Air Temperatures – The following maximum temperatures were recorded across the state of Hawaii Saturday:
79 – Lihue, Kauai
82 – Honolulu, Oahu
80 – Molokai
87 – Kahului, Maui
85 – Kona, Hawaii
83 – Hilo, Hawaii
Air Temperatures ranged between these warmest and coolest spots near sea level – and on the highest mountain tops around the state…as of 730pm Saturday evening:
Kailua Kona – 79
Molokai airport – 73
Haleakala Summit – 43 (near 10,000 feet on Maui)
Mauna Kea Summit – 32 (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.
Flood Watch for Kauai and Niihau…Sunday morning
through Tuesday morning – possible thunderstorms
Wind Advisory for the Big Island summits
Southeast breezes with localized vog…as a
cold front approaches from the northwest
The following numbers represent the most recent top wind gusts (mph), along with directions as of Saturday evening:
13 Makaha Ridge, Kauai – SW
17 Kahuku Trng, Oahu – SE
16 Molokai – ESE
24 Kahoolawe – E
16 Hana, Maui – SE
21 South Point, Big Island – ENE
Here are the latest 24-hour precipitation totals (inches) for each of the islands as of Saturday evening:
3.87 Mount Waialeale, Kauai
3.50 Poamoho RG 1, Oahu
0.07 Puu Kukui, Maui
0.34 Saddle Quarry, 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 ~~~
A rather humid southeasterly flow will be around for the time being…with returning trade winds during the first couple of days of the new work week. Here’s a weather chart showing a near 1033 millibar high pressure system, located well to the northeast of the islands. This high pressure cell has an associated ridge of high pressure extending southwest from its center, to the north of the islands. At the same time, an approaching cold front to the northwest is seen as well. The trades have mostly shifted to the southeast now…as this late season front approaches Hawaii. We’ll likely see voggy weather in many areas now, lasting until the trade winds return again…ventilating the haze away then.
Satellite imagery shows clear to partly cloudy skies over the islands this evening…along with the leading edge of the front to our northwest. At the same time, we see large areas of clouds offshore to the west and southwest…and east and northeast. Here’s the looping radar image, showing showers coming towards the southeast side of the Big Island, and up from the south and southwest towards Kauai. As the winds are generally south to southeast, the interior sections of the islands will find clouds gathering again Sunday afternoon, with a few showers falling locally along our leeward sides between now and then locally. Precipitation will be most notable over the Kauai end of the island chain, as the cold front arrives later Sunday into Monday.
The cold front mentioned above, has begun to influence our local weather, with southeast breezes…and increased volcanic haze. This is being caused by the approach of the front, although it won’t arrive until late Sunday. Here’s a satellite picture of this now better defined cloud band, still to the northwest of the islands. The latest computer models are showing this weather feature getting as far into the state as Kauai and Oahu Sunday night into Monday morning…before stalling somewhere near Maui County later Monday. This once again leaves the front’s primary moisture area to the west, like happened last weekend. While this front’s in our area, there will be an upper level trough of low pressure present too, which should add some heavy showers into the mix with time…especially over Kauai and Oahu. Already this evening, there are signs of increasing convection being noted over the ocean not far southwest of the state. Looking ahead, it will take until almost the middle of the new week ahead, before a solid trade wind flow returns statewide. I’ll be back this evening with more updates, I hope you have a great Saturday night wherever you’re spending it! Aloha for now…Glenn.
Friday evening film: I met several friends down in Kahului for dinner, before we walked over to the theater to see a newly released film, called Oblivion. This film stars Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Morgan Freeman, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Andrea Riseborough…among others. The synopsis: 2077: Jack Harper (Cruise) serves as a security repairmen stationed on an evacuated Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying alien threat who still scavenges what’s left of our planet, Jack’s mission is almost complete. In a matter of two weeks, he will join the remaining survivors on a lunar colony far from the war-torn world he has long called home.
Living in and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, Jack’s soaring existence is brought crashing down after he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Drawn to Jack through a connection that transcends logic, her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he thought he knew. With a reality that is shattered as he discovers shocking truths that connect him to Earth of the past, Jack will be pushed to a heroism he didn’t know he contained within. The fate of humanity now rests solely in the hands of a man who believed our world was soon to be lost forever.
Let’s start off with grades first, of which, there were two B’s, a B-, a B+…and a B+/A- blend. I thought the film was great, captivating me from the very first scene to the last. This was a pure sci-fi adventure, huge in dimension, and very sophisticated…an incredible ride through space and time! I must admit, I’ve become quite a Tom Cruise fan, as the films he gets involved with, over and over, all draw me into his starring influence. Here’s the trailer for Oblivion, take a peek if you’d like.
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: There are no active tropical cyclones