Current Conditions
Temp1.1 C
RH40 %
WindNW 49 mph
Road Status: Open

Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 05:09 a.m.


The road to the summit of Maunakea is re-opened to the public. A ranger has just completed a road inspection and the roads are free of ice and is safe.

Maunakea Ranger

More Information: Mauna Kea weather varies widely. A calm sunny day may quickly become treacherous with hurricane force winds and blizzard conditions. Summit winds above 120 mph are not uncommon. Snowstorms have even occurred during the summer months.

When conditions are too dangerous, the Summit Access road is closed at the Visitor Information Station to ensure everyone's safety. The road is re-opened as soon as the weather and the roads are safe again.

Traffic delays and road closures on the summit access road may also occur due to the use and transport of heavy equipment, slow vehicle movements, deliveries, road maintenance, stalled or abandoned vehicles, hikers and bikers. Remember that dust, fog or snow can reduce visibility and slow traffic. Specific road closure criteria is listed below:

1. Any ice or snow on the road.
2. Winds greater than 55 mph for one hour and/or gusts greater than 65 mph.
3. Visibility less than 50 feet.
4. Any emergent condition that makes the road unsafe for travel.

Mahalo for your understanding.

Public road conditions and snow report message: (808) 935-6268
Summit Weather via the CFHT/GEMINI WX Tower and SUBARU

Most Recent Previous 24 hours Options

May 29 2015, 04:28 HST Minimum Maximum UTC | HST
Temperature 1.1 oC 0.7 oC @ 06:28 6.5 oC @ 13:31 oC | K | F
Wind Chill -8.1 oC -8.6 oC @ 03:00 -7.8 oC @ 04:21 oC | K | F
Relative Humidity 40% 13% @ 13:48 62% @ 05:16
Pressure 616 mb 615 mb @ 02:41 617 mb @ 11:16
Wind speed 22 m/s 13 m/s @ 06:27 26 m/s @ 19:58 mph | Kts | m/s
Wind direction NW

dir | deg
Precipitation (as of 8 am) -9.15 mm

mm | inches
Fog Not Likely

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Gemini Telescope (Aimed South)

IRTF3 (Aimed NW)

MK ASIVA Camera (Aimed UP)

Check the MKWC Current Obs page for additional weather observations and the MKWC Web Cams page for more mountain cams.
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Additional Information

Visiting Mauna Kea Observatories Information
Road is always closed the morning after a snowfall.
Road is always closed while snow removal equipment is in operation.
Road is closed when the pavement has ice/snow.
Snow removal equipment can only remove snow. Thermal heating is needed to remove the final layer of ice that usually forms under the snow.
Other information for visitors to Mauna Kea, including safety, summit tours, and public star-gazing.