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Light winds could make for a smoky New Year's Eve

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 04:55 p.m. HST, Dec 31, 2012

Smoke from fireworks could linger over Oahu tonight until winds pick up sometime in the overnight hours, National Weather Service forecasters say.

Light, variable sea breezes are making for a cloudy and slightly humid last afternoon of the year, with isolated showers.

A cold front moving over Kauai should reach Oahu sometime after midnight, said Bob Burke, a meteorologist with the Honolulu National Weather Service office. 

The front should bring some light showers, mostly on the northeast slopes of the Koolau and Waianae mountains, such as Waialua and Kahuku, overnight and a change in the winds as the front passes on.

The usual trade wind weather should return to Oahu sometime on New Year’s Day.

Big wave surfers will also have something to celebrate on New Year’s Day. Burke said a reinforcement swell will keep waves at high surf warning heights through much of the day.

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allie wrote:
bring on the trades!
on December 31,2012 | 01:16PM
8082062424 wrote:
Its going to be real smoky
on December 31,2012 | 02:02PM
kainalu wrote:
Even the SA recognizes that there will be thousands upon thousands of people setting off fireworks - illegally. Where do they get them all from? What happened to Homeland Security? How do these illegal fireworks get in? Considering "island-wide", there wasn't enough "permits" sold to be concerned about smoke. But we all know, there will be smoke, because those with permits represent a minimal fraction of those that will be breaking the law tonight. We've had only a few fireworks go off around here so far today, but the sulphur immediately attacks the sinuses.
on December 31,2012 | 02:47PM
8082062424 wrote:
Thing is city hoped to make money of permits and they made some. But the city's way you buy 1 permit for every five thousand. way cheaper to buy 1 permit and buy the fireworks off the black market. you only need one permit in case a cop shows up. then add the fact folks stocked up the last year it was legal to buy them. black market list been out since july. every knows some one who has the list.It not the the criminal element that selling it far from it. your going to buy it from someone you trust i know i bought those evil sparklers.
on December 31,2012 | 04:15PM
kainalu wrote:
But here's the deal - there's a process and stipulations, otherwise, they're illegal. People that simply buy 1 permit, or worse, those that don't even go that far, and then fire off fireworks is disrespectful to start, and illegal! That's cut-n-dry. And the message carries on through generations - laws are made to be broken. As easy as it is to get these illegal fireworks into this State, can we really feel safe from any threat? Is there even a reason to have all this Security at our ports? There's a whole lot that is wrong with this general mentality. The elderly, the infants, the sick, our pets - New Year's Eve is brutal for them. To suggest that they simply go somewhere that's not as "illegal", is ludicrous. Ihilani resort doesn't allow pets. We have a reasonable expectation for citizens in our community to obey the law. That so many choose not too, is a bad sign for the future.
on December 31,2012 | 05:51PM
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