Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Honolulu, HI

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Honolulu HI
805 AM HST Fri Jun 16 2017

...BIG ISLAND DROUGHT EASES ALONG THE KONA COFFEE BELT...

SYNOPSIS...

Big Island drought recovery following the wet condition in late
April continued to a point where severe drought, or the D2
category in the U.S. Drought Monitor map was downgraded to
moderate drought, or the D1 category on May 16. Since then, the
Kona slopes have been receiving ample rainfall which resulted in
the removal of drought on June 15. The rest of the moderate
drought area on the Big Island has remained in place with spotty
rainfall preventing a worsening of conditions but not enough to
produce significant improvements.

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, and Maui.
No significant drought impacts reported.

Big Island.
The Kona coffee belt region of the Big Island has continued to
receive ample rainfall based on rain gage and farmer reports.
There were still reports of dry pastures from the South Point and
South Kohala areas.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...
According to the NOAA Climate Prediction Center...ENSO-neutral
conditions are present in the Pacific Ocean and are expected to
persist through at least the northern hemisphere 2017 fall season.
There is a decreasing chance for El Nino development through the
remainder of the year.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...
The Long-Lead Hawaiian Islands Outlook issued on June 15 by the
NOAA Climate Prediction Center did not show any probabilities
favoring above or below normal precipitation for the state through
the summer. The probabilities favor above normal temperatures
across the entire state through the summer. The next long-lead
outlook will be issued by the Climate Prediction Center on July
20.

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
near normal range. Flow levels from streams in the Kohala area of
the Big Island were below normal. Near normal overall flow
conditions are expected to continue through the summer 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:

U.S. Drought Monitor: droughtmonitor.unl.edu/
Hawaii Drought Monitor: dlnr.hawaii.gov/drought
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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