Unbelievably, it's still raining, another few inches today and more to come, perhaps even some thunderstorms as well. I am going nuts and desperately need to see sunlight again, I don't cope well without getting a dose of vitamin D every so often. Then again, it would be nice to see anything, as HELCO once again lost power this evening just as I arrived back from work, so it was candlelight only for a while. The electric grid here is so unstable it reminds me of a third world country sometimes.
As for Mauna Kea, a few more inches of snow fell today and is still falling. Only observatory vehicles are allowed up but with the warning that they must keep an eye on conditions to avoid becoming trapped at the summit. I suspect no-one's taking up the offer. The snowfall is forecast to continue through the weekend. If that's the case, we'll be lucky to even find the observatories next week when and if this storm finally departs. Still, when the sky clears, Mauna Kea will be an absolutely spectacular sight.
Update (at 8:30pm HST): Half an hour ago the NWS issued a winter storm warning for the Big Island summits. That's quite rare as usually it's an advisory rather than a full-blown warning.
"THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HONOLULU HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM HST WEDNESDAY. THE
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT."
"HEAVY SNOW SHOWERS ARE TO CONTINUE ACROSS THE BIG ISLAND SUMMITS
THIS EVENING THROUGH EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING. THE SNOW LEVEL IS NEAR
11000 FEET AND ADDITIONAL SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 6 TO 10 INCHES
ARE EXPECTED. LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS ARE POSSIBLE WITH ANY
THUNDERSTORMS. ALSO...EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS UP TO 20 MPH WILL
RESULT IN LOCAL BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW."
"A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW...
SLEET...AND ICE ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO
POSSIBLE. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE."