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Hawaii County Weather Forecast for April 12, 2021

April 12, 2021, 7:16 AM HST
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Hilo

Today: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before noon, then scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. West northwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight: Frequent showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Low around 61. North wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday: Showers likely, mainly before noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. North wind 6 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Kona

Today: Scattered showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Calm wind becoming west southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 59. West southwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

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Tuesday: Isolated showers before 7am, then scattered showers after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Waimea

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Today: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 73. North northeast wind 7 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50. East wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday: Scattered showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 74. Breezy, with an east northeast wind 13 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Kohala

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Today: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69. Northeast wind 6 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight: Frequent showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Low around 43. East northeast wind around 14 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday: Showers likely, mainly before noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70. Breezy, with an east northeast wind 16 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

South Big Island

Today: Scattered showers, mainly after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. East wind 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tonight: Isolated showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 69. East northeast wind 11 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tuesday: Isolated showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Breezy, with an east northeast wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Puna

Today: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 75. West wind 5 to 9 mph becoming north northeast in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight: Frequent showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Low around 59. North wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday: Showers likely, mainly before noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 76. Breezy, with a north wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Waikoloa

Today: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. Southeast wind 6 to 9 mph becoming north northwest in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 59. East northeast wind around 7 mph.

Tuesday: Isolated showers after noon. Sunny, with a high near 80. North northeast wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Detailed Forecast

Synopsis

A slow moving trough aloft will maintain unsettled conditions over the eastern half of the state today. Northeasterly trade winds will gradually strengthen over Kauai and Oahu today, while lighter winds and lingering instability maintain chances for spotty showers and thunderstorms across Maui County and the Big Island. Moderate northeasterly trade winds and a typical pattern of windward and mauka showers will prevail Tuesday through Thursday, with an increase in showers possible over some areas Friday and Saturday.

Discussion

Have lowered the PoPs over Kauai and Oahu a little for the first 36 hours or so based on the overall model trend, and the lower precipitable water (PW) values moving over the western end of the state. Have boosted the winds a touch in the first couple of days in keeping with the general trend of the higher resolution models. Otherwise, the forecast remains largely unchanged.
An upper level trough remains over/near the Big Island early this morning and will continue to bring some instability to the eastern half of the state into tonight. The chance for thunderstorms remains in the forecast for Maui County and the Big Island, with the Big Island being slightly more likely to experience thunderstorms in part due to the proximity to the upper trough. PW from the Lihue sounding at 2am was 0.76, while Hilo was just over an inch at 1.07. Satellite derived PW shows the PW is just a bit higher than both soundings over Oahu and Maui County this morning, however all in all, values are near or below normal for April. The upper level trough is bringing much colder than normal temperatures to the upper atmosphere over the islands, which is helping to fuel the instability that has sparked some of the heavier showers and thunderstorms. As the trough makes it way to the east, we do expect warmer temperatures to move in at the upper levels from the west, which will help to stabilize the atmosphere.
A ridge to the north of the islands has already returned a moderate to locally breezy trade wind pattern to the western end of the state. Combined with the drier PW values moving in, expecting showers over Kauai and Oahu to be somewhat limited today, and focused over the typical windward and mauka areas. For Maui County and the Big Island, winds remain on the lighter side, which will likely lead to some localized land and sea breezes. This will in turn lead to some afternoon clouds and showers developing over leeward and interior locations. As the upper trough moves to the east, expect the trade winds to filter in to Maui County and the Big Island.
Look for a statewide stable trade wind flow Tuesday. A lingering low pressure system far to the northeast, combined with the strengthening high to the far northwest will mean the trades will be little more northeasterly than usual, and winds will be strongest over the western end of the state. Precipitable water values will be near to slightly below normal, and dew points will remain in the upper 50s to around 60, suggesting modest rainfall over windward areas and a continued cool feel.
Winds may back off on Friday and next weekend as the ridge to the north weaken. The GFS and ECMWF are showing a decayed front dropping near or over the northern half of the state, which favors Kauai and Oahu for wetter trade wind weather.

Aviation

Light to moderate northeast trades will prevail today and tonight, with a gradual strengthening trend expected. An upper level disturbance will keep some unsettled weather in place over Maui and the Big Island today, with some locally heavy showers and even a thunderstorm or two possible, mainly during the afternoon and early evening hours. Elsewhere, more typical trade wind weather can be expected, with clouds and showers favoring windward and mauka areas, and a stray shower reaching leeward locales from time to time.
No AIRMETs are currently in effect. AIRMET Sierra may be needed later today for mountain obscuration across portions of the state. AIRMET Tango may be needed later this morning for moderate upper level turbulence over the western half of the state between FL290 and FL370.

Marine

A ridge north of the area will produce moderate northeast trade winds over Kauai and Oahu waters today and light to gentle northeast trade winds over Maui County and Big Island waters. A trough aloft has been producing locally heavy showers and thunderstorms over the Maui County and Big Island waters. The threat of thunderstorms will continue through tonight.
Northeast winds will strengthen through mid-week as a high far northwest of the area moves east. Winds may reach Small Craft Advisory speeds in some areas. Winds will subside through the second half of the week as a front approaches from the north.
A small northwest swell will peak tonight, then subside through Wednesday night. A moderate, shorter-period north swell expected Thursday may persist through next weekend. Lighter than normal trade winds will keep surf small along east facing shores through mid-week. The north swell will wrap in to some east facing shores later in the week. Swells from distant southern hemisphere storms will produce small to moderate surf along south facing shores.

HFO Watches/Warnings/Advisories

None.

Data Courtesy of NOAA.gov

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