The rainy season begins in Okinawa

The rainy season begins in Okinawa

The rainy season began in the Okinawa region on May 5. Families enjoyed Children's Day festivities in drizzling rain at the Okinawa Zoo & Museum in Okinawa City.


May 6, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 5, the Okinawa Meteorological Observatory announced the beginning of the rainy season in Okinawa.

It started four days earlier than average years and five days earlier than last year.
Due to the seasonal rain front, the state of the atmosphere in the mainland of Okinawa and Sakishima Islands is unstable, which means sudden changes in weather are more likely.

Okinawa Islands experienced heavy rainfall from the morning of May 5. In particular, Ishigaki City had its highest heavy rainfall in 50 years. In the Moriyama district of Ishigaki, the precipitation was 209.5 millimeters for a period of three hours, which is the highest recorded. In Kitahara district of Kumejima Island, the precipitation stayed at 89 millimeters for three hours and 64.5 millimeters for an hour. These figures were the highest recorded in May.

The observatory issued a flood warning for Ishigaki City, Taketomi Town and Kumejima Town. It also issued a flood warning for the north-central areas of the mainland of Okinawa. The observatory then removed the warning around 2:30 p.m.
It expects a weather front and moist air current to bring cloudy and rainy days to the Okinawa region in the coming week. The rainy season usually ends around June 23.

(English translation by T&CT)

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