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Parts of Hawaii could develop drought next year

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Meteorologists say parts of Hawaii could develop drought early next year after a drier-than-normal wet season this winter.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Chris Brenchley said Friday weak El Nino conditions will keep weather relatively dry through the spring. But he says this won't stop storms from delivering rain to the islands.

No individual island is being identified for being at greater risk of developing drought.

Drier conditions will mainly affect agriculture and those who get water through catchment. Brenchley says they might begin to feel drought effects late in the wet season ending in April.

Still, Hawaii is coming out of its wettest dry season in the last 30 years. It's also the first time since 2006 the Big Island is entering a wet season with no area in drought.

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