Climate Update is a summary each month of New Zealand's climate, including soil moisture and river flows.
March 2004 – Number 57
February’s climate: Exceptionally wet with devastating floods in the North Island. Cool and windy conditions in many areas.
February’s river flows: Record high river flows.
Soil moisture levels: Saturated soils in the north and west.
Three month outlook: Wetter than average conditions may occur in western areas, with below average temperatures likely in the west and south.
Checkpoint: How well are we doing with our predictions?
Backgrounder: How does the ocean influence our climate?
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