Global Setting – February 2013
The equatorial Pacific Ocean remains in a neutral state (neither El Niño nor La Niña). International guidance indicates that neutral conditions are very likely to continue over the next three months (March-May). Lower pressures than usual are likely over the north Tasman Sea during autumn, with slightly higher pressures than usual over and to the south of New Zealand.
Sea Surface Temperature
Sea surface temperatures around New Zealand are currently above average (especially near the South Island and to the south of the country), and this is forecast to continue for the coming three months.