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

March 2003 – Number 45

February’s climate: February was cooler than normal in many places, with some unseasonal frosts. Dry conditions persisted in many northern and eastern districts.

February’s river flows: February flows low over much of New Zealand.

Soil moisture levels: Severe soil moisture deficits along the east coast of the South Island, and in Nelson and parts of Otago, remained through much of February..

Three month outlook: The current El Niño is waning, but its influence may linger into autumn.

Checkpoint: How well are we doing with our predictions?

Backgrounder: Summer climate summary.

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