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Reliable Weather Reporting For Maui Help

Sat Aug 16, 2008 6:37 pm

My Wife and I are taking a trip to Maui next week (our first time to Hawaii, very excited). As with any vacation I've been checking the weather, Weather.com states windy with showers for most of the time we are there. While accu weather states Sunshine and patch clouds the entire time, which is more accurate?..

Here's the Weather.com forecast:

http://www.weather.com/outlook/recre...day/USHI0055?from=36hr_topnav_golf

And here's the accu weather forecast:

http://www.accuweather.com/forecast2...=0&zipChg=1&zipcode=96761&metric=0

I pray the Accu weather forecast is the more accurate.

This website says sunny days, windy rainy nights.

http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/...ast?query=Lahaina&wuSelect=WEATHER

[Edited 2008-08-16 11:41:55]
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RE: Reliable Weather Reporting For Maui Help

Sat Aug 16, 2008 6:53 pm

Well potential for daily scattered or isolated showers certainly is possible in Hawaii.

Looking at some weather charts, there is a high system sitting to the North of the islands, so there should definately be some trade winds which actually might be welcome for you to help cool things down and less humid and should not negatively effect things unless if you plan on going boating.

Also another thing to consider, like most of the islands, different portions of Maui have different weather climates in that some areas tend to be fry, while others are wetter.

Lastly looking at the precipitation totals for Maui (airport), they have gotten some rain 3 of the last 7 days.

Anyhow enjoy your trip -- I would not worry about rain potential as frankly they tend to pass quickly(if not overnight) and should not interrupt things.
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RE: Reliable Weather Reporting For Maui Help

Sat Aug 16, 2008 6:57 pm

We are there from the 20th-26th, staying on the West Side of the Island near Kaanapali.
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RE: Reliable Weather Reporting For Maui Help

Sat Aug 16, 2008 7:24 pm



Quoting STT757 (Reply 2):
We are there from the 20th-26th, staying on the West Side of the Island near Kaanapali.

I live here in Hawaii. Relax!!! We are in the midst of a drought, and the weather has been perfect lately! If you are staying in Kaanapali, you will have bright sunny days, and warm evenings and typical tradewind weather.

I would not rely on weather.com for any advice, as they are notoriously unreliable. Instead, I would look here: http://www.kitv.com/interactive-radar/index.html
This is a fun tool to use as you can zoom in to the exact location on Maui (or any other spot in Hawaii) that you want to see, and it will show any shower/rain activity going on at that moment, and is far more reliable and accurate than any of the US Mainland based weather sites. When you look at this interactive map, you will probably see some green patches to the east of Kaanapali, don't worry as these are typical showers up in the mountain valleys.

You can also look here for info on Maui weather and other information :
http://www.mauinews.com/
(Click on weather)

Where are you coming here from, and how are you getting here?

Have a great time here!

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RE: Reliable Weather Reporting For Maui Help

Sat Aug 16, 2008 7:27 pm

Check out this article -- gives good explanation of Maui weather and the difficulty (and often very incorrect) weather forecasting.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g2...i:Can.You.Trust.The.Forecast..html
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RE: Reliable Weather Reporting For Maui Help

Sat Aug 16, 2008 7:31 pm



Quoting HALFA (Reply 3):
Where are you coming here from, and how are you getting here?

New Jersey, CO nonstop from EWR with a connection at HNL. We're traveling so far, we don't want to be rained out for our stay.
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RE: Reliable Weather Reporting For Maui Help

Sat Aug 16, 2008 10:47 pm

Your best source for weather information in the United States is from the National Weather Service: http://www.weather.gov

Most of the commerical websites like weather.com and most of the media get their forecast and weather data (sometimes even copying text word for word) directly from the NWS.

By going to the NWS, you are going directly to the source that the other websites and media use.
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RE: Reliable Weather Reporting For Maui Help

Sat Aug 16, 2008 11:17 pm

Weather reports in hawai'i are notoriously unreliable due to the existence of numerous "micro-climates."

As HALFA said, it has been very dry lately, and will most likely be nice when you are here.

Also, a "normal" forecast for a nice day here is:
Partly cloudy (lots of white puffy clouds and sunshine) with morning and evening windward (northeast side of each island) and mauka (near the mountains) showers.

Again, I vote with HALFA that the best forecasts will found with our local TV stations:

KHON 2 (FOX)
KITV 4 (ABC)
KGMB 9 (CBS)
KHNL 8 (NBC)

-Aloha!

P.S. The west sides of each island are the dryest and the hottest, so Lahaina is a good place to be.

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