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A new tool to monitor drought conditions across New Zealand has been launched today by NIWA.

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

As the Tasman Tempest headed east off New Zealand today, it’s time to look at the statistics and see how many records it washed away.

NIWA meteorologist Ben Noll says parts of the upper North Island have received more rain in two days than normally falls for the entire month.

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

Summer officially ends tomorrow but for Wellingtonians it feels like it’s only just getting started. NIWA meteorologist Ben Noll explains what went wrong.

A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.
The effects of climate change on fish are being studied in a world-first trial at NIWA’s Bream Bay marine science centre.
A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.
New Zealand’s forests and other land areas may be absorbing up to 60% more carbon dioxide than has been calculated, with much of this uptake likely occurring in native forests, NIWA scientists have discovered.
Newly published research shows regional climate variability caused an “unusual” period in which some of New Zealand’s glaciers grew bigger, while glaciers worldwide were shrinking.
Near average tropical cyclone numbers for the remainder of the season.
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.
Is the weather really better in February than January?
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.
The intense low pressure system that developed in the Tasman sea late yesterday had become as strong as a category 2 tropical cyclone by 8am today, says NIWA meteorologist Ben Noll.
An update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.
NIWA climate scientists present the NIWA 2016 Annual Climate Summary.

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