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Little Chance of Cyclone From Low 850 miles SE of Hilo

July 19, 2013, 9:34 AM HST
* Updated July 19, 10:05 AM
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Meteorologists monitoring a low-pressure system located 850 miles southeast of Hilo say it has virtually no chance of developing into a tropical cyclone in the foreseeable future.

“Upper level winds are not favorable for development, and there is a very low chance, near 0%, of this system becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hour,” the National Weather Service said this morning.

The trough continues to produce disorganized showers and a few thunderstorms as it moves west at 10 mph.

Forecasters said its movement may take some of the moisture over the state, starting with the Big Island Sunday afternoon, producing muggy conditions and some increase in rainfall as it moves through the islands.

Closer to home, a band of low clouds that brought showers to the Big Island Thursday has moved off to the west, the weather service said.

Most of the rain fell on the Big Island’s windward side with showers focusing on Puna.

Pahoa saw the most with 1.84 inches in the 24-hour period ending at 8 a.m. today, followed by just over an inch in both Mountain View and Glenwood.

Hilo Airport received 0.66 inches of rain during that period.

Most leeward sections received less than a tenth of an inch of precipitation.

The forecast for today for windward sections was partly sunny with scattered showers, and mostly sunny in the morning turning mostly cloudy in the afternoon with scattered shower over leeward areas.

The weather service said the weekend forecast calls for mostly cloudy conditions with scattered showers windward and clear nights and mornings with cloudy afternoons and evenings with isolated showers leeward.

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