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Aviation section from the Area Forecast Discussion
issued at: Sep 29, 2016 9:36 AM HST

Ceilings have lifted across Kauai. A lingering band of showers is currently passing through Oahu, but conditions are improving behind it. Therefore we should be able to drop the last portion of the mountain obscuration AIRMET as scheduled. Otherwise conditions will be primarily VFR, with brief MVFR ceilings in showers mainly windward sections.

Radar VWPs and AMDAR soundings into Honolulu show 25-30 knots of wind below a rather elevated inversion. Winds this strong are usually associated with moderate turbulence in the lee of the mountains, though this is usually associated with a stronger and lower inversion. Recent pilot reports indicate only up to light turbulence so far this morning. Will hold onto the existing AIRMET for moderate turbulence and see how conditions evolve through the day.


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