Air Temperatures – The following maximum temperatures were recorded across the state of Hawaii Sunday afternoon:
Lihue, Kauai – 77
Honolulu airport, Oahu – 81
Molokai airport – 83
Kahului airport, Maui – 83
Kona airport – 81
Hilo airport, Hawaii – 80
Air Temperatures ranged between these warmest and coolest spots near sea level – and on the highest mountain tops around the state…as of 530am Monday morning:
Honolulu, Oahu - 75
Hana airport, Maui – 63
Haleakala Summit – 36 (near 10,000 feet on Maui)
Mauna Loa Summit – 32 (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…if it's available.
Tropical Cyclone activity in the eastern and central Pacific - Here’s the latest weather information coming out of the National Hurricane Center, covering the eastern north Pacific. You can find the latest tropical cyclone information for the central north Pacific (where Hawaii is located) by clicking on this link to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. A satellite image, which shows the entire ocean area between Hawaii and the Mexican coast…can be found here. The 2012 hurricane season is over in the eastern and central Pacific…resuming on May 15th and June 1st 2013.
High Surf Advisory…large waves on the east shores
Small Craft Advisory…for all coastal waters
Our winds will remain quite light, from the south
to southeast generally…with areas of volcanic
Localized showers, especially along our south and
southeast slopes, followed by a cold front later
today into Tuesday…ushering in slightly cooler
north to northeast breezes
Looping radar shows south winds bringing showers
to Kauai…and parts of Oahu this morning
The following numbers represent the most recent top wind gusts (mph), along with directions as of Sunday evening:
12 Makaha Ridge, Kauai – SSE
20 Waianae Harbor, Oahu – SE
14 Molokai – SE
15 Kahoolawe – NE
17 Lipoa, Maui – ENE
18 Upolu airport, Big Island – NE
Here are the latest 24-hour precipitation totals (inches) for each of the islands as of Sunday evening:
0.75 Lihue airport, Kauai
0.11 Poamoho RG 1, Oahu
1.38 Kaupo Gap, Maui
3.17 Pali 2, Big Island
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.
~~~ Hawaii Weather Commentary ~~~
Our winds remain light…blowing generally from the south and southeast. Here's a weather chart still showing a strong, extra large 1039 millibar high pressure center, far to the northeast of Hawaii. Our local air flow is from the south to southeast now. As a result, vog (volcanic haze) is being carried up from the Big Island vents, at least over some parts of the smaller islands.
Here's a satellite image, showing clear skies in some areas this morning, although with clouds over Kauai and parts of Oahu. Here's a larger satellite view showing the classic, comma-shaped cold front to the west and northwest of Kauai. There's a section of this cold front that extends out ahead of the main front. This area of pre-frontal showers is bringing precipitation to Kauai and Oahu, which will stick around through the day. The actual cold front itself , still to the northwest of the state, will push down into the state later today on Kauai, and then will stall near Maui County later Tuesday into Wednesday morning. Besides the showers it brings, it will usher in slightly cooler north to northeast breezes for a couple of days.
Looking even further ahead, the models continue pointing out another cold front, which will bring showers our way Friday into the next weekend…with a rather impressive surge of cool north winds in its wake. ~~~ Two of my neighbors and I went out dancing again last night, like we did last Saturday night. We've found a couple of good clubs in Kihei that have good music, and large enough dance floors to have fun. As was the case last weekend, we had a good time, and I hope to go fairly often! I'll be back again early Monday morning with your next new narrative from paradise, I hope you have a great Sunday night wherever you're spending it! Aloha for now…Glenn.
Friday evening Film: There are so many good looking films playing now, it's tough to make the right choice! I'm figuring I better see a couple that might be leaving Maui theater's before too long. Thus, several friends of mine and I, went to see one that is causing quite a splash as far as Oscar Nominations go. This one is called Silver Linings Playbook, starring Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Jennifer Lawrence, Jacki Weaver, Julia Stiles…among many others.
The synopsis: Pat Solatano has lost everything — his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother and father after spending eight months is a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation. All Pat's parents want is for him to get back on his feet – and to share their family's obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles football team. When Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he'll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives.
This film is getting very good reviews, with the rotten tomatoes film rating website giving it a high 91 points out of 100. The yahoo readers gave it 4 out of 5 rating, all of which helped to draw my friends and I into the theater. As it turns out, we all loved this film, a little slow at times, although the quick paced parts more than made up for the slow parts. The four of us, three University professors among us, gave these grades: A, A-, A- and a B+. The acting was so good, among all the actors, and there were many. For me, there was nothing not to like, I was through and through entertained. I could suggest that anyone see it, and I would be surprised if 9 out of 10 folks wouldn't feel like the four of us did. In sum: it was a perfect blend of drama, humor, and flat out craziness! Here's a trailer, which has nothing that would be offensive…for once!
World-wide tropical cyclone activity:
Atlantic Ocean/Caribbean Sea: There are no active tropical cyclones
Gulf of Mexico: There are no active tropical cyclones
Eastern Pacific Ocean: There are no active tropical cyclones
Central Pacific Ocean: There are no active tropical cyclones
Western Pacific Ocean: There are no active tropical cyclones
South Pacific Ocean: There are no active tropical cyclones
North and South Indian Oceans: Tropical cyclone 08S (Narelle) remains active in the South Indian Ocean…located approximately 430 NM south-southwest of Learmonth, Australia. Sustained winds were 45 knots, with gusts to near 55 knots. This tropical cyclone will be steadily decreasing in strength, as it remains offshore from western Australia. Here's the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) graphical track map, along with a satellite image.
Tropical cyclone 09S (Emang) remains active in the South Indian Ocean…located approximately 500 NM southeast of Diego Garcia. Sustained winds were 35 knots, with gusts to near 45 knots. This tropical cyclone will remain at this strength, then gradually intensify as it remains over the open ocean. Here's the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) graphical track map, along with a satellite image.
Interesting facts: The eight main high islands of the Hawaiian Archipelago include Hawaii, Maui, Oahu, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Niihau and Kahoolawe (listed in order of size) extend only 350 miles at the south-eastern end of the volcanic mountain-island chain / Hawaii includes some of the Earth's largest mountains, rising from oceanic depths of greater than 18,000 feet to a height above sea level of nearly 14,000 feet. Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa on the Big Island are volcanic mountains with a total relief of nearly 32,000 feet