After a year of record rains, the upcoming wet season could actually dry Hawaii out

After a year of record rains, the upcoming wet season could actually dry Hawaii out
Kauai flood, April 2018.

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In 2018, Hawaii saw one of its wettest years on record.

Several historic floods devastated parts of the state, including communities in Kauai and on the Big Island.

The upcoming wet season, though, is shaping up to be a little drier than normal.

In fact, drought conditions have returned to parts of the state.

The new year will likely start off drier than most years because of recent ocean temperatures. The islands normally have less rain when water temperatures change from above normal to just about normal or below.

That said, there’s always a chance Hawaii could see a flooding event.

The majority of the winter rain falls when low pressure systems come close to Hawaii, sending fronts overhead. When this happens, the amount of moisture in the air will determine the potential for flooding.

The polar jet moving away from the poles and closer to Hawaii is a leading cause of winter storms.

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