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Maui Weather Forecast for November 09, 2021

November 9, 2021, 7:15 AM HST
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West Side

Today: Sunny. Highs 77 to 85. Light winds.

Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows 66 to 73. Northeast winds around 10 mph in the evening becoming light.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny. Isolated showers in the afternoon. Highs 77 to 87. Northeast winds up to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.

South Side

Today: Sunny. Highs around 87. Light winds.

Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows 66 to 75. Northeast winds around 10 mph.

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Wednesday: Sunny. Isolated showers in the afternoon. Highs around 88. Northeast winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.

North Shore

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Today: Mostly sunny with isolated showers. Highs 76 to 84 near the shore to around 67 near 5000 feet. East winds up to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Tonight: Partly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows around 69 near the shore to 48 to 54 near 5000 feet. East winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny with scattered showers. Highs 76 to 84 near the shore to around 67 near 5000 feet. East winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Central Maui

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Today: Sunny. Highs 81 to 88. Light winds.

Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows 65 to 71. Northeast winds around 10 mph in the evening becoming light.

Wednesday: Sunny. Isolated showers in the afternoon. Highs 82 to 88. Northeast winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Upcountry

Today: Sunny with isolated showers. Highs around 61 at the visitor center to around 58 at the summit. Light winds. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Tonight: Mostly clear. Isolated showers in the evening. Lows around 47 at the visitor center to around 44 at the summit. Light winds becoming east around 10 mph after midnight. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny with isolated showers. Highs around 62 at the visitor center to around 58 at the summit. East winds around 10 mph in the morning becoming light. Chance of rain 20 percent.

East Maui

Today: Mostly sunny with isolated showers. Highs 76 to 84 near the shore to around 67 near 5000 feet. East winds up to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Tonight: Partly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows around 69 near the shore to 48 to 54 near 5000 feet. East winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny with scattered showers. Highs 76 to 84 near the shore to around 67 near 5000 feet. East winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Lanai City

Today: Mostly sunny. Isolated showers in the afternoon. Highs 73 to 81. Light winds. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows 61 to 66. Light winds.

Wednesday: Sunny in the morning, then partly sunny with isolated showers in the afternoon. Highs 74 to 82. Light winds. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Kaunakakai

Today: Mostly sunny. Isolated showers in the afternoon. Highs 68 to 87. Light winds. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows 56 to 73. East winds around 10 mph.

Wednesday: Sunny in the morning, then partly sunny with isolated showers in the afternoon. Highs 69 to 88. Light winds. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Detailed Forecast

Synopsis

Gentle to moderate east to southeast winds will hold through Friday, with localized land and sea breezes. Modest showers will remain focused across windward slopes, though clouds and a few showers are expected over leeward areas each afternoon as sea breezes overpower the weak trade wind flow. Winds will decline further this weekend, and developing instability could lead to periods of enhanced rainfall.

Discussion

The forecast remains on track in the near term. Overnight a more southeasterly flow has been observed with low cloud and shower movement. Observations show the lighter winds that we were expected.
No change in the forecast philosophy through Friday. High pressure north of the islands is pushing southward and weakening in response to a front to the northwest of the state. A mid level ridge is helping to maintain a stable airmass, combined with below normal moisture, means limited rainfall totals. An upper level trough to the west of the islands is helping to draw some high clouds over the islands tonight. This trough is expected to weaken and move to the east through the middle of the week, which will result in some lingering high clouds.
As the high moves closer to the islands today, the trades are expected to weaken enough for a hybrid trade wind and land/sea breeze regime to take over. While showers will continue to be focused over windward slopes, overnight land breezes could develop and clear out some windward areas late at night. Leeward areas on all islands will experience clearing at night followed by afternoon clouds and a few light showers each afternoon. Rainfall totals are expected to remain on the light side.
Unsettled weather may occur this weekend. The GFS and ECMWF are showing a deep trough developing west of the islands late Friday and Saturday and possibly moving overhead on Sunday. The latest model runs show the ECMWF backing off a little, but it still remains the more aggressive solution. Uncertainty remains high this far out, but unsettled weather could develop on Saturday night or Sunday as winds become light and variable. An increase in shower activity is likely, but many details still need to be flushed out. Areas of thick high clouds could also form as early as late Friday.

Aviation

The low-level trade wind flow will continue to gradually weaken today and tonight. The weaker background winds will likely allow local afternoon sea breeze and nighttime land breeze circulations to develop over each of the individual islands through mid-week. The atmosphere remains stable and relatively dry in the vicinity of the state. Some low clouds and brief trade showers will continue to move into the east and northeast facing sections of the islands this morning. There is a possibility of brief MVFR conditions developing over some windward sections, but VFR conditions will likely prevail over most areas into this evening. In addition to the low clouds, thin cirrus clouds will likely be traveling rapidly from east to west across the state today.
The forecast guidance shows strong westerly flow in the upper levels over the state, as well as a significant potential for turbulence aloft. Therefore, AIRMET Tango remains in effect for TEMPO moderate clear air turbulence between FL300 and FL450. Based on the latest guidance, this AIRMET will likely be needed through this morning. However, these conditions may eventually improve later today or tonight.
Looking ahead to late tonight and early Wednesday morning, the forecast models appear to bring an area of increased moisture toward the eastern Big Island from the east-southeast. The arrival of this moisture may cause increasing coverage of low clouds and showers over portions of the southeastern and eastern Big Island by late tonight, or early Wednesday morning.

Marine

Moderate easterly trades will continue to ease and shift out of the east-southeast as a weakness in the ridge forms in response to a passing front to the north today through Wednesday. Although the winds will ease enough for a land and sea breeze regime to become established near the coasts beginning today, guidance hangs on to moderate to locally fresh east to southeast breezes across the eastern half of the state through the second half of the week. For the upcoming weekend, guidance continues to advertise an upper trough digging southeastward into the region influencing the local weather pattern. If this materializes, unsettled weather will become a possibility. Additional fine tuning of the winds and weather through this time should be expected over the coming days as confidence rises.
Surf along south facing shores will trend up today through midweek as a late season south swell arrives. Overnight observations at the offshore and nearshore buoys have been reflecting this energy within the 18 through 22 second bands. Expect a peak later today through Wednesday followed by a gradual downward trend Thursday as the swell moves out.
Surf along north facing shores will remain small through midweek with mainly a combo of short- to medium-period north/northwest swell moving through. Observations at the nearshore PacIOOS buoys are showing the new northwest swell, which should continue to fill in this morning. An upward trend is expected by Friday for exposed north and west facing shores of the smaller islands as a new, north-northwest swell arrives. Guidance depicts a peak late Friday into Saturday, then lowering by Sunday.
Surf along east facing shores will remain small through the week due to a combo of light winds and limited fetch upstream.

HFO Watches/Warnings/Advisories

None.

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