Air Temperatures – The following maximum temperatures were recorded across the state of Hawaii Monday:
Lihue, Kauai – 74
Honolulu airport, Oahu - 77
Molokai airport - 76
Kahului airport, Maui – 79
Kona airport, Hawaii – 81
Hilo airport, Hawaii - 77
Air Temperatures ranged between these warmest and coolest spots near sea level – and on the highest mountain tops around the state…as of 530am Tuesday morning:
Kailua Kona – 72
Lihue, Kauai – 61
Haleakala Summit – 34 (near 10,000 feet on Maui)
Mauna Kea Summit – 27 (13,000+ 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 working.
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.
Wind Advisory for the Big Island Summits
~~~534am HST Tuesday morning: partly cloudy, near
calm at my upcountry Kula, Maui weather
tower, the air temperature was 57.2F degrees~~~
The following numbers represent the most recent top wind gusts (mph), along with directions as of Monday evening:
15 Mana, Kauai – N
21 Kuaokala, Oahu – NNE
12 Molokai – S
12 Kahoolawe – S
21 Kula 1, Maui – S
22 PTA Range 17, Big Island – WNW
Here are the latest 24-hour precipitation totals (inches) for each of the islands as of Monday evening:
0.01 Wainiha, Kauai
0.49 Luluku, Oahu
0.64 Pukalani, Maui
0.73 Kapapala 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 Narrative ~~~
Our winds are lighter now…generally from the north to northeast. Here's a weather chart showing a near 1030 millibar high pressure system far to the northeast of Hawaii. At the same time, we have a dissipating cold front draped across the central islands. Our local winds will be lighter now, as the front has stalled in its forward movement, and is dissipating slowly. Look for generally light winds this week, becoming trades. These trade winds will give way to more Kona winds, ahead of a rainfall producing cold front towards the weekend.
Satellite imagery shows the frontal cloud band has fallen apart now…along with high cirrus over Kauai. Despite the fact that the frontal system has lost its integrity, the overlying atmosphere remains quite shower prone. This is occurring because a trough of low pressure aloft, is still evident in our area. There are apt to be more showers into the night, as the air mass is still moist into Tuesday morning. There's the outside chance that we could see a few of these showers become locally heavy here and there tonight.
The unsettled weather conditions that we've seen the last few days, will gradually settle down over the next several days. An area of low pressure aloft is responsible for keeping our weather from returning to normal at the moment. This week will have a range in weather circumstances, shifting from sunny, warm and dry, then back to cloudy and locally showery. Today started off with a definite clearing trend, although daytime heating of the islands, and the instability of the air mass, lead to more clouds and showers…at least in the upcountry areas locally.
Using a broad brush here…we'll see conditions mellow out between later Tuesday and Thursday or so. As we get into later Thursday or Friday, a cold front will approach the state. The front looks like it may bring considerable rainfall our way by Saturday. This late winter period has decided to kick up its heels here in Hawaii, which will require new updates as we move forward. I'll be back a few more times this evening with updates. Then, come early Tuesday morning, I'll be back with a new weather narrative. I hope you have a great Monday night wherever you happen to be spending it! Aloha for now…Glenn.
Notice: Tomorrow, March 13th, I'll be flying to northern California, beginning a visit with family and friends…through April 11th. As usual, the daily weather forecasts on this website will remain available in my absence. I'll have more to say about this trip before leaving, although I just wanted to give you a heads-up before my departure.
Relevant: A friend sent me the following email this morning, I found it interesting, and wanted to share it with you:
Bronnie Ware is an Australian nurse who spent several years working in palliative care, caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives. She recorded their dying epiphanies in a blog called Inspiration and Chai, which gathered so much attention that she put her observations into a book called The Top Five Regrets of the Dying.
Ware writes of the phenomenal clarity of vision that people gain at the end of their lives, and how we might learn from their wisdom. "When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently," she says, "common themes surfaced again and again."
Here are the top five regrets of the dying, as witnessed by Ware:
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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: Tropical cyclone 19P (Sandra) remains active in the southwest Pacific, located approximately 250 NM west of Noumea, New Caledonia. TC 19P has 75 knot sustained winds, with gusts to near 90 knots. Here's the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) graphical track map, along with a satellite image.
North and South Indian Oceans: There are no active tropical cyclones