Several KHON2 viewers sent in photos capturing Thursday’s stunning sunrise.
According to KHON2’s Justin Cruz, both haze from the vog and mid- to high-level clouds reflecting light made for unusually vibrant skies.
But don’t expect a repeat Friday morning. Sunset on Thursday evening might be your last chance in a few days to see this.
Those high-level clouds are already moving away from the state, and a combination of an incoming cold front with returning trades should sweep much of the vog away from the islands starting Friday.
Current southerly winds are bringing high vog levels to all parts of the state. The hazy skies are present over all the islands, but a weak storm system is forecast to move through Kauai Thursday night and the rest of the state Friday.
As the winds shift and become stronger, much of the vog and pollutants will gradually clear the state.
The front will bring an increase in showers to Kauai late Thursday evening and Oahu early Friday. The front will stall and weaken near Maui County Friday night into Saturday.
Weak high pressure will pass north of the state on Saturday, allowing for a short period of trade winds, before winds turn more southeasterly again late Sunday.
Another front will approach the Aloha state early next week.
Returning trades this weekend will also help maintain clear air, with the exception areas downwind of Big Island volcanoes.