Li­hue Air­port records low­est De­cem­ber rain­fall

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - NEWS -

LI­HUE, Kauai (AP) — The rain gauge at an air­port on Kauai went lower than it has been in 66 years last month, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice.

The gauge at Li­hue Air­port recorded 1.17 inches of rain in De­cem­ber, two times lower than the monthly av­er­age.

It hasn’t been that low since 1950, the NWS said.

Oc­to­ber is the start of the wet sea­son on Kauai and win­ter months usu­ally bring heavy rains.

“The air­port had a record dry De­cem­ber, which sur­prised me a bit be­cause it’s not the nor­mal weather pat­tern I’d ex­pect for the win­ter months,” said Kevin Ko­dama, hy­drol­o­gist for the NWS in Honolulu.

The Li­hue Air­port gauge mea­sured 13.39 inches of rain in 2016, com­pared to a yearly av­er­age of 37.05.

Ko­dama said Kauai is in the midst of a small drought.

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