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State of Our Environment – December 2018

Press Release – Hawke’s Bay Regional Council

A succession of downpours contributed to almost double normal December totals. River flows, soil moisture and groundwater– STATE OF OUR ENVIRONMENT –
December 2018
December was riddled with thunderstorms and I got caught in a doozy. I aquaplaned rather than biked down Napier Hill and near-drowned at “peak torrential” as the air I tried to breathe had no oxygen that wasn’t already attached to hydrogen.

A succession of downpours contributed to almost double normal December totals. River flows, soil moisture and groundwater

levels all swelled in response. We sweltered at night while daytime temperatures were standard issue for December.

If you headed out for a midnight dip, judicious selection of bathing spots was needed to avoid those hit by a storm’s flush.

Kathleen Kozyniak

Principal Scientist Climate and Air

For the full rundown find the State of the Environment Report here

What can you find in the full report?
Info and stats for December including:

• Rainfall & Lightning strikes

• Temperatures

• River Flows

• Groundwater & Soil Moisture

• The Longer Forecast and outlook

• Recreational Water Quality

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