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Okinawa rainy season dumps double the normal moisture

Date Posted: 2006-06-16

Strong winds, heavy rains, lightning and thunder have been filling Okinawa’s reservoirs this rainy season, and spawned floods as well.

More than 500 millimeters of rain has fallen on the capital city of Naha since the season began May 14th.

A high pressure front across the northern part of Japan has collided with a strong front on the Pacific Ocean, trapping the stationary rain front over Okinawa the past week. The deep low pressure front created heavy rains that simply wouldn’t stop. Okinawa City and the Goya area report more than 515 millimeters (20¼ inches) over the past two weeks.

Officials say the rainfall to date is more than double the amount received in a normal year. Forecasters say sunshine will begin showing itself starting today, but caution that the strong rains have made the ground very unstable in many areas, creating the potential for more rising water levels and flooding, soil erosion and mudslides.

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