Drought Information Statement Archive
SEVERE DROUGHT RETURNS TO SOUTH KAUAI http://www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl/Products/DGTHFO/WEB_HFODGTHFO.201710122230.20171012_1230 SYNOPSIS... Dry conditions continued to affect many areas of the state during September. Drought conditions worsened on Kauai with the return of severe drought, or the D2 category on the U.S. Drought Monitor map, to the southern slopes of the island from Hanapepe to Kekaha. Moderate drought, or the D1 category, spread into the normally wet windward slopes of the Kohala Mountains on the Big Island. Extreme drought, which is the D3 category, maintained its Big Island presence in the South Kohala District from Waimea to Kawaihae and the Kau District from Punaluu to South Point. Severe drought also continued along the upper slopes of the Hamakua, North Hilo, and South Hilo Districts, and along the slopes of the Kau District from Pahala to Hawaiian Ocean View Estates. In Maui County, severe drought continued along the lower slopes of Haleakala near Kihei and Wailea, and on the west half of Molokai. Moderate drought remained in place over the rest of Haleakala and over the leeward slopes of the West Maui Mountains. On Oahu, moderate drought continued over the leeward sections of the Waianae Range. SUMMARY OF IMPACTS... Kauai. Non-irrigated pastures continued to deteriorate over the lower slopes of south Kauai, especially in the area from Hanapepe to Kekaha. Although still drier than normal, pastures in southeast and east Kauai have had bouts of rain that prevented drought conditions from worsening. Oahu. Pastures and general vegetation remain dry over west Oahu. Brush fires have been increasing in frequency in recent weeks. Maui County No significant changes since the previous report. Pastures and general vegetation in the Kihei area of Maui and the Hoolehua and Maunaloa areas of Molokai remain in poor condition. In the Upcountry area, a Stage 1 Water Shortage declared on July 18 by the Department of Water Supply remained in effect due to reduced incoming supply levels and the ongoing dry weather conditions. The declaration asks for a voluntary reduction of public water use. Big Island. A farmer operating in Waipio Valley reported that low stream flow conditions have impacted taro production and stunted plant growth. Pastures in portions of the South Kohala District and the Kau District near South Point were depleted. Pastures and general vegetation from Punaluu to Hawaiian Ocean View Estates in the Kau District were reported to be in very poor condition. From the public water sector, the County of Hawaii Department of Water Supply maintained its request for a 10 percent voluntary reduction in water use for the Ninole and Hakalau areas of the Hamakua Coast. Water supply springs in the area were reported to be running low. CLIMATE SUMMARY... According to the NOAA Climate Prediction Center, ENSO-neutral conditions are present in the Pacific Ocean but the atmosphere and ocean are trending toward a La Nina state. Thus, a La Nina Watch remains in effect and La Nina conditions are expected to develop during the fall and persist through the northern hemisphere's winter season of 2017 - 2018. PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK... The Long-Lead Hawaiian Islands Outlook issued on September 21 by the NOAA Climate Prediction Center does not show any tilt in the probabilities for above or below normal rainfall through the fall. Probabilities favor above normal rainfall for the winter. If La Nina develops, the enhanced rainfall may primarily affect the north- and east-facing slopes leaving the south- and west-facing slopes drier than normal. Probabilities favor above normal temperatures across the entire state for the remainder of the year and into spring 2018 due to the forecasted persistence of above average sea surface temperatures around the Hawaiian Islands. The next long-lead outlook will be issued by the Climate Prediction Center on October 19. HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK... Data from the U.S. Geological Survey indicated that most of the monitored streams across the state had September flow levels in the below normal range. A few of the streams on Kauai and Oahu had near to above normal flow levels. The persistence of dry conditions over much of the state will require sustained periods of enhanced rainfall to return base flow conditions to a more normal state. NEXT ISSUANCE DATE... The next Drought Information Statement will be issued on November 9, 2017 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. 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 Email: Kevin.kodama@noaa.gov $$ Thu, 12 Oct 2017 12:30:00 +1000 EXTREME DROUGHT RETURNS TO THE BIG ISLAND http://www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl/Products/DGTHFO/HFODGTHFO.20170908203040.20170908_1030 SYNOPSIS... Trade wind showers returned to the windward slopes of the Big Island but not much rain made it to the leeward areas. As a result, portions of the South Kohala District from Waimea to Kawaihae, and the Kau District from Punaluu to South Point have worsened to the extreme drought category, or the D3 level on the U.S. Drought Monitor map. Existing severe drought, or the D2 category, persisted over the upper slopes of the Hamakua, North Hilo, and South Hilo Districts, and along the slopes of the Kau District from Pahala to Hawaiian Ocean View Estates. Dry conditions in Maui County also pushed drought into the D2 category along the slopes of Haleakala near Kihei and Wailea, and on the west half of Molokai. Drought has also developed over other areas of the state with moderate drought, or the D1 category, forming over the lower slopes of Kauai from Kealia to Hanapepe, and along the west side of Lanai. Existing moderate drought over west Oahu remained in place. Near normal trade wind rainfall over the lower sections of the South Hilo and Puna Districts have eased drought impacts but D1-level conditions remained in place over most of the rest of the island not in the D2 and D3 areas. SUMMARY OF IMPACTS... Kauai. Impacts have been from the agriculture sector where pastures have been deteriorating over the past several weeks. The worst conditions were in the areas near Poipu and Koloa. Oahu. Pastures and general vegetation have been drying out over west Oahu. Maui County Pastures and general vegetation in the Kihei area of Maui and the Hoolehua and Maunaloa areas of Molokai were in poor condition based on observations and reports from ranchers. In the Upcountry area, a Stage 1 Water Shortage declared on July 18 by the Department of Water Supply remained in effect due to reduced incoming supply levels and the ongoing dry weather conditions. The declaration asks for a voluntary conservation of public water use. Big Island. Reports from the Big Island over the past month showed that pastures in portions of the South Kohala District were depleted. Pastures and general vegetation from Punaluu to Hawaiian Ocean View Estates in the Kau District were reported to be in very poor condition. From the public water sector, the County of Hawaii Department of Water Supply has requested a 10 percent voluntary reduction in water use for the Ninole and Hakalau areas of the Hamakua Coast. Water supply springs in the area were reported to be running low. 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 northern hemisphere's winter season of 2017 - 2018. PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK... The Long-Lead Hawaiian Islands Outlook issued on August 17 by the NOAA Climate Prediction Center does not show any tilt in the probabilities for above or below normal rainfall through the fall. Probabilities favor above normal temperatures across the entire state for the remainder of the year. The next long-lead outlook will be issued by the Climate Prediction Center on September 21. HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK... Data from the U.S. Geological Survey indicated that most of the monitored streams across the state had August flow levels in the near normal to below normal range. A few of the streams on Kauai and Oahu had above normal flow levels. There does not appear to be any compelling reason to expect a change from near to below normal streamflow through early fall. NEXT ISSUANCE DATE... The next Drought Information Statement will be issued on October 12, 2017 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. 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 Email: Kevin.kodama@noaa.gov $$ Fri, 8 Sep 2017 10:30:00 +1000 SEVERE DROUGHT AREA EXPANDS ON THE BIG ISLAND http://www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl/Products/DGTHFO/HFODGTHFO.20170809224311.20170809_1242 SYNOPSIS... Anomalously stable atmospheric conditions that started in June continued through the first half of July. The resulting below normal rainfall caused an increase in drought coverage over the east half of the state. Rainfall increased during the second half of July to help stabilize the drought conditions but decreased once again in early August. Severe drought, or the D2 category on the U.S. Drought Monitor map, expanded to cover most of the South Kohala and Hamakua Districts of the Big Island in early July. Severe drought conditions also popped up along the lower elevations of the Kau District from Punaluu to South Point. Moderate drought, or the D1 category, filled in most of the remaining areas of the Big Island with the exception of the Kona slopes and the windward slopes of the Kohala Mountains. Moderate drought conditions also developed over most of the island of Maui and over the west half of Molokai during the past month. The rest of Maui County was not yet at the D1 level of impacts but is considered to be abnormally dry. SUMMARY OF IMPACTS... Kauai. No significant drought impacts reported. Oahu. No significant drought impacts reported. Maui County Reduced trade wind rainfall lowered surface water flow levels feeding the Upcountry water system. This prompted the Maui County Department of Water Supply to declare a Stage I Water Shortage on July 18 due to reduced incoming supply levels and the ongoing dry weather conditions. The declaration asks for a voluntary conservation of public water. On Molokai, livestock operators reported poor pasture conditions on the west side of the island. Big Island. The ongoing drought conditions have maintained the flow of impact reports from the Big Island. In addition to ginger reported last month, sweet potato and taro farmers recently indicated reduced production on the windward side. Pastures and general vegetation in the southern portion of the Kau District and portions of the Humuula Saddle in the interior of the island were reported to be in poor condition. Ranchers in the Hamakua and Puna Districts indicated that water holes have been drying up. This is consistent with the observation from the Hawaii County Department of Water Supply which mentioned a reduction in flow from springs in the Ninole, Hakalau, and Naalehu 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 the northern hemispheric winter season of 2017 - 2018. PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK... The Long-Lead Hawaiian Islands Outlook issued on July 20 by the NOAA Climate Prediction Center does not show any tilt in the probabilities for above or below normal rainfall through the summer. Probabilities favor above normal temperatures across the entire state for the remainder of the year. The next long-lead outlook will be issued by the Climate Prediction Center on August 17. HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK... Data from the U.S. Geological Survey indicated that most of the monitored streams from Kauai to Maui had 30-day flow levels in the near normal to below normal range. All of the monitored streams on the Big Island had 30-day flow levels in the below normal range. Barring an impact by a tropical cyclone or its remnant moisture area, there does not appear to be any compelling reason to expect a change from near to below normal streamflow through the rest of the 2017 summer season and possibly into early fall. NEXT ISSUANCE DATE... The next Drought Information Statement will be issued on September 8, 2017 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. 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 $$ Wed, 9 Aug 2017 12:42:00 +1000 SEVERE DROUGHT RETURNS TO THE BIG ISLAND http://www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl/Products/DGTHFO/HFODGTHFO.20170707193600.20170707_0935 SYNOPSIS... An anomalously stable atmosphere has limited rainfall over many areas of the Big Island. As a result, severe drought, or the D2 category on the U.S. Drought Monitor map, has returned quickly to the leeward areas of the South Kohala District. Moderate drought, or D1 category conditions, have spread eastward to cover all of the windward slopes and the Kau District. Only portions of the Kona slopes and the windward slopes of the Kohala Mountains remain drought-free on the Big Island. SUMMARY OF IMPACTS... Kauai, Oahu, and Maui County. No significant drought impacts reported. Big Island. Impact reports have been coming in more frequently over the past month as conditions worsen. Field reports from the leeward South Kohala District between Waimea and Kawaihae have been showing very poor vegetation conditions. Producers operating in the area have destocked pastures. Even the normally wetter windward areas have been deteriorating lately. Pastures and general vegetation in the Ookala and Paauilo areas were becoming dry and a brushfire scorched several acres in the area on June 26. A ginger farmer operating in the Umauma area of the North Hilo District reported stunted growth in his plants. In the Pohoiki, Mountain View, and Glenwood areas of the Puna District, producers have been culling herds due to reduced forage. Puna District residents on catchment systems have also been hauling more water for basic needs due to insufficient rainfall. 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 northern hemisphere's fall season of 2017. The probability of El Nino development decreases through the rest of the year. PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK... The Long-Lead Hawaiian Islands Outlook issued on June 15 by the NOAA Climate Prediction Center does not show any tilt in the probabilities for above or below normal rainfall through the summer. Probabilities favor above normal temperatures across the entire state for the remainder of the year. 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 from Kauai to Molokai had 30-day flow levels in the near normal to above normal range. Most of the monitored streams on Maui and the Big Island had 30-day flow levels in the normal to below normal range. Since probabilities do not favor below normal rainfall, average flow on the Big Island and Maui should return to more normal levels with the return of more typical trade wind rainfall conditions. NEXT ISSUANCE DATE... The next Drought Information Statement will be issued on August 10, 2017 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. 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 $$ Fri, 7 Jul 2017 9:35:00 +1000 BIG ISLAND DROUGHT EASES ALONG THE KONA COFFEE BELT http://www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl/Products/DGTHFO/HFODGTHFO.20170616180611.20170616_0805 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 $$ Fri, 16 Jun 2017 8:05:00 +1000 WET SEASON ENDS WITH DROUGHT EASING IN THE STATE http://www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl/Products/DGTHFO/HFODGTHFO.20170504195130.20170504_0951 SYNOPSIS... Weather systems during the latter half of April helped end the Hawaiian Islands wet season with drought conditions still present but improving. The only remaining drought areas in the state were on the Big Island where severe drought, or the D2 category on the U.S. Drought Monitor map, covered portions of the North Kona, South Kona, and Kau Districts. The rest of the leeward areas on the Big Island were mostly under moderate drought, or D1 category conditions. A late season kona low that affected the state at the end of April may have provided enough rainfall to pull out of the severe drought category but some time is needed to see if sufficient regrowth and follow-up rainfall occur. Moderate drought that covered portions of Maui and Molokai were erased as a result of the recent rainfall. SUMMARY OF IMPACTS... Kauai. No significant drought impacts reported. Oahu. No significant drought impacts reported. Molokai and Lanai. No significant drought impacts reported. Maui. Over the past month reservoir water levels have increased considerably which prompted the Maui County Department of Water Supply to drop the Stage I water shortage condition for Upcountry residents. Although conditions have improved, the department continues to urge voluntary conservation, especially with the arrival of the dry season. Big Island. Portions of the leeward Big Island received above average rainfall during April, especially in the Kona Coffee belt region. However, there were still reports of dry pastures in the higher elevations above the coffee belt. Although the recent kona low event brought rainfall to most of the Big Island it is too soon to tell how much of an improvement in drought conditions it provided. 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 northern hemisphere spring 2017. There is an increasing chance for El Nino development by the late summer and fall 2017. PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK... The Long-Lead Hawaiian Islands Outlook issued on April 20 by the NOAA Climate Prediction Center showed that probabilities favor above normal precipitation for the west half of the state through the spring but there is no tilt in the probabilities for the east half. 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 May 18. HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK... Data from the U.S. Geological Survey indicated that most of the monitored streams from Kauai to Maui had 30-day flow levels in the near normal range. Most of the monitored streams on the Big Island had 30-day flow levels in the below normal range. Average flow on the Big Island should return to more normal levels with the return of spring time trade wind showers. NEXT ISSUANCE DATE... The next Drought Information Statement will be issued on June 16, 2017 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. 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 $$ Thu, 4 May 2017 9:51:00 +1000 SEVERE DROUGHT RETURNS TO THE BIG ISLAND http://www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl/Products/DGTHFO/HFODGTHFO.20170406200611.20170406_1005 SYNOPSIS... Weather systems brought significant rainfall to portions of the state from Kauai to Maui but for the most part weakened considerably before reaching the Big Island. This has resulted in increasing rainfall deficits since the start of the new year and the onset of drought conditions during what should be the wet season. Below average rainfall has been occurring across most of the Big Island but the worst rainfall deficits were along the leeward slopes with drought impacts primarily coming from the agriculture sector. Moderate drought, or the D1 category on the U.S. Drought Monitor map, initiated in a small area of the South Kohala District of the Big Island during mid-January 2017. Moderate drought coverage spread to include the southwestern half of the island by mid- March. With the ongoing dryness, rainfall deficits and drought impacts have reached levels consistent with severe drought, or D2 category conditions, in the area west of a line from approximately Kawaihae to Naalehu. SUMMARY OF IMPACTS... Kauai. No significant drought impacts reported. Oahu. No significant drought impacts reported. Molokai and Lanai. No significant drought impacts reported. Maui. Low intake ditch flows supplying the Upcountry Maui water system have resulted in decreasing reservoir levels. As a result, the Maui County Department of Water Supply has declared that effective April 9 a Stage I water shortage will be in effect which calls for a voluntary reduction in water use. Big Island. Ranchers have been reporting poor pasture conditions and some have been forced to destock grazing areas. Coffee farmers indicated that flowering has occurred but a continued lack of rain will result in lower production. A protea grower in the Kau District reported some plant loss and reduced production. 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 northern hemisphere spring 2017. There is an increasing chance for El Nino development into fall 2017. Precipitation/temperature outlook... The Long-Lead Hawaiian Islands Outlook issued on March 16 by the NOAA Climate Prediction Center showed that probabilities favor below normal precipitation and above normal temperatures through spring 2017 for the east half of the state. For the west half of the state, probabilities are tilted toward above normal temperatures through the spring but do not favor above or below normal precipitation. The next long-lead outlook will be issued by the Climate Prediction Center on April 20. Hydrologic summary and outlook... Data from the U.S. Geological Survey indicated that most of the monitored streams on Kauai and Oahu had 30-day flow levels in the near normal range. Most of the monitored streams in Maui County and the Big Island had 30-day flow levels in the below normal range. Little change in average flow levels is expected through the spring months based on the above-mentioned precipitation forecast. Next issuance date... The next Drought Information Statement will be issued on May 4, 2017 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: 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 $$ Thu, 6 Apr 2017 10:05:00 +1000 DECEMBER RAINS BRING STATEWIDE DROUGHT IMPROVEMENT http://www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl/Products/DGTHFO/HFODGTHFO.20170112182232.20170112_0822 SYNOPSIS... A WET WEATHER PATTERN DURING THE MONTH OF DECEMBER BROUGHT MUCH NEEDED RAINFALL TO LEEWARD AREAS OF THE STATE AND HELPED REVERSE THE INCREASING DROUGHT TREND FROM OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER. EXTREME DROUGHT...OR THE D3 CATEGORY ON THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR MAP...IMPROVED TO THE D1 CATEGORY...OR MODERATE DROUGHT...BY THE END OF DECEMBER ON THE LEEWARD SLOPES OF KAUAI AND MAUI. SEVERE DROUGHT...OR THE D2 CATEGORY...ALONG THE LEEWARD KOHALA SLOPES OF THE BIG ISLAND...IMPROVED TO A DROUGHT-FREE STATE FOLLOWING A MONTH OF ABOVE AVERAGE RAINFALL. SUMMARY OF IMPACTS... KAUAI. PASTURES AND GENERAL VEGETATION ALONG THE LEEWARD SLOPES FROM HANAPEPE TO WAIMEA IMPROVED OVER THE PAST MONTH. GRASSES IN SOME OF THE NON-IRRIGATED PASTURES REMAIN SHORT AND NEED FOLLOW-UP RAINFALL FOR A FULL RECOVERY. OAHU. VEGETATION REMAINS STRESSED IN SOME OF THE LEEWARD AREAS BUT NO SIGNIFICANT DROUGHT IMPACTS HAVE BEEN REPORTED. MOLOKAI AND LANAI. THERE HAVE BEEN NO REPORTS OF DROUGHT IMPACTS BUT RAINFALL DATA CORROBORATED BY SATELLITE-BASED VEGETATION HEALTH DATA INDICATED IMPROVING CONDITIONS OVER THE PAST MONTH. MAUI. PASTURES AND GENERAL VEGETATION CONDITIONS ALONG THE LOWER LEEWARD SLOPES OF HALEAKALA HAVE IMPROVED OVER THE PAST MONTH. HOWEVER...ADDITIONAL RAINFALL IS NEEDED FOR A FULL RECOVERY. BIG ISLAND. PASTURES IMPROVED IN THE SOUTH KOHALA DISTRICT FOLLOWING EPISODES OF STEADY SOAKING RAINFALL IN DECEMBER. RANCHERS IN THE SOUTH POINT AREA REPORTED GOOD PASTURE CONDITIONS WHICH IS A CONSIDERABLE IMPROVEMENT SINCE NOVEMBER. CLIMATE SUMMARY... ACCORDING TO THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER...LA NINA CONDITIONS ARE PRESENT IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN BUT ARE EXPECTED TO TRANSITION TO ENSO-NEUTRAL CONDITIONS EARLY IN 2017. PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK... THE LONG-LEAD HAWAIIAN ISLANDS OUTLOOK ISSUED ON DECEMBER 15 BY THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER SHOWED THAT PROBABILITIES FAVOR ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURES THROUGH SPRING 2017. THE NEXT LONG-LEAD OUTLOOK WILL BE ISSUED BY THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER ON JANUARY 19. HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK... DATA FROM THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY INDICATED THAT NEARLY ALL OF THE MONITORED STREAMS ACROSS THE STATE HAD 30-DAY FLOW LEVELS IN THE NORMAL TO ABOVE NORMAL RANGE. ONE SITE IN EAST KAUAI INDICATED A BELOW NORMAL FLOW LEVEL. AVERAGE FLOW LEVELS ARE EXPECTED TO BE IN THE NORMAL TO ABOVE NORMAL RANGE BASED ON THE EXPECTATION OF ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL 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 /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 $$ Thu, 12 Jan 2017 8:22:00 +1000 DROUGHT REACHES EXTREME CATEGORY IN LEEWARD AREAS OF KAUAI AND MAUI http://www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl/Products/DGTHFO/HFODGTHFO.20161207232411.20161207_1323 SYNOPSIS... THE CONTINUATION OF UNSEASONABLY PERSISTENT TRADE WINDS THROUGH MUCH OF NOVEMBER KEPT LEEWARD AREAS MOSTLY DRY ACROSS THE STATE. LOWER ELEVATIONS OF KAUAI FROM HANAPEPE TO WAIMEA...AND IN THE KIHEI AREA OF MAUI HAVE DETERIORATED TO EXTREME DROUGHT...OR THE D3 CATEGORY ON THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR MAP. CONDITIONS ALSO WORSENED IN THE SOUTH KOHALA DISTRICT OF THE BIG ISLAND TO THE POINT WHERE SEVERE DROUGHT...OR THE D2 CATEGORY...DEVELOPED NEAR THE KAWAIHAE AND PUAKO AREAS. ELSEWHERE ACROSS THE STATE... MODERATE DROUGHT...OR THE D1 CATEGORY...FORMED IN THE LEEWARD SECTIONS OF OAHU...MOLOKAI AND LANAI...AND NEAR SOUTH POINT ON THE BIG ISLAND. A LOW PRESSURES SYSTEM IN EARLY DECEMBER BROUGHT SOME RAINFALL TO LEEWARD AREAS AND HELPED STABILIZE THE DROUGHT SITUATION BUT IT IS TOO SOON TO TELL HOW MUCH IMPROVEMENT...IF ANY...OCCURRED AS A RESULT. SUMMARY OF IMPACTS... KAUAI. NON-IRRIGATED PASTURES AND GENERAL VEGETATION FROM HANAPEPE TO WAIMEA WERE IN VERY POOR CONDITION. DRY CONDITIONS HAVE PERSISTED LONG ENOUGH TO SIGNIFICANTLY AFFECT TREES IN THE LOWER ELEVATIONS OF THE WAIMEA CANYON. OAHU. VEGETATION CONDITIONS IN THE LEEWARD AREAS OF THE WAIANAE RANGE HAVE DETERIORATED OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF MONTHS. SIGNIFICANT BRUSH FIRES IN THE AREA HAVE OCCURRED RECENTLY. MOLOKAI AND LANAI. THERE HAVE BEEN NO REPORTS OF DROUGHT IMPACTS BUT SATELLITE-BASED VEGETATION HEALTH DATA INDICATED WORSENING CONDITIONS OVER THE PAST MONTH. MAUI. PASTURES OVER THE LOWER LEEWARD SLOPES OF HALEAKALA...ESPECIALLY IN THE KAONOULU AREA OF KIHEI...WERE IN VERY POOR CONDITION. BIG ISLAND. PASTURES IN THE LOWER ELEVATIONS OF THE SOUTH KOHALA DISTRICT NEAR AND UPSLOPE FROM KAWAIHAE AND PUAKO HAVE WORSENED CONSIDERABLY OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF MONTHS. RANCHERS OPERATING IN THE SOUTH POINT AREA ALSO REPORTED POOR PASTURE CONDITIONS THOUGH A RECENT HEAVY RAIN EVENT MAY HAVE BROUGHT SUFFICIENT RAINFALL TO PULL THE AREA OUT OF DROUGHT. FOLLOW-UP RAINFALL WILL BE NEEDED TO SUPPORT SUFFICIENT PASTURE REGROWTH. CLIMATE SUMMARY... ACCORDING TO THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER...LA NINA CONDITIONS ARE PRESENT IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN AND ARE SLIGHTLY FAVORED TO PERSIST THROUGH THE WINTER MONTHS. PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK... THE LONG-LEAD HAWAIIAN ISLANDS OUTLOOK ISSUED ON NOVEMBER 17 BY THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER SHOWED THAT PROBABILITIES FAVOR ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURES THROUGH SPRING 2017. THE NEXT LONG-LEAD OUTLOOK WILL BE ISSUED BY THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER ON DECEMBER 15. 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 NORMAL TO BELOW NORMAL RANGE. A FEW SITES ON OAHU HAD FLOW LEVELS IN THE ABOVE NORMAL RANGE. AVERAGE FLOW LEVELS ARE EXPECTED TO BE ABOVE NORMAL BASED ON THE EXPECTATION OF ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS. NEXT ISSUANCE DATE... THE NEXT DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED ON JANUARY 12 2017 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 $$ Wed, 7 Dec 2016 13:23:00 +1000 SEVERE DROUGHT EXPANDS OVER LEEWARD KAUAI http://www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl/Products/DGTHFO/HFODGTHFO.20161110195806.20161110_0957 SYNOPSIS... UNSEASONABLY PERSISTENT TRADE WINDS HAVE KEPT LEEWARD AREAS OF THE STATE UNUSUALLY DRY FOR THIS TIME OF THE YEAR. OVER SOUTH KAUAI...SEVERE DROUGHT...OR THE D2 CATEGORY ON THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR MAP...HAS SPREAD FARTHER WEST FROM THE HANAPEPE AREA AND NOW INCLUDES THE BARKING SANDS AND MANA AREAS. MODERATE DROUGHT...OR THE D1 CATEGORY...SPREAD UP THE LEEWARD SLOPES ABOVE WAIMEA AND MANA. OVER MAUI...SEVERE DROUGHT COVERAGE OVER THE KIHEI AND WAILEA AREAS REMAINS UNCHANGED. THERE ARE NO DESIGNATED DROUGHT AREAS OVER THE BIG ISLAND...OAHU AND THE REST OF MAUI COUNTY BUT THE EXISTING ABNORMALLY DRY WEATHER CONDITIONS COULD PRODUCE DROUGHT IMPACTS IF A MORE SEASONAL RAINFALL PATTERN FAILS TO MATERIALIZE SOON. SUMMARY OF IMPACTS... KAUAI. NON-IRRIGATED PASTURES FROM HANAPEPE TO WAIMEA ARE IN POOR CONDITION. OTHER REPORTS ALSO INDICATE THAT GENERAL VEGETATION IS DRY OVER THE SLOPES ABOVE WAIMEA AND MANA. OAHU. THERE ARE NO DROUGHT IMPACTS TO REPORT. MOLOKAI AND LANAI. THERE ARE NO DROUGHT IMPACTS TO REPORT. MAUI. NO SIGNIFICANT CHANGES OVER THE LAST MONTH. PASTURES OVER THE LOWER LEEWARD SLOPES OF HALEAKALA NEAR KIHEI AND WAILEA REMAIN IN POOR CONDITION. BIG ISLAND. THERE ARE NO DROUGHT IMPACTS TO REPORT. CLIMATE SUMMARY... ACCORDING TO THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER...LA NINA 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 OCTOBER 20 BY THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER SHOWED THAT PROBABILITIES FAVOR ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURES THROUGH SPRING 2017. THE NEXT LONG-LEAD OUTLOOK WILL BE ISSUED BY THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER ON NOVEMBER 17. HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK... DATA FROM THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY INDICATED THAT MOST OF THE MONITORED STREAMS ON KAUAI AND OAHU HAD 30-DAY FLOW LEVELS IN THE NORMAL TO ABOVE NORMAL RANGE. MOST OF THE MONITORED STREAMS ON MAUI AND THE BIG ISLAND HAD FLOW LEVELS IN THE MUCH ABOVE NORMAL TO HIGH FLOW RANGE. AVERAGE FLOW LEVELS ARE EXPECTED TO REMAIN ABOVE NORMAL BASED ON THE EXPECTATION OF ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS. NEXT ISSUANCE DATE... THE NEXT DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED ON DECEMBER 7 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 $$ Thu, 10 Nov 2016 9:57:00 +1000 POCKETS OF SEVERE DROUGHT PERSIST OVER LEEWARD MAUI AND KAUAI http://www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl/Products/DGTHFO/HFODGTHFO.20161007194810.20161007_0947 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 $$ Fri, 7 Oct 2016 9:47:00 +1000 SMALL AREAS OF DROUGHT LINGER FOLLOWING A WET AUGUST http://www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl/Products/DGTHFO/HFODGTHFO.20160908200944.20160908_1009 SYNOPSIS... TROPICAL WEATHER SYSTEMS...INCLUDING THE REMNANTS OF FORMER TROPICAL CYCLONES FRANK AND HOWARD...AND THE NEAR-MISS OF HURRICANE MADELINE PRODUCED WET CONDITIONS OVER MOST AREAS OF THE STATE. HOWEVER...STUBBORN POCKETS OF DRYNESS HAVE PERSISTED THROUGH THE SUMMER RESULTING IN A CONTINUATION OF SEVERE DROUGHT...OR THE D2 CATEGORY ON THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR MAP...OVER THE KIHEI...WAILEA AND MAALAEA AREAS OF MAUI. FURTHERMORE...THE SMALL AREA OF MODERATE DROUGHT...OR THE D1 CATEGORY...OVER SOUTH KAUAI HAS WORSENED TO THE SEVERE DROUGHT LEVEL NEAR HANAPEPE DESPITE WET CONDITIONS ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE ISLAND. ELSEWHERE...WET CONDITIONS ON THE BIG ISLAND OVER THE PAST MONTH HAVE ELIMINATED THE REMAINING D1 AREAS OVER THE POHAKULOA REGION AND THE LOWER ELEVATIONS OF THE KAU DISTRICT NEAR SOUTH POINT. SUMMARY OF IMPACTS... KAUAI. MOST OF KAUAI IS IN GOOD SHAPE EXCEPT FOR A SMALL SECTION OF THE LOWER LEEWARD SLOPES NEAR HANAPEPE. NON-IRRIGATED PASTURES IN THIS AREA ARE BROWN AND SPARSE WITH PATCHES OF BARE DIRT WHERE CATTLE HAVE GRAZED. OAHU. THERE ARE NO DROUGHT IMPACTS TO REPORT. MOLOKAI AND LANAI. PASTURES AND GENERAL VEGETATION CONDITIONS REMAIN DRY OVER THE SOUTHERN SLOPES FROM HALE O LONO EASTWARD TO KAWELA. MAUI. THE USDA REPORTED THAT PASTURE CONDITIONS REMAIN VERY POOR ALONG THE LOWER LEEWARD SLOPES OF HALEAKALA NEAR KIHEI...WAILEA AND MAALAEA. BIG ISLAND. FOLLOW-UP RAINFALL IN AUGUST AFTER A WET JULY HAVE IMPROVED CONDITIONS TO THE POINT WHERE THERE ARE NO LONGER ANY SIGNIFICANT DROUGHT IMPACTS TO REPORT FROM THE COUNTY OF HAWAII. CLIMATE SUMMARY... ACCORDING TO THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER...ENSO-NEUTRAL CONDITIONS ARE PRESENT IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN. LA NINA IS STILL SLIGHTLY FAVORED TO DEVELOP IN EARLY FALL OF 2016. PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK... THE LONG-LEAD HAWAIIAN ISLANDS OUTLOOK ISSUED ON AUGUST 18 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 SEPTEMBER 15. 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 ABOVE NORMAL TO HIGH FLOW 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 OCTOBER 7 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 $$ Thu, 8 Sep 2016 10:09:00 +1000 DARBY SOAKS PORTIONS OF THE STATE http://www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl/Products/DGTHFO/HFODGTHFO.20160805223456.20160805_1234 SYNOPSIS... TROPICAL STORM DARBY MADE A DIRECT IMPACT ON THE BIG ISLAND ON JULY 23 THEN MOVED NORTHWESTWARD AND PASSED THROUGH THE KAUAI CHANNEL ON JULY 24. FLASH FLOODING OCCURRED IN LOCALIZED AREAS OF THE BIG ISLAND AND MAUI...AND IN SEVERAL AREAS ON THE EAST HALF OF OAHU. SOME OF THE RAINFALL FROM DARBY FELL OVER EXISTING DROUGHT AREAS AND PROVIDED SOME RELIEF. THIS INCLUDES THE AREA OF EXTREME DROUGHT...OR THE D3 CATEGORY ON THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR MAP...NEAR SOUTH POINT ON THE BIG ISLAND...WHICH IMPROVED TO SEVERE DROUGHT...OR THE D2 CATEGORY. SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL OVER MAUI COUNTY FROM DARBY DID NOT AFFECT THE EXISTING SEVERE DROUGHT COVERAGE IN THE KIHEI...WAILEA AND MAALAEA AREAS...BUT IT DID HELP ELIMINATE DROUGHT OVER PORTIONS OF WEST MOLOKAI. ELSEWHERE...EXTREME DROUGHT IN THE POHAKULOA AREA OF THE BIG ISLAND WAS UPGRADED GRADUALLY TO D1...OR MODERATE DROUGHT...DURING JULY DUE TO THE WETTER THAN NORMAL SPRING. MODERATE DROUGHT ON KAUAI HAS REDUCED IN SIZE BUT STUBBORNLY HANGS ON IN THE HANAPEPE AND WAIMEA AREAS. THE SMALL SECTION OF MODERATE DROUGHT NEAR NANAKULI IN WEST OAHU WAS ELIMINATED IN EARLY AUGUST. SUMMARY OF IMPACTS... KAUAI. MOST AREAS OF KAUAI APPEAR TO BE FINE BUT LOCAL REPORTS INDICATED THAT VEGETATION IN THE HANAPEPE AND WAIMEA AREAS ARE DRY AND IN NEED OF RAINFALL. OAHU. THERE ARE NO DROUGHT IMPACTS TO REPORT. MOLOKAI AND LANAI. OBSERVATIONS FROM THE USDA AND NOAA INDICATED THAT VEGETATION CONDITIONS HAVE IMPROVED OVER PORTIONS OF WEST MOLOKAI BUT REMAIN DRY OVER THE SOUTHERN SLOPES FROM HALE O LONO EASTWARD TO KAWELA. MAUI. RANCHERS INDICATED THAT RAINFALL FROM TROPICAL STORM DARBY DID NOT PROVIDE MUCH RELIEF FOR THE LEEWARD SLOPES OF HALEAKALA CURRENTLY UNDER DROUGHT CONDITIONS. BIG ISLAND. PASTURES AND GENERAL VEGETATION CONDITIONS HAVE BEEN IMPROVING OVER THE PAST MONTH IN MOST AREAS. TROPICAL STORM DARBY BROUGHT MUCH NEEDED RAINFALL TO THE SOUTHERN PORTION OF THE KAU DISTRICT BUT FOLLOW-UP RAINFALL IS NEEDED TO CONTINUE THE IMPROVEMENT TREND. VERY LITTLE RAINFALL HAS OCCURRED OVER THE EXISTING DROUGHT AREA NEAR SOUTH POINT SINCE DARBY MOVED THROUGH SO CONTINUED RECOVERY IS NOT YET ASSURED. CLIMATE SUMMARY... ACCORDING TO THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER...ENSO-NEUTRAL CONDITIONS ARE PRESENT IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN. LA NINA IS STILL FAVORED TO DEVELOP IN LATE SUMMER OR EARLY FALL OF 2016 BUT THE PROBABILITIES OF THIS OCCURRING HAVE BEEN REDUCED IN RECENT WEEKS. PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK... THE LONG-LEAD HAWAIIAN ISLANDS OUTLOOK ISSUED ON JULY 21 BY THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER SHOWED THAT PROBABILITIES FAVOR ABOVE MEDIAN PRECIPITATION DURING THE LATE SUMMER AND EARLY FALL FOR WINDWARD LOCATIONS BUT BELOW MEDIAN PRECIPITATION FOR LEEWARD SITES. TEMPERATURE PROBABILITIES FAVOR ABOVE AVERAGE CONDITIONS INTO THE FALL AND WINTER SEASONS. THE NEXT LONG-LEAD OUTLOOK WILL BE ISSUED BY THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER ON AUGUST 18. HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK... DATA FROM THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY INDICATED THAT ALL OF THE MONITORED STREAMS ACROSS THE STATE HAD 30-DAY FLOW LEVELS IN THE NORMAL TO HIGH RANGE. AVERAGE FLOW LEVELS ARE EXPECTED TO BE IN THE NORMAL TO ABOVE NORMAL RANGE THROUGH THE FALL. NEXT ISSUANCE DATE... THE NEXT DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED ON SEPTEMBER 8 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 $$ Fri, 5 Aug 2016 12:34:00 +1000 DROUGHT IMPACTS REDUCED TO LOCALIZED AREAS IN THE STATE http://www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl/Products/DGTHFO/HFODGTHFO.20160708194849.20160708_0948 SYNOPSIS... A WETTER THAN NORMAL SPRING ACROSS MANY AREAS OF THE STATE HAS CONTINUED TO REDUCE DROUGHT IMPACTS HEADING INTO THE HEART OF THE DRY SEASON. DROUGHT COVERAGE ON THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR MAP WENT FROM 46 PERCENT IN EARLY JUNE TO 21 PERCENT IN THE BEGINNING OF JULY. UNFORTUNATELY THERE ARE STILL A FEW STUBBORN POCKETS OF SIGNIFICANT DROUGHT CONDITIONS THAT REMAIN ON PORTIONS OF THE BIG ISLAND AND MAUI. THIS INCLUDES SMALL AREAS OF EXTREME DROUGHT...OR THE D3 CATEGORY ON THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR MAP...IN THE POHAKULOA AND SOUTH POINT AREAS OF THE BIG ISLAND...AND SEVERE DROUGHT...OR THE D2 CATEGORY...ON THE KIHEI...WAILEA AND MAALAEA AREAS OF MAUI. ELSEWHERE ACROSS THE STATE...MODERATE DROUGHT...OR THE D1 CATEGORY...LINGERED OVER SMALL SECTIONS OF LEEWARD KAUAI NEAR HANAPEPE AND WAIMEA...LEEWARD OAHU NEAR LUALUALEI AND WAIANAE...AND LEEWARD MOLOKAI WEST OF KAUNAKAKAI. SUMMARY OF IMPACTS... KAUAI. NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACTS TO REPORT. OAHU. NO SIGNIFICANT CHANGES SINCE THE LAST REPORT. VEGETATION CONDITIONS REMAIN STRESSED IN THE LOWER ELEVATIONS OF THE WAIANAE AREA. MOLOKAI AND LANAI. A RECENT OBSERVATION FROM THE USDA INDICATED THAT VEGETATION WAS STILL DRY IN THE WESTERN SIDE OF MOLOKAI WHICH WAS CONSISTENT WITH THE EXISTING D1 COVERAGE ON THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR MAP AND SATELLITE-BASED VEGETATION HEALTH DATA. MAUI. DRY VEGETATION OVER THE LOWER ELEVATIONS OF SOUTH MAUI RESULTED IN A LARGE BRUSH FIRE IN THE MAALAEA AREA. INITIAL ESTIMATES INDICATED THE AFFECTED AREA TO BE AS HIGH AS 6000 ACRES BUT THE AMOUNT HAS MORE RECENTLY BEEN REPORTED AS 4700 ACRES. THE FIRE FORCED THE EVACUATION OF NEARBY HOMES AND TEMPORARILY CLOSED THE HONOAPIILANI HIGHWAY WHICH IS THE MAIN LINK BETWEEN WEST AND CENTRAL MAUI. BIG ISLAND. PASTURES IN THE LOWER ELEVATIONS OF THE KONA SLOPES APPEAR TO BE IN SATISFACTORY CONDITION FOLLOWING ABOVE AVERAGE SPRING RAINFALL. HOWEVER...RANCHERS OPERATING IN THE LOWER KAU DISTRICT NEAR SOUTH POINT HAVE REPORTED VERY LITTLE RAIN AND EXTREMELY DRY PASTURES. THIS HAS BEEN CONFIRMED IN RECENT PHOTOS OF THE AREA. CLIMATE SUMMARY... ACCORDING TO THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER...ENSO-NEUTRAL CONDITIONS ARE PRESENT IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN. LA NINA IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP DURING THE SUMMER OF 2016. PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK... THE LONG-LEAD HAWAIIAN ISLANDS OUTLOOK ISSUED ON JUNE 16 BY THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER SHOWED THAT PROBABILITIES FAVOR ABOVE MEDIAN PRECIPITATION DURING THE LATE SUMMER AND EARLY FALL. THIS PROJECTION IS EXPECTED TO MAINLY AFFECT WINDWARD LOCATIONS AND THE KONA SLOPES...WITH OTHER LEEWARD AREAS REMAINING DRY. TEMPERATURE PROBABILITIES FAVOR ABOVE AVERAGE CONDITIONS INTO THE FALL AND WINTER SEASONS. THE NEXT LONG-LEAD OUTLOOK WILL BE ISSUED BY THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER ON JULY 21. HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK... DATA FROM THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY INDICATED THAT ALL OF THE MONITORED STREAMS ACROSS THE STATE HAD 30-DAY FLOW LEVELS IN THE NORMAL TO WELL ABOVE NORMAL RANGE. AVERAGE FLOW LEVELS ARE EXPECTED TO REMAIN IN THE NORMAL TO ABOVE NORMAL RANGE ALONG THE WINDWARD SLOPES THROUGH THE FALL. FLOW LEVELS IN LEEWARD STREAMS ARE EXPECTED TO DECREASE. NEXT ISSUANCE DATE... THE NEXT DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED ON AUGUST 5 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 $$ Fri, 8 Jul 2016 9:48:00 +1000 MAY RAINFALL EASES DROUGHT IN PORTIONS OF THE STATE http://www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl/Products/DGTHFO/HFODGTHFO.20160610233747.20160610_1337 SYNOPSIS... ABOVE AVERAGE RAINFALL DURING MAY...WHICH AFFECTED EVEN THE LEEWARD PORTIONS OF THE STATE...HAS HELPED EASE DROUGHT CONDITIONS. COMPARED TO A MONTH AGO...DROUGHT COVERAGE HAS BEEN REDUCED FROM 60 PERCENT TO 46 PERCENT OVER THE MAIN HAWAIIAN ISLANDS IN THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR MAP. THE WORST CONDITIONS WERE ON THE BIG ISLAND WHERE AN AREA OF EXTREME DROUGHT...OR THE D3 CATEGORY ON THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR MAP...PERSISTS ALONG THE LEEWARD SLOPES. THIS AREA HAS BEEN EVOLVING OVER THE PAST MONTH WITH THE D3 COVERAGE EASING ON THE LOWER KONA SLOPES BUT SPREADING INTO THE POHAKULOA REGION OF THE HAMAKUA DISTRICT. OVER THE REST OF THE BIG ISLAND...SEVERE DROUGHT...OR THE D2 CATEGORY...HAS BEEN PUSHED OUT OF THE PUNA DISTRICT AND THE UPPER LEEWARD SLOPES OF THE KOHALA MOUNTAINS BY THE RECENT RAINFALL. SEVERE DROUGHT HAS ALSO EASED TO MODERATE DROUGHT...OR THE D1 CATEGORY...IN SOUTH KAUAI...NIIHAU...AND THE WEST HALF OF LANAI. ON OAHU...MODERATE DROUGHT HAS RETREATED OFF OF THE KOOLAU RANGE AND THE NORTHERN PORTION OF THE WAIANAE RANGE BUT PERSISTS IN THE LOWER ELEVATIONS OF THE LEEWARD WAIANAE SLOPES. MODERATE DROUGHT COVERAGE HAS ALSO BEEN REMOVED FROM THE SOUTHEAST-FACING SLOPES OF HALEAKALA ON THE ISLAND OF MAUI. UNFORTUNATELY...THE KIHEI AND WAILEA AREA OF MAUI DID NOT RECEIVE MUCH RAINFALL IN MAY AND REMAINS LOCKED IN SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS. SUMMARY OF IMPACTS... KAUAI. MAY RAINFALL HELPED IMPROVE PASTURE CONDITIONS ALONG THE SOUTHERN SLOPES OF THE ISLAND BUT MORE RAINFALL IS NEEDED FOR A FULL RECOVERY. OAHU. VEGETATION CONDITIONS CONTINUED TO IMPROVE DURING MAY BUT REMAIN STRESSED IN THE LOWER ELEVATIONS OF THE WAIANAE AREA. MOLOKAI AND LANAI. SATELLITE-BASED VEGETATION HEALTH DATA INDICATED THAT CONDITIONS OVER WESTERN LANAI HAVE IMPROVED OVER THE PAST MONTH. VEGETATION HEALTH IN WEST MOLOKAI HAS IMPROVED RECENTLY BUT THE CHANGES HAVE BEEN SPOTTY AND THE AREA APPEARS TO STILL BE UNDER STRESS. MAUI. CONDITIONS HAVE IMPROVED OVER THE KAUPO AND KEPUNI AREAS BUT REMAIN DEGRADED OVER THE LOWER ELEVATIONS OF SOUTH MAUI NEAR KIHEI AND WAILEA. THE MAUI COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF WATER SUPPLY HAS AN ONGOING REQUEST FOR A VOLUNTARY 10 PERCENT REDUCTION IN WATER USE FOR UPCOUNTRY MAUI CUSTOMERS. BIG ISLAND. ABOVE AVERAGE RAINFALL OVER THE LEEWARD SLOPES HAS IMPROVED PASTURE AND ORCHARD CONDITIONS. REPORTS FROM COFFEE GROWERS ON THE KONA SLOPES INDICATED THAT THE CROP FOR THIS YEAR...WHICH WAS AT SIGNIFICANT RISK OF BEING POOR...APPEARS TO HAVE RECOVERED. FRUIT GROWERS IN THE LOWER ELEVATIONS OF THE KONA SLOPES ALSO INDICATED IMPROVED GROWING CONDITIONS. PASTURES HAVE BEEN RECOVERING ALONG THE KOHALA SLOPES AND THE WAIMEA AREA WITH RANCHERS INDICATING ADEQUATE FORAGE AND WATER. CLIMATE SUMMARY... ACCORDING TO THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER...EL NINO HAS DISSIPATED AND ENSO-NEUTRAL CONDITIONS ARE NOW IN PLACE IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN. LA NINA IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP BY THE FALL OF 2016. PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK... THE LONG-LEAD HAWAIIAN ISLANDS OUTLOOK ISSUED ON MAY 19 BY THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER INDICATED THAT PROBABILITIES FAVOR ABOVE MEDIAN PRECIPITATION DURING THE LATE SUMMER AND EARLY FALL. THIS PROJECTION IS EXPECTED TO MAINLY AFFECT WINDWARD LOCATIONS AND THE KONA SLOPES...WITH OTHER LEEWARD AREAS REMAINING DRY. TEMPERATURE PROBABILITIES FAVOR ABOVE AVERAGE CONDITIONS INTO THE FALL SEASON. THE NEXT LONG-LEAD OUTLOOK WILL BE ISSUED BY THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER ON JUNE 16. HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK... DATA FROM THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY INDICATED THAT NEARLY ALL OF THE MONITORED STREAMS ACROSS THE STATE HAD 30-DAY FLOW LEVELS IN THE NORMAL TO ABOVE NORMAL RANGE. AVERAGE FLOW LEVELS ARE EXPECTED TO REMAIN IN THE NORMAL TO ABOVE NORMAL RANGE ALONG THE WINDWARD SLOPES THROUGH THE FALL. FLOW LEVELS IN LEEWARD STREAMS ARE EXPECTED TO DECREASE. NEXT ISSUANCE DATE... THE NEXT DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED ON JULY 8 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 $$ Fri, 10 Jun 2016 13:37:00 +1000 DROUGHT REMAINS IN PLACE OVER LEEWARD AREAS BUT EASES OVER THE WINDWARD SLOPES http://www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl/Products/DGTHFO/HFODGTHFO.20160506232645.20160506_1326 SYNOPSIS... ABUNDANT RAINFALL PRODUCED BY PERSISTENT TRADE WINDS HELPED EASE DROUGHT CONDITIONS ALONG THE WINDWARD SLOPES OF THE STATE OF HAWAII IN APRIL. HOWEVER...MOST OF THE LEEWARD AREAS DID NOT RECEIVE MUCH OF THIS RAINFALL AND DROUGHT REMAINS FIRMLY ENTRENCHED. THE WORST AREAS ARE ON THE BIG ISLAND WHICH HAS EXTREME DROUGHT...OR THE D3 CATEGORY ON THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR MAP...ALONG THE LOWER ELEVATIONS OF THE KAU DISTRICT FROM PAHALA TO SOUTH POINT...AND ALONG THE KONA SLOPES FROM HUALALAI TO MILOLII. OUTSIDE OF THE EXTREME DROUGHT AREAS IS A LARGE SECTION OF SEVERE DROUGHT...OR THE D2 CATEGORY...WHICH ENCOMPASSES LEEWARD KOHALA...POHAKULOA...MOST OF MAUNA LOA AND THE LEEWARD SLOPES OF KILAUEA VOLCANO. SEVERE DROUGHT ALSO CONTINUES TO AFFECT LEEWARD LANAI...NIIHAU...SOUTH KAUAI AND THE SOUTHWEST SLOPE OF HALEAKALA FROM THE KIHEI-MAKENA COASTLINE UP TO THE KULA HIGHWAY. MODERATE DROUGHT...OR THE D1 CATEGORY...PERSISTS OVER THE LEEWARD AREAS OF MOLOKAI...OAHU AND THE WEST MAUI MOUNTAINS. THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE DECLARED HAWAII COUNTY AND MAUI COUNTY TO BE PRIMARY NATURAL DISASTER AREAS ON APRIL 13 AND APRIL 20...RESPECTIVELY...DUE TO THE STRENGTH AND PERSISTENCE OF THE DROUGHT. SUMMARY OF IMPACTS... KAUAI. A LATE MARCH HEAVY RAIN EVENT HELPED STABILIZE LEEWARD DROUGHT CONDITIONS TEMPORARILY BUT FIELD REPORTS INDICATE THAT SOIL MOISTURE REMAINS LOW. THE LACK OF FOLLOW-ON RAINFALL MEANS THAT RECENT PASTURE REGROWTH MAY BE SHORT-LIVED. OAHU. VEGETATION CONDITIONS HAVE IMPROVED OVER THE WINDWARD AND INTERIOR LEEWARD SLOPES OF THE KOOLAU MOUNTAINS. HOWEVER...VEGETATION ALONG THE LEEWARD SLOPES OF THE WAIANAE RANGE REMAIN DRY AND BRUSH FIRES ARE A SIGNIFICANT CONCERN HEADING INTO THE DRY SEASON. MOLOKAI AND LANAI. NO SIGNIFICANT CHANGES SINCE THE PREVIOUS REPORT. PASTURE AND GENERAL VEGETATION CONDITIONS IN WESTERN MOLOKAI AND LANAI ARE POOR BASED ON SATELLITE-BASED VEGETATION HEALTH DATA. MAUI. THE MAUI COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF WATER SUPPLY HAS AN ONGOING REQUEST FOR A VOLUNTARY 10 PERCENT REDUCTION IN WATER USE FOR UPCOUNTRY MAUI CUSTOMERS. BRUSH FIRES ALSO REMAIN A TREMENDOUS CONCERN FOR THE LEEWARD AREAS...ESPECIALLY SINCE STATE FORESTRY OFFICIALS INDICATED THAT FIRE SUPPRESSION FUNDS FOR 2016 HAVE BEEN ALREADY BEEN EXHAUSTED. BIG ISLAND. AMPLE TRADE WIND RAINFALL HAS HELPED FILL WATER CATCHMENT TANKS ALONG THE WINDWARD SLOPES. HOWEVER...MOST OF THE LEEWARD AREAS REMAIN DRY AND DROUGHT IMPACT REPORTS CONTINUE TO ARRIVE. GROWERS OF COFFEE AND OTHER TROPICAL FRUITS OPERATING ON THE KONA SLOPES REPORTED REDUCED PRODUCTION. ONE FARMER MENTIONED THAT THE ONGOING DROUGHT IS WORSE THAN IN 2010 AND WAS EXPECTING A VERY SMALL COFFEE CROP. WITHIN THE EXTREME DROUGHT AREA NEAR SOUTH POINT...A RANCHER ESTIMATED THAT THERE IS ONLY ONE OR TWO MONTHS OF DRY FEED LEFT HEADING INTO THE DRY SEASON. SIMILAR TO MAUI...BRUSH FIRES ARE A SIGNIFICANT CONCERN ON THE LEEWARD AREAS OF THE BIG ISLAND...AS HIGHLIGHTED BY A RECENT FIRE NEAR KAILUA-KONA. NOT ALL OF THE DROUGHT IMPACTS ARE CONSIDERED TO BE BAD. COUNTY OFFICIALS GAVE PARTIAL CREDIT TO THE DRY CONDITIONS FOR HELPING BRING THE RECENT DENGUE FEVER OUTBREAK UNDER CONTROL BY CREATING LESS FAVORABLE MOSQUITO BREEDING CONDITIONS. CLIMATE SUMMARY... ACCORDING TO THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER...EL NINO IS WEAKENING IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN. EL NINO WILL LIKELY TRANSITION TO ENSO- NEUTRAL CONDITIONS DURING THE LATE SPRING OR EARLY SUMMER OF 2016...WITH A POSSIBLE TRANSITION TO LA NINA CONDITIONS IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR. PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK... THE LONG-LEAD HAWAIIAN ISLANDS OUTLOOK ISSUED ON APRIL 21 BY THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER INDICATED THAT PROBABILITIES DO NOT FAVOR ABOVE OR BELOW MEDIAN PRECIPITATION THROUGH THE SUMMER. TEMPERATURE PROBABILITIES FAVOR ABOVE AVERAGE CONDITIONS INTO THE FALL SEASON. THE NEXT LONG-LEAD OUTLOOK WILL BE ISSUED BY THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER ON MAY 19. 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 TO BELOW NORMAL RANGE. AVERAGE FLOW LEVELS ARE EXPECTED TO REMAIN IN THE NORMAL TO BELOW NORMAL RANGE THROUGH THE SUMMER BASED ON THE PRECIPITATION OUTLOOK. NEXT ISSUANCE DATE... THE NEXT DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED ON JUNE 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 $$ Fri, 6 May 2016 13:26:00 +1000 DROUGHT INTENSIFIES DURING MARCH http://www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl/Products/DGTHFO/HFODGTHFO.20160408004100.20160407_1440 SYNOPSIS... DROUGHT CONDITIONS HAVE EXPANDED AND INTENSIFIED DURING THE PAST MONTH ON ALL FOUR COUNTIES IN THE STATE OF HAWAII. THE WORST DEGRADATION OCCURRED ON THE BIG ISLAND WHERE EXTREME DROUGHT...OR THE D3 CATEGORY ON THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR MAP...HAS DEVELOPED OVER PORTIONS OF THE NORTH KONA AND SOUTH KONA DISTRICTS. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME D3 CONDITIONS HAVE BEEN IN THE STATE SINCE APRIL 8 2014. SEVERE DROUGHT...OR THE D2 CATEGORY...HAS SPREAD EASTWARD ON THE BIG ISLAND INTO THE LOWER PUNA DISTRICT AND ALL OF THE KAU DISTRICT. ON KAUAI...SEVERE DROUGHT APPEARED IN MID-MARCH ALONG THE LOWER ELEVATIONS OF THE SOUTHERN HALF OF THE ISLAND. MODERATE DROUGHT...OR THE D1 CATEGORY...COVERED THE SOUTHWEST HALF OF OAHU AND THE WEST HALF OF MOLOKAI. BY EARLY APRIL DROUGHT CONDITIONS WERE COVERING 79 PERCENT OF THE STATE...AN INCREASE OF 25 PERCENT SINCE THE LAST DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT...AND NEARLY HALF OF THE STATE WAS CONSIDERED TO BE IN SEVERE DROUGHT. A HEAVY RAIN EVENT IN LATE-MARCH PRODUCED FLASH FLOODING ON SEVERAL OF THE MAIN HAWAIIAN ISLANDS BUT IT IS TOO SOON TO DETERMINE HOW MUCH OF AN IMPACT...IF ANY...IT HAD ON EASING DROUGHT CONDITIONS. RAINFALL INTENSITIES WERE HIGH AND MOST OF THE WATER LIKELY BECAME RUNOFF RATHER THAN PERCOLATING SIGNIFICANTLY INTO THE GROUND. DRY CONDITIONS SUBSEQUENT TO THE FLOODING ALONG WITH STRONG WINDS IN A COOLER AND DRIER AIRMASS WERE NOT FAVORABLE FACTORS FOR SUBSTANTIAL EASING. SUMMARY OF IMPACTS... KAUAI. PASTURES WERE IN POOR CONDITION ALONG THE LOWER ELEVATIONS OF THE SOUTH-FACING SLOPES THROUGH MID-MARCH. IT IS TOO SOON TO TELL HOW MUCH...IF ANY...IMPROVEMENT IN PASTURE CONDITIONS THE LATE-MARCH RAINFALL PRODUCED. OAHU. VEGETATION CONDITIONS HAVE WORSENED OVER THE PAST MONTH AND DRY BRUSH HAS SPREAD INTO THE LOWER ELEVATIONS OF HONOLULU. A BRUSH FIRE ON THE SLOPES OF ICONIC DIAMOND HEAD IS INDICATIVE OF HOW DRY THE VEGETATION HAS BECOME DURING WHAT SHOULD BE THE WET SEASON AND NOW POSES A FIRE RISK TO PROPERTIES IN AN URBAN ENVIRONMENT. MOLOKAI AND LANAI. NO SIGNIFICANT CHANGES SINCE THE PREVIOUS REPORT. PASTURE AND GENERAL VEGETATION CONDITIONS IN WESTERN MOLOKAI AND LANAI ARE POOR BASED ON SATELLITE-BASED VEGETATION HEALTH DATA. MAUI. BRUSH FIRES NEAR LAHAINA AND OLOWALU ARE INDICATIVE OF THE POOR VEGETATION CONDITIONS ALONG THE LEEWARD SLOPES OF MAUI. OTHERWISE...THERE HAS BEEN NO SIGNIFICANT CHANGES SINCE THE PREVIOUS REPORT. PASTURES ALONG THE LEEWARD SLOPES OF HALEAKALA REMAIN IN POOR CONDITION AND LARGE SECTIONS WERE UNUSABLE...ESPECIALLY IN THE AREA FROM WAILEA TO KIHEI ALONG THE COAST AND UPSLOPE TO THE KULA HIGHWAY NEAR KEOKEA AND WAIOHULI. THE MAUI COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF WATER SUPPLY HAS AN ONGOING REQUEST FOR A VOLUNTARY 10 PERCENT REDUCTION IN WATER USE FOR UPCOUNTRY MAUI CUSTOMERS. BIG ISLAND. FARMERS ON THE KONA SLOPES OF THE BIG ISLAND HAVE INDICATED THAT CONDITIONS ARE THE WORST IN RECENT MEMORY...EVEN INCLUDING 2010 WHICH WAS A SIGNIFICANT DROUGHT YEAR FOR THE AREA. KONA COFFEE GROWERS HAVE INDICATED THAT THE DROUGHT WILL ADVERSELY AFFECT THIS YEAR/S CROP. A RANCHER OPERATING IN THE WAIKII AREA REPORTED THE LOSS OF SEVERAL MATURE COWS DUE TO DROUGHT CONDITIONS AND HE HAS BEEN FORCED TO REDUCE THE SIZE OF HIS HERD. FERAL PIGS AND GOATS HAVE BEEN MOVING ONTO RANCH LANDS SEEKING OUT WATER AND CAUSING DAMAGE TO FENCES IN THE PROCESS. EVEN IN THE NORMALLY WET HILO AND PUNA DISTRICTS...A RANCHER NEAR PAHOA REPORTED SELLING 20 PERCENT OF HIS HERD DUE TO POOR PASTURE CONDITIONS. ANOTHER RANCHER WHO WORKS ON THE UPPER SLOPES OF THE SOUTH HILO DISTRICT REPORTED THE LOSS OF 28 COWS DUE TO THE LACK OF RAIN AND THE POOR FORAGE. IN UPPER HILO TOWN...AN AQUACULTURE OPERATION LOST STURGEON BECAUSE OF LOW STREAM FLOW CONDITIONS. CLIMATE SUMMARY... ACCORDING TO THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER...EL NINO CONDITIONS ARE PRESENT IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN. EL NINO IS WEAKENING AND WILL LIKELY TRANSITION TO ENSO-NEUTRAL CONDITIONS DURING THE LATE SPRING OR EARLY SUMMER OF 2016...WITH A POSSIBLE TRANSITION TO LA NINA CONDITIONS IN THE FALL. PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK... THE LONG-LEAD HAWAIIAN ISLANDS OUTLOOK ISSUED ON MARCH 17 BY THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER INDICATED THAT PROBABILITIES FAVOR BELOW MEDIAN PRECIPITATION THROUGH THE SPRING AND ABOVE MEDIAN TEMPERATURES THROUGH THE SUMMER. THE NEXT LONG-LEAD OUTLOOK WILL BE ISSUED BY THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER ON APRIL 21. HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK... DATA FROM THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY INDICATED THAT MONITORED STREAMS ACROSS THE STATE HAD 30-DAY FLOW LEVELS IN THE NEAR TO BELOW NORMAL RANGE. FLOW LEVELS ARE EXPECTED TO REMAIN IN THE NORMAL TO BELOW NORMAL RANGE THROUGH THE SPRING BASED ON THE PRECIPITATION OUTLOOK. NEXT ISSUANCE DATE... THE NEXT DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED ON MAY 6 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 $$ Thu, 7 Apr 2016 14:40:00 +1000 SEVERE DROUGHT RETURNS TO THE STATE OF HAWAII http://www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl/Products/DGTHFO/HFODGTHFO.20160303224408.20160303_1243 SYNOPSIS... A LONG PERIOD OF DRY WEATHER CONDITIONS CAUSED BY THE ONGOING STRONG EL NINO EVENT HAS PRODUCED LARGE AREAS OF DROUGHT ACROSS THE STATE OF HAWAII. OVER THE PAST SEVERAL WEEKS...MODERATE DROUGHT...OR THE D1 CATEGORY ON THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR MAP...HAS BEEN SPREADING OVER LEEWARD SECTIONS OF ALL THE ISLANDS AND COVERS MORE THAN HALF OF THE STATE. DROUGHT IMPACTS IN SEVERAL AREAS HAVE REACHED THE SEVERE LEVEL...OR THE D2 CATEGORY ON THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR MAP...ON THE BIG ISLAND AND MAUI. OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS...DROUGHT CONDITIONS WILL LIKELY INCREASE IN AREAL COVERAGE AND INTENSITY. PROSPECTS FOR EASING THE DROUGHT IN THE LEEWARD AREAS ARE WANING AS THE STATE HEADS TOWARD THE END OF THE OCTOBER THROUGH APRIL WET SEASON. SUMMARY OF IMPACTS... KAUAI. RANCHERS HAVE BEEN REPORTING DETERIORATING PASTURE CONDITIONS ALONG THE LOWER ELEVATIONS OF EAST KAUAI FROM KEALIA TO LIHUE AND ALONG ALL OF THE LOWER ELEVATION SLOPES ON THE SOUTH AND WEST SIDES OF THE ISLAND. OAHU. THERE HAVE BEEN NO AGRICULTURE-RELATED IMPACTS REPORTED SO FAR BUT GENERAL VEGETATION CONDITIONS ARE DETERIORATING...ESPECIALLY OVER WEST OAHU FROM EWA TO KAENA POINT. BRUSH FIRE RISK IS INCREASING AS RAINFALL DEFICITS CONTINUE TO BUILD. MOLOKAI AND LANAI. PASTURE AND GENERAL VEGETATION CONDITIONS IN WEST MOLOKAI HAVE BEEN DETERIORATING BASED ON SATELLITE-BASED VEGETATION HEALTH DATA AND ON REPORTS FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE/S FARM SERVICE AGENCY. GENERAL VEGETATION ON THE WESTERN HALF OF LANAI HAS ALSO BEEN DETERIORATING ACCORDING TO SATELLITE DATA. MAUI. PASTURES ALONG THE LEEWARD SLOPE OF HALEAKALA WERE IN POOR CONDITION AND LARGE SECTIONS WERE UNUSABLE...ESPECIALLY IN THE AREA FROM WAILEA TO KIHEI ALONG THE COAST AND UPSLOPE TO THE KULA HIGHWAY NEAR KEOKEA AND WAIOHULI. DRY VEGETATION ALSO FED A LARGE BRUSH FIRE WHICH SCORCHED OVER 5600 ACRES IN THE KAHIKINUI AREA OF SOUTHEAST MAUI DURING THE LATTER HALF OF FEBRUARY. THE MAUI COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF WATER SUPPLY HAS AN ONGOING REQUEST FOR A VOLUNTARY 10 PERCENT REDUCTION IN WATER USE FOR UPCOUNTRY MAUI CUSTOMERS. BIG ISLAND. FARMERS HAVE BEEN REPORTING VERY POOR PASTURE CONDITIONS NEAR SOUTH POINT...ALONG THE LOWER LEEWARD ELEVATIONS FROM MAHUKONA TO KEAHOLE POINT...THE KONA SLOPES FROM CAPTAIN COOK TO THE SUMMIT OF HUALALAI...AND THE POHAKULOA REGION OF THE HAMAKUA DISTRICT. COFFEE FARMERS...MAINLY IN THE KONA AREA...HAVE REPORTED A LARGELY DORMANT CROP DUE TO THE LACK OF RAINFALL. RESIDENTS ON WATER CATCHMENT SYSTEMS HAVE BEEN HAULING WATER...EITHER THEMSELVES OR BY HIRING A HAULING SERVICE...TO FILL THEIR TANKS FOR BASIC NEEDS. CLIMATE SUMMARY... ACCORDING TO THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER...EL NINO CONDITIONS ARE PRESENT IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN. EL NINO WILL LIKELY WEAKEN AND TRANSITION TO ENSO-NEUTRAL CONDITIONS DURING THE SPRING OR EARLY SUMMER OF 2016...WITH A POSSIBLE TRANSITION TO LA NINA CONDITIONS IN THE FALL. PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK... THE LONG-LEAD HAWAIIAN ISLANDS OUTLOOK ISSUED ON FEBRUARY 18 BY THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER INDICATED THAT PROBABILITIES FAVOR BELOW MEDIAN PRECIPITATION THROUGH THE SPRING AND ABOVE MEDIAN TEMPERATURES THROUGH THE SUMMER. THE NEXT LONG-LEAD OUTLOOK WILL BE ISSUED BY THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER ON MARCH 17. HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK... DATA FROM THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY INDICATED THAT MONITORED STREAMS ACROSS THE STATE HAD 30-DAY FLOW LEVELS IN THE NEAR TO BELOW NORMAL RANGE. FLOW LEVELS ARE EXPECTED TO REMAIN IN THE NORMAL TO BELOW NORMAL RANGE THROUGH THE SPRING BASED ON THE PRECIPITATION OUTLOOK. NEXT ISSUANCE DATE... THE NEXT DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED ON APRIL 7 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 $$ Thu, 3 Mar 2016 12:43:00 +1000 A WET AUGUST EASES DROUGHT ACROSS THE STATE http://www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl/Products/DGTHFO/HFODGTHFO.20150910192919.20150910_0928 SYNOPSIS... RECORD-BREAKING RAINFALL HAS EASED OR ELIMINATED DROUGHT ACROSS MANY AREAS OF THE STATE. SEVERE DROUGHT AREAS...OR THE D2 CATEGORY ON THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR MAP...ALONG THE SOUTHERN SLOPES OF KAUAI AND MAUI HAVE IMPROVED TO MODERATE DROUGHT...OR THE D1 CATEGORY AS PASTURES HAVE STARTED TO RECOVER. MODERATE DROUGHT OVER THE WEST-FACING SLOPES OF THE BIG ISLAND REMAINS IN PLACE FOR NOW DUE TO A PENDING EVALUATION OF IMPACTS FOLLOWING THE AUGUST RAINFALL. SUMMARY OF IMPACTS... KAUAI. VEGETATION AND PASTURE CONDITIONS HAVE IMPROVED FOLLOWING RECENT RAINFALL. GRASSES HAVE STARTED TO REGROW BUT REMAIN SHORT. OAHU. THERE ARE NO DROUGHT IMPACTS TO REPORT. THE SLOPES HAVE STARTED TO TURN GREEN AGAIN OVER THE LEEWARD SIDE OF THE ISLAND...WHICH IS NOT TYPICAL DURING AUGUST. MOLOKAI AND LANAI. THERE ARE NO DROUGHT IMPACTS TO REPORT. MAUI. PASTURES AND GENERAL VEGETATION CONDITIONS HAVE STARTED TO IMPROVE FOLLOWING RECORD-BREAKING RAINFALL IN AUGUST. FULL RECOVERY NEEDS FOLLOW-UP RAINFALL. BIG ISLAND. LEEWARD SLOPES HAVE STARTED TO TURN GREEN AGAIN. ONE RANCHER OPERATING IN THE NORTH KOHALA DISTRICT REPORTED HAVING AN EXCESS SUPPLY OF GRASS. CLIMATE SUMMARY... ACCORDING TO THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER...EL NINO CONDITIONS ARE PRESENT IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN. IT IS HIGHLY LIKELY THAT EL NINO WILL PERSIST THROUGH THE 2015-2016 WINTER SEASON AND INTO THE SPRING OF 2016. PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK... THE LONG-LEAD HAWAIIAN ISLANDS OUTLOOK ISSUED ON AUGUST 20 BY THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER INDICATED THAT PROBABILITIES FAVOR ABOVE MEDIAN PRECIPITATION IN THE EARLY FALL...THEN BELOW MEDIAN PRECIPITATION DURING THE WINTER. THE NEXT LONG-LEAD OUTLOOK WILL BE ISSUED BY THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER ON SEPTEMBER 17. HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK... DATA FROM THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY INDICATED THAT MONITORED STREAMS ACROSS THE STATE HAD 30-DAY FLOW LEVELS IN THE NEAR TO ABOVE NORMAL RANGE. FLOW LEVELS ARE EXPECTED TO BE IN THE NORMAL TO ABOVE NORMAL RANGE OVER THE NEXT MONTH BASED ON THE PRECIPITATION OUTLOOK. 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 /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 $$ Thu, 10 Sep 2015 9:28:00 +1000 SEVERE DROUGHT RETURNS TO THE STATE OF HAWAII http://www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl/Products/DGTHFO/HFODGTHFO.20150625195938.20150625_1006 SYNOPSIS... PERSISTENT BELOW AVERAGE RAINFALL CONDITIONS HAVE RESULTED IN THE RETURN OF SEVERE DROUGHT...OR THE D2 CATEGORY IN THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR MAP...TO SOME OF THE LEEWARD AREAS ON THE ISLANDS OF KAUAI AND MAUI. THIS MARKS THE FIRST TIME SINCE MAY 2014 THAT D2 CONDITIONS HAVE BEEN IN PLACE IN THE STATE OF HAWAII. THE SEVERE DROUGHT AREA ON KAUAI IS BETWEEN KALAHEO AND WAIMEA...AND THE AREA ON MAUI ENCOMPASSES THE REGION FROM KAUPO TO AUWAHI ON THE SOUTHEAST FLANK OF HALEAKALA. MODERATE DROUGHT...OR THE D1 CATEGORY...COVERS OTHER AREAS OF THE STATE INCLUDING LOWER KAUAI FROM KEALIA TO MANA...THE LEEWARD WAIANAE RANGE ON OAHU...UPCOUNTRY MAUI...LOWER WEST MAUI FROM UKUMEHAME TO LAHAINA...AND PORTIONS OF THE LEEWARD BIG ISLAND SLOPES. MOST OF THE WINDWARD SECTIONS OF THE STATE HAVE BEEN RECEIVING ADEQUATE RAINFALL. SUMMARY OF IMPACTS... KAUAI. VEGETATION CONDITIONS IN THE HANAPEPE AREA ARE VERY POOR. RAINFALL SO FAR IN JUNE HAS BEEN BELOW 10 PERCENT OF AVERAGE NEAR HANAPEPE AND AROUND 30 PERCENT OF AVERAGE NEAR KALAHEO. OAHU. ALONG THE SLOPES OF THE WAIANAE RANGE...PASTURES ARE IN A DEGRADED STATE AND THE DRY VEGETATION CONDITIONS POSE AN INCREASED RISK OF BRUSH FIRES. MOLOKAI AND LANAI. THERE ARE NO DROUGHT IMPACTS TO REPORT. MAUI. RANCHERS OPERATING IN THE KAUPO AREA HAVE BEEN FORCED TO WEAN CALVES EARLIER THAN NORMAL AT LOWER WEIGHTS AND HAVE BEEN DESTOCKING PASTURES DUE TO INADEQUATE FORAGE. THERE IS CONCERN THAT THERE WILL BE INSUFFICIENT DRY FEED TO LAST THROUGH THE SUMMER. VEGETATION IN LEEWARD WEST MAUI HAS ALSO BEEN VERY DRY WITH AN INCREASING RISK OF BRUSH FIRES. BIG ISLAND. PASTURES ON THE LEEWARD SIDE OF WAIMEA HAVE BEEN DETERIORATING IN THE FACE OF LOW RAINFALL AND CONSTANT WIND. CLIMATE SUMMARY... ACCORDING TO THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER...EL NINO CONDITIONS ARE PRESENT IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN. THERE IS AN 85 PERCENT CHANCE EL NINO WILL PERSIST THROUGH THE 2015-2016 WINTER SEASON. PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK... THE LONG-LEAD HAWAIIAN ISLANDS OUTLOOK ISSUED ON JUNE 18 BY THE NOAA CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER INDICATED THAT PROBABILITIES FAVOR ABOVE MEDIAN PRECIPITATION IN THE SUMMER AND EARLY FALL...THEN BELOW MEDIAN PRECIPITATION DURING THE WINTER. ABOVE MEDIAN SUMMER RAINFALL IS MAINLY EXPECTED TO OCCUR ALONG THE WINDWARD SLOPES IN PERSISTENT TRADE WINDS LEAVING LEEWARD AREAS GENERALLY DRY. THE NEXT LONG-LEAD OUTLOOK WILL BE ISSUED BY THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER ON JULY 16. 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 NORMAL TO BELOW NORMAL RANGE ON KAUAI AND OAHU. MAUI AND BIG ISLAND FLOW LEVELS WERE IN THE NORMAL TO ABOVE NORMAL RANGE. FLOW LEVELS FROM WINDWARD STREAMS ARE EXPECTED TO BE IN THE NORMAL TO ABOVE NORMAL RANGE WITH NORMAL TO BELOW NORMAL FLOW WITHIN LEEWARD STREAMS. NEXT ISSUANCE DATE... THE NEXT DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED ON JULY 17 2015 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 $$ Thu, 25 Jun 2015 9:55:00 +1000