Key points

· Annual rainfall for Northland varied from 90 percent to 160 percent of average.

· Extreme dry conditions during mid spring to early summer.

· Central Government declared a medium level drought for Northland in December.

· Eleven severe weather warnings were issued by MetService.

· Several significant weather events including ex-tropical cyclone Wilma, damaging winds and isolated thunderstorm activity.

· Tsunami waves generated by the Japan earthquake affected coastal areas.