Hotspot Watch 19 February 2020

Hotspot Watch 19 February 2020

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) shows that the upper North Island has widespread severe meteorological drought, with meteorological drought also affecting central Waikato to Manawatu-Whanganui as well as East Cape (see NZDI map below).

Auckland set to break dry spell record

Auckland set to break dry spell record

The New Zealand Drought Index ( ) shows severe meteorological drought is widespread across Northland, Auckland, and northern Waikato.The summer of 2012-13 featured one of the worst droughts in decades for parts of Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Hawke’s Bay, and the western South Island.

Hotspot Watch 5 February 2020

Hotspot Watch 5 February 2020

In addition, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) shows that the upper North Island (northern Waikato northbound) has widespread meteorological drought conditions.In the North Island, mostly dry conditions will continue during next week and rainfall is expected to be below normal for the time of year.

Hotspot Watch 30 January 2020

Hotspot Watch 30 January 2020

In addition, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) shows that the upper North Island (northern Waikato northbound) has widespread meteorological drought conditions, and in fact, the Aupouri peninsula and pockets of Great Barrier Island have recently reached severe meteorological drought conditions (see map at bottom).

Hotspot Watch 22 January 2020

Hotspot Watch 22 January 2020

In addition, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) shows that the upper North Island has widespread extremely dry soils, and some locations in Northland, Auckland, and northern Waikato have reached meteorological drought conditions (see map at bottom).

Hotspot Watch 15 January 2020

Hotspot Watch 15 January 2020

As of 12 January, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that the upper North Island continues to have widespread very dry to extremely dry soils, and some locations could approach meteorological drought conditions with additional dry weather in the coming week.

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 5 December 2019

Hotspot Watch 5 December 2019

The driest soils across the North Island compared to normal for this time of the year are now found in southern Northland, northern Auckland, much of the Coromandel Peninsula, the Hauraki District, and coastal Wairarapa.

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 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.

Hot weekend awaits

Hot weekend awaits

NIWA forecaster Ben Noll says much warmer than average temperatures will spill onto the South Island on Saturday, and continue on Sunday and Monday.The heat will peak in the North Island on Sunday and Monday, but above average temperatures are likely to persist for much of the first 10 days of the month.

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.

Easter forecast

Easter forecast

Increasing chances for showers or rain in the North Island, except the east, showery and cooler in the South Island. Rain or showers likely continuing in the North Island, improving conditions in the South Island.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 29 March 2019

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 29 March 2019

The driest soils across the North Island compared to normal for this time of the year are found in eastern Northland, northern Waikato, interior Bay of Plenty, and Tararua District.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 20 March 2019

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 20 March 2019

The driest soils across the North Island compared to normal for this time of the year are found in eastern Northland, northern Waikato, and Bay of Plenty, while the wettest soils for this time of the year are located near Wellington City.

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 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 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 19 December 2018

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 19 December 2018

The driest soils across the North Island compared to normal for this time of year are found across the Far North and Kaipara Districts in Northland, western Auckland, around New Plymouth, in the Central Plateau, and along west coastal Manawatu-Whanganui.

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.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 6 December 2018

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 6 December 2018

With the rainfall amounts anticipated in the next week, additional soil moisture improvements are likely parts of the central and eastern North Island with the greatest potential for soil moisture increase from the eastern Bay of Plenty through to the Hawke’s Bay regions, particularly in the higher terrain.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 29 November 2018

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 29 November 2018

In the North Island, another week of substantial rainfall is likely in many areas, which could lead to further soil moisture improvements. With substantial rainfall amounts anticipated in the next week, additional soil moisture improvements are likely in the northern half of the North Island.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 14 November 2018

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 14 November 2018

With the rain amounts expected in the east and north, soil moisture levels are anticipated to improve in the next week, while soil moisture should stay near constant or slightly decrease in the rest of the island where many locations will see total rain amounts less than 15mm.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 24 October 2018

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 24 October 2018

Parts of Queenstown-Lakes District in Otago, the Grey and Buller Districts in the West Coast, northeastern Marlborough, and the Waimate District in southern Canterbury experience well below average rainfall for this time of year, while the rest of the island had near normal rainfall.

Typhoon Mangkhut: Storm Slams Philippines on Landfall

Typhoon Mangkhut: Storm Slams Philippines on Landfall

Typhoon Mangkhut struck the Philippines early Saturday after thousands of people evacuated their homes to dodge the 550-mile-wide storm as it roared across the Pacific.The ferocity of the storm — with maximum sustained winds of around 120 miles per hour — in some ways eclipsed Hurricane Florence on the other side of the world, which was pummeling the Mid-Atlantic Coast of the United States with life-threatening rains and flooding.As dawn was breaking in the Philippines, there was no official word on casualties or damage.The eye of Mangkhut, known as Ompong in the Philippines, made landfall on the northeastern portion of Luzon island, the country’s rice- and corn-growing heartland, at about 1:40 a.m.[Catch up on the rest of our storm coverage.]

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