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

September 2004 – Number 63

August’s climate: Temperatures at 10 year low. Very wet in Wairarapa, Canterbury, Otago, and coastal Southland.

August’s river flows: High river flows in the central and southern North Island, Buller, and coastal Southland.

Soil moisture levels: Marlborough-Kaikoura coast and parts of inland Otago lower than average.

Three-month outlook: Below normal rain likely in the north and east North Island. Air temperatures average or above.

Checkpoint: How well are we doing with our predictions?

Backgrounder: Are heavy rainfalls becoming more frequent?

This issue of the Climate Update is available as a PDF.