Dry conditions persist statewide

Dry conditions persist statewide

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu Airport saw just .43 inches of rain in the last two months, the lowest rain totals over the period since 1983, new National Weather Service figures show.

The rainfall summary for February also shows that Oahu got just 40 percent of the rain it sees in more typical years.

The low rainfall levels, blamed on the El Niño weather phenomenon, are spurring moderate drought in several areas of the state.

The weather service said that fewer low-rainfall level records were broken in February, but most locations got less than half of the rain they usually see over the month.

On Kauai, Kalaheo saw its driest February since 2000, and Lihue's rainfall total for January and February was just 1.17 inches, the lowest since 1993.

Aloha Tower, Palolo and Lualualei on Oahu saw their driest February since 2000. So did Ulupalakua Ranch on Maui.

Hawaii Island also had below average rainfall, but a few sites saw higher totals thanks fast-moving cold fronts.

El Niño, a global weather phenomenon driven by warm surface water in the Eastern Pacific, gives Hawaii dry winters and wet summers.

As of Monday, half of the state was experiencing drought conditions. The most severe impacts of drought are being seen on Hawaii Island and Maui.

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