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The state of our environment | April 2013

The state of our environment | April 2013 : Hawke's Bay Regional Council & MPI

April brought us a dollop of rain and mild temperatures. Unfortunately that dollop wasn’t as widespread as it could have been and although the Heretaunga Plains received near normal rainfall, the likes of the Ruataniwha Plains had about half the usual April amount. That means we’ve now clocked up 8 straight months of below normal rainfall for the region as a whole. The rain perked up soil moisture and gave river and groundwater levels a bit of a boost, but they are all still quite low. The good thing was that temperatures were positively balmy, which not only helped the grass to grow but ensured firewood mostly stayed on the log pile so that we can kick-start our air quality reporting with a hale and hearty thumbs up.


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