It paid to be in Alexandra last year - with almost the same amount of rain falling there all year as Mount Taranaki experienced in one day.
NIWA's annual climate summary, released today, paints a picture of a slightly drier year for much of the country, but also with cooler temperatures.
Alexandra tops the list for the driest place in the country, with 378mm of rain falling all year.
Mt Taranaki had 336mm fall in one day on July 15 - the highest rainfall recorded anywhere in the country in one day last year.
"It would have been quite funny if someone from Alexandra was visiting someone up in Mt Taranaki - their entire annual rainfall fell in one day,'' Niwa principal climate scientists Andrew Tait said.
Alexandra was always a dry place, but Dr Tait said it was probably a bit drier last year, "but not by much''.
Despite Mt Taranaki recording the wettest day last year, the west coast of both islands recorded below normal annual rainfalls for the year.
Wanganui recorded its driest year on record.
"The coolness really came from having more easterly type airflows than what we normally get, and those easterlies coming off the water tended to be a bit cooler and cloudy and damper over on the eastern side, but over on the western side it tended to be a bit sunnier and warmer and drier.''
Doubtless the climate science boffins will still find a way to attribute a cooler-than-average year to Global Warming. Is it any wonder that people are sceptical?