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Rain not so bad when snow is the alternative

January 29, 2014
The Maui News
Eric and Catherine Stenberg of Clearwater, British Columbia, pose for a self-portrait Tuesday morning along the stormy Kealia coastline. The couple said they left 2 feet of snow and 20-degree temperatures behind at home, so a little warm rain couldn’t faze them. “We don’t have to shovel it,” Mrs. Stenberg said of the rain. “There we are snowshoeing, and here we’re going to try surfing.” Mr. Stenberg said. They got some sun earlier in the week, as well as a chance to see whales, dolphins and turtles during a snorkel cruise to Molokini. Tuesday, however, was a pretty rainy day. Hana Airport recorded the highest rainfall total for the 24-hour period ending at 5 p.m. — 3.23 inches. Kahului Airport logged about an inch. The heavy rain also led the state Health Department to issue a brown water advisory Tuesday afternoon for Honokahua Bay on the west side. People were advised to stay out of the water due to possible overflowing cesspools, sewer manholes, pesticides, animal fecal matter, dead animals and other flood debris. A wind advisory is in effect through 6 a.m. today for Lanai due to northeast winds in the 30- to 35-mph range with gusts more than 50 mph. A high-surf advisory is in effect for north-facing shores of Molokai and Maui through 6 a.m. Thursday. Waves are expected to be 14 to 18 feet, the National Weather Service said. Today is expected to be party sunny with scattered showers and a chance of thunder showers through the morning. Winds will be 15 to 30 mph. Another front is expected to approach the state Saturday bringing lighter Kona winds and an increase in showers.
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo


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