Air Temperatures – The following maximum temperatures were recorded across the state of Hawaii Tuesday afternoon:
Lihue, Kauai – 76
Honolulu airport, Oahu – 82
Molokai airport – 80
Kahului airport, Maui – 81
Kona airport – 81
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 730pm Tuesday evening:
Barking Sands, Kauai – 76
Hilo, Hawaii – 69
Haleakala Summit – 41 (near 10,000 feet on Maui)
Mauna Loa Summit – 37 (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.
Our winds will be from the trade wind direction, gradually
easing up in strength after mid-week. They will become
much lighter later Thursday and Friday into the weekend
Clear to partly cloudy, with cloudy periods, passing showers
in our windward sections…elsewhere at times too
Small Craft Advisory for strong and gusty winds…producing
hazardous seas – most marine zones
High Surf Advisory…rough and choppy waves on the east shores
~~~Air temperature at 529am HST Wednesday morning,
with clear to partly cloudy skies, and calm winds…at
my upcountry Kula, Maui weather tower: 53.4F degrees~~~
The following numbers represent the most recent top wind gusts (mph), along with directions as of Tuesday evening:
30 Lihue, Kauai – NE
42 Kahuku Trng, Oahu – ESE
38 Molokai – E
43 Kahoolawe – E
40 Kahului, Maui – NE
35 Pali 2, Big Island – SE
Here are the latest 24-hour precipitation totals (inches) for each of the islands as of Tuesday evening:
2.96 Mount Waialeale, Kauai
0.69 Tunnel RG, Oahu
0.22 Puu Kukui, Maui
0.23 Hakalau, 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 remain active from the trade wind direction…then fading away later in the week. Here's a weather chart showing high pressure centers far to the north and northeast of Hawaii. At the same time, we find a cold front to the north, passing by to our north and northeast. The trade winds will remain well established into mid-week, although mellowing-out thereafter…becoming very light by Friday into the weekend.
There will continue to be periods of clouds with passing showers…although with clear periods too. Here's a satellite image, showing clear skies in some areas, although with partly to mostly cloudy conditions along many of our windward sides. We also see a large area of cirrus east and northeast of the Big Island…with another approaching to the northwest Here's a larger satellite view showing the clouds that are located over parts of the island chain, and with large areas of cloudiness to the west, north and east…out over the ocean. The still gusty trade winds will carry showery clouds our way at times. Some of these windward biased showers will be carried over into the leeward sides…on the smaller islands.
As a trough of low pressure moves over the islands Friday, when our long lasting trade winds will finally fade away…with lighter breezes from the southeast returning. As you know, our trades are still quite strong, with gusts topping 40 mph at several locations today. On the horizon, out 2-3 days or so, we'll leave our trade wind weather pattern behind, and grade into a convective weather pattern…with much lighter southeasterly breezes. This type of weather pattern typically exhibits clear, cool mornings, with increasing clouds over and around the mountains during the afternoons. It's a little early to know exactly how much precipitation we might see falling…from these afternoon interior cumulus clouds. Our atmosphere will likely become volcanically hazy during this upcoming light wind episode, more on that later. The weather models suggest that it will take until next Tuesday or so, before the trade winds return, bringing the emphasis for showers back over to the windward sides then, and clearing whatever has still is around then too.
I worked down at the headquarters office of the Pacific Disaster Center in Kihei, Maui yesterday, and again today too. I've worked at the PDC over the last 17 years, which has been my day job since back in 1996. My job title there is the senior weather specialist. I made a change at the end of 2011, and have been doing my PDC work from home here in Kula. While I was in Kihei yesterday, and again today too, I found summer like weather conditions! It was so warm and sunny, with the air temperature reaching 85F degrees…with hardly a drop of wind. It was a change from the cooler weather that exists up at the 3,100 foot elevation, on the slopes of the Haleakala Crater…where I live. When I left Kihei at 5pm, the air temperature was right around 80F degrees, and by the time I got home here in Kula at about 540pm, it was 66 degrees, which was quite a difference. I'll be back again early Wednesday morning with your next new weather narrative, 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 08S (Narelle) remains active in the South Indian Ocean…located approximately 525 NM north-northeast of Learmonth, Australia. Sustained winds were 70 knots, with gusts to near 85 knots. This tropical storm will be steadily increasing in strength…reaching 115 knots in 48 hours. Here's the JTWC graphical track map, along with a satellite image.