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Weather Forecast for Mauna Kea at 2104 m altitude

issued: 7am 31 Oct 2014 (local time)
Previous weeks

Days 0-3 Mauna Kea Weather Summary:

Heavy rain (total 33.0mm), heaviest during Sun night. Very mild (max 14°C on Fri morning, min 12°C on Fri night). Wind will be generally light.

Days 4-6 Mauna Kea Weather Summary:

Heavy rain (total 60.0mm), heaviest during Mon night. Very mild (max 14°C on Mon afternoon, min 13°C on Mon morning). Wind will be generally light.
Friday 31 Saturday 1 Sunday 2 Monday 3 Tuesday 4 Wednesday 5
AM PM night AM PM night AM PM night AM PM night AM PM night AM PM night
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
light rain
light rain
heavy rain
moderate rain
moderate rain
heavy rain
rain showers
moderate rain
heavy rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Wind (km/h)
20 E20
20 ESE20
20 ESE20
20 E20
20 ESE20
20 ESE20
20 ESE20
20 ESE20
15 SE15
15 ESE15
10 ESE10
5 SSE5
5 SE5
5 ENE5
10 ENE10
15 ENE15
15 ENE15
10 E10
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Snow map
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Snow cm - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Rain mm - 1 4 2 2 5 4 4 11 7 8 12 5 7 15 2 2 2
Max °C 14 14 13 13 13 13 13 14 14 13 14 14 14 14 14 13 14 13
Min °C 13 13 12 12 13 13 13 13 13 13 14 13 14 14 13 13 13 13
WChill °C 11 11 10 10 11 11 11 11 11 12 14 13 14 14 13 12 12 12
Rel. hum. % 55 76 84 83 79 87 85 83 80 88 85 84 87 89 86 72 71 66
Freezing level (m) 4250 4300 4250 4250 4300 4300 4400 4600 4600 4650 4700 4700 4800 4800 4750 4750 4700 4700
Mauna Kea freezing level scale
snowy slope Mauna Kea freezing level
Sunrise 6:22 - - 6:22 - - 6:22 - - 6:24 - - 6:24 - - 6:24 - -
Sunset - 17:46 - - 17:46 - - 17:45 - - 17:45 - - 17:45 - - 17:45 -

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The above table gives the weather forecast for Mauna Kea at the specific elevation of 2104 m. Our sophisticated weather models allow us to provide snow forecasts for the top, middle and bottom ski stations of Mauna Kea. To access the weather forecasts for the other elevations, use the tab navigation above the table. For a wider view of the weather, check out the Weather Map of United States. Click here to read further information on freezing levels and how we forecast our temperatures.

Visitor Reviews of Mauna Kea

Dean Reinking, LPN from United States writes:

I've given you the history of Mauna Kea, now I'll submit a little about the terrain. When there's decent snowfall (has to get down to the 9,000 - 9'500 elevation), one can find a type of "hardpack" snow. It's not ice, but the winds make the moisture laden snow a style all its own. I've never experienced anything like it in the Rockies. One should have sharpened edges for turns are more tricky and need to be deliberate. As far as falling; mostly it will be a soft landing as the ground underneath is predominantly cinder. You'll generally notice any stray rocks jutting through the snow...BEWARE! ...landing on these (even small rocks) are very dangerous as they're jagged, not rounded and they'll tear right through your winter gear to you flesh. These rock upthrusts are rare, and as I mentioned, you'll be able to see them. The snow warms up once the tropical sun hits the surface making the snow into a spring "corn snow" type, but it's a lot more manageable...fun too! Temperatures can average in the mid-20's to mid-30's (when the sun hits you). Weather conditions can change quickly as small fronts can move in from out of nowhere....I've actually experienced a "white-out" which lasted for about 30 minutes. (The only thing I could do is attempt to point my ski tips downhill...wherever that was at times....you really couldn't see anything..barely even my skis. Yes, it can get dicey when something blows in...you don't know how long it will last. But back to this. In recent years the snowfall has been lacking and what we've been getting doesn't last long....so you have to hit the slopes of Mauna Kea ASAP. We hope this snowfall will improve...weather's a fickle thing in Hawaii...very unpredictable. I don't know of many people that have attempted the slopes of Mauna Loa (sister peak) @ about the same height elevation but more rounded. The few that have said it was really cold, windy, and the skiable snow coverage was lacking with plenty of rocks and debris...not even good for "rock skis." Access is clearly lacking on Mauna Loa and will entail plenty of high elevation hiking. The geography/geology might prove worth that.....bring plenty of water, food, protective clothing for that end....for skiing, I wouldn't recommend it. Dean Reinking, LPN

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