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

April 2002 – Number 34

March’s climate: Rainfalls were low in the east of the country.

March’s river flows: High stream flows in Wellington and Buller.

Soil moisture levels: Conditions improve in the North Island.

Three month outlook: Drier than normal conditions may continue in eastern regions.

Checkpoint: How well are we doing with our predictions?

Backgrounder: Past El Niños: spring rainfall in Waikato.

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