Air Temperatures – The following maximum temperatures were recorded across the state of Hawaii Friday:
79 Lihue, Kauai
84 Honolulu, Oahu
86 Kahului, Maui
85 Kona, Hawaii
82 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 530am Saturday morning:
Kaneohe, Oahu – 73
Molokai airport – 62
Haleakala Summit – 43 (near 10,000 feet on Maui)
Mauna Kea Summit – 36 (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.
Our winds will become lighter from the southeast…with vog
The following numbers represent the most recent top wind gusts (mph), along with directions as of Friday evening:
29 Waimea Heights, Kauai – NE
31 Kahuku Trng, Oahu – SE
22 Molokai – NE
36 Kahoolawe – NE
32 Kahului, Maui – NE
28 Upolu airport, Big Island – NE
Here are the latest 24-hour precipitation totals (inches) for each of the islands as of Friday evening:
0.36 Kapahi, Kauai
0.02 Poamoho RG 1, Oahu
0.05 Puu Kukui, Maui
0.32 Kealakekua, 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 ~~~
Trade winds will continue tonight… then relax and shift to the southeast this weekend. Here’s a weather chart showing a near 1027 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, running by to the north of the islands. Our local winds continue to come in from the trade wind direction for the time being. An approaching cold front will edge in closer to the islands this weekend, causing our winds to become lighter. As these breezes lighten up, and turn to the southeast, we’ll see volcanic haze riding up over the smaller islands.
Satellite imagery shows scattered low clouds over parts of the island chain, with towering cumulus clouds over the ocean…northwest of Kauai. There are areas of high cirrus clouds, offshore to the southwest of the islands too, pushing over some areas this evening around sunset. Here’s the looping radar image, showing just a few showers, moving along in the trade wind flow. Precipitation will be most notable over the windward sides of the islands into the evening. As the refreshing trade winds subside this weekend, they will be replaced by warmer and humid feeling south to southeasterly breezes. It will take until early next week, likely around next Tuesday for the trades to rebound.
In sum, we’re looking at a warm and sultry weekend into Monday…with little relief until Tuesday or Wednesday of the new week. A late season cold front is slowly approaching the state now, which in turn will push a high pressure ridge down close to, or over the islands later this weekend. This will put us back into a convective weather pattern, with relatively clear mornings, giving way to afternoon clouds along the leeward slopes. These clouds will block the sunshine, although won’t drop many showers. This setup will occur Saturday, Sunday, and Monday afternoons from Oahu down through Maui County to the Big Island. Kauai, being closer to the approaching cold front, should see south winds, and an increased chance of showers later Sunday into Monday. Meanwhile. the volcanic haze will build back over some parts of the island chain, and stick around until the trade winds chase it away.
Here on Maui [525pm HST]: The day here on the valley isle saw just a few stable low clouds, with hardly a drop of rain anywhere. The central valley and leeward coasts remained clear to partly cloudy…while the windward sides baked in sunshine as well. Glancing down country from here in Kula, I can see some volcanic haze (vog) settling over the island again. At my place, the air temperature was 72.1F degrees, while the Kahului airport was reporting 82 degrees at the same time. I’ll be back with your next new weather narrative early Saturday morning, enjoy your Friday 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: There are no active tropical cyclones