The October 2012 Kauai Rainfall

There has been only one instance in the last 10 years which did not include an October cold front or shear line.

All of the gages on Kauai recorded below average rainfall totals for the month of October.  The U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Mount Waialeale gage recorded 5.14 inches (15 percent of average) which was the highest monthly total on the island but was a record low October total for this site.  The previous record was 6.57 inches set in 1984.  The highest daily total did not come from Mount Waialeale but instead came from the Kalaheo gage in south Kauai on October 26.

Despite the dry recent conditions, rainfall totals for 2012 through the end of October remained in the near to above average range for most locations due to wet conditions early in the year.  Mount Waialeale’s 290.97 inches (89 percent of average) leads all year-to-date totals statewide.

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