The National Weather Service in Honolulu said the wet season this year was anything but wet. Kevin Kodama, a senior hydrologist for the service, said it was the driest wet season in over 30 years.
Several leeward areas in Maui and Hawaii counties have not recovered from drought conditions. Here in Hawaii County, extreme drought conditions have continued for five seasons, Kodama said, and on Maui for seven.
Kodama said the first flash floods of the wet season typically occur in October, but the past season’s first warning wasn’t issued until December. Drought conditions are expected to worsen in leeward areas of Maui and Hawaii counties, while Kauai and Oahu will experience at least seasonal dryness in leeward areas.