Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Honolulu, HI

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Honolulu HI
109 PM HST Thu Jan 13 2022

...VERY WET DECEMBER ELIMINATES HAWAII DROUGHT...

.SYNOPSIS:

One of the wettest Decembers in the last 50 years eliminated
drought conditions across the State of Hawaii. In November, every
county in the state had at least severe drought, or the D2
category in the U.S. Drought Monitor map. Portions of Molokai and
Maui had exceptional drought, or the D4 category. These drought
conditions were eliminated by significant rainfall from a strong
kona low in early December, and subsequent heavy rain events later
in the month.

.SUMMARY OF IMPACTS:

There are no drought impacts to report in the state.

.DROUGHT MITIGATION ACTIONS:

Following the wet conditions in December, the Maui County
Department of Water Supply ended the Stage 1 Water Shortage
declaration for Upcountry Maui. The declaration had been in place
since July 2, 2021 and prohibited consumers from using water for
irrigation, watering lawns, washing vehicles, and other
nonessential activities.

.LOCAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK:

The Long-Lead Hawaiian Islands Outlook issued on December 16, 2021
by the NOAA Climate Prediction Center showed probabilities
favoring above normal rainfall and temperatures through spring
2022. The next long-lead outlook will be issued by the Climate
Prediction Center on January 20.

.NEXT ISSUANCE DATE:

This is the final Drought Information Statement until D2
conditions return to the State of Hawaii on the U.S. Drought
Monitor map.

.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.

.CONTACT INFORMATION:

If you have 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
Email: Kevin.kodama@noaa.gov

$$


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