2002 rainfall to date
Large areas of New Zealand have received near normal rainfall. Parts of Waikato, Bay of Plenty, and the northeast and southwest of the South Island have been drier than average.
Total rainfalls for 1 January to 31 August 2002.
Update on the SOI
The mean Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) for August was -1.8, with the three month average now at -1.1. The present moderate El Niño is expected to be weaker than the 1997-98 event. Further general information on El Niño is available on the World Meteorological Organization web site.