Outlook and outcome – August 2004 to October 2004
Rainfall was near normal, as predicted, over much of the country, but drier than forecast in the north of the North Island and in parts of the west of the South Island. The south of the North Island, and parts of eastern and southern South Island, were wetter than predicted.
Air temperatures were lower than predicted in all regions.
River flows were lower than predicted in the north of New Zealand and in southern alpine regions. Rivers in the southern North Island, Buller, and parts of Southland had higher than predicted flows.