Rainfall is expected to stay another day

The rainy weather will probably stick around today with some thunder showers predicted for Maui, a forecaster said Monday.

An upper trough was expected to be over Maui today, said meteorologist Bob Burke from the National Weather Service on Oahu. The moisture that had been over Maui on Monday may be invigorated by the trough, causing the possible thunderstorms.

The thunderstorms will be spotty and not widespread, he added.

The wet weather Monday did not bring heavy rain totals to Maui gauges. The most rainfall – 1.04 inches – was logged at one of the wettest spots in the world, Puu Kukui in the West Maui Mountains, for the 24-hour period ending at 2 p.m. Monday. The next highest rainfall total was in Haiku, 0.98 inch, and then Kahului Airport, 0.9 inch.

On Molokai, the Puu Alii gauge showed 1.3 inches of rain in the same 24-hour period.

There was a short power outage in Kahului that affected the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center and nearby streets and neighborhoods at 12:30 p.m. Monday. The outage was caused by a cable fault on Maui Electric Co.’s 23-kilovolt transmission line in Kahului, said MECO spokeswoman Kau’i Awai-Dickson.

An estimated 1,700 customers were affected in areas that included Maui Lani Grand Fairways and along Kahului Beach Road. Power was restored at 12:47 p.m.

Unlike last week when Maui north shores saw monster waves, the surf is down this week, Burke said. A high-surf warning was canceled Monday.

A high-surf advisory was in effect until 6 a.m. today.

The weather service expected waves to be in the range of 12 to 18 feet high for the north shores of Maui and Molokai. And on the west-facing shores of Molokai waves were expected to be in the 8- to 12-foot range.

By midweek, the islands will see typical trade wind patterns with the usual windward and mauka showers, said Burke. Maui leeward areas should be seeing the sun by Wednesday.