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Weather Forecast for Mauna Kea at 4205 m altitude

issued: 7pm 20 Aug 2014 (local time)
Previous weeks

Days 0-3 Mauna Kea Weather Summary:

Light rain (total 2.0mm), mostly falling on Wed night. Warm (max 20°C on Sat morning, min 3°C on Wed night). Wind will be generally light.

Days 4-6 Mauna Kea Weather Summary:

Mostly dry. Freeze-thaw conditions (max 4°C on Sat night, min -4°C on Sat night). Wind will be generally light.
Wed Thursday 21 Friday 22 Saturday 23 Sunday 24 Monday 25 Tue
night AM PM night AM PM night AM PM night AM PM night AM PM night AM PM
light rain
Wind (km/h)
5 SE5
5 ENE5
10 NE10
15 NE15
20 NE20
15 NE15
10 E10
15 E15
15 ENE15
10 ENE10
10 NE10
5 NNE5
5 NNW5
5 WNW5
5 NW5
5 NNW5
5 NE5
5 N5
Summary light rain clear clear clear clear clear clear clear clear clear clear clear clear clear clear clear clear clear
Snow map
T global snow sum21.cc23
T global snow sum22.cc23
T global snow sum23.cc23
T global snow sum24.cc23
T global snow sum25.cc23
T global snow sum26.cc23
Snow cm - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Rain mm 2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Max °C 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 20 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 4
Min °C 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 -4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 4
WChill °C 2 4 2 0 0 1 0 1 1 -9 1 3 2 3 2 2 1 4
Rel. hum. % 48 41 37 26 9 9 9 14 12 23 25 26 35 33 34 19 16 19
Freezing level (m) 4900 4950 5000 4950 5000 4950 4950 1950 4950 4850 4900 4850 4700 4750 4750 4750 4850 4900
Mauna Kea freezing level scale
snowy slope Mauna Kea freezing level
Sunrise - 6:03 - - 6:03 - - 6:03 - - 6:03 - - 6:03 - - 6:05 -
Sunset - - 18:45 - - 18:45 - - 18:44 - - 18:43 - - 18:42 - - 18:40

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The above table gives the weather forecast for Mauna Kea at the specific elevation of 4205 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 from United States writes:

Well, at one time there was a ski patrol on Mauna Kea..back about 1978. It originated from Dr. Pete Bostwick, myself (Dean Reinking, LPN) as the two members who lived in Hilo (on the Big Island). The other members came from Oahu: One was a female physician, a female RN, and a Lt. Commander (his wife) serving at Pearl Harbor. We took, on loan, The Hawaii Red Cross 4wd transport truck, Dr. Pete Bostwick's 4wd, and a rented 4wd along with an aluminum evac' sled and trained on the slopes nearest the UH Observatory. We spent a long weekend up there (a couple of times) staying in the old field stone scouting house (no longer there). It was very cozy as there were several bunkbeds, a picnic style table, a stove heater, and a kerosene cooking stove. The training with the evac' sled was tricky to say the least...lot's of snow-plowing, turns, etc., but we managed quite well. We took refresher first aid courses courtesy of the physician and RN. The unfortunate thing was our timing in getting this training event scheduled....one weekend prior to our session, a female had lost her life while "intertubing" down one of the steepest cones...she met her untimely demise after hitting a rock outcropping at the bottom of the "bowl" headfirst and actually bounced up further up the outcropping hitting a second time...that's how fast you can get moving...out of control.. The accident site was clearly evident and gave us a good reminder of what to expect. The Mauna Kea Ski Patrol last but two years as members departed on their professional paths. We had an enjoyable time while training. We were pretty exhausted at day's end. While on "unpaid duty," we treated several hypothermia cases (young kids with nothing but slippers on and light jackets...not wise); we dug out several snow-bound, stuck vehicles....try shoveling snow at 13,000+ elevation...I was lucky to be in good shape from running marathons, etc. I sure wish I could locate these former members...I believe I still may have a list of their names...I'll look. As far as I know (or anyone else for that matter), we were the first and only "official" Mauna Kea Ski Patrol...I still have our tag w/emblem. We weren't the first pioneers though. I believe the first individual to ski Mauna Kea was a man from Waimea named "Dick" Tilletson (sp.?) somewhere in and around 1953. "Dick" had to actually climb from down below up to the top as there were no real roads (so to speak) back then....he's the real pioneer....the members of the Mauna Kea Ski Patrol merely followed in his "ski" paths. Dick passed away some years back, but I had the pleasure of meeting this tall, thin, bearded gentleman. Aloha to all! That's the history I can present to you. Dean Reinking, LPN

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