Friday, March 1, 2013

Water Log: The Wettest Spot on Earth

“It’s All About the Water” at the Umpqua Brew Fest, but without a doubt it’s always about the water on Kauai's Mount Waialeale, one of the wettest spots on earth. 

Even though it seems like the rain spigot is open every season but summer here in the Umpqua Valley, in comparison to Mount Waialeale's perpetual deluge, Roseburg only averages a relatively light sprinkling of 34 inches a year.

If you plan to scale Mount Waialeale, you can dry off and reward your efforts by visiting the Garden Island's only craft brewery, Kauai Island Brewery and Grill in Port Allen.

That's A Fact:
  • Translation: Waialeale means "Rippling Waters"
  • Location: Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands

  • Elevation: 5,052 feet

  • Average rainfall per year: 452 inches

  • Record rainfall: 683 inches
 in 1982
  • Driest year: 218 inches in 1926