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

February 2002 – Number 32

January’s climate: Storms and highest January rainfalls on record in Canterbury.

January’s river flows: High January flows in the eastern South Island.

Soil moisture levels: Above average soil moisture levels from Auckland to Christchurch.

Three month outlook: Some relief from the wet conditions of the last two months with normal or below normal rainfall expected.

Checkpoint: How well are we doing with our predictions?

Backgrounder: Update on El Niño.

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