Hotspot Watch 22 October 2020

Hotspot Watch 22 October 2020

However, most locations in the upper and central North Island will likely see either little change or small decreases in soil moisture levels during the next week.

Hotspot Watch 7 May 2020

Hotspot Watch 7 May 2020

Soil moisture increases will be possible in the next week along the West Coast, although minor to moderate decreases are likely in most other parts of the South Island.

Drought hits hard, far and wide

Drought hits hard, far and wide

And while conditions have improved in most regions, NIWA meteorologist Ben Noll says river flows and soil moisture levels remain below normal for large parts of the North Island and upper South Island while before last weekend drought still persisted in the Coromandel Peninsula.

Hotspot Watch 1 May 2020

Hotspot Watch 1 May 2020

Soil moisture increases will be likely in the next week along the West Coast and in parts of the upper South Island.

Hotspot Watch 23 April 2020

Hotspot Watch 23 April 2020

Many parts of the South Island saw small soil moisture increases during the past week, although small decreases were observed in northern Canterbury.While soil moisture increases will be possible in the lower South Island during the next week, expect further decreases across Marlborough and Canterbury.

Hotspot Watch 16 April 2020

Hotspot Watch 16 April 2020

While moderate soil moisture increases occurred across Tasman, West Coast, and the lower South Island, slight decreases were observed across much of Canterbury.With significant rainfall possible in parts of the North Island, many locations will likely see minor to moderate soil moisture increases during the next week.

Hotspot Watch 8 April 2020

Hotspot Watch 8 April 2020

With many locations across the North Island expected to see weekly rainfall totals of 25-40 mm (with isolated higher amounts), minor to moderate soil moisture increases will be likely in most areas.

Hotspot Watch 1 April 2020

Hotspot Watch 1 April 2020

Generally light rainfall amounts across a majority of the North Island during the next week will likely result in soil moisture decreases in many locations, with most existing hotspots strengthening and expanding at least slightly.

Hotspot Watch 5 March 2020

Hotspot Watch 5 March 2020

Despite this, soil moisture levels generally decreased slightly during the past week, particularly in the Far North and from Waikato to Hawke’s Bay. The driest soils across the North Island, when compared to normal for this time of the year, are generally found in the northern half of the island along with Wairarapa, while the wettest soils for this time of the year are located in Kapiti Coast.

Hotspot Watch 12 February 2020

Hotspot Watch 12 February 2020

Due to the likelihood of heavy rain from Uesi, soil moisture levels will likely increase during the next week across the western and lower South Island.

Hotspot Watch 8 January 2020

Hotspot Watch 8 January 2020

Across the North Island, rainfall of generally less than 5 mm during the past week has led to notable soil moisture decreases for nearly all locations and expansion of existing hotspot coverage.

Hotspot Watch 19 December 2019

Hotspot Watch 19 December 2019

With the anticipated rainfall in the upcoming week, little or no change in soil moisture levels are expected from the south Waikato northbound, along with parts of southern Hawke’s Bay and coastal Wairarapa, while the rest of the North Island are expected to experience slight soil moisture increases.

Hotspot Watch 11 December 2019

Hotspot Watch 11 December 2019

Across the South Island, substantial rainfall during the past week led to soil moisture increases along the lower West coast, Fiordland, parts of Otago, lower Canterbury along with northern Tasman and Marlborough.

Hotspot Watch 20 November 2019

Hotspot Watch 20 November 2019

Soil moisture levels are likely to increase along the West Coast and in parts of the lower South Island during the next week, while most other areas will see little change.

Hotspot Watch 14 November 2019

Hotspot Watch 14 November 2019

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.

Hotspot Watch 6 November 2019

Hotspot Watch 6 November 2019

In the South Island, soil moisture levels decreased in most locations during the past week as rainfall was generally below normal and above to well above average temperatures were commonplace.

Hotspot Watch 1 November 2019

Hotspot Watch 1 November 2019

Due to the anticipated below normal rainfall and above average temperatures in the next week, soil moisture levels are expected to decrease farther in many locations across the North Island.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 1 May 2019

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 1 May 2019

Hotspots in the North Island are currently found in Aupouri Peninsula, interior Manawatu-Whanganui, and interior Hawke’s Bay. In the South Island, only subtle soil moisture changes were observed in the past week.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 17 April 2019

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 17 April 2019

A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent. Due to the anticipated rainfall amounts over the next week, soil moisture levels will likely increase at least slightly across much of the North Island.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 10 April 2019

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 10 April 2019

Conversely, the lower east coast and the far south (including Hawke’s Bay, coastal Wairarapa and Wellington) saw a soil moisture increase due to rainfall totals above average for the time of year.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 4 April 2019

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 4 April 2019

However, hotspots remain in place across western Northland and Aupouri Peninsula, a small portion of central Waikato, southern Manawatu-Whanganui, and much of Wairarapa and southern Hawke’s Bay. In the South Island, soil moisture levels generally did not change significantly in the past week.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 13 March 2019

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 13 March 2019

Outlook and Soil Moisture A slow-moving weather pattern with moist, northerly air flows near New Zealand will most likely cause normal or above normal rainfall across the central and northern South Island and western North Island over the next week.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 28 February 2019

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 28 February 2019

The driest soils across the North Island compared to normal for this time of the year are found in central Taranaki District and parts of western Waikato where the soil moisture levels continue to be well below average for this time of year.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 20 February 2019

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 20 February 2019

Outlook and Soil Moisture In the North Island, rainfall amounts during the next week could be highly variable due to uncertainty regarding the interaction between moisture from Tropical Cyclone Oma and a separate area of low pressure expected to form near New Zealand on Sunday and Monday (24-25 February).

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 13 February 2019

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 13 February 2019

Soil moisture levels as of 13 February are below normal for the vast majority of the North Island, with the driest soil compared to normal for this time of year in the New Plymouth District, parts of western coastal Waikato and the Aupouri Peninsula.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 7 February 2019

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 7 February 2019

Across the South Island, soil moisture levels decreased during the past week with meagre rainfall in the north and east.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 31 January 2019

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 31 January 2019

Across the South Island, soil moisture levels generally decreased in northern areas, although small improvements were observed in interior Otago, Southland, and Stewart Island.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 16 January 2019

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 16 January 2019

Across the South Island, soil moisture levels generally decreased slightly in most locations, although small improvements were observed in Tasman and Buller District during the past week.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 9 January 2019

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 9 January 2019

The driest soils in the North Island compared to normal are currently found in the eastern Far North District, around New Plymouth, and coastal Horowhenua. Across the South Island, soil moisture levels generally increased in Southland and the lower West Coast and remained constant or slightly decreased elsewhere.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 12 December 2018

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 12 December 2018

Across the North Island, soil moisture levels generally decreased during the past week due to lower than average rainfall for this time of year.

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