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

March 2002 – Number 33

February’s climate: Mostly cloudy and cool. Summer was confined to the west coast of the South Island for much of the month.

February’s river flows: Low flows in the south and west of the South Island.

Soil moisture levels: Some areas drier than average.

Three month outlook: The present neutral phase of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation is likely to remain through autumn.

Checkpoint: How well are we doing with our predictions?

Backgrounder: GIS – improving electronic pictures of the real world.

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