First Alert Forecast: Gusty winds will continue into Saturday

PLUS elevated surf
Passing showers will ride in over the swift trade winds tonight
Published: Mar. 21, 2022 at 3:11 AM HST|Updated: 2 hours ago
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Good Thursday evening. GUSTY winds will continue!

HHere we go again with the strong winds!

Fresh to strong trades will continue to strengthen slightly today as a high pressure system near the state nudges south through tomorrow, tightening the gradient over the state. In addition, upper level subsidence will amplify the inversion height, accelerating wind over and around terrain today and hold into tomorrow. A Wind Advisory remains for portions of Maui County and the Big Island, while a High Wind Warning is in effect for leeward Kohala on the Big Island, where gusts to 60 mph are expected. A High Wind Warning is also in effect for the Big Island summits above 8000 feet.

The high will shift NE and gradually weaken over the weekend, translating to slightly weaker trade winds by next week. A surface trough approaching from the SE may keep the pressure gradient fairly tight into Sunday, with locally breezy trade winds generally anticipated. The associated mid-and upper-low component to the surface trough is expected to stall E of the islands this weekend. A significant increase in moisture is not anticipated from this source.

The northwest swell will continue to fade through the day. A small, medium- period reinforcement northwest swell will keep swell and surf from completely falling off as we head into the weekend. Strong trades have significantly increased surf along east facing shores, making for large rough conditions.

Surf is rising on east shores with those gusty winds!

Keep it tuned here, your First Alert Team. We will have updates on our APP throughout the day.

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