As reported by Tom, the weather throughout the Xmas period was very wet and stormy. Not just rain but thunder and lightning also, which kept us awake for most of Christmas night. We were getting up to 1-2 inches of rain per hour at the height of the downpour. I didn’t realise how bad it was until I read the following on the weather underground web page:
… Record daily maximum rainfall set at Hilo Airport…
A record rainfall of 9.84 inches was set at the Hilo Airport
yesterday. This breaks the old record of 3.56 inches set in 1981.
That’s almost THREE TIMES more rain than the previous record! But at least we on the Big Island kept our power. On Oahu power was lost last night and as I write this at around midday, power is only just coming back to parts of the island.
The reason this concerns us is that we leave for Oahu in just a couple of hours. As a surprise present this Xmas, I got tickets for us to go and see a performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony by the HSO at the Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall. One day soon, I may show you the picture of the moment when I made my wife cry on Christmas morning!