WAILUKU, Maui (AP) — Months of rain have brought relief to severe drought conditions in South Maui.
The National Weather Service said winter rain in January and February helped lift three-year “extreme” and “severe” drought warnings.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, South Maui now falls under the “moderate” drought category.
Although South Maui has enjoyed wet weather, rain continues to fall below normal levels in the West Maui Mountains.
National Weather Service Hydrologist Kevin Kodama said the last time there was a prolonged severe drought event in Maui County was in the late 1990s to early 2000s.
Kodama said from January through February, there was a two-level drop in drought status for Makena, Kihei, Wailea and up-slope areas.