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

August 2002 – Number 38

July’s climate: Wet in the north; low rainfalls in the south.

July’s river flows: July streamflows high in the north

Soil moisture levels: Some east coast South Island soils were drier than normal at the end of July.

Three month outlook: Generally warmer than average, but winter’s typical cold outbreaks at times.

Checkpoint: How well are we doing with our predictions?

Backgrounder: Satellites assist frost mapping.

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