Lihue Airport records lowest December rainfall
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.