It hasn't rained this heavy in Hilo since December 2009.
Violent thunder and a record breaking amount of precipitation blasted the Big Island on December 29-30, 2013. Hilo in particular saw 7.51 inches of precipitation on Monday, 2.03 inches of which fell between 8:02 AM to 9:53 AM.
Hilo's previous December 30 precipitation record was 4.58 inches. That record was set in 1951.
The last time that Hilo saw over 7 inches of precipitation in a particular day was on December 19, 2009 with 7.92 inches of precipitation.
Interestingly, some Big Island Residents had praised the heavy rain and thunder, as seen in the tweets showcased below:
Thunder getting louder in #Hilo. And I love it.— Dennis Kauka Jr (@denniskjr) December 29, 2013
Thunder, lightning, & torrential rain. All totally welcome in #Hilo. Hoping to see Poli‘ahu topping Mauna Kea & Mauna Loa tomorrow!— kainoa (@HoloKainoa) December 30, 2013
Perfect cuddle weather! I love you #Hilo!— Niumatalolo Masi (@mniumatalolo) December 30, 2013