With trades’ return, weather should spring back to normal
The recent voggy and light wind weather should be making its way out of Maui County today through Sunday, according to the National Weather Service in Honolulu.
The absence of the trade winds and the southerly winds blowing the vog from the Kilauea volcano on the Big Island over the state is “a little unusual” because spring typically brings more trade winds over the islands, said forecaster Robert Ballard on Friday. Spring began Wednesday.
The trades should be making their way back today, he said. Ballard predicted some scattered showers today, with some leftover on Sunday.
Over the past several days, Maui has seen overcast and gray, gloomy skies accompanied by high humidity levels.
On Friday, relative humidity levels at the Kahului Airport reached a high of 96 percent at 6:54 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.
On Thursday, relative humidity levels at the airport reached a high of 96 percent at 5:54 a.m. And on Wednesday relative humidity hovered around 93 percent in the early-morning hours.
Most of the state was experiencing the same type of weather this past week, Ballard said. “You guys are not alone,” he said.
The only places getting some sunshine on Friday were Puna, Hilo and Kau on the Big Island as well as the north shore on Kauai, Ballard said.