Air Temperatures – The following maximum temperatures were recorded across the state of Hawaii Sunday:
Lihue, Kauai – 81
Honolulu airport, Oahu – 84 (Record high temperature for Sunday – 89 / 2005)
Kaneohe, Oahu – 81
Molokai airport – 80
Kahului airport, Maui - 83
Kona airport – 82
Hilo airport, Hawaii – 81
Air Temperatures ranged between these warmest and coolest spots near sea level – and on the highest mountain tops…as of 5pm Sunday afternoon:
Barking Sands, Kauai - 83
Kapalua, Maui - 72
Haleakala Crater – 45 (near 10,000 feet on Maui)
Mauna Kea – 34 (near 13,800 feet on the Big Island)
Hawaii’s Mountains – Here’s a link to the live web cam on the summit of near 13,800 foot Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii. This web cam is available during the daylight hours here in the islands…and when there’s a big moon shining down during the night at times. Plus, during the nights you will be able to see stars, and the sunrise and sunset too…depending upon weather conditions. Here's the Haleakala Crater webcam on Maui…although this webcam is not always working correctly.
Gusty trades – windward showers…
with generally dry leeward areas
As this weather map shows, we have a near 1034 millibar high pressure system located far to the northeast of Hawaii, with a second near 1035 millibar high pressure far northwest. Our local winds will remain moderately strong, although stronger at times into the new week ahead.
The following numbers represent the most recent wind gusts (mph), along with directions as of Sunday evening:
29 Waimea Heights, Kauai – NE
35 Kuaokala, Oahu – NE
33 Molokai – NE
42 Kahoolawe – NE
44 Kahului, Maui – NE
35 Lanai – NE
29 PTA West, Big Island – NE
We can use the following links to see what’s going on in our area of the north central Pacific Ocean. Here's the latest NOAA satellite picture – the latest looping satellite image…and finally the latest looping radar image for the Hawaiian Islands.
Here are the latest 24-hour precipitation totals (inches) for each of the islands as of Sunday evening:
0.20 Mount Waialeale, Kauai
0.30 Kahuku, Oahu
0.59 Puu Kukui, Maui
0.57 Kealakekua, Big Island
Sunset Commentary: Our common spring trade wind weather pattern continues across the state Sunday evening, with little change expected through the next week. The trades will be strongest around Maui County and the Big Island, thus the small craft wind advisory continues around the windiest parts of those eastern islands, which will continue to be posted well into the future. These trade winds will carry showers into the windward sides, although nothing more than normal for this time of year. The leeward sides should remain mostly dry, although a few showers may fall in these areas on the smaller islands locally.
This past Friday afternoon a couple of friends asked if I wanted to see the new Avengers film, which of course I did. I turned them down however, as I was pretty sure it will be sold out, or at least be super crowded…as it was opening night. I did want to see a film though, and settled on one called Safe, which is a rough and tumble action film, starring Jason Statham, Chris Sarandon and Catherine Chan…among many others. It probably wasn't nearly as good as The Avengers, but much less crowded I'm sure. My friends agreed with me, and so we meet in Kahului for dinner, and then went see the film together. The synopsis: a second-rate cage fighter on the mixed martial arts circuit, Luke Wright lives a numbing life of routine beatings and chump change…until the day he blows a rigged fight. Wanting to make an example of him, the Russian Mafia murders his family and banishes him from his life forever, leaving Luke to wander the streets of New York destitute, haunted by guilt, and tormented by the knowledge that he will always be watched, and anyone he develops a relationship with will also be killed. I know, I know, this is an edgy film about guns and killing, pure and simple, what can I say. There was a general consensus among my friends that this film deserved a more or less B grade. One of the ladies in the group said "there could have been 50% less killing and the film still would have been ok." I would say that this film had the most killing of any that I've seen in a long time…it was just bam bam bam! Obviously, it isn't a film for everyone, although the theater was quite full, and I had the general impression that it was received favorably. I enjoyed it, and was glad to have sat through it. At any rate, this trailer gives a good taste of what you would expect to see…that is if you were to view it.
Here in Kula, Maui at 525pm, skies were partly cloudy with light winds, and an air temperature of 69.6F degrees. As noted above, our trade winds will persist, and continue unabated through the next week…at least. Glancing at this satellite image, we see nothing out of the ordinary, with just a fairly minor band of showery clouds heading our way…which will arrive tonight, and may have passed by Monday morning. In sum, trade winds with passing showers at times, and generally favorably inclined conditions prevailing. I'll be back early Monday morning with your next new weather narrative from paradise. I hope you have a great Sunday night until then! Aloha for now…Glenn.
Interesting: Young Israeli tourists are so common in India that in certain regions, restaurants hang signs and write menus in Hebrew. But Israel is now in the process of sending more than just tourists to the region. At the end of April, Israeli news site Ynet reported that Israel would be sending engineers, researchers and representatives from water technologies companies to help India clean up the notoriously-polluted Ganges River.
The river has become an increasingly problematic site for India as it has caused the spread of infections and diseases. Since February, the Indian government has been gearing up a campaign to clean up the river, promoting its importance as a religious site and also as a freshwater resource.
As Israeli experts fly overseas, Indian researchers and water tech company representatives, including members of the government-formed India Institute of Technology (IIT), will fly to Israel to learn about sewage treatment, water purification, desalination and water resource management from Israeli companies that work in the field and the Israel Water Authority.
The goal is that the Indian experts will be able to return home and incorporate some of what they learn into the Ganges River project. Israel has been building business partnerships with India and China over the last few years and this January, Prime Minister Benajmin Netanyahu announced a plan to build two new railways linking the country's two seas, the Mediterranean and the Red Sea in the south. The 220 mile passenger train between Tel Aviv and Eilat would also ease China’s and India’s ability to trade across the Middle East and to Europe.