Story: South Canterbury region

Rainfall map

Rainfall map

South Canterbury is a region of extreme rainfall. On reaching the barrier of the Southern Alps, westerly-travelling cyclones rise and drop rain. As the cyclone crosses the region, it runs out of moisture and the level of rainfall decreases.

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John Wilson, 'South Canterbury region - Climate, vegetation and wildlife', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 January 2020)

Story by John Wilson, updated 2 Feb 2017