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Posted: Thursday, May 9th, 2013 2:46 PM HST

Vog settles over the Big Island

By Associated Press

HILO, Hawaii (AP) A lack of trade winds means that parts of the Big Island are under heavy vog.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports that relief may not come until Friday.

John Bravender, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Honolulu, says there is a slowly dissipating low-pressure system that has been creating light wind patterns around the Big Island. That means that the steady stream of sulfur dioxide and other volcanic gases escaping into the air above the Big Island are lingering.

The National Weather Service says the current conditions are more of what would be expected in January and February. At this time of year, the noxious gases normally are whisked away by trade winds.



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