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

May 2002 – Number 35

April’s climate: Some very dry condtions in the east of the country were alleviated by April rains.

April’s river flows: Mostly below normal streamflows in April.

Soil moisture levels: End of month rainfalls relieve dry soils.

Three month outlook: Normal or above normal temperatures are expected over much of the country for the next three months.

Checkpoint: How well are we doing with our predictions?

Backgrounder: Past El Niños: spring rainfall in Marlborough?

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