High Clouds Today, Full Moon Tonight
The High Surf Advisory has been extended by the National Weather Service for east-facing shores of the Big Island through 6 p.m. Friday. Surf is expected from 5 to 7 foot faces.
Expect strong breaking waves, shore break and strong longshore and rip currents making swimming difficult and dangerous.
**Click directly on the images below to make them larger. Charts include: Big Island high/low forecasted temperatures, projected winds, chance of cloud cover, projected localized weather conditions, vog/SO2 forecast and expected wave heights.**
Today, Friday December 5, 2014
High clouds are expected to stream overhead and obscure the sky from time to time. Mostly cloudy skies are expected for windward and mauka areas today with scattered showers. The Kona side will have a mostly dry morning with afternoon clouds building and isolated showers. Areas of haze will linger on that side as well. Trade winds are expected from 10 to 15 mph. High temperatures should fall in the range of 79° to 84° and around 69° at 5000 feet.
Sunrise: 6:41 a.m.
Sunset: 5:41 p.m.
UV index at 5 (“moderate” exposure level)
Mostly cloudy skies are expected in windward and mauka areas tonight with likely showers in the forecast. Leeward areas should be mostly cloudy becoming mostly clear as the land breeze kicks in and pushes our clouds out to sea. Winds are out of the northeast from 10 to 15 mph. Low temperatures are expected in the range of 68° to 75° with a low of about 50° at 5000 feet.
Moonrise: 5:28 p.m.
Moonset: 6:50 a.m. on Dec 6
Next Full Moon: Tonight at 2:27 a.m.
Next New Moon: Dec. 21 at 3:36 p.m.
An increase in high clouds and rainfall is possible today. The trade winds will gradually weaken Saturday through Sunday, then winds become light and variable by early next week. This will allow for local land and sea breezes to develop from Sunday night through Tuesday. Afternoon interior and leeward showers are possible with the sea breezes, but rainfall accumulations should remain light. Wednesday a return to more typical trade wind weather is expected.
Almanac for Hilo Airport
Maximum Temperature for today:
Record 86° / Set in 1977 and tied in 1988
Minimum Temperature for today:
Record 60° / Set in 1962