Air Temperatures – The following maximum temperatures were recorded across the state of Hawaii Sunday:
M – Lihue, Kauai
81 – Honolulu, Oahu
79 – Molokai
85 – Kahului, Maui
83 – Kona, Hawaii
79 – 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 Sunday evening:
Kaneohe, Oahu – 79
Hana, Maui – 72
Haleakala Summit – 41 (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…through
Tuesday morning – possible thunderstorms
Flood Advisory…leeward Oahu until 730am
Wind Advisory for the Big Island summits
South to southeast breezes with localized vog…as a
cold front approaches Kauai from the northwest
The following numbers represent the most recent top wind gusts (mph), along with directions as of Sunday evening:
15 Makaha Ridge, Kauai – SSW
25 Kuaokala, Oahu – SE
12 Molokai – SE
18 Kahoolawe – SSW
09 Kaupo Gap, Maui – SW
20 South Point, Big Island – ENE
Here are the latest 24-hour precipitation totals (inches) for each of the islands as of Sunday evening:
1.34 Mana, Kauai
0.10 Kalaeloa airport, Oahu
0.49 Kaupo Gap, Maui
0.93 Kealakomo, 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, moist south to southeasterly flow will continue…as the trade winds take a break until mid-week. Here’s a weather chart showing a near 1031 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 over the eastern islands. At the same time, an approaching cold front, just to the northwest of Kauai, is seen as well. Our local winds continue to come in from the south and southeast now…as this late season front approaches Hawaii. We’ll see voggy weather in many areas, lasting until the trade winds return…ventilating the haze away then.
Satellite imagery shows an area of rain producing prefrontal showers, out ahead of a slow moving cold front to the northwest of Kauai. Here’s the looping radar image, showing showers, some of which are moderately heavy, moving through the Kauai Channel, edging over Oahu at the time of this writing. Clouds, after dropping some showers around Maui County and the Big Island this evening, will gradually clear out during the overnight hours. Precipitation will be most notable over the Kauai end of the island chain, as the cold front arrives later tonight into Monday.
The cold front mentioned above, is causing south to southeast breezes…and rather thick volcanic haze (vog) in places too. Here’s a satellite picture of this frontal cloud band, still a distance to the northwest of the islands this evening. The latest forecasts are showing this weather feature getting as far into the state as Kauai and perhaps Oahu tonight into Monday…then stalling before reaching Maui County later Monday. This again leaves the front’s primary moisture area to the west of the eastern islands, like what happened to the cold front last weekend. While this front’s in our area, there will be upper level troughs of low pressure present at times too, which should add localized heavy rainfall into the mix with time…especially over Kauai. There may in fact be some severe thunderstorms forming near Kauai at times. These thunderstorms can drop copious precipitation, bring strong gusty winds, and even water spouts over the nearby ocean. ~~~ Looking ahead, it will take until the middle of the new week, before a solid trade wind flow returns statewide. It appears that a fairly normal trade wind weather pattern will close out the second half of the upcoming week. I’ll be back this evening with a few more updates, I hope you have a great Sunday 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.
Saturday evening Dance: The evening started off nicely, as I cooked fresh Mahimahi, with organic potatoes and broccoli. My neighbor had told me about a dance that was happening at the Union Church in Makawao. This church has lots of activities, many of which aren’t of the religious type. I decided to take a drive over there after dinner, and was glad I did. There is a very large space with wood floors, that serves as a dance floor perfectly. There was a lady disc jockey (DJ) who was spinning some very danceable tunes. There were many more women than men, which was great for me! I saw one lady friend that I’ve been hanging out with a little lately, and we had such fun together. This event ended at 10pm, which got me home at a decent time. I ended up talking on the phone with another friend on the drive home. She likes to dance too, so we made plans for her and her husband to go dancing in Kihei in a couple of weeks. I like it when Saturday nights turn out this way!
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