Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Honolulu, HI

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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HONOLULU HI
947 AM HST FRI OCT 7 2016

...POCKETS OF SEVERE DROUGHT PERSIST OVER LEEWARD MAUI AND
KAUAI...

SYNOPSIS...

DESPITE WET CONDITIONS OVER MOST AREAS OF THE STATE...POCKETS OF
SEVERE DROUGHT...OR THE D2 CATEGORY ON THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR
MAP...REMAIN IN PLACE OVER PORTIONS OF LEEWARD MAUI AND KAUAI. ON
MAUI...D2 CONDITIONS ARE FOUND IN THE AREA NEAR AND JUST UPSLOPE
FROM KIHEI AND WAILEA. SEVERE DROUGHT ON KAUAI ENCOMPASSES THE
LOWER LEEWARD ELEVATIONS FROM HANAPEPE TO WAIMEA.

IN MAUI COUNTY...MID-SEPTEMBER HEAVY RAINFALL REMOVED THE
REMAINING AREAS OF MODERATE DROUGHT...OR THE D1 CATEGORY...OVER
MOLOKAI...LANAI AND KAHOOLAWE. NO SIGNIFICANT DROUGHT CONDITIONS
WERE NOTED ON OAHU OR THE BIG ISLAND THOUGH POCKETS OF ABNORMALLY
DRY CONDITIONS RE-EMERGED OVER SOME OF THE LEEWARD AREAS.

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

KAUAI.
LEEWARD KAUAI NON-IRRIGATED PASTURES REMAIN IN POOR CONDITION IN
THE AREA FROM HANAPEPE TO WAIMEA. OTHER REPORTS ALSO INDICATED
DETERIORATING VEGETATION HEALTH JUST WEST OF KALAHEO AND OVER THE
LOWER SLOPES FROM WAIMEA TO MANA.

OAHU.
THERE ARE NO DROUGHT IMPACTS TO REPORT.

MOLOKAI AND LANAI.
THERE ARE NO DROUGHT IMPACTS TO REPORT.

MAUI.
DESPITE WET CONDITIONS AND SEVERE FLASH FLOODING OVER WEST MAUI...RANCHERS
OPERATING ALONG THE LOWER LEEWARD SLOPES OF HALEAKALA NEAR KIHEI AND
WAILEA REPORTED NO SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT IN PASTURE CONDITIONS. THE
AREA REMAINS UNDER SEVERE DROUGHT FOR AGRICULTURAL INTERESTS.

BIG ISLAND.
THERE ARE NO DROUGHT IMPACTS TO REPORT.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...
ACCORDING TO THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER...ENSO-NEUTRAL
CONDITIONS ARE PRESENT IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN AND ARE EXPECTED TO
PERSIST THROUGH THE WINTER MONTHS.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...
THE LONG-LEAD HAWAIIAN ISLANDS OUTLOOK ISSUED ON SEPTEMBER 15 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 OCTOBER 20.

HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...
DATA FROM THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY INDICATED THAT ALL OF THE
MONITORED STREAMS IN MAUI COUNTY AND OAHU HAD 30-DAY FLOW LEVELS
IN THE ABOVE NORMAL TO HIGH FLOW RANGE. ALL OF THE MONITORED
STREAMS ON KAUAI AND THE BIG ISLAND HAD FLOW LEVELS IN THE NORMAL
TO ABOVE NORMAL 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 NOVEMBER 10
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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