Posted by: Anna Webb | January 21, 2010

Kona Winds Return: Drought Continues on Big Island East Side

Sea surface temperatures and winds

I’ve been keeping score. Here on the lower Puna coast, it’s rained two times in three weeks. The last time could hardly be counted but I did hear the sound of rain briefly running into the catchment tank. Why the drought? El Niño is to blame.

Recent storms in the SoCal area and southwest mainland U.S is also a result of El Niño which brings extra moisture in those parts and denies us the same here in Hawaii. El Niño is warming of the Pacific Ocean.

“Kona Winds”, from a westerly to easterly direction, are expected to return overnight and remain for a couple of days. The weekend may hopefully bring a change.

The bottom line is that it’s a dicey mixed bag of weather patterns moving in and out north of the islands. It’s wreaking havoc in the states and leaving us high and dry.

Here are some tips on saving water:

If you have a double kitchen sink, make a sink full of hot soapy water and another of hot rinse water. This will save you a lot of water vs. running the dishwasher. If you don’t have company, wait and flush the toilet after a few uses. Each flush uses an average of 5 gallons of water. Take short showers. Buy low pressure shower heads. Turn off the water when brushing your teeth. Use hand gel rather than washing hands every time.

Needless to say, the vog will return – again. *sigh* Remember, don’t overexert yourself if vog is in your area.

Here are some links for your review.

Hawaii Drought Monitor

El Nino Information

Real-time data of sea surface temperatures and winds


  1. Since the mid-90’s, all toilets sold in the US use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush, not “an average of 5 gallons” as you state.

  2. Thanks for the clarification, Bob.
    It’s nice to know there are intelligent changes happening within the building industry 🙂
    Aloha, Anna


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