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Okinawa rainy season begins with a sprinkle

Date Posted: 2005-05-16

The rainy season is now in progress, and storms and thunderstorms which began over the weekend have proven promising.

Okinawa officials say the rainy season kicked off six days earlier than last year, and the current system promises to stay around a day or two, bringing average rainfall. The rainy season is critical to filling the prefecture’s nine reservoirs.

Okinawa came within several days of implementing water rationing measures as the rains began very slowly, dropping the levels in reservoirs to near the critical point. This year’s rainy season is predicted to last until June 23rd, bringing an estimated 17 inches rainfall.

The typhoon season kicks off in June as well, running through October-November. An average year sees seven typhoons striking the island, although the past several years have brought higher-than-normal numbers.

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