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Central Otago drought, 2003

Central Otago drought, 2003

The driest places in New Zealand are southern inland areas. In Central Otago, potential evaporation always exceeds precipitation (rainfall or snow), except in winter. This means that drought conditions are almost continuous.

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Otago Daily Times
Reference: 28 December 2003
Photograph by Craig Baxter

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Mike Scarsbrook and Charles Pearson, 'Water resources - Water supply, floods and droughts', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 December 2021)

Story by Mike Scarsbrook and Charles Pearson, published 24 Nov 2008