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Rainy season began, ended early, bringing plenty of rain

Date Posted: 2011-06-16

Okinawa’s rainy season is officially over, wrapping up the earliest it ever has since 1951, when records were first kept.

The 40-day rainy season began nine days earlier than usual on April 30th, and ended 14 days earlier than average. Okinawa Meteorological Observatory officials say June 9th is a record, and that even June 10th as a finish date only came in 1971, 1980 and 1996. The June 9th end date was sunny and bright, with children splashing and playing in Okinawa’s waters.

Rains drenched the southern portion of the prefecture, with 534.5mm falling on Yonaguni Island, more than twice the normal amount. Miyako Island registered 555.5mm of rain, some 192% of what is usually recorded.

Elsewhere in Okinawa Prefecture, precipitation was more in line with averages, except for Minami-Daito Island. Two typhoons approaching Okinawa in succession added to the rainfall numbers.

Meteorologists noted another phenomena this year; the number of hours of sunlight was 56% less than normal in Nago City, in northern Okinawa, and 65% less than is customary in Naha City.

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