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Drought continues to worsen in Hawaii

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A two-year long drought continues its stranglehold on every Hawaiian island. The latest drought numbers were released Thursday, and they are not good.

"The last time Hawaii was considered drought free was Tax Day 2008, more than two years ago and unfortunately it doesn't look like it's going to get better anytime soon" said Kevin Kodama, hydrologist for the National Weather Service in Honolulu.

The South Kohala area of the Big Island is the worst off. They're in the D-4 exceptional drought classification. Kau and Kona are in D-3 extreme drought. South Maui and Molokai are also at D-3, while Lanai and upcountry Maui are at D-2 severe drought.

On Oahu, most of the island is OK except for the east end. The Waimanalo area is at D-3. Farmers over there are under mandatory water cutbacks. Kauai's southeast side is also dry; they're in a D-1 moderate drought.

To make matters worse, the outlook for summer rain is for below normal rainfall totals. One hopeful sign is for the mid and upper slopes in Kona, which normally experience maximum rainfall during the summer months.

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