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

June 2002 – Number 36

May’s climate: Drier than normal in many areas.

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

Soil moisture levels: Soil moisture levels rising.

Three month outlook: Drier than normal on eastern coasts; winter temperatures warmer than average overall.

Checkpoint: How well are we doing with our predictions?

Backgrounder: Past El Niños: spring temperature at Invercargill.

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