The Vog is Clearing Over Oahu

The sky is looking pretty clear, at least for the time being. Our tradewinds returned yesterday afternoon and, while still very present, the vog started to dissipate.

This Sunday morning I can look out the window and comfortably say that it is not raining.  Recently, I have had to look down at the street to see if it was wet.  This morning, the sky is blue and the asphalt is dry!

Looking Up the Pali

These pictures show what it looked like at the end of the last week.

Vog over the Freeway

Even the afternoon traffic was looking like the beginning of the holiday season with everyone heading out for shopping or an evening football game. It’s the afternoon; headlights are not supposed to be so bright!

Looking Windward

It looks like rain but it’s bone dry.  After walking for a while and waiting for droplets it suddenly dawned on me that I was standing in the middle of it.  I assume that the vog will all come back as soon as the trades stop blowing, but for now, we’ll enjoy the clear sky.

I don’t remember it ever being like this and I have heard even people in the media say the same.  While it does make for beautiful sunrises and sunsets, I think we’re done with the novelty of it all.  I’m sure those with breathing problems and the parents with asthmatic children are very done!   I just worry about how people on the island of Hawaii deal with it!  Maybe it all floats away from there and wafts over to linger over the rest of the islands.  How’s the air on Maui anyway?

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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sheila // May 18, 2008 at 9:16 am

    I’m glad to hear that the trades are back. Looks pretty bad – especially considering the distance from the source on the Southeast side of Hawaii over to Oahu.

  • 2 Evelyn // May 18, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    Hi Sheila! I’m amazed and, honestly, have never seen anything like it except for the day after New Years when there are no trades. The trades are still blowing (Sunday evening) and the sky is blue again! 🙂

  • 3 HawaiiVacationGifts // May 19, 2008 at 2:02 am

    So far we have been very fortunate that the vog has not been heavy where we live in Puna on the Big Island. I think the tradewind patterns and topography of the land has a lot to do with it because a neighbor 2 miles down from me said it was really bad where they were.

  • 4 Anele // May 19, 2008 at 6:28 am

    WOW! I can’t believe it’s that heavy on Oahu! I cringe to think how long that will go on. I hope it’s not a permanent fixture now. 🙁

  • 5 Evelyn // May 19, 2008 at 6:53 am

    Wow! That’s amazing HVG! Good news! Your house is very well placed, and your careful choice of where and how to place your home is paying you back!

  • 6 Evelyn // May 19, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    Hey Anele! It’s funny — I walked out this morning, saw a cloudy sky and thought, “Nooooooo!” Then it started to drizzle! Wheee, rain! 🙂

    Seriously though, it’s hard to say. As long as we keep some wind around here we should be okay. I don’t think the volcano is going to stop venting any time soon. But, that’s part of our charm! 😉

  • 7 Rod // May 21, 2008 at 12:22 am

    Hi Evelyn! You’re so right! The Vog seems to be finally clearing up here on Oahu. Though the heat was definitely a killer today; at least the skies are clear again. Keep up the good work!!

  • 8 Evelyn // May 21, 2008 at 6:19 am

    The skies are clear for now but our news channels are talking about the haze coming back this afternoon and sticking with us for the next two days, until Friday. So, as long as the Volcano keeps letting off steam, we’re just going to have to learn to endure it on the days when our tradewinds take a vacation. 🙂

  • 9 Bobbie // May 28, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    I think we’ve all begun to look out the window and ask each other, “Is that weather or vog?”

    So it goes…

  • 10 Evelyn // May 28, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    Hi Bobbie! That’s for sure! We are definitely asking that question now, every time the sky gets dark and the sun is still up. We’ve been lucky in the last few days — we’ve had a lot of blue skies. We just need to enjoy it when it’s clear! 🙂

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