Fronts to Bring Wet Windward Weather, Winds Increasing

December 9, 2014, 10:18 PM HST · Updated December 9, 10:18 PM

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Sunset at Charley Young Beach / Image: Chris Archer

By Meteorologist Malika Dudley / Email: [email protected]


The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Warning for the north facing shores of Maui and the north and west facing shores of Molokai through 6 a.m. Thursday. This warning replaces the advisory that was previously in effect in those areas.

Warning level surf is expected through Wednesday night and even into Thursday morning.


The National Weather Service wants to remind the public that waves this big can occasionally sweep across portions of beaches. Breaking waves may also impact harbors making navigating the harbor channel difficult and dangerous. Very strong breaking waves, significant shore break and dangerous longshore and rip currents are expected.

Conditions like these are life-threatening and all beachgoers are advised to listen to ocean safety personnel. If you are inexperienced in the water, refrain from entering the ocean.

A Small Craft Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for the ʻAlenuihāhā & Kaiwi channels along with Maui County windward waters through 6 a.m. Thursday for northeast winds at 10 to 20 knots and rough seas of 8 to 16 feet.

**Click directly on the images below to make them larger. Charts include: Maui County high/low forecasted temperatures, projected winds, chance of cloud cover, projected localized weather conditions and expected wave heights.**



    Today, Wednesday December 10, 2014

    In the morning, mostly clear skies are forecasted for Maui County with partly cloudy skies expected in the afternoon. Winds are expected to be light and variable for much of the day. High temperatures should fall in the range of 79° to 84° and around 71° at 5000 feet.

    Sunrise: 6:52 a.m.

    Sunset: 5:45 p.m.

    UV index at 6 (“high” exposure level)



    Partly to mostly cloudy skies expected tonight for Maui County with showers likely in windward and mauka spots. Leeward areas will remain mostly clear. Winds are out of the northeast from 15 to 20 mph. Low temperatures are expected in the range of 67° to 72° with a low of about 48° at 5000 feet.

    Moonrise: 9:50 p.m.

    Moonset: 10:47 a.m. on Dec 11

    Next New Moon: Dec. 21 at 3:36 p.m.

    Next Full Moon: Jan. 4 at 6:54 p.m.

    The Geminid Meteor shower is currently active. Peak nights are Dec. 12-13 and 13-14. For viewing tips and details on timing/ weather conditions for Maui County click HERE.


    Looking Ahead

    Winds are forecasted to increase Wednesday and Thursday as a front moves across the islands. This weak front is not expected to be a huge rain-maker but light showers will favor windward and mauka areas. The timing of this front brings it to Maui County Wednesday night. Winds will fill in behind the front out of the north then northeast, turning easterly by Thursday before weakening on Friday. A second stronger front expected next weekend is forecasted to reach Maui County Sunday with an increase in windward and mauka showers and will bring strong and gusty winds in its wake.


    Almanac for Kahului Airport

    Maximum Temperature for today:

    Normal 82°

    Record 87° / Set in 1949 and tied in 1980 and 1995


    Minimum Temperature for today:

    Normal 66°

    Record 56° / Set in 1972

    **Click here for your detailed Maui County surf report.**

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    Vog Forecast for 12/10 in the afternoon / Image: UHSOEST

    Vog Forecast for 12/10 in the afternoon / Image: UHSOEST

    Image: NOAA / NWS

    Image: NOAA / NWS



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