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Winter Storm Wanes in the West; Critical Fire Weather in the High Plains; Severe Weather Threat in Central U.S.

The snow and high winds along the Sierra Nevada and the Intermountain West is gradually waning. The threat of wildfires persist in the High Plains. Isolated strong to severe thunderstorms will be possible in portions of the Southern Great Plains into the Lower/Mid-Mississippi Valley on Monday, in addition to locally heavy rain in the central Gulf Coast. Read More >

Multi-Radar/Multi-Sensor statewide rainfall image for 72 hours ending 8 am HST, 12/1/23, showing highest amounts across east sections of Maui and Hawaii IslandsA kona low developed late on November 28 several hundred miles northwest of Kauaʻi. Bands of mainly light to moderate rainfall produced 1 to 3 inches of rain over Kauaʻi and Oʻahu on November 28 and 29. Only minor flooding issues were reported from this rainfall. At this time, the main axis of deep tropical moisture, and the most intense rainfall, remained east of the Big Island. The axis shifted westward on November 30, resulting in a significant increase in rainfall over the southeastern half of the Big Island and the eastern and southern flanks of Haleakalā on Maui. Flash flooding closed the Hāna Highway at several locations between Paʻuwela and Hāmoa, and along Piʻilani Highway between Kahikinui and Kaupō. Heavy rainfall during the morning of November 30 on the Big Island resulted in the closure of Wood Valley Road near Pāhala, and Pōhaku Drive in Orchidland Estates near Keaʻau. Combined rain gage and bias-adjusted radar rainfall estimates showed 11 to 22 inches over the eastern portions of the Big Island and Maui from the kona low. The Pāhoa Beacon automated rain gage recorded peak rain rates in excess of 4 inches per hour during the morning of November 30.

The image on the right is from the Multi-Radar/Multi-Sensor (MRMS) quantitative precipitation estimates (QPE) for the 72 hour period ending at 8 am HST, Friday, December 1. The color scale is on the right, in inches of rainfall.

The following are notable automated rain gage totals for the 3- day period ending at 8 AM HST, December 1. All amounts are in inches. These totals are considered preliminary for information purposes only.

Location                             3-day total

WLLH1 Mount Waialeale (USGS)             4.38
KHEH1 Kalaheo                            4.35
WKRH1 Waiakoali (USGS)                   4.25
WUHH1 Wailua                             4.07
MCRH1 Mohihi Crossing (USGS)             3.96
PLRH1 Puu Lua                            3.79

MAUH1 Maunawili                          3.64
OFSH1 Olomana Fire Station               3.24
STVH1 St Stephens                        3.17
HAKH1 Hakipuu Mauka                      2.81
MOGH1 Moanalua RG (USGS)                 2.71
AHUH1 Ahuimanu Loop                      2.68

Maui County
WWKH1 West Wailuaiki (USGS)             11.15
KLFH1 Kula 1                             3.89
KPNH1 Kepuni (USGS)                      3.39
LANH1 Lanai City                         3.20
LNIH1 Lanai 1                            1.85
MLKH1 Molokai 1                          1.57

Big Island
PHAH1 Pahoa                             12.02
PPWH1 Papaikou Well                     10.21
LPHH1 Laupahoehoe                        9.76
KMOH1 Kealakomo                          9.56
NLIH1 Honolii Stream (USGS)              8.33
MTVH1 Mt View                            8.31

The following totals are from the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow (CoCoRaHS) network. These selected sites were all on the east side of the Big Island within the peak rainfall areas. The amounts are 3-day totals from November 29 through December 1 based on daily manual rain gage readings. All amounts are in inches.

Location                             3-day total
HI-HI-3 Pahoa 2.1E                      21.88
HI-HI-105 Pahoa 2.6SE                   20.75
HI-HI-65 Pahoa 4.7NE                    20.58
HI-HI-86 Wainaku 2.5W                   20.02
HI-HI-92 Pahoa 4.2SE                    18.99
HI-HI-51 Pahoa 2.7SSE                   18.22