Hawaii island may have broken national rainfall record

HONOLULU — The National Weather Service says preliminary data indicates the Hawaiian island of Kauai broke a national 24-hour rainfall record during recent flash flooding.

The agency’s Honolulu office said Wednesday a rain gauge in Waipa recorded 49.69 inches of rain during the 24-hour period ending 12:45 p.m. on April 15.

If this total is certified, it would break the current record of 43 inches recorded July 25-26, 1979 in Alvin, Texas.

The Waipa gauge is about one mile west of Hanalei on the island’s north shore. It’s operated by a non-profit organization.

The agency says the National Climate Extremes Committee will convene to review the data and determine whether it’s a record.

The floods swept away homes and triggered mudslides. Damaged roads cut off several communities from the rest of Kauai.

  1. Don April 26, 2018 8:01 am Reply

    Shouldn’t this day ‘kauai’ island? Not big ISLAND

  2. harryoyama2 April 26, 2018 8:26 pm Reply

    Seems like the only thing that works is a non-government operation, all other rain gauges failed except this non-profit’s rain gauge.

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