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

January 2005 – Number 67

December’s climate: Coldest December since 1945.

December’s river flows: River flows were higher than expected in many catchments.

Soil moisture levels: Wet conditions in the east from Hawke’s Bay to Southland.

Three-month outlook: Generally cool conditions except for average temperatures in the east of the North Island. Mostly near normal rainfall, but possibly drier than usual in the north and east of the North Island.

Checkpoint: How well are we doing with our predictions?

Backgrounder: Bleak December ends a turbulent year.

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