Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued for Western Hawaiian Islands

March 03, 2012; 3:20 AM
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The western Hawaiian islands are currently experiencing a "Severe Thunderstorm Watch." This is rare for the region.

"This only happens a few times a year at most," AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Mike Pigott said. "It's pretty rare."

According to NOAA.gov, "An active weather pattern will continue over the state through Tuesday, especially across the smaller main Hawaiian islands.

Moderate trade winds will continue near Kauai, while lighter winds remain over rest of the state. Trade winds will strengthen during the later part of the week as a strong surface high moves to far north-northwest of the islands."

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Lihue Airport, Hawaii, received 6.24 inches of rain in just 10 hours on Monday. At the end of the day, 8.05 inches of rain had fallen, shattering the old record of 1.14 inches set back in 1974.

Over the past 48 hours, the Lihue picked up a whopping 10.49 inches while Honolulu received 3.73 inches of rain.

"There's a cold front stalled out there," said Pigott. "The front will be stalled again there through Tuesday and produce additional heavy showers and thunderstorms."

The severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect until 1:00 AM Hawaiian Standard Time.

For more updates on the storm watch, consult the National Weather Service Forecast Office.

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