By Jeff King
Despite getting a “late start,” portions of Maui caught up quickly in the rainfall department overnight. Moloka’i was under two separate flood warnings Monday and downpours pounded Maui’s north coastline from Nahiku to Kahakuloa. Meanwhile much of south Maui accumulated barely a sheet of mist. That all changed after midnight. Here are the 24-hour storm total highlights:
- Pu’u Ali’i, Moloka’i – 8.48 in.
- Moloka’i Mauka – 3.50 in.
- Haiku – 3.60 in.
- Wailuku – 6.26 in.
- Pu’u Kukui – 7.91 in.
- Pukalani – 5.17 in.
- Waikapu Country Club – 4.85 in
- Lahainaluna – 1.61 in.
- Kihei – 0.31 in.
That 8.48 inches at Pu’u Ali’i on Moloka’i is – by far – the highest total in the state from this Winter Solstice storm. The system made a diagonal swath across Moloka’i and Maui.
After leaving rushing streams on Moloka’i, the rainmaker moved across the channel – settling on the entire west end of Maui. The red indicates the most intense rainfall. To view the storm’s progress yourself, click here for the NWS Hydrology page. Roll your cursor over the time intervals indicated above the map and see the progress and intensity of this storm.
Forecasters say there’s plenty more where that came from. That’s why the Flash Flood Watch remains in effect until 6 p.m. Christmas Eve…at least.
Mele Kalikimaka, rain gauges!