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August driest in over century in Naha

Date Posted: 2002-09-06

According to Okinawa Meteorological Observatory, Naha City has not had this dry August since 1890. Only 21.5 mm, or les than an inch rain fell on the city through the month making it the driest in 113 years.

Officials at the observatory say that weather patterns in the region have clearly changed, but they donít know why. They point out that typhoons that used bring most of the annual rainfall coming right over the islands now head to more northern route closer to the mainland Japan.

Typhoon Rusa that passed the island last week brought almost no rain to the southern parts. This week typhoon Sinlaku is scheduled to pass south of the island, but meteorologists say that even that may leave the island dry.

Locals are now facing a dilemma. Should we pray for typhoons to come and bring much needed rain, and the inevitable damage that they cause, or should we count our blessings and enjoy fine weather on the beaches together with tens of thousands of tourists who are becoming more and more vital to the local economy and certainly donít welcome typhoons during their vacation.

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