Drought

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This is one of the most extreme drought events for Auckland in modern times and similar to one experienced in 1993/94.
Analysis of drought conditions across New Zealand this year shows it is one of the most severe on record for some regions.
Minor to moderate soil moisture decreases across the entire North Island with severe meteorological drought in parts of northern Auckland, Coromandel and southern coast of Hawke's Bay. Drier than normal conditions are still present in the top of the South Island but significant rainfall in the west.
Moderate soil moisture increases in the western North Island and in the Far North, while soil moisture decreases were observed along the east coast and Wairarapa. Many parts of the South Island saw small soil moisture increases during the past week, although small decreases were observed in northern Canterbury.

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NIWA 2017 Annual Climate Summary

Chris Brandolino (Principal Scientist - Forecasting) presents the 2017 Annual Climate Summary. See the detailed Annual Climate Summary.

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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