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

January 2003 – Number 43

December’s climate: Dry areas intensifying; near average temperatures for many places.

December’s river flows: December streamflows lower in North and East.

Soil moisture levels: Marlborough had temporary relief from early December rainfall.

Three month outlook: Drier than normal in the east; average conditions in most other places.

Checkpoint: How well are we doing with our predictions?

Backgrounder: New Zealand’s climate network.

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