Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Tiyan, Guam

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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TIYAN GU
400 PM CHST FRI JUL 22 2022

PMZ173-050500-
POHNPEI-
400 PM CHST FRI JUL 22 2022

...MODERATE DROUGHT CONTINUES FOR KAPINGAMARANGI...

.SYNOPSIS:
Trade winds have strengthened across the Pacific as the La Nina base
state reestablishes. La Nina is now expected to round out the rest of
the year. Inadequate rainfall (<8"/month) is expected to continue for
Kapingamarangi. See the drought outlook section for more details on
rainfall expectations.

Preliminary rainfall (inches) for select islands across Pohnpei
State. % of monthly normal rainfall based on 1991-2020 data.

              Apr        May       Jun     Jul 1-20

Kapinga        8.97      1.19      3.40      7.15
Nukuoro       20.25     18.62     12.62     18.93
WSO Pohnpei   28.86     22.32     18.02     22.91
Pingelap      25.04      7.14      8.66     17.65
Mwoakilloa    17.94     11.55     11.87     11.28

.SUMMARY OF IMPACTS:
*D1 Moderate drought* -- Kapingamarangi

For the latest drought map for the US Affiliated Pacific Islands visit
https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/CurrentMap/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?usapi

Public and private water tanks are above 50%. Vegetation is still yellow.

.DROUGHT MITIGATION ACTIONS:
Residents continue to conserve water. Eight 1,500 gallon water tanks
were also shipped to Kapinga recently. These water tanks will bolster
water resources once they are installed.

.LOCAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK:
0.5 to 2 inches of rainfall is expected through the first week of August.
Rainfall is still expected to be inadequate (< than 8"/month) to
meet most water needs the next several months. This is supported by
seasonal model guidance and the ongoing La Nina climate pattern.

.NEXT ISSUANCE DATE:
The next Drought Information Statement will be issued Friday, August 5,
2022 or sooner if necessary.

.RELATED WEBSITES:
-US Drought Monitor for the United States Affiliated Pacific Islands-
https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/CurrentMap/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?usapi
-National Weather Service Guam-
https://www.weather.gov/gum/Hydrology
-Pacific ENSO Applications Climate (PEAC) Services-
https://www.weather.gov/peac
-Climate Prediction Center Global Tropics Hazards and Benefits Outlook-
https://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/precip/CWlink/ghazards/
-Coral reef watch satellite monitoring-
https://coralreefwatch.noaa.gov/satellite/index.php

.ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:
This drought statement is a combined effort involving regional National
Weather Service offices, USAPI drought monitor team, Tropical Weather
Sciences, the Climate Prediction Center, PEAC Services, the
International Research Institute for Climate and Society, USAID
subregional offices and the NOAA/NESDIS coral reef watch program.

.QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ABOUT THIS PRODUCT? PLEASE CONTACT:
National Weather Service
3232 Hueneme Road
Barrigada, GU 96913
http://www.weather.gov/gum
phone: 671-472-0953
e-mail: brandon.bukunt@noaa.gov / marcus.aydlett@noaa.gov

$$

Bukunt/Aydlett


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