The lack of Trades has caused a lot of VOG

By: KeleHawaii , 3:04 AM GMT on October 09, 2012

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The winds have been almost nil save for the orographic lifting of the air over the ocean when the land heats up and blows the vog from this eastern slope up to the heights of the volcanoes.

It has been much worse over the Kona side and the entire rest of the island chain all the way to Kaua'i.

It will return tonight when the sea breeze dies after sunset and the air, due to being cooler at higher elevations, wants to sink down to the coast.

Tomorrow will likely be identical to today with a higher daytime temp than is normal for this time of year. It got up to 85 here this afternoon.

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5. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
12:04 PM GMT on October 11, 2012
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4. shoreacres
11:15 AM GMT on October 10, 2012
There was lots here I didn't know about Mauna Loa - particularly the 11 of 12 climate zones. Being a good American consumer, of course the first thing I think of when I hear "Mauna Loa" is macadamia nuts! Tasty as they are, I think some of these other details are even more delightful.

Instead of "Rain, rain, go away, come again another day", I suspect you folks say, "Vog, vog go away - and don't come back!"
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3. KeleHawaii
5:48 PM GMT on October 09, 2012
Yes. Mauna Loa is the tallest and heaviest mountain mass on Earth as measured from its undersea base to its summit. It is nearly 33,000 feet to the top! Everest is less than 30,000 feet!

This island is unique in other ways as well. For example, it has 11 of the 12 climate zones that appear on Earth. The only one missing is 'true arctic'! We go from sub-arctic at the summits of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea on down to sea level where it is true tropical. You can move just a few miles and have a totally different climate. Lots of choices here from rainforest to arid desert to satisfy most anyone.

Quoting Ylee:
Thanks for your explanation of the Mauna Loa water supply! It's hard to realize the huge scale of this mountain, and your first person account makes it clear to me!

I also had to look up "vog". Never heard of that, either!
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2. BLKinIDAHO
2:24 PM GMT on October 09, 2012
Just got back from elk hunting. The lingering smoke from all the fires was terrible and reminds me of the vog you are now experiencing. Thankfully we don't have the sulpher in the smoke as it makes it harder to breath. Temps were 20 in the morning warming to 50 during the day. We were successful in our hunt and filled 2 out of 3 tags. Going back up next week to help fill the last tag. Deer season opens tomorrow. With any luck, our freezer will be full and we wont have to pay ridiculous prices for beef this year as the prices are only going up.
Hope all is well with you and the trades blow out the vog soon.
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1. Ylee
11:34 AM GMT on October 09, 2012
Thanks for your explanation of the Mauna Loa water supply! It's hard to realize the huge scale of this mountain, and your first person account makes it clear to me!

I also had to look up "vog". Never heard of that, either!
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