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Trade winds return in time to clear skies for marathon

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 07:21 a.m. HST, Dec 09, 2012

Light winds blew the vog away, just in time for today’s Honolulu Marathon.

National Weather Service forecasters said a high pressure system north of the islands is strengthening, bringing back the cooling trade winds.

A low pressure system had blocked the trade winds from the northeast for the last week. Instead Kona winds from the southeast had blown in vog and hot, humid weather.

“It looks like we’re trending towards fairly typical trade wind weather,”  National Weather Service forecaster Tom Birchard said Saturday.

The Honolulu Marathon started at about 5 a.m. under clear skies and with light trade winds.

“The winds should be strong enough to keep the vog away,” Birchard said. Temperatures were in the low 70s at the start of the race and are expected to rise to the low 80s by late morning.

The trade winds should stick around next week and could strengthen.

Experienced surfers are also in enjoying the weather. A north swell is bringing 10 to 14 foot waves to the north shores of Oahu, Kauai, Maui, Molokai and Niihau.

West shores should see 8- to 12-foot waves on Oahu, Kauai, Hawaii island and Niihau.

The National Weather Service said a high surf advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. tonight. 

The swell should start diminishing today and will cause hazardous conditions and dangerous rip currents, forecasters said.

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star08 wrote:
Yeah! Come back trades. Stick around for awhile. We miss you when ur gone. (o:
on December 8,2012 | 10:20PM
serious wrote:
I guess I am a slow learner but can anyone tell me the names of the last three marathon winners--either male or female??? My point is I don't think giving prize money to the winners influences more runners to register. Better to give some $$ to a charity. Also --- why with 31,000 runners there was no TV coverage? The only thing I saw on channel 6 that said it was 4, was the start in the dark and black doesn't work and the rest was at the 10 mile mark--who cares? I would imagine many people would be watching and Alaska Air/H Air and other would buy ad slots for the event. But I am a Republican.
on December 9,2012 | 01:37PM
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