Drought - Last month’s rainfall total of 0.39 inches measured at Lihu‘e Airport was the DRIEST OCTOBER EVER RECORDED for Lihu‘e. The records, which date back to 1950, show the previous record was 0.98 inches set in 1998. The RECORDS FOR THE DRIEST THREE-MONTH and SIX-MONTH PERIODS WERE ALSO SET. From August through October, just 1.27 inches of rain fell at the airport; and from May through October, only 3.14 inches fell. The previous three-month record was 1.51 inches from January through March 1983. The previous six-month record was 4.36 inches from May through October 1975. The entire northwestern half of Kaua‘i, and all of Ni‘ihau show abnormally dry conditions. More than 71 percent of the state was listed abnormally dry, compared to 53 percent last year and 26 percent in 2005. Brushfires have plagued the Garden Island this summer.
Adapting to the damaging effects of climate change, plants are gradually moving to where temperatures are cooler, rainfall is greater, f...