Hawaii News Digest, 07 October 2017, 1555 UTC, Post #15730.
Reporter: Jeff Hansel (Hawaii Tribune-Herald).
Accessed on 07 October 2017, 1555 UTC.
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A prolonged dry period continues for much of the Hamakua Coast of Hawaii Island. According to National Weather Service hydrologist Kevin Kodama rainfall in East Hawaii “reached below normal throughout the county.” Laupahoehoe even set a record for lack of rain for the month of September.
Here are the rainfall totals from Kodama and the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources:
“In 2017, Laupahoehoe so far has received 45.43 inches of rain, 43 percent of its normal 106.45 inches. Papaikou received 88.69 inches in 2017, 59 percent of the 149.97 inches it normally gets by the end of September.”
“Hilo International Airport, for the year, has recorded 57.53 inches, 64 percent of its normal 89.88 inches for the year, according to the NWS.”
“Kona got 6.3 inches so far this year, 77 percent of the normal 13.79 inches. But September was a bright spot for the West Hawaii area.”
“The Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport gauge recorded more than double its normal September rainfall — 1.97 inches compared to the typical .84 of an inch.”
“That, Kodama said, might have helped Kona have fewer water-shortage problems while two deep wells weren’t functioning.”
“He said the Kona area has actually been doing better lately, with the entire coffee belt looking relatively good for moisture accumulation.”
“Kodama said it was “an unusual September” for weather on the Big Island, and for Hawaii in general.”
Kodama adds that rainfall totals in East Hawaii will continue to fall below normal for the next several months.
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