Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Honolulu, HI

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Honolulu HI
933 AM HST Fri Feb 7 2020

...DROUGHT EASES IN MAUI COUNTY AND THE BIG ISLAND...

.SYNOPSIS:
Wet conditions during the first half of January helped ease
drought across portions of Maui County and the Big Island. In the
Kihei area of Maui, a small area of exceptional drought, or the
D4 category on the U.S. Drought Monitor map, improved to moderate
drought, or the D1 category. Along the southern slope of
Haleakala, extreme drought, or the D3 category, eased to severe
drought, or the D2 category. Severe drought conditions in the
leeward sections of West Maui, central Molokai, Lanai, and
Kahoolawe improved to moderate drought over the past month, but
persists in southwestern Molokai.

On the Big Island, areas of drought were removed in the North
Kohala District and along the lower Hamakua slopes. However,
severe drought from Waimea to Mana persisted.

.SUMMARY OF IMPACTS:
Kauai County and Oahu
There are no drought areas.

Maui County
Rainfall over the past month has helped improve pasture conditions along
the lower leeward slopes of Haleakala. Satellite-based vegetation
health data also showed improvements in conditions along the lower
elevations of southeastern Haleakala and leeward West Maui. In
west Molokai, ground observations indicated that pastures and
general vegetation conditions improved over the northwestern portion
of the island but remained poor over the southwestern portion.

Big Island.
Ground reports and satellite-based vegetation health data indicated
that conditions have improved in the North Kohala District and along
the lower Hamakua slopes, but remained poor from Waimea to Mana. The
pastures from Waimea to Mana were starting to improve following the
early January rainfall but dry conditions during the latter half of
the month halted the improvement.

.DROUGHT MITIGATION ACTIONS:
A Maui County Department of Water Supply request for a voluntary
reduction in water consumption for all of its West Maui customers
remains in place due to a long term drop in treated water production
at the Mahinahina plant.

Assistance programs from the U.S. Department of Agriculture`s Farm
Service Agency have been implemented for farmers and ranchers in
Maui County and the Big Island due to the ongoing drought conditions.

.LOCAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK:
The Long-Lead Hawaiian Islands Outlook issued on January 16 by the
NOAA Climate Prediction Center shows probabilities favoring above
normal rainfall across the state through mid-summer 2020. Probabilities
significantly favor above normal temperatures across the state
through summer 2020 due to the forecast of persistent above
average sea surface temperatures around the Hawaiian Islands. The
next long-lead outlook will be issued by the Climate Prediction
Center on February 20.

Based on the forecast for above normal rainfall, drought conditions
should continue to ease over the next several months. The wet season
(October through April) weather systems provide a higher likelihood
of rainfall getting into the leeward areas which currently have
drought.

.NEXT ISSUANCE DATE:
The next Drought Information Statement will be issued on March 6,
2020 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:

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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