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Weather Forecast for Mauna Kea at 4205 m altitude

issued: 1pm 27 Nov 2014 (local time)
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Days 0-3 Mauna Kea Weather Summary:

Moderate rain (total 10.0mm) heaviest on Thu night, then becoming colder with a dusting of snow on Fri afternoon. Temperatures will be slightly above freezing (max 3°C on Thu afternoon, min 1°C on Fri night). Wind will be generally light.

Days 4-6 Mauna Kea Weather Summary:

A dusting of new snow. Freeze-thaw conditions (max 1°C on Sun afternoon, min 0°C on Mon afternoon). Wind will be generally light.
Thu Friday 28 Saturday 29 Sunday 30 Monday 1 Tuesday 2 Wed
PM night AM PM night AM PM night AM PM night AM PM night AM PM night AM
 
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
clear
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
Wind (km/h)
5 SW5
5 SW5
5 SW5
10 W10
10 W10
10 WNW10
15 NW15
15 NW15
15 NNW15
20 NW20
15 NW15
20 WNW20
20 NW20
25 WNW25
20 NW20
15 WNW15
15 WNW15
15 W15
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T global snow sum28.cc23
T global snow sum29.cc23
T global snow sum30.cc23
T global snow sum01.cc23
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Snow cm - - - 1 1 1 1 1 - - - - - - - - - -
Rain mm 2 6 1 1 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Max °C 3 3 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0
Min °C 3 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
WChill °C 3 2 2 0 -2 -2 -3 -2 -4 -4 -4 -4 -6 -5 -6 -4 -5 -5
Rel. hum. % 30 35 34 43 51 42 41 33 29 27 32 32 36 38 34 42 60 71
Freezing level (m) 4650 4550 4550 4500 4350 4400 4300 4300 4400 4450 4350 4350 4250 4300 4350 4300 4150 4200
Mauna Kea freezing level scale
snowy slope Mauna Kea freezing level
Sunrise - - 6:37 - - 6:39 - - 6:39 - - 6:39 - - 6:41 - - 6:41
Sunset 17:40 - - 17:40 - - 17:40 - - 17:40 - - 17:40 - - 17:40 - -

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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:

02-20-2011
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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