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

November 2002 – Number 41

October’s climate: The coldest October since 1982. The month was drier than normal and extremely sunny, with low stream flows over much of the country.

October’s river flows: October streamflows mostly low.

Soil moisture levels: East coast soils were generally drier than normal by the end of October.

Three month outlook: El Niño increases the risk of dry east coast weather and cool conditions over southern regions.

Checkpoint: How well are we doing with our predictions?

Backgrounder: Blowing the other way – for the moment. Team NZ meteorologist comments on El Niño racing conditions.

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