Air Temperatures – The following maximum temperatures were recorded across the state of Hawaii Sunday:
80 Lihue, Kauai
81 Honolulu, Oahu
88 Kahului, Maui
84 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 510am Monday morning:
Honolulu, Oahu – 75
Molokai airport – 66
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 blow from the south and southeast, rather hot and muggy during the days…a few showers here and there – Kauai will see increased rainfall
The following numbers represent the most recent top wind gusts (mph), along with directions as of Sunday evening:
20 Mana, Kauai – SE
27 Makua Range, Oahu – SW
10 Molokai – NW
17 Kahoolawe – SW
17 Hana, Maui – SE
24 Kohala Ranch, Big Island – ENE
Here are the latest 24-hour precipitation totals (inches) for each of the islands as of Sunday evening:
1.14 Makaha Ridge, Kauai
0.01 Hana airport, Maui
0.08 Keaumo, 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 ~~~
Winds blowing from the south and southeast, at least in most areas…through Tuesday. Here’s a weather chart showing a large, 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 between Kauai and Oahu at the time of this writing. An approaching cold front is edging in closer to the islands, causing our winds to become lighter in the process. As these breezes continue from the south and southeast, we’ll see volcanic haze riding up over the smaller islands in places…from the vents on the Big Island.
Satellite imagery shows partly cloudy skies over the island chain, with a large area of high clouds over over the state. These high cirrus clouds, associated with the advancing cold front, will remain over the Aloha state…as they edge slowly further into our area. These made for a partly to mostly cloudy day, with our sunshine filtered by the high clouds at times. Here’s the looping radar image, showing just a few scattered showers, moving along in the south to southeast wind flow. We will begin to see some showery clouds approaching Kauai, and the southeast side of the Big Island into Monday and Tuesday.
The computer models continue showing yet another late season cold front approaching the island chain later in the new week ahead. The models are showing two possible results, one is that the front will stall just before reaching Kauai…the other is that it would push down into the state. If this occurs, and its still a question, we could see the same pattern that’s been occurring this weekend. This would be lighter winds from the south or southeast, more voggy skies, and a chance of increased showers towards the end of the week. I’d say at this point, it’s still too early to know which way the coin will land, however I’ll share all the news that I can about this situation…over the next several days.
Here on Maui [517pm HST]: Sunday turned out to be very similar to what we saw Saturday, which was pretty mild mannered in most areas of the valley isle. Looking down into the central valley this evening, I see high and low level clouds, and a more dense amount of volcanic haze in our atmosphere. Winds around the island remained on the fairly light side today, with the strongest breezes generally restricted to the Hana area of east Maui, exposed to the southeast breezes that prevail now. I don’t see much change in the offing Monday, with still the lighter than normal breezes, the persistent volcanic haze, and periodic bouts of the high clouds overhead. The mountains will be the gathering place for more afternoon clouds, although with just a few showers locally. As for temperatures, the Kahului airport was reporting 82F degrees early this evening, while up here on the slopes of the Haleakala Crater, my place in Kula was showing 70 degrees.
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