Malika Dudley’s Daily Forecast (10/20/14)
A High Surf Advisory is posted for north facing shores today.
Ana Rainfall and Wind Recap
Rainfall rates recorded during Hurricane Ana’s passage ranged up to about a foot on the Big Island. Here is the breakdown: Keaumo (Volcano National Park) 11.67″, Kulani 8.61″, Kapapala Ranch 7.66″, Hilo International Airport 5.34″ (record), Mauna Loa slopes 5.32″, Waiakea 5.31″, Saddle Road Quarry 5.17″, Pua Akala 4.75″, Pahala 4.59″, Piihonua 4.40″, Waiakea Uka 4.29″, Pahoa 3.98″, Mountain View 3.97″, Kealakekua 2.39″, South Point 2.19″, Honaunau 1.88″, Honokaa 1.60″, Kamuela (Waimea) 1.45″, Laupahoehoe 1.32″ and Kona International Airport 0.99″.
Wind gusts up to 40 mph were recorded along the Saddle Road, 27 mph in Waikoloa, and up to 31 mph at Kawaihae.
We expect partly cloudy skies today with scattered showers. In the afternoon, the Kona side will experience more cloud cover as the sea breeze kicks up. These clouds could also bring some isolated afternoon downpours. Hazy skies are in the forecast. High temperatures should fall in the range of 81° to 86° with winds out of the east at about 15 mph. At higher elevations, temperatures will be a few degrees lower.
Sunset tonight at 5:53 p.m.
Sunrise tomorrow at 6:17 a.m.
UV index at 6 (“high” exposure level)
Partly cloudy skies are expected for Hawai’i County tonight with scattered windward and mauka showers. Low temperatures should fall in the range of 72° to 77° and winds are expected out of the east from 10 to 15 mph.
A moderate easterly and southeasterly flow will begin establishing during the next couple of days. Then light to moderate trades should prevail for the second half of the week with a hybrid pattern setting up. Showers are expected to favor windward and mountain areas in the morning and evening hours with isolated interior and leeward showers in the afternoons. Muggy conditions are likely during this time.
Surf and Seas
An above average north-northwest swell affecting the north shore has already peaked. The swell should gradually fade through midweek. Today, heights are expected to be overhead and up to double overhead or higher at spots best exposed to the swell. Beachgoers should expect breaking waves, shore break conditions and strong long shore and rip currents making swimming difficult and dangerous today.
Swell generated by Ana continues to drop and a small south-southwest is expected to build in for tomorrow offering heights in the knee to waist high range. For now, ankle to possibly waist high at standout spots.
Almanac for Hilo Airport
Maximum Temperature for today:
Record 88° / Set in 1992
Minimum Temperature for today:
Record 64° / Set in 1969