Climate Update is a summary each month of New Zealand's climate, including soil moisture and river flows.
December 2003 – Number 54
November’s climate: November was cool and drier than usual in many places. River and stream flows were mostly normal or below normal.
November’s river flows: Low flows in parts of Northland, Marlborough, and Otago.
Soil moisture levels: Drier than average soils in much of the South Island.
Three month outlook: A little windier from the southwest. Normal or below normal temperatures. Drier than normal in the north of the North Island and east of the South Island.
Checkpoint: How well are we doing with our predictions?
Backgrounder: How different from normal do conditions need to be, to be declared an ENSO event?
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