Categorized | Agriculture, Weather

Crop Weather Report


MEDIA RELEASE

Weather Review

Rainfall for the northern islands was beneficial and much improved over previous weeks. Early in the week, there was little rain for most areas with partly cloudy skies and light and variable trades. As the week progressed, showers, some heavy at times, moved across the islands, with the northern islands receiving the greatest amount of precipitation early in the week. Over the weekend, the Island of Hawaii also received a good amount of rain. Rainfall over the week led to a slight overall increase in the Waimanalo irrigation system on Oahu. The Island of Molokai as well as the Island of Hawaii showed minor decreases in their irrigation system levels. The Drought Monitor indications shifted, indicating more intense drought on Kauai as extreme [D3] drought levels expanded slightly in the southern areas of the Island. HIGHLIGHTS: A record daily maximum rainfall of .21 inches was set in Honolulu on Thursday September 30th. This breaks the old record of .18 inches in 1990.

Hawaii County
The summer maximum of the south Kona region ended with a total of 11.9 inches during the months of July, August, and September, according to the National Weather Service. True to normal trends, rain over the last three months has accounted for 63 percent of the rain over the last nine months. The Waimea Irrigation System water level was marked at 48 feet on Friday, October 1st; a decrease of 3 percent from the previous week’s reading of 49.5 feet.

Maui County
Clear skies early in the week were accompanied by a lack of trade winds. As the week progressed, trades picked up and skies grew cloudier with precipitation coming late in the week. The Molokai Irrigation System water level was marked at 13 feet on Friday, October 1st; a decrease of 4 percent from last week’s reading of 13.5 feet. Phase III mandatory conservation measures remained in effect. Measures included a MANDATORY 30 percent conservation in usage from all non-homestead users.

Honolulu County
Interior sections of Oahu got doused midweek. The rainfall was in stark contrast to what the areas, including the downtown area, had seen in quite some time. Heavy rainfall brought rainfall totals at the Honolulu International Airport to within .11 inches of a normal .74 inches. The Waimanalo Irrigation System water level was marked at 24 feet on Friday, October 1st; an increase of 2 percent from the previous week’s reading of 23.5 feet. Phase III mandatory conservation measures remained in effect. Measures included a MANDATORY 30 percent reduction in use and water service limited to Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between the hours of 7 am and 3:30 pm.

Kauai County
Last week, Kauai was the beneficiary of decent rainfall. The rainfall was beneficial for orchards and other crops across the County. Over the past month of September, at Lihue airport, there was a total of 1.33 inches of rain. This is a 51 percent departure from normal. This, however, is an increase from last year’s total monthly rainfall for September that was .9 inches.

Agricultural Highlights

Orchards
Orchards were in good conditions for the majority of the State. Irrigation in drier areas remained necessary, which varied by specific location.

Vegetables
Vegetables were in by and large in good shape. Rain was not excessive enough to cause any significant crop damage.

Livestock and Pasture
With rainfall good over the previous week pastures did not continue to degrade but conditions continue to be based on location

For the full Crop Weather Report PDF which includes rainfall click here

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Become a fan on facebook

 

Quantcast
%d bloggers like this: