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Crop report for the week ending February 13, 2011

Weather Review

The week presented mixed weather conditions, none that were of heavy detriment to farmers. Mostly localized rains were heavy but brief. Despite some sweeping showers, skies were partly cloudy for the most part with rains favoring upper elevation and windward areas. Hazy conditions were also present during the week as winds were light and variable. A continued lack of rain on the windward side of the Big Island caused abnormally dry [D0] conditions to be introduced to that side.

HIGHLIGHTS: A record daily maximum rainfall of 1.6 inches was set at Kahului [Maui] on Friday, February 11th. This broke the old record of 1.3 inches in 1975.
IN ADDITION: A record high temperature of 85 degrees Fahrenheit was set at Hilo [Hawaii] on Thursday, February 10th. This broke the old record of 84 set in 1998.

Hawaii County
Rainfall was generally sparse for the Big Island with showers concentrated between Monday and Wednesday. The normally wetter windward side received few showers during the week, which went in turn with its newly introduced drought rating. The Waimea Irrigation System water level was marked at 47.5 feet on Friday, February 11th; a decrease of 4 percent from the previous week’s reading of 49.5 feet. The current conservation status is unrestricted.

Maui County
Localized showers were present throughout week on Maui as cloudy to partly cloudy skies dominated the weather. The Molokai Irrigation System water level was marked at 18.5 feet on Friday, February 11th; no change from last week Thursday’s reading. Phase III mandatory conservation measures remained in effect. Measures included a MANDATORY 30 percent conservation in usage from all nonhomestead users. Interesting fact: The record low for monthly precipitation in February at the Kahului airport occurred in 2000 when .06 inch of rain fell over the month.

Honolulu County
Honolulu County received showers throughout the week in varying locations. Early in the week, showers were widespread across the Island of Oahu. After a brief lull mid week showers were again present over the weekend in some areas. Showers were mostly concentrated to windward areas, and were not as widespread as earlier in the week. The Waimanalo Irrigation System water level was marked at 55 feet on Friday, February 11th; an increase of 4 percent from the previous week’s reading of 53 feet. Phase I modified mandatory water conservation measures remained in effect. Measures included a MANDATORY 10 percent reduction in use and water services limited to weekdays, 24 hours a day, with no weekend services.

Kauai County
Kauai County saw light but fairly consistent showers throughout the week in most areas. Light showers generally did not lead to heavy penetrating rains but were enough to leave most areas with adequate soil moisture.

Agricultural Highlights

Orchards
Orchards remained in fair to good condition. Orchards located on the Big Island and other drier areas were in mixed condition depending on irrigation. No other adverse conditions presented themselves during the week.

Vegetables
Crops were in fair condition throughout the week. Light rains were beneficial for crop progress. Where there was little rain, crops were in mixed condition.

Livestock and Pasture
Pasture conditions varied Statewide by the end of the week. While some pastures in the State received heavier downpours, other areas received little rain.

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