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the state of our environment | November 2012

the state of our environment | November 2012

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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