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Sun Mar 11, 2012, 01:53 PM

Did you know that it rained 46 inches in Hawaii, 3 inch hail, and tornadoes?

Supercellular thunderstorms with rotation and large hail are currently moving through the island.

For about a week, Hawaii's famous sunny weather has been replaced with thunderstorms, large pieces of hail, and the arrival of what weather officials say was the first tornado in four years to hit the islands.

The tornado formed as a waterspout offshore. After 7 a.m., it pushed more than a mile inland, tearing off part of a roof and carrying it several hundred yards through the coastal town and Honolulu suburb of Kailua. No one was injured.

A 30-minute hail storm Friday over windward Oahu was "unprecedented," for Hawaii, said Tom Birchard, senior meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Honolulu. Not only is it highly unusual for hail to fall over Hawaii, but some stones that measured as large as three inches are likely record-breaking, he said.

Hail reported to have fallen on other islands over the course of about a week of heavy rains that closed schools, caused sewage spills, flooded homes and dampened vacations. There were landslides, power outages and roads blocked by trees, boulders and mud.

The Waikane Stream rose from 2 to 8 feet in a matter of minutes and Waiahole Stream doubled in height from 7 to 14 feet in little time.














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Experts are calling this "very unusual".

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Reply Did you know that it rained 46 inches in Hawaii, 3 inch hail, and tornadoes? (Original post)
FarLeftFist Mar 2012 OP
lunatica Mar 2012 #1
KamaAina Mar 2012 #2
msongs Mar 2012 #3
ProdigalJunkMail Mar 2012 #4
opihimoimoi Mar 2012 #21
Scuba Mar 2012 #5
JohnnyRingo Mar 2012 #7
JohnnyRingo Mar 2012 #6
MANative Mar 2012 #8
Speck Tater Mar 2012 #9
ProdigalJunkMail Mar 2012 #12
zappaman Mar 2012 #15
Initech Mar 2012 #19
Speck Tater Mar 2012 #20
stopbush Mar 2012 #10
dixiegrrrrl Mar 2012 #18
tawadi Mar 2012 #11
madokie Mar 2012 #13
qazplm Mar 2012 #14
KamaAina Mar 2012 #22
Initech Mar 2012 #16
ZombieHorde Mar 2012 #17
ellisonz Mar 2012 #23
YellowRubberDuckie Mar 2012 #24

Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 01:56 PM

1. Great pictures!

Wow on that hail though!

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 01:59 PM

2. "Very unusual", indeed.

I lived out there nine years. No hail. No tornadoes, though there were a few waterspouts offshore. Sudden heavy downpours are par for the course, but 46 inches?! That's about twice the yearly average rainfall (at the airport).

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #2)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 02:03 PM

3. that rain was in an area where huge amounts are not unusual, NOT at the airport which is one of the

driest parts of Oahu.

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #2)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 02:05 PM

4. REALLY depends on where you are in the islands

one spot gets over 400 inches per year...

sP

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #2)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 09:16 PM

21. Hey Kama, was horrible..hail and rain like I never saw before



But we stay safe ...had a landslide behind the house..causing minor flooding..the boys busted ass all day yesterday to get it clear...

was too much dirt...gonna finish tomorrow..

But I am nothing compared to others who got flooded real bad.

Take care ole Buddy...

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 02:08 PM

5. Republican chorus in response: no foreign aid!

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Response to Scuba (Reply #5)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 02:16 PM

7. Hahahahaha

I shouldn't laugh, because I know you're right, but I'm going to use this when I go out. I'll ask some people I know if we should help them out.

One girl I know went there on her honeymoon several years ago, and I asked her to bring back some Hawaiian money. She thanked me for making her look stupid when she got back.

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 02:12 PM

6. Paradise lost.

I guess I'm glad to be in Ohio where the weird weather of 2012 has brought bearable temps

That woman in the last picture sure seems to be taking it well in stride. LOL

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 02:31 PM

8. My brother was there on business the whole week and

his wife decide to take a weeks' vacation and go along. She said had to spend the whole week in the hotel because the weather was so bad.

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 02:34 PM

9. Here's a post from yesterday about a feak ice storm in Mexico City!

 

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Response to Speck Tater (Reply #9)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 03:05 PM

12. horribly written headline

it was a hail producing thunderstorm that dropped INCHES not FEET of hail..

sP

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Response to Speck Tater (Reply #9)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 03:49 PM

15. WOW!

4-6 feet deep hail!
That's a crazy icestorm, yup!
Suffice it to say, we should get use to this kind of freakish weather as we keep doing nothing about climate change!

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Response to zappaman (Reply #15)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 07:52 PM

19. I know the climate change deniers are really pissing me off too.

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Response to Initech (Reply #19)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 08:39 PM

20. Hey, the inside of my refrigerator is COLD! Global warming is a myth!. nt

 

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 02:40 PM

10. Yes. I posted this story in LBN on Wednesday.

Didn't get much traction.

But then, Hawai'i isn't part of the USA...

BTW - the family was on Oahu back in January, and the weather was incredible.

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Response to stopbush (Reply #10)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 07:48 PM

18. which is why Obama is not a citizen!

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 03:00 PM

11. Love the pic of the woman in her kayak

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 03:07 PM

13. Sen. Inhofe says it ain't so

Man hasn't changed the weather only god can do that. I kid you not. The man is simply an embarrassment for the state of OK.

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 03:42 PM

14. who's the cutie

in the kayak?

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Response to qazplm (Reply #14)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 09:27 PM

22. If I knew,

do you think I'd have come back up here?

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 04:28 PM

16. A good friend of mine lives in Honolulu, I should find out more.

That lightning -

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 04:36 PM

17. No, but I guess I know now. Crazy pictures. nt

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Response to FarLeftFist (Original post)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 09:32 PM

24. Even the hail looks like flowers.

Not to trivialize this. This is horrible. I'm from Oklahoma and have been through tornadoes and floods myself. But it just made me smile seeing the hail from Hawaii looking like flowers.
Duckie

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