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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 5:21 p.m., Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Wind-whipped rain to clear by weekend

Advertiser staff

Wet and sometimes windy weather is expected to continue across the Islands through Friday night, with conditions improving by the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Occasional gusts up to 35 mph were reported on Kaua'i while winds got up to 30 mph at Honolulu International Airport today, said forecaster Tom Birchard. The winds created quick-moving showers that caused some brief ponding but no reported flooding, Birchard said.

Warm air from the bottom rising up toward cold air in the upper atmosphere is causing the wet tradewind pattern, Birchard said. "The upper level low will weaken by the weekend, clearing up Saturday."

Honolulu police said the wet roadways may have contributed to some minor traffic collisions today, but the overall tally of accidents did not appear to be significantly higher than usual.