Consider this: We are having the hottest summer than anyone can remember with high humidity and day after day of temps in the 90’s. We have had flood alerts with localized flooding almost every day for a week. (everyone is now tired of these: The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for the Island of Hawaii effective until 7:45 this evening. Hualalai Road and Kuakini Highway are closed due to flooding)
Downtown Kona was swamped on Tuesday with rain coming in at 3-4 inches per hour. My friend Fern, who lives in Holualoa has had 42 inches of rain in the past month, where the ANNUAL rainfall total should be 52 inches. We had a tsunami alert yesterday from the devastating earthquake in Chile when an 8.3 earthquake struck setting off an tsunami alert that was finally cancelled this morning…just in time for a VOLCANO alert today saying that mighty Mauna Loa has increased its seismic activity and now is on a “watch”. And this just in, Puna had a 3.8 earthquake today. Did I mention the three major hurricanes that menaced the island in August this year, too? There is a Chinese curse: “May you live in interesting times”.
Although, personally, I am having one heck of a summer with the heat, I am remaining positive and I am letting my friend sum it up from the viewpoint of a resident who has lived here for almost a year:
“Ok, at this point, I have to say this is kind of cool because it’s just so unimaginable to me. I think I reached the tipping point: excessive rain, frequent flash flooding, tsunami advisory,
now a volcano is on advisory status. This is Island life, and this is what happens. I’ll embrace it!”
If you want to see that I am not making this stuff up:
Driving just north of Holualoa Village I came across this flash flood. I have driven this road for 15 years and never seen water in it – today was a different story!
Another positive note..the opportunity for interesting photos has made quite a few of us enjoy capturing sunsets, lightning and flooding!
What has your experience been this summer? Join me in the comments below!