Climate Update is a summary each month of New Zealand's climate, including soil moisture and river flows.
December’s climate: A ‘conveyor belt’ of warm, moist sub-tropical air triggered a wet, cloudy month.
December’s river flows: Highest recorded December mean flows in some catchments.
Soil moisture levels: Saturated soils in the north.
Three month outlook: More rain ahead for the north. Moist conditions are likely to persist in parts of the North Island.
Checkpoint: How well are we doing with our predictions?
Backgrounder: 2001 in retrospect. A year in which climate records were toppled.
This issue of the Climate Update is available as a PDF.