Drought Information Statement
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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HONOLULU HI
1230 PM HST THU MAR 6 2014

...DROUGHT PICTURE CONTINUES TO IMPROVE FOLLOWING FEBRUARY RAIN
EVENTS...

SYNOPSIS...
LARGE SCALE WEATHER SYSTEMS DURING FEBRUARY HAVE PRODUCED ENOUGH
RAINFALL TO BUILD ON PREVIOUS IMPROVEMENTS IN DROUGHT CONDITIONS.
THESE RAIN EVENTS MANAGED TO REACH THE LEEWARD AREAS OF MAUI AND THE
BIG ISLAND WHICH HAVE BEEN HIT THE HARDEST BY DROUGHT. ON THE
ISLAND OF MAUI...SEVERE DROUGHT...OR THE D2 CATEGORY ON THE U.S.
DROUGHT MONITOR MAP...WAS FINALLY ELIMINATED...ENDING A CONTINUOUS
STRETCH OF D2 CONDITIONS WHICH STARTED IN AUGUST 2011. SEVERE
DROUGHT ALSO ENDED ON THE BIG ISLAND...WHICH HAS SEEN THE D2
CLASSIFICATION IN VARIOUS LOCATIONS CONTINUOUSLY SINCE JULY 2008.
EXTREME DROUGHT...OR THE D3 CATEGORY...REMAINS IN WESTERN MOLOKAI IN
THE AREA SERVICED BY THE KUALAPUU RESERVOIR AND IS SOLELY DUE TO
LONG TERM IRRIGATION WATER USE RESTRICTIONS.

THE REDUCTION IN THE AREA OF MODERATE DROUGHT...OR THE D1
CATEGORY...HAS CONTINUED OVER THE PAST MONTH.  THE D1 AREA IS NOW
LIMITED TO THE LOWER LEEWARD SLOPES OF MAUI FROM MAALAEA TO
MAKENA...AND FROM THE LOWER LEEWARD SOUTH KOHALA SLOPES TO THE
HUMUULA SADDLE AND THE UPPER SLOPES OF MAUNA LOA ON THE BIG ISLAND.

KAUAI COUNTY AND OAHU REMAIN DROUGHT-FREE.

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
SLOWLY IN RECENT WEEKS BUT REMAINS AT LESS THAN HALF OF CAPACITY.
AS A RESULT...THE STATE OF HAWAII DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE HAS
CONTINUED ITS MANDATORY 30 PERCENT REDUCTION IN IRRIGATION WATER USE.

LANAI.
THERE ARE NO DROUGHT IMPACTS TO REPORT.

MAUI.
PASTURE AND GENERAL VEGETATION CONDITIONS HAVE CONTINUED TO IMPROVE
OVER THE PAST MONTH.  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.
PASTURE CONDITIONS HAVE BEEN IMPROVING OVER THE PAST MONTH THOUGH
THE RECOVERY IS TENUOUS SINCE SOIL MOISTURE REMAINS SUB-OPTIMAL.
FOLLOW-UP RAINFALL IS NEEDED TO PREVENT A QUICK RETURN TO DROUGHT
CONDITIONS ONCE THE DRY SEASON STARTS IN A COUPLE OF MONTHS.
REPORTS FROM THE POHAKULOA REGION OF THE ISLAND INDICATED THAT TREES
AND SHRUBS WERE GREEN BUT DRY... AND FEED FOR LIVESTOCK WAS STILL A
PROBLEM.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...
ACCORDING TO THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER...ENSO-NEUTRAL
CONDITIONS REMAIN IN PLACE AND PROBABILITIES FAVOR PERSISTENCE
THROUGH THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERIC SPRING SEASON OF 2014.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...
THE LONG-LEAD HAWAIIAN ISLANDS OUTLOOK ISSUED ON FEBRUARY 20 BY THE
NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER INDICATED THAT PROBABILITIES FAVOR
ABOVE MEDIAN PRECIPITATION THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF THE WET SEASON.
THE NEXT LONG-LEAD OUTLOOK WILL BE ISSUED BY THE CLIMATE PREDICTION
CENTER ON MARCH 20.

HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...
DATA FROM THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY INDICATED THAT MONITORED
STREAMS ON KAUAI AND OAHU HAD FEBRUARY FLOW AVERAGES IN THE NORMAL
TO ABOVE NORMAL RANGE.  FLOW AVERAGES FOR STREAMS IN MAUI COUNTY AND
THE BIG ISLAND WERE MOSTLY IN THE BELOW NORMAL RANGE. BASED ON THE
PRECIPITATION OUTLOOK...FLOW AVERAGES ON KAUAI AND OAHU SHOULD
REMAIN IN THE NEAR TO ABOVE NORMAL RANGE WHILE AVERAGES FROM MAUI
COUNTY AND THE BIG ISLAND SHOULD INCREASE OVER THE NEXT MONTH.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...
THE NEXT DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED ON APRIL 3
2014 OR SOONER IF NECESSARY IN RESPONSE TO SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN
CONDITIONS.

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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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