Story: South Canterbury region

Rainfall map

Rainfall map

South Canterbury is a region of rainfall extremes. On reaching the barrier of the Southern Alps, moist westerly winds rise and cool, causing heavy rain. As the airmass crosses the region, it runs out of moisture and the amount of rainfall decreases.

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John Wilson, 'South Canterbury region - Climate, vegetation and wildlife', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 May 2022)

Story by John Wilson, updated 1 Feb 2017