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A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent. Regions experiencing these soil moisture deficits are deemed “hotspots”. Persistent hotspot regions have the potential to develop into drought.
Soil moisture levels across the North Island have increased significantly when compared to this time last week for eastern Northland, Auckland and Waikato regions where soil moisture levels are now normal to above normal for this time of year.
This weekly update describes soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.
It’s no wonder that the Christmas forecast has been highly anticipated. From hail to record breaking heat, summer so far has been off to a bit of a changeable start.
Soil moisture levels across the North Island have stayed largely unchanged when compared to this time last week with the exception of the Manawatu-Wanganui region and Central Hawke’s Bay where soil moisture decreased
There were floods, tornados, fires and big waves in another year of big weather for New Zealand. NIWA climate scientists review the inclement highlights month by month.
A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.

One of New Zealand’s leading climate scientists, Dr David Wratt, answers a series of questions about climate change in this new video series by NIWA.

Soil moisture levels across the North Island have remained largely unchanged when compared to this time last week.
A hotspot persists and has expanded in the Wairarapa region. In the South Island, hotspots exist in eastern Marlborough and from central Canterbury through to northeast Otago.
The effects of El Niño will prevent New Zealand from recording a record temperature for the year, say NIWA climate scientists.
Understanding our future climate so New Zealanders can adapt and thrive is the aim of the Deep South National Science Challenge, which today announced its first allocation of funds to improve predictions of climate change.
A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.
The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has released a report warning that New Zealand needs to better prepare for rising seas on its coastal towns and cities.
A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.
New Zealand scientists are part of an international team that has documented duelling ocean and atmospheric heat transport during periods of abrupt climate change.
A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.
Citizen scientists have helped NIWA determine that climate change has likely increased the chances of extreme rainfall that deluged Northland last year.
A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.
Scientists based at NIWA’s research station in Central Otago are undertaking a new set of experiments to determine how the atmosphere affects the performance of solar panels.

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