2002 rainfall to date
Most of New Zealand has received near normal rainfall. Parts of Waikato, Bay of Plenty, south Wairarapa, and Marlborough have been drier than average. Parts of Manawatu, Westland, Southland, and Otago have been wetter than average.
Total rainfalls for 1 January to 30 September 2002.
Update on the SOI
The mean Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) for September was -0.9, with the three month average now at -1.2. The present moderate El Niño is expected to be weaker than the 1997-98 event.