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‘Big rain events’ needed to reverse drought

November 14, 2013
Maui Weekly

The Maui News - Maui County, along with the rest of the state, will see near- to above-average rainfall this wet season, although forecasters say it will probably not be enough to "dig" out areas from ongoing severe drought.

"We probably need some big rain events, or a tropical system to get it moist and dig out of that," said Mike Cantin, warning coordinator meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Honolulu. "There will be some improvement definitely, but not digging all the way out of it."

Areas in Maui County under an extreme drought include parts of South Maui and Upcountry, and a portion of the northwestern end of Molokai, according to a U.S. Drought Monitor map.



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