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Monday, April 23, 2012

Got an Umbrella???

Salvatore Vuono
Rain in the Pacific Northwest is very common, especially in the spring. But what about Hawaii?

When I attended The University of Hawaii, students carrying umbrellas was commonplace. Did you know it rains nearly every day in the islands? Much of it comes at night, but sometimes quick downfalls during the day as well—warm, wet and usually doesn’t last long. Definitely tropical downpours!

The wettest month of the year in Honolulu is December with an average of 2.85 inches. The driest month is June with a monthly average of .43 inches.
The wettest month of the year in Hilo (on the big island) is November with an average of 15.58 inches. The driest month is June with a monthly average of 7.36 inches.

Hmm . . . so the driest month in Hilo is wetter than the wettest month in Honolulu!

And then there’s Mt. Waialeale on Kauai which has an average of 486 inches per year!!! It is the highest recorded annual rainfall in the world.

I live across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon where they just broke the 1957 record rainfall of 2.52 inches—Portland hit 3.68 inches!!!

Better grab that umbrella or hat—don’t know what’s coming in late April and early May!

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  1. I didn't realize it rained so much in Hawaii. Interesting.

    1. Yes, it does, Loree! Most of it comes at night, but you also get lots of tropical downpours during the day--nice and short and warm! Some areas can get a lot more rain.

      I wish our rain in the Pacific NW came at night instead of the constant drizzle!!

      Thanks for the visit and comment.
      Aloha! --Cheryl


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