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

February 2005 – Number 68

January’s climate: Cold start to January followed by welcome change to summer temperatures.

January’s river flows: High streamflows in the North Island and southern South Island followed end-of-year storms.

Soil moisture levels: Generally low rainfalls across the country, but high streamflows persisted in many areas.

Three-month outlook: Average or below average air temperatures; rainfall likely to be near or below normal in most places.

Checkpoint: How well are we doing with our predictions?

Backgrounder: Contrasting January rainfalls and streamflows

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