the state of our environment | November 2012
the state of our environment | November
Spring gets points for consistency at least.
All three months scoring below normal rainfall for the
region and all three with temperatures near or below
average. NIWA’s outlook for summer suggests the pattern
could continue so we’ll need to keep a close eye on river
flows, groundwater and soil moisture which have been getting
progressively lower in some areas. It certainly wasn’t
our driest spring ever - looking at Napier airport records,
it was probably about the fifth driest since 1950 – and
thankfully we started spring in quite a good state. Talking
of good states, the monitoring of water quality at the
region’s recreational bathing sites has kicked off with
some great first-up results. So dive in… though brace
yourself, the water may not be all that warm!
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