Outlook and outcome – October 2004 to December 2004
Rainfall was normal or above in the southwest North Island and the east of both Islands, which was higher than predicted. The west of the South Island was drier than forecast. Rainfall was near normal elsewhere.
Air temperatures were average (as predicted) in the south west of the North Island, but lower than expected elsewhere in the country.
North Island river flows were normal or above normal, which was generally higher than predicted. Flows were above normal in the southeast of the South Island, generally below predicted levels in the west, and normal or below normal in the north where normal flows had been predicted.