British Climates and Weather
The site is designed to get mostly British people to emigrate to NZ so I suspect perhaps a slight agenda at play maybe? I've seen NZ tourism/emigration adverts on our TV before and they do tend to portray warm, sunny weather and subtropical-looking landscapes. The NZ climate IMO is 'like ours only better' but it would and should be, considering it's 10-15 degrees nearer the Equator.

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30-year average sunshine for Ch'ch is 2145 hours, about 50-51% of the recordable. The seasonal variation is small - the sunniest months by % get about 53%, and only 3 months are below the 50 mark.
Do you know why that is (not just for Chch, but for NZ at large) when it's not the case in other maritime climates like the PNW and Western Europe? I assume having a shorter sea track on a westerly/northwesterly plays a factor, but then unlike us you don't have a big land mass to the east to counteract it.
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Old 10-27-2011, 08:50 AM
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Do you know why that is (not just for Chch, but for NZ at large) when it's not the case in other maritime climates like the PNW and Western Europe? I assume having a shorter sea track on a westerly/northwesterly plays a factor, but then unlike us you don't have a big land mass to the east to counteract it.
The seasonal variation on lands directly adjacent to the US west coast is very low; New Zealand seems rather similar.
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Old 10-27-2011, 11:07 AM
 
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The seasonal variation on lands directly adjacent to the US west coast is very low; New Zealand seems rather similar.
What do you mean by adjacent? In Idaho for instance Boise gets 400 sunshine hours in July vs. 105 in December. That is quite a seasonal variation. Spokane goes from 381 hours in July to 59 hours in December.
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