Last Updated on Friday, 24 May 2013 08:21
Winds Statewide in a glance ...just go HERE (this link is also the 4th drop down under weather)
May 24, 2013 3:30 AM HST
The trades will reach small craft advisory levels over the windier locations near Maui county and the Big Island today. Therefore, a small craft advisory is in effect for those marine zones through Sunday.
Trade winds will strengthen and prevail across the main Hawaiian islands, with periods of locally breezy conditions. Showers will favor windward and mountain areas. The trade wind pattern is expected to prevail through early next week.
A broad sfc high pressure system centered far NE of the aloha state will keep trade winds across the main Hawaiian islands during the next several days. Meanwhile, wv satellite imagery shows an upper lvl trough far N of the island chain, which is slowly migrating E and allowing for pressure gradients aloft to become more relaxed. Wind speeds over the Big Island summits are now below advisory levels and should remain so for the rest of the forecast period. Therefore, the wind advisory has been cancelled.
The global models remain in fair agreement, showing the trough aloft migrating into the epac and allowing for upper lvl ridging to build to the n/nw of the islands. At the sfc, the high will continue to expand across the N cpac and bringing stronger trades through the weekend. Locally breezy conditions will begin developing today, and continuing through the rest of the holiday weekend and into early next week.
As the trade wind pattern establishes across the islands, the focus for shower activity will shift to windward and mauka areas. Lingering moisture and daytime heating instability will keep chances for more active trade showers today and tonight