Climate Update is a summary each month of New Zealand's climate, including soil moisture and river flows.

January 2002 – Number 31

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.