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Surprise rain brings relied to local farmers, resorts

Date Posted: 2003-08-02

Okinawa received a dose of much needed rainfall last weekend after a dry spell of five weeks. And what’s even better, most of the rain fell on the northern part of the island where most of the prefecture’s water reservoirs are concentrated.

The island has not had hardly any rain since July 21, and the lack of rain combined with very hot weather has worried both farmers and resort hotels alike. Farmers’ crops have withered by the day, and hotels are worried that water rationing might hit their water supply at the beginning of their prime season.

Just about the only people unhappy with the sudden rainfall may have been housewives who had their laundry hung out to dry in the morning, expecting another scorching hot day, but were surprised by a sudden thunder front that appeared and drenched the clothes on their lines.

Tokashiki Island east of Okinawa main island recorded most of rain at 51 mm, while the northern part of Okinawa had 50 mm. Nago City and Kin Town recorded 29 mm each, but in Naha only 8 mm of rain fell.

By the evening, the local weather bureau, which had not been able to forecast the rain ahead of time, predicted that it would continue through Sunday. Wrong again, as the hot sunshine was again the order of the day.

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