Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Honolulu, HI

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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HONOLULU HI
822 AM HST THU JAN 12 2017

...DECEMBER RAINS BRING STATEWIDE DROUGHT IMPROVEMENT...

SYNOPSIS...

A WET WEATHER PATTERN DURING THE MONTH OF DECEMBER BROUGHT MUCH
NEEDED RAINFALL TO LEEWARD AREAS OF THE STATE AND HELPED REVERSE
THE INCREASING DROUGHT TREND FROM OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER. EXTREME
DROUGHT...OR THE D3 CATEGORY ON THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR
MAP...IMPROVED TO THE D1 CATEGORY...OR MODERATE DROUGHT...BY THE
END OF DECEMBER ON THE LEEWARD SLOPES OF KAUAI AND MAUI. SEVERE
DROUGHT...OR THE D2 CATEGORY...ALONG THE LEEWARD KOHALA SLOPES OF
THE BIG ISLAND...IMPROVED TO A DROUGHT-FREE STATE FOLLOWING A
MONTH OF ABOVE AVERAGE RAINFALL.

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

KAUAI.
PASTURES AND GENERAL VEGETATION ALONG THE LEEWARD SLOPES FROM HANAPEPE
TO WAIMEA IMPROVED OVER THE PAST MONTH. GRASSES IN SOME OF THE
NON-IRRIGATED PASTURES REMAIN SHORT AND NEED FOLLOW-UP RAINFALL
FOR A FULL RECOVERY.

OAHU.
VEGETATION REMAINS STRESSED IN SOME OF THE LEEWARD AREAS BUT NO SIGNIFICANT
DROUGHT IMPACTS HAVE BEEN REPORTED.

MOLOKAI AND LANAI.
THERE HAVE BEEN NO REPORTS OF DROUGHT IMPACTS BUT RAINFALL DATA
CORROBORATED BY SATELLITE-BASED VEGETATION HEALTH DATA INDICATED
IMPROVING CONDITIONS OVER THE PAST MONTH.

MAUI.
PASTURES AND GENERAL VEGETATION CONDITIONS ALONG THE LOWER LEEWARD
SLOPES OF HALEAKALA HAVE IMPROVED OVER THE PAST MONTH.
HOWEVER...ADDITIONAL RAINFALL IS NEEDED FOR A FULL RECOVERY.

BIG ISLAND.
PASTURES IMPROVED IN THE SOUTH KOHALA DISTRICT FOLLOWING EPISODES
OF STEADY SOAKING RAINFALL IN DECEMBER. RANCHERS IN THE SOUTH
POINT AREA REPORTED GOOD PASTURE CONDITIONS WHICH IS A CONSIDERABLE
IMPROVEMENT SINCE NOVEMBER.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...
ACCORDING TO THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER...LA NINA
CONDITIONS ARE PRESENT IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN BUT ARE EXPECTED TO
TRANSITION TO ENSO-NEUTRAL CONDITIONS EARLY IN 2017.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...
THE LONG-LEAD HAWAIIAN ISLANDS OUTLOOK ISSUED ON DECEMBER 15 BY
THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER SHOWED THAT PROBABILITIES
FAVOR ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURES THROUGH SPRING
2017. THE NEXT LONG-LEAD OUTLOOK WILL BE ISSUED BY THE CLIMATE
PREDICTION CENTER ON JANUARY 19.

HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...
DATA FROM THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY INDICATED THAT NEARLY ALL OF THE
MONITORED STREAMS ACROSS THE STATE HAD 30-DAY FLOW LEVELS IN THE
NORMAL TO ABOVE NORMAL RANGE. ONE SITE IN EAST KAUAI INDICATED A
BELOW NORMAL FLOW LEVEL. AVERAGE FLOW LEVELS ARE EXPECTED TO BE IN
THE NORMAL TO ABOVE NORMAL RANGE BASED ON THE EXPECTATION OF ABOVE
NORMAL RAINFALL OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...
THIS WILL BE THE FINAL DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT UNTIL SEVERE
DROUGHT RETURNS TO THE MAIN HAWAIIAN ISLANDS.

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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