Meteorologists: Hawaii Drought Likely to Worsen

Nathan Eagle/Honolulu Civil Beat

As Hawaii farmers and ranchers continue to suffer from a lingering drought, meteorologists said Monday that they fear more severe dry weather could be in store for the state.

Pao-Shin Chu, a meteorology professor at the University of Hawaii, said there is a good chance an El Niño may develop over the next couple months. This would mean a strong chance for a dry winter and spring, normally Hawaii's wet season.

"I'm not too worried about what's happening now. This is the summer and we don't expect much rain," he said. "But I worry about what happens in the future. If El Niño develops — it's now in an early stage — then this current drought may persist into the next rainy season and that would be very, very bad."

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