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Hawaii Crop Weather Report for June 16, 2015

MEDIA RELEASE

On June 16, the U.S. Drought Monitor reported that 66.77 percent of the State was abnormally dry or drier. Leeward areas of Hawaii have been drying out in recent weeks, particularly in the western half of the state, while windward areas have received adequate rainfall. The leeward dryness did lead to the introduction of abnormal dryness on north Kauai, and a slight northeastward expansion of abnormally and moderately dry areas on Oahu. Complete information provided by the Drought Monitor can be found on their internet informational site location at droughtmonitor.unl.edu. The rainfall averaged 0.61 inches across the state.

Hawaii County
The trade winds were light to moderate last week on the Big Island. Light precipitation peppered the windward areas throughout the weekdays. As the weekend approached, there were heavier downpours in the Hilo and Puna districts. Leeward areas were mostly dry throughout the week with occasional showers in upper elevation. Rain showers occurred typically in the morning and evening hours. Daytime temperatures reached the mid to upper eighties.

The Waimea Irrigation Systems level at the Puukapu reservoir was marked at 50.00 feet (51.70 MG) on June 19, 2015, unchanged from the level recorded the previous week on June 12, 2015. The Puu Pulehu reservoir was marked at 18.50 feet (106.75 MG) on June 19, 2015, unchanged from the level recorded one week prior on June 12, 2015. Mandatory 10 percent conservation remains. The Honokaia Reservoir was 8.0 feet (1.00 MG) on June 19, 2015, unchanged from the previous Friday’s reading. The water level at the Paauilo reservoir was marked at 21.00 feet (10.00 MG) on June 19, 2015, unchanged from the previous Friday’s reading. The Paauilo and Honokaia Reservoirs feed into the Lower Hamakua Irrigation System where no conservation measures were in effect.

Honolulu County
The Waimanalo Irrigation System water level was marked at 59.75 feet (54.86 MG) on Friday, June 19, 2015, down 0.25 feet from the previous Friday’s reading. No conservation measures were in effect.

Maui County
The Molokai Irrigation System water level was marked at 35.50 feet (781.00 MG) on Friday, June 19, 2015, down 0.50 feet from the June 12, 2015 reading. Conservation measures urged all non-homestead water users to cutback water consumption by 10 percent.

Agricultural Highlights
On the Big Island, the rainfall along windward districts benefitted pastures and allowed for good forage regrowth. This past week, daytimes were mostly very warm with sunny skies and light volcanic haze.

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