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

April 2003 – Number 46

March’s climate: New Zealand’s climate during March was dominated by anticyclonic conditions, bringing unusually dry and sunny weather to many areas.

March’s river flows: March flows mostly low.

Soil moisture levels: Patchy relief for dry soils with significant soil moisture deficits continuing in some regions.

Three month outlook: Near normal rainfall: with El Niño’s departure the risk of ongoing dry conditions in the east is now lower.

Checkpoint: How well are we doing with our predictions?

Backgrounder: Drought: the Levin rainfall record.

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