Climate Update is a summary each month of New Zealand's climate, including soil moisture and river flows.
January’s climate: This month was drier than normal apart from northern North Island regions.
January’s river flows: January streamflows mostly low.
Soil moisture levels: North Island soils from Waikato south were very much drier than normal by the end of January.
Three month outlook: Early autumn is expected to be influenced by enhanced antocyclone activity over the Tasman Sea.
Checkpoint: How well are we doing with our predictions?
Backgrounder: Hydrological observation network.
This issue of the Climate Update is available as a PDF.