Monitoring the climate of the HETF units and being able to relate the climate and any climate change to the ecology of the HETF is a major goal of the experimental forest. Plans are underway to install several fully instrumented weather stations on the HETF. A good description of the climate of the PWW Unit of the HETF can be found on page 9 of DOFAW’s Biological Assessment which was completed in 2003. A general discussion on the climate of Hawaii can be found on the NOAA’s Western Regional Climatic Center website.
The climate of the region has been monitored for a number of years. Several weather stations are located near or on the HETF. Four of the stations are cooperative stations of the National Climatic Data Center, NOAA Satellite and Information Service. Two of the stations are Remote Automated Weather Stations (RAWS) operated by the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) of the Forest Service (click) and local cooperators.
Please click on one of the underlined weather station names below to find out more information and to download climatic data available from the station. To request data from the Pu‘uwa‘awa‘a and Laupāhoehoe Climate Stations please contact the HETF mailbox: [email protected].