Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Honolulu, HI

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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HONOLULU HI
1009 AM HST THU SEP 8 2016

...SMALL AREAS OF DROUGHT LINGER FOLLOWING A WET AUGUST...

SYNOPSIS...

TROPICAL WEATHER SYSTEMS...INCLUDING THE REMNANTS OF FORMER
TROPICAL CYCLONES FRANK AND HOWARD...AND THE NEAR-MISS OF
HURRICANE MADELINE PRODUCED WET CONDITIONS OVER MOST AREAS OF THE
STATE. HOWEVER...STUBBORN POCKETS OF DRYNESS HAVE PERSISTED
THROUGH THE SUMMER RESULTING IN A CONTINUATION OF SEVERE
DROUGHT...OR THE D2 CATEGORY ON THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR
MAP...OVER THE KIHEI...WAILEA AND MAALAEA AREAS OF MAUI.
FURTHERMORE...THE SMALL AREA OF MODERATE DROUGHT...OR THE D1
CATEGORY...OVER SOUTH KAUAI HAS WORSENED TO THE SEVERE DROUGHT
LEVEL NEAR HANAPEPE DESPITE WET CONDITIONS ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF
THE ISLAND.

ELSEWHERE...WET CONDITIONS ON THE BIG ISLAND OVER THE PAST MONTH
HAVE ELIMINATED THE REMAINING D1 AREAS OVER THE POHAKULOA REGION
AND THE LOWER ELEVATIONS OF THE KAU DISTRICT NEAR SOUTH POINT.

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

KAUAI.
MOST OF KAUAI IS IN GOOD SHAPE EXCEPT FOR A SMALL SECTION OF THE LOWER
LEEWARD SLOPES NEAR HANAPEPE. NON-IRRIGATED PASTURES IN THIS AREA
ARE BROWN AND SPARSE WITH PATCHES OF BARE DIRT WHERE CATTLE HAVE
GRAZED.

OAHU.
THERE ARE NO DROUGHT IMPACTS TO REPORT.

MOLOKAI AND LANAI.
PASTURES AND GENERAL VEGETATION CONDITIONS REMAIN DRY OVER THE
SOUTHERN SLOPES FROM HALE O LONO EASTWARD TO KAWELA.

MAUI.
THE USDA REPORTED THAT PASTURE CONDITIONS REMAIN VERY POOR ALONG
THE LOWER LEEWARD SLOPES OF HALEAKALA NEAR KIHEI...WAILEA AND
MAALAEA.

BIG ISLAND.
FOLLOW-UP RAINFALL IN AUGUST AFTER A WET JULY HAVE IMPROVED
CONDITIONS TO THE POINT WHERE THERE ARE NO LONGER ANY SIGNIFICANT
DROUGHT IMPACTS TO REPORT FROM THE COUNTY OF HAWAII.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...
ACCORDING TO THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER...ENSO-NEUTRAL CONDITIONS
ARE PRESENT IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN. LA NINA IS STILL SLIGHTLY
FAVORED TO DEVELOP IN EARLY FALL OF 2016.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...
THE LONG-LEAD HAWAIIAN ISLANDS OUTLOOK ISSUED ON AUGUST 18 BY THE
NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER SHOWED THAT PROBABILITIES FAVOR
ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURES THROUGH EARLY SPRING
2017. THE NEXT LONG-LEAD OUTLOOK WILL BE ISSUED BY THE CLIMATE
PREDICTION CENTER ON SEPTEMBER 15.

HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...
DATA FROM THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY INDICATED THAT MOST OF THE
MONITORED STREAMS ACROSS THE STATE HAD 30-DAY FLOW LEVELS IN THE
ABOVE NORMAL TO HIGH FLOW RANGE. AVERAGE FLOW LEVELS ARE EXPECTED
TO REMAIN ABOVE NORMAL ON THE EXPECTATION OF ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL
FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...
THE NEXT DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED ON OCTOBER 7
2016 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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