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

March 2005 – Number 69

February’s climate: New Zealand's eighth warmest February on record.

February’s river flows: Low stream flows in much of the North Island and the northern South Island.

Soil moisture levels: Below normal rainfall in many areas, but above normal in the southeast of the South Island.

Three-month outlook: Air temperatures average or below in the North Island and near average in the South Island; rainfall normal or below normal in the north and east of the North Island and near normal elsewhere.

Checkpoint: How well are we doing with our predictions?

Backgrounder: Global setting – Temporary dip in the Southern Oscillation Index?

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