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Farmers Relieved As El Nino Stays Away

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Hawke’s Bay’s predicted summer El Niño will not eventuate, and instead it is set to be a wetter than normal summer, scientists say.

According to a climate briefing for the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, higher than average rainfall has helped bring groundwater levels on the Heretaunga Plains and Ruataniwha Plains back to normal, after they dropped well below average in October.

HBRC’s air quality scientist Dr Kathleen Kozyniak said the predicted El Niño had not eventuated.

“The sea surface around New Zealand is warm so that is having the most influence on our weather, and the easterly and northeasterly winds we’ve had in recent months have been warmer coming off the sea.”

Photo: Groundwater levels in the Heretaunga plains are back to normal after a wet summer in Hawke’s Bay. Photo / Paul Taylor

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Posted: 10 February 2019

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