Air Temperatures – The following maximum temperatures were recorded across the state of Hawaii Wednesday:
82 Lihue, Kauai
85 Honolulu, Oahu
88 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 810pm Wednesday evening:
Kailua Kona – 79
Hilo, Hawaii – 72
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.
High Surf Advisory...south shores starting 6am Thursday
Small Craft Wind Advisory…waters from Oahu down through
Maui County and the Big Island
Trade winds, windward showers at times…otherwise sunny
to partly cloudy during the days
The following numbers represent the most recent top wind gusts (mph), along with directions as of Wednesday evening:
20 Poipu, Kauai – NE
36 Kuaokala, Oahu – NE
29 Molokai – ENE
37 Kahoolawe – ENE
31 Kahului, Maui – NE
29 South Point, Big Island – NE
Here are the latest 24-hour precipitation totals (inches) for each of the islands as of Wednesday evening:
0.71 Mount Waialeale, Kauai
0.04 Hakipuu Mauka, Oahu
0.42 Puu Kukui, Maui
0.49 Kaloko-Honokohau, 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 ~~~
The trade winds will blow through this work week, then become lighter through the weekend…into next week. Here’s a weather chart showing high pressure centers to the northeast…with an associated ridge extending westward, well north of Hawaii. At the same time, we find several low pressure troughs over the ocean, moving through our central Pacific. High pressure to our northeast will be the dominate weather feature through Friday, with moderate to locally strong and gusty trades continuing in places. The models continue showing a possible change beginning this weekend, with the trades faltering once again, and perhaps veering to the southeast…bringing vog up over Maui County.
Satellite imagery shows scattered clouds over and around the islands…with some minor higher level cirrus near the Big Island and Kauai. Here’s the looping radar image, showing random showers being carried through the state. The gusty trade winds will carry some of these showers over us, mostly along the windward sides…more so during the night and early morning hours. As mentioned in the paragraph above, the models are still expecting another trough of low pressure to move over us later this weekend, which could mean another potential increase in showers later Sunday into the first part of next week. It’s getting more and more likely that this interruption to our trade wind weather pattern will occur.
Here on Maui [540pm Wednesday, HST]: Nothing much new to report from this morning, as the trade winds continue their pleasing appearance. This should remain the case right through Friday, with those changes for the weekend through the first several days of next week…explained above. Maui County experienced just a normal day of partly cloudy weather, although with a few cloudy periods with showers along our windward coasts and slopes. Our leeward beaches were rather hot, with sunny to partly cloudy conditions prevailing. Speaking our south and west facing leeward beaches, they will be on the receiving end of a new swell train of waves…coming up from the southern hemisphere on Thursday. This larger than normal surf will continue through the rest of this week, then diminish in size early next week. Finally, up here in Kula, at my upcountry weather tower, the air temperature was a nice warm 76.6F degrees, while at the same time, down at the Kahului airport, it was 82 degrees. ~~~ I’ll be back early Thursday morning with your next new weather narrative. I hope you have a Wednesday night wherever you happen to be 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: Tropical cyclone 01E (Tropical storm Alvin), remains active in the eastern Pacific, located about 700 miles south-southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico. Maximum sustained winds are 50 mph, with a present movement towards the west-northwest at near 09 mph. Here’s a graphical track map, along with a NOAA satellite image.
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: Tropical cyclone 01B (Mahasen) is dissipating over land…located approximately 53 NM southeast of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Sustained winds were 45 knots, with gusts to near 55 knots. Here’s the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) graphical track map, along with a satellite image. – Final Warning