Air Temperatures – The following maximum temperatures were recorded across the state of Hawaii Tuesday afternoon:
Lihue, Kauai – 74
Honolulu airport, Oahu - 78
Molokai airport - 77
Kahului airport, Maui – 79
Kona airport – 79
Hilo airport, Hawaii - 78
Air Temperatures ranged between these warmest and coolest spots near sea level – and on the highest mountain tops around the state…as of 510am Wednesday morning:
Barking Sands, Kauai – 70
Lihue, Kauai - 61
Haleakala Summit – 41 (near 10,000 feet on Maui)
Mauna Loa Summit – M (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.
Artist Credit…Phil Roberts
High Surf Advisory…large waves on the north shores
of Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai and Maui ~ west
shores of Niihau and Kauai…exceptionally large
surf Thursday and Friday north/west shores
Wind Advisory for the summits on the Big Island
Cool northerly breezes, feeling like a tropical winter…
chilly morning Wednesday
~~~Air temperature at 530am HST Wednesday morning,
clear and calm…at my upcountry Kula,
Maui weather tower: 51.1F degrees~~~
The following numbers represent the most recent top wind gusts (mph), along with directions as of Tuesday evening:
24 Port Allen, Kauai – WNW
18 Waianae Valley, Oahu – WNW
12 Molokai – SE
20 Kahoolawe – SSW
20 Kula 1, Maui – NW
20 PTA Kipuka Alala, Big Island – SW
Here are the latest 24-hour precipitation totals (inches) for each of the islands as of Tuesday evening:
0.07 Wainiha, Kauai
0.25 Waimanalo, Oahu
0.78 Puu Kukui, Maui
1.33 Kahua Ranch, 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 will be variable in direction…although generally from the north offshore from the islands. Here's a weather chart still showing a strong, extra large 1041 millibar high pressure center, far to the northeast of Hawaii. At the same time, we see the tail-end of a weak cold front just to the east of the Big Island.
Here's a satellite image, showing variable clouds over the state…with clear areas too. Here's a larger satellite view showing the tail-end of a classic, comma-shaped frontal cloud band over the ocean east of the Big Island. We find ourselves in a post-frontal environment now, with what's left of the shower bearing band of clouds strung out over parts of Maui and the Big Island. Meanwhile, Kauai, Oahu and parts of Maui County will remain generally dry for the time being. The area from Maui to the Big Island will remain locally cloudy, with showers or mist persisting in places.
The next change of weather we'll see, will be a very weak cold front migrating by just to the north of the state. This next front may bring a few light windward biased showers for the most part. The front will likely remain offshore to our north, with little excitement expected. The leeward sides won't see anything from this next minor system, as winds will remain rather light, restricting the showers from being carried over to the south and west sides of the islands.
Looking further ahead, the models continue pointing out another cold front, which will bring generally light showers our way Friday night into Saturday…although with a rather impressive surge of cool northerly winds in its wake. Back to the present, this looping radar image shows that most of the active showers are quickly moving east. The Big Island and Maui will still find a few light showers, or mist falling here and there into Wednesday. ~~~ I'll be back with more updates to the current weather situation, and with more news on the upcoming cold front later Friday into Saturday, with its cool air arriving this weekend. I hope you have a great Tuesday night wherever you're spending it! Aloha for now…Glenn.
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 09S (Emang) remains active in the South Indian Ocean…located approximately 515 NM southeast of Diego Garcia. Sustained winds were 35 knots, with gusts to near 45 knots. This tropical cyclone will 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.