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Forecast: Hawaii may see partial solar eclipse depending on cold front

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We are tracking a cold front that will help clear out the vog later today into tomorrow.  The front is currently located just off of Kauai early this morning.  Ahead of the front there are pre-frontal showers due to converging winds and moisture within the wind flow.  This is mainly impacting Kauai, Oahu and Molokai.  More showers will pick up later today.

The islands may be able to see a partial solar eclipse later today depending on where a cold front is located.  The clouds associated with this front may hinder your view of the eclipse that is set to begin at about 4:30 pm. The front will likely impact the Garden Isle this morning into the afternoon then it will work its way down the island chain later this afternoon into the evening. The Garden Isle may be in the clear by this evening if the front moves fast enough, but it appears that it will impact Oahu and parts of Maui County by eclipse time. Hawaii Island may be in the clear with the front located over Maui County by this evening but the island may see some pre-frontal rain. Overall, the viewing of the eclipse highly depends on the timing of this front. At least much needed rain will be headed our way. it will vary widely island to island (anywhere from a trace to 2 inches of rain and even more over mauka locations).

Behind this front, you'll have to hold onto those hats! You can expect cool northerly winds to strengthen as the front passes, with windy conditions expected into Thursday as the winds turn to the northeast. Breezy trade winds will then prevail into the weekend, delivering clouds and brief showers to windward areas.  A small craft advisory is now up in anticipation of the gusty winds.  Winds will pick up this afternoon, blowing in from the west at about 10 to 25 mph then later tonight very windy conditions fill in.  The wind forecast calls for winds to switch out of the north/northeast at 20 to 30 mph with gusts above 40 mph. 

Then you can expect fresh to strong trade winds will generate rough and choppy surf along the east facing shores later this week into the weekend, but surf will likely remain below advisory levels. Stay tuned for updates.

- Jennifer Robbins

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