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Across the North Island, soil moisture levels increased in many places during the past week. In the South Island, soil moisture levels generally decreased in the east and a slightly increased in the west.
Across the North Island, moderate to large increases in soil moisture levels were observed in most locations due to substantial rainfall in the past week. In the South Island, soil moisture levels increased everywhere during the past week, and significantly so in many places.
Across the North Island, soil moisture levels decreased everywhere during the past week due to meagre rainfall and above average temperatures. The most significant decreases were observed across the northern half of the North Island, where soil moisture levels are now below normal nearly everywhere from Northland to Waikato and Bay of Plenty.
Across the North Island, soil moisture levels generally decreased slightly during the past week. In the South Island, soil moisture levels decreased slightly in most locations during the past week, although slight increases were observed in coastal Otago and Southland.

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NIWA 2017 Annual Climate Summary

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A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.
A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.

The New Zealand Drought Monitor is a system for keeping track of drought conditions across New Zealand based on a standardised climate index.

A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.
A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent. Regions experiencing these soil moisture deficits are deemed “hotspots”. Persistent hotspot regions have the potential to develop into drought.
An update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.
An update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.
An update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.
An update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.
An update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.
A weekly update describing soil moisture anomalies across the country.
A weekly update for Thursday 1 December 2016 - describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.
A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.
A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.
A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.
A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.
An update for 20 October describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.
A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.
A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.
Weekly update to help media assess likelihood of extremely dry weather preceding a drought. Regions experiencing severely to extremely drier than normal soils conditions are deemed “hotspots”.
Maps of the average first and last dates of soil moisture deficit are shown here.

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