How Often Does It Rain in Hawaii?
The weather in Hawaii stays steady. They say that there are only two seasons in Hawaii contrary to our four seasons throughout the year. The reason the temperature and weather are different, bases itself off the island’s location. Are you looking to plan a trip to Hawaii and looking for the right weather? Well, I can’t tell you when would be best to go because people enjoy different weather settings.
Florida is good for people who are indecisive about how they like their weather. It changes every day in Florida. You are not planning to go there though. You want to know about Hawaii so let us get started on what it is like there!
A Little About the Two Seasons
Hawaii consists of two seasons really; summer and winter. But do not set your mind on cold snowy days because the lowest the temperature during the winter months in Hawaii is a chilling cool of 78 degrees during the day while only dropping to 10 degrees less in the evening times. That would give the assumption that the summer months must be blistering but they are not for the most part. The average daytime temperature in the summer months of Hawaii reaches about 85 degrees. That is not too hot considering that the states of North America can reach up to the 100’s.
The people of Hawaii have given the two seasons a name, but they do not call the seasons summer and winter. A more proper fit, they named Summer, Kau. Kau does not consist of the traditional summer months. Because there are only two seasons the length has been extended. Kau lasts from May to October. The Winter season has been named Hooilo and consists of the months from November to April.
After spending a year in Hawaii, you will quickly understand why there are only two seasons and the names are perfect settings for the place making it like there own seasons there. You can say that Hawaii has its own climate. You can read more on this at hawaiilife.com.
What Makes the Temperature Unique?
There is a variable of factors that makes the temperature in Hawaii rather unique than the usual seasons elsewhere. Although it has two seasons, different areas in Hawaii experience different weather. The north and east flank receive more rainfall beings they are on the windward side. The west and south sides of the island usually have a drier climate, calling them the leeward side.
According to Hawaii Rain Gutter Service, a Mililani, Hawaii based local business, the most rain comes during the Kau or winter months that last from October to April. Do not count out snow though. Contrary to popular belief, it does snow on this island. There are three tall mountains located in Hawaii called the Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa and Haleakalā. At these highest points, you are more likely to receive snowfall during the winter months.
Night and day tend to be the same year around too. This is because of the placement of the island. It is close to the equator, so the shift is not noticeable much in changes of seasons. You can find the different areas and different temperatures on gohawaii.com but take note the temperature does not fluctuate much between most of the areas.
What About Winds, Volcanoes, and Hurricanes?
The winds of an island are hard and steady. The winds that come to the island are the same for the most part. The issue is with the mountains and how they cause a disruption in the wind force. Sometimes winds can reach high speeds of 60 to 100 miles per hour. These usually occur in the mountain areas and probable cause is the downward slope, but it is unknown. The Lahaina winds are very dangerous and reach 80-100 miles per hour or more. They only occur every 8 to 12 years according to Wikipedia.org. They also occur near the Maui Mountains.
What about the hurricanes? Hurricanes appear in the months of June to November. They start from Mexico and tend to lose all force by the time they reach Hawaii. There are more tropical storms in effect and they occur just about every year if not every two years. The higher the point in Hawaii the more effect you will have from the trade winds.
As for volcanoes, there are three active ones in Hawaii right now. The Kilauea has been erupting since 1996 continual. Maunaloa last erupted in 1984 and the other is underwater. It is named the Loihi and it has been erupting continuously since 1983. Hawaii has a park you can visit to see these volcanoes but always be careful! If it is hot do not go near it. You can see them at Hawaii’s National Park. I hope all this information has been helpful to you and that you have safe travels! God bless!