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

September 2002 – Number 39

August’s climate: It was drier than normal in Marlborough, mid Canterbury, and Bay of Plenty for the second consecutive month.

August’s river flows: August streamflows varied.

Soil moisture levels: Pockets of drier than normal soils were evident at the end of August.

Three month outlook: Warmer than normal in the North Island and north of the South.

Checkpoint: How well are we doing with our predictions?

Backgrounder: Estimating changing frequencies of extreme events.

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