Front Expected This Weekend
A High Wind Warning is posted for the summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa through 6:00 a.m. Sunday. West winds from 40 to 60 mph are expected through early Friday, increasing to 55 to 70 mph on Saturday. High winds make driving dangerous. Please delay travel to the summit areas until the wind subsides.
A Small Craft Advisory is posted for Big Island windward waters through 6:00 a.m. Friday for rough seas up to 12 feet. Inexperienced mariners should avoid navigating in these conditions.
A Gale Warning is posted for all off shore waters.
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Partly cloudy skies are expected today with scattered passing showers, mainly over southeast slopes. South winds from 10 to 20 mph are forecasted. High temperatures should fall in the range of 79° to 84°.
UV index at 8 (“very high” exposure level)
Partly cloudy skies are expected with scattered showers and moderate south winds up to 20 mph. Low temperatures from 69° to 74° are expected.
Next New Moon: 1:47 p.m. on Feb. 18
Next Full Moon: 8:06 a.m. on Mar. 5
Southwest winds might usher in a few showers on Friday as a front approaches from the northwest. The southwest winds are expected to become stronger ahead of the front. The front will also bring overcast skies and increasing showers across the island chain during the weekend. By the time it reaches the Big Island it will likely be a remnant boundary. I’ll watch the situation and let you know if any prefrontal bands of clouds and showers develop ahead of the front. Dry northerly winds are forecasted to build behind the front and will gradually shift out of the northeast then south early next week.
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