Weekend rain could end dry

THE Gisborne district's dive into drought could be halted by forecast rain today and over the weekend.

MetService’s severe weather outlook says by Saturday a deep low is expected to move slowly south-east to the north of New Zealand and there is a moderate confidence that rainfall accumulations will reach warning levels in Gisborne and the north of Hawke’s Bay.

There is also a low confidence that south-easterlies will reach severe gale force about and in the lee of the ranges of Gisborne, the far east of the Bay of Plenty, and the north of Hawke’s Bay.

Gisborne District Council staff have been monitoring the dry conditions that have developed after the last decent rain at the end of September.

They say the district is good shape going into summer. Groundwater and the water supply dams are at good levels.

The latest measurements from monitoring bores show a big recovery in groundwater levels after an alarming drop from 2015.

Thanks to the above-average winter rain, the water supply reservoirs are near-normal capacity for this time of year, said council’s water team leader Marcus Koll.

“The Mangapoike Dam levels are healthy for early November.

“Total storage is at 92 percent, which is about normal, and rain is expected in the catchment this weekend,” Mr Koll said.

Niwa’s hotspot report says the driest soils in the North Island are in Northland and Gisborne.

Gisborne’s soil moisture deficit is now at almost 120 millimetres, with the weekly moisture loss now averaging 3.5mm a day.

THE Gisborne district's dive into drought could be halted by forecast rain today and over the weekend.

MetService’s severe weather outlook says by Saturday a deep low is expected to move slowly south-east to the north of New Zealand and there is a moderate confidence that rainfall accumulations will reach warning levels in Gisborne and the north of Hawke’s Bay.

There is also a low confidence that south-easterlies will reach severe gale force about and in the lee of the ranges of Gisborne, the far east of the Bay of Plenty, and the north of Hawke’s Bay.

Gisborne District Council staff have been monitoring the dry conditions that have developed after the last decent rain at the end of September.

They say the district is good shape going into summer. Groundwater and the water supply dams are at good levels.

The latest measurements from monitoring bores show a big recovery in groundwater levels after an alarming drop from 2015.

Thanks to the above-average winter rain, the water supply reservoirs are near-normal capacity for this time of year, said council’s water team leader Marcus Koll.

“The Mangapoike Dam levels are healthy for early November.

“Total storage is at 92 percent, which is about normal, and rain is expected in the catchment this weekend,” Mr Koll said.

Niwa’s hotspot report says the driest soils in the North Island are in Northland and Gisborne.

Gisborne’s soil moisture deficit is now at almost 120 millimetres, with the weekly moisture loss now averaging 3.5mm a day.

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