Vog will get worse before it gets better

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - When the trade winds are blowing out of the E/NE, the haze from Kilauea volcano crosses the southern half of the Big Island and passes well to the south of Maui County, Oahu and Kauai.

But a stalled cold front to the northwest of the islands has changed the direction of our winds to southwesterly. Those SW winds are bringing the volcanic haze or vog far enough north to choke the islands normally in the clear.

Making it even worse, the winds are also bringing us some very moist, warm air from down near the equator.

So it is voggy AND muggy.. with no relief expected until Thursday. That is when the National Weather Service is forecasting a return of the trade winds. The longer the winds blow out of the southwest.. the more stifling, humid and hazy the air will be.

There is an outside chance the trades will start returning on Wednesday. Let's hope so!

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