Drought Information Statement
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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HONOLULU HI
940 AM HST THU APR 3 2014

...KUALAPUU RESERVOIR ON MOLOKAI IS THE LAST MAIN DROUGHT CONCERN IN
THE STATE...


SYNOPSIS...
HEAVY RAIN EVENTS CONTINUED TO AFFECT THE EASTERN COUNTIES THROUGH
MARCH WHICH HELPED EASE DRYNESS...ESPECIALLY ALONG THE WINDWARD
SLOPES.  AT THIS TIME...THE MAIN DROUGHT CONCERN IS THE AREA
SERVICED BY THE KUALAPUU RESERVOIR IN WEST MOLOKAI.  THE AREA HAS
LONG BEEN UNDER EXTREME DROUGHT...OR THE D3 CATEGORY IN THE U.S.
DROUGHT MONITOR MAP DUE TO LOW WATER LEVELS WHICH HAVE FORCED
MANDATORY RESTRICTIONS IN IRRIGATION WATER USE.
HOWEVER...INFORMATION RECEIVED TODAY INDICATED THAT RESTRICTIONS
WILL BE EASED SOMEWHAT AS WATER SUPPLY LEVELS HAVE RISEN OVER THE
PAST SEVERAL WEEKS.  THIS WILL RESULT IN A CHANGE TO THE D2
CATEGORY...WHICH IS LABELED AS SEVERE DROUGHT.

THE REMAINDER OF MOLOKAI WAS DROUGHT-FREE ALONG WITH
KAUAI...OAHU...LANAI AND KAHOOLAWE.  MODERATE DROUGHT...OR THE D1
CATEGORY...REMAINED OVER THE LOWER LEEWARD MAUI SLOPES NEAR KIHEI
AND OVER THE LEEWARD SLOPES OF THE BIG ISLAND FROM THE LOWER SOUTH
KOHALA DISTRICT TO THE HUMUULA SADDLE AND THE UPPER SLOPES OF MAUNA
LOA.  AN EVALUATION OF MARCH RAINFALL AND FIELD CONDITIONS MAY
RESULT IN A REDUCTION OF D1 COVERAGE IN THE NEXT DROUGHT MONITOR MAP.

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

KAUAI.
THERE ARE NO DROUGHT IMPACTS TO REPORT.

OAHU.
THERE ARE NO DROUGHT IMPACTS TO REPORT.

MOLOKAI.
THE WATER LEVEL IN THE KUALAPUU RESERVOIR HAS CONTINUED TO INCREASE
IN RECENT WEEKS WHICH RESULTED IN THE ABOVE-MENTIONED EASING OF
RESTRICTIONS IN IRRIGATION WATER USE BY THE STATE OF HAWAII
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE.  THE CHANGE IN RESTRICTIONS WILL GO FROM
A MANDATORY 30 PERCENT CUTBACK TO A MANDATORY 20 PERCENT CUTBACK.

LANAI.
THERE ARE NO DROUGHT IMPACTS TO REPORT.

MAUI.
PASTURE AND GENERAL VEGETATION CONDITIONS HAVE CONTINUED TO IMPROVE
OVER THE PAST SEVERAL WEEKS. WATER LEVELS IN RESERVOIRS SUPPLYING
RESIDENTS IN THE UPCOUNTRY AREA OF THE ISLAND HAVE REMAINED AT
ADEQUATE LEVELS. THE MAUI COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF WATER SUPPLY HAS
CONTINUED ITS LONG STANDING REQUEST FOR CENTRAL AND SOUTH MAUI
RESIDENTS TO VOLUNTARILY REDUCE CONSUMPTION BY 10 PERCENT.

BIG ISLAND.
REPORTS INDICATED THAT LEEWARD PASTURES HAVE NOT BEEN THIS GREEN IN
SEVERAL YEARS.  ABOVE AVERAGE RAINFALL ALONG THE WINDWARD SLOPES
HAVE ALSO HELPED BOOST CATCHMENT WATER SUPPLIES.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...
ACCORDING TO THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER...ENSO-NEUTRAL
CONDITIONS REMAIN IN PLACE AND ARE EXPECTED TO PERSIST THROUGH THE
NORTHERN HEMISPHERE SPRING SEASON.  HOWEVER...THERE IS A 50 PERCENT
CHANCE THAT EL NINO WILL DEVELOP IN THE SUMMER OR FALL SEASON OF
2014.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...
THE LONG-LEAD HAWAIIAN ISLANDS OUTLOOK ISSUED ON MARCH 20 BY THE
NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER INDICATED THAT PROBABILITIES FAVOR
ABOVE MEDIAN PRECIPITATION THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF THE WET SEASON
AND EVEN INTO THE EARLY PART OF THE DRY SEASON WHICH BEGINS IN MAY.
THE NEXT LONG-LEAD OUTLOOK WILL BE ISSUED BY THE CLIMATE PREDICTION
CENTER ON APRIL 17.

HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...
DATA FROM THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY INDICATED THAT ALL OF THE
MONITORED STREAMS ACROSS THE STATE HAD MARCH FLOW LEVELS IN THE
NORMAL TO ABOVE NORMAL RANGE.  FLOW LEVELS SHOULD SLOWLY DECREASE
DURING THE NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS WITH THE TRANSITION OUT OF THE WETTEST
TIME OF THE YEAR.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...
THE NEXT DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED ON MAY 8 2014
OR SOONER IF NECESSARY IN RESPONSE TO SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN
CONDITIONS.

&&

RELATED WEB SITES...
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON CURRENT DROUGHT CONDITIONS MAY BE FOUND
AT THE FOLLOWING WEB ADDRESSES /USE LOWER CASE LETTERS/

U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR...WWW.DROUGHT.UNL.EDU/DM/MONITOR.HTML
HAWAII DROUGHT MONITOR...HAWAII.GOV/DLNR/DROUGHT/INDEX.HTML
USGS HAWAII - RECENT CONDITIONS...HI.WATER.USGS.GOV/RECENT/INDEX.HTML
CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER LONG-LEAD HAWAII OUTLOOK...
WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV/PRODUCTS/PREDICTIONS/90DAY/FXHW40.HTML
HAWAII DROUGHT IMPACT REPORTER...HAWAII.DROUGHTREPORTER.UNL.EDU/

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...
INFORMATION FOR THIS PRODUCT WAS COMPILED FROM A NUMBER OF SOURCES
INCLUDING THE COUNTY BOARDS AND DEPARTMENTS OF WATER SUPPLY...U.S.
AND STATE OF HAWAII AGRICULTURE AGENCIES...THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL
SURVEY AND THE MEDIA.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ABOUT THIS DROUGHT
INFORMATION STATEMENT...PLEASE CONTACT...

KEVIN KODAMA
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
2525 CORREA RD. SUITE 250
HONOLULU HI  96822
PHONE...808-973-5276
KEVIN.KODAMA@NOAA.GOV

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