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

August 2005 – Number 74

July’s climate: Third warmest on record.

July’s river flows: River flows mostly normal.

Soil moisture levels: Low soil moisture recharge in Otago.

Three-month outlook: Mostly near or above average temperatures. Above normal rainfall likely in the east. Average soil moisture levels and river flows in most places.

Checkpoint: How well are we doing with our predictions?

Backgrounder: HIRDS: A tool for evaluating storm rainfalls

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