This study was funded by the NOAA Pacific Region Integrated Data Enterprise (PRIDE) project and NOAA/NCDC through JIMAR to the University of Hawaii. Constructive criticisms from three anonymous reviewers helped greatly to improve the presentation of this paper. Thanks are also given to Kevin Kodama for the monthly precipitation summary, Cheryl Anderson for suggestions on the state hazard mitigation planning, Howard Diamond for references on NOAA Cooperative Stations, Editor Dr. Julie Winkler for handling the paper, and Di Henderson for technical editing.
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