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Kahaluu-Keauhou, HI

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Sunrise 6:45AMSunset 5:45PM Sunday December 15, 2019 12:46 AM HST (10:46 UTC) Moonrise 9:36PMMoonset 10:08AM Illumination 86% Phase: Waning Gibbous; Moon at 18 days in cycle
NOTE: Some of the data on this page has not been verified and should be used with that in mind. It may and occasionally will, be wrong. The tide reports are by xtide and are NOT FOR NAVIGATION.
Marine Forecasts
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PHZ123 Big Island Leeward Waters- 938 Pm Hst Sat Dec 14 2019
.small craft advisory in effect through early Sunday morning...
Rest of tonight..West of the big island, winds variable less than 10 knots becoming northwest 10 knots after midnight. NEar south point, east winds to 25 knots. Wind waves 9 feet. North swell 4 feet and northeast 3 feet. Isolated showers.
Sunday..West winds 10 knots west of the big island...east 20 knots near south point. Wind waves 8 feet. North swell 3 feet. Isolated showers in the morning.
Sunday night..Winds variable less than 10 knots west of the big island...east to 25 knots near south point. Wind waves 7 feet. Northwest swell 3 feet. Isolated showers.
Monday..Winds variable less than 10 knots west of the big island...east to 25 knots near south point. Wind waves 8 feet. Northwest swell 3 feet. Isolated light showers in the morning.
Monday night..Southeast winds 10 knots west of the big island... East to 25 knots near south point. Wind waves 9 feet. Northwest swell 6 feet.
Tuesday..West of the big island, southeast winds 10 knots in the morning becoming variable less than 10 knots. NEar south point, east winds 20 knots. Wind waves 9 feet. Northwest swell 6 feet.
Tuesday night..Winds variable less than 10 knots west of the big island...east to 25 knots near south point. Wind waves 8 feet. Northwest swell 5 feet. Isolated light showers after midnight.
Wednesday..Winds variable less than 10 knots west of the big island...east 20 knots near south point. Wind waves 8 feet. Northwest swell 4 to 5 feet. Isolated showers.
Thursday..Winds variable less than 10 knots west of the big island...east to 25 knots near south point. Wind waves 9 feet. Northwest swell 4 to 5 feet. Isolated showers.
PHZ100 938 Pm Hst Sat Dec 14 2019
Synopsis for hawaiian coastal waters.. Breezy trade winds will be easing off slightly through Sunday, but a new surface high pressure will bring a boost in the trades Monday through Tuesday as it passes north of the islands. Stronger trades may affect the islands later in the week, a large northwest swell will arrive Monday and peak Monday evening.


7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Kahaluu-Keauhou, HI
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Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Honolulu HI 818 PM HST Sat Dec 14 2019

SYNOPSIS. Trade winds will diminish somewhat tonight and Sunday, but will increase Monday and Tuesday before easing again Wednesday. The trade winds will continue through the week, delivering low clouds and showers to windward areas and the occasional leeward spillover.

DISCUSSION. Currently at the surface, a 1028 mb high is centered around 1550 miles northeast of Honolulu, with a new 1026 mb high building around 1450 miles west-northwest of Kauai. In between these two highs and directly north of the state is a weakening cold frontal boundary. This boundary has begun to ease the trades a bit, but moderate to locally breezy trades persist this evening. Infrared satellite imagery shows partly cloudy skies across most of the state, with some pockets of more extensive cloud cover in windward areas as well as across Maui County where some thicker high cloud is streaming through overhead. Radar imagery shows scattered showers over the coastal waters moving onshore into windward areas, with a shower spilling into leeward locales from time to time. Main short term concerns revolve around trade wind trends and rain chances over the next few days.

The area of high pressure currently northeast of the state will retreat eastward toward the west coast of the CONUS over the next couple days as a cold front pushes eastward well to the north of the island chain. This will pave the way for the new high currently west-northwest of Kauai to build north of the state early in the work week. As a result, after a brief easing of the trades to moderate levels tonight and Sunday, we should see the trades trend back up Sunday night and become breezy once again Monday through Tuesday. This secondary high will then weaken and shift toward the west coast during the middle of the week as another front passes by to the north of the islands. This should lead to a slight easing of the trades into the moderate range once again Wednesday into Thursday. Behind this front, yet another area of high pressure will build to the north of the islands late in the work week, with breezy to locally windy conditions developing late Thursday and holding into the weekend.

As for weather details, fairly typical trade wind weather is expected to prevail through the forecast period, with showers favoring windward and mauka areas along with the occasional leeward spillover. Showers will be most common during the night and morning hours, with drier conditions expected each afternoon. There are some model differences late next week and next weekend with the large scale synoptic pattern. For now, will keep a climatological feel to the forecast until details become more clear.

We'll likely see some high clouds linger over the eastern end of the state through Sunday, before exiting to the east Sunday night. Another round of high clouds could move into the region again late in the work week and into next weekend.

AVIATION. A high pressure ridge north of the Hawaiian Islands will keep moderate to breezy trade winds blowing through the next several days. Expect periods of cloud ceilings and showers along windward slopes of all islands. A trough passing north of the islands will weaken trade wind speeds slightly on Sunday. Tempo mountain obscurations are possible for north and east slopes of each island mainly in the overnight and early morning hours.

AIRMET TANGO remains in effect over and immediately south thru west of mountains on all islands below 9000 feet due to tempo moderate turbulence. Wind speeds may decrease enough over the next 12 hours to cancel AIRMET Tango by Sunday morning.

MARINE. Trade winds, mainly on the moderate to strong side, will take up most of the new work week. The moderate to strong trade winds will first be easing off slightly on Sunday before ramping it up again with widespread breezy trades for the first half of the new work week. This is the result of a new 1027 mb surface high passing north of the islands Monday and Monday night. The breezy trades will be dropping off slightly, and temporarily on Wednesday as this high weakens far to east-northeast of the islands, while a front passes far north of the islands. A brand new and stronger surface high of 1034 mb will then come into play with generally very windy conditions and near gale force winds in most of the channels.

With this said, a Small Craft Advisory (SCA) is currently in effect to until 6 an HST Sunday for all of the near-shore waters, due either seas of 10 feet or higher, or trade winds blowing at 23 kt or more, or the combo of both. Seas are currently at borderline SCA of 10 feet. As noted above, the trades are slated to drop off slightly through Sunday. Following suit will be the seas. So, we will be monitoring these conditions during the overnight hours. More than likely, the SCA will be extended, due to winds, favoring the waters around Maui County and waters south of the Big Island. As the new high nears the islands Monday, the trades will be ramping up once more, meaning the coverage of the SCA will be expanded to cover many other near-shore waters, involving elevated seas as well thanks to a new northwest swell, that will be discussed later. After a brief break on Wednesday, trades really ratchet up Thursday through Friday across all Hawaiian waters.

As with the surf, the northwest swell continues to subside. The next northwest swell is slated to arrive Monday, peak Monday evening at around 9 feet, followed by a gradual decline through Tuesday. The 9 feet and 17 second period, translates to surf in the high end of the advisory range. This swell will be reinforced by a slightly smaller northwest swell of 7 feet and 16 seconds Wednesday night. This swell peaks early Thursday. There are no other northwest swells thereafter.

With the expected boost in trades throughout the new work week, surf along east facing shores will be on the rise where it may reach the high surf advisory criteria of 8 feet for east facing shores, probably not this Tuesday, but more than likely later in the week with the stronger boost. It should be noted that waters and ocean conditions will be very rough and choppy through most of the week.

HFO WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES. Small Craft Advisory until 6 AM HST Sunday for all Hawaiian waters-



DISCUSSION . Jelsema AVIATION . Bohlin MARINE . Lau


Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
KWHH1 30 mi47 min ENE 1 G 1.9 77°F 81°F1014.3 hPa (+0.0)
ILOH1 - 1617760 - Hilo, HI 49 mi47 min WSW 1.9 G 4.1 70°F 81°F1016.1 hPa (+0.0)
KLIH1 - 1615680 - Kahului Bay, Maui, HI 93 mi47 min NNE 12 G 16 77°F 1015 hPa (+0.0)

Wind History for Kawaihae, HI
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Airport Reports
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Kailua / Kona, Keahole Airport, HI3 mi54 minE 710.00 miFair75°F64°F69%1013.8 hPa

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Tide / Current Tables for Kailua Kona, Big Island, Hawaii (2)
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Kailua Kona
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Sun -- 06:07 AM HST     2.45 feet High Tide
Sun -- 06:50 AM HST     Sunrise
Sun -- 10:07 AM HST     Moonset
Sun -- 01:50 PM HST     0.18 feet Low Tide
Sun -- 05:47 PM HST     Sunset
Sun -- 06:33 PM HST     0.75 feet High Tide
Sun -- 09:35 PM HST     Moonrise
Sun -- 11:20 PM HST     0.20 feet Low Tide
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Tide / Current Tables for Napoopoo, Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii Island, Hawaii
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Napoopoo
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Sun -- 06:16 AM HST     2.45 feet High Tide
Sun -- 06:49 AM HST     Sunrise
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Sun -- 02:00 PM HST     0.18 feet Low Tide
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Sun -- 06:43 PM HST     0.75 feet High Tide
Sun -- 09:35 PM HST     Moonrise
Sun -- 11:30 PM HST     0.20 feet Low Tide
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