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

May 2004 – Number 59

April’s climate: a second consecutive month of generally drier conditions, low temperatures, low stream flows in many places.

April’s river flows: Low stream flows widespread.

Soil moisture levels: Dry spots linger.

Three-month outlook: average to lower than average air temperatures. Near normal rainfall in most areas, although drier than normal conditions in the east of the South Island.

Checkpoint: How well are we doing with our predictions?

Backgrounder: The state of hydroelectric power storage.

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