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3/22/09 - The Mauna Loa Strip

Posted Monday 23rd March 2009 at 19:22 by bkrownd
Updated Thursday 26th March 2009 at 04:38 by bkrownd
Widespread rain and threats of storminess continue. I had to go to the Mauna Loa Strip on the leeward side of Kilauea to find a dry area for my outing. It isn't a very interesting place, though. I practiced my distance estimation with my laser rangefinder, and occasionally looked at the ferns. By the late afternoon the clouds were breaking up as the wind shifted, and I was able to go to the top of Strip Road and briefly look around the open scrub habitat for new plants. A frustrating yawner...
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3/21/09 - Waiakamali Gulch, North Kohala

Posted Sunday 22nd March 2009 at 04:47 by bkrownd
Today was volunteer day for the Kohala Watershed Partnership, planting native trees in waiakamali gulch in North Kohala. We planted hame, manono and 'oha wai. In the gulch there are ferns I don't get to see on the windward side of the island, so I was busy looking for them. It was blustery and wet, which probably explains in part why there were few kolea or eurasian sky lark in the pastures. There were the usual sparse 'amakihi, house finch and japanese white-eye in the gulches.

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3/19/09 - Kipuka 'Ainahou (briefly)

Posted Friday 20th March 2009 at 04:21 by bkrownd
Updated Friday 20th March 2009 at 04:24 by bkrownd
Thunderstorms and monsoons continue. In response to the sound of rain on the roof, I slept in. I got up to the Saddle about 10:30 and amazingly it wasn't quite raining yet at Pu'u O'o Trail. I went out in kipuka 'ainahou to do some counts and work on my distance estimation with the laser rangefinder. Unfortunately the fog soon rolled in thick (laser rangefinder doesn't work in the fog) and within an hour it was raining. I had forgotten to bring my rain jacket so I returned to Hilo before it...
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3/15/09 - Powerline Road (big image warning)

Posted Monday 16th March 2009 at 19:46 by bkrownd
Sunday's weather was much the same as Saturday, but not as wet. Upper and lower level winds battled over the Saddle, sucking air up from the East, building weird cloudscapes over the Saddle, and then tearing them apart above. However, the clouds were not as tall, dark and ominous as Saturday's, so I was able to do a more ambitous outing. The overcast closed in about 2PM as the wind died, but it never rained. I returned to the car after dark at 7:30PM, with flashes of lightning beyond the coast...
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3/14/09 - Powerline Road

Posted Sunday 15th March 2009 at 05:29 by bkrownd
Updated Sunday 15th March 2009 at 05:33 by bkrownd
Yay, Powerline Road! Saturday was the first dry clear day in a while, but unfortunately I overslept. I got to Powerline Road about 9AM. I was able to make a whole (though short) day of it, but the weather was very windy and unstable so I didn't go very far. Big dark clouds came and went all day as the wind direction swung around, until the wind died down and a heavy vog-laden grey overcast formed at about 3PM.

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