Air Temperatures – The following maximum temperatures were recorded across the state of Hawaii Tuesday:
81 Lihue, Kauai
79 Honolulu, Oahu
84 Kahului, Maui
86 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 Tuesday evening:
Kailua Kona – 80
Hana airport, Maui – 73
Haleakala Summit – 39 (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 – be careful!
Wind Advisory…Big Island summits
Variable winds, showers active at times locally…
returning trades Thursday
The following numbers represent the most recent top wind gusts (mph), along with directions as of Tuesday evening:
14 Waimea Heights, Kauai – SW
15 Oahu Forest NWR, Oahu – SW
09 Molokai – SE
13 Kahoolawe – SW
10 Lipoa, Maui – NE
20 South Point, Big Island – SW
Here are the latest 24-hour precipitation totals (inches) for each of the islands as of Tuesday evening:
0.52 Puu Opae, Kauai
0.01 Makaha Stream, Oahu
0.99 Ulupalakua, Maui
0.46 Kiholo RG, 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 ~~~
Our local winds will be generally rather light and variable, although stronger in places…with returning trade winds Thursday onwards. Here’s a weather chart showing a very strong near 1042 millibar high pressure system located far to the northeast. At the same time, we find a small low pressure system just to the north of the islands, with a cold front draped south and southwest towards the state. The winds will be quite light and variable…although locally stronger at times. It will take until Thursday before the trade winds return, continuing then well into the future…probably.
Satellite imagery shows low clouds around the islands, associated with a dissipating cold front near the state, and some higher level cirrus clouds from Oahu down through Maui County. Here’s the looping radar image, showing showers over the ocean, and a few over both Maui and the Big Island…coming up from the south towards the low to our north. Here’s a looping satellite image – showing the counterclockwise rotating low pressure system to our north, along with its associated cold front draping down over Hawaii. It appears that this off and on cloudy/showery weather pattern will last into Wednesday. As the trade winds return Thursday into the weekend, we’ll passing showers along our windward sides at times.
The unusual, out of season weather pattern prevails, and will hang on into mid-week…trending back to more normal late spring conditions starting Thursday. Looking at the weather map up this page two paragraphs, shows an unusually strong and powerful high pressure system, weighing-in at near 1042 millibars. To the south of that, and located not far to the north of Hawaii, we have a low pressure system, which is quite a rarity for this time of year. This low is in the perfect place to block the trade winds, which is another unusual occurrence during the second half of May. Typically, the trade winds are blowing steadily across our islands about 86% of the time during this late spring month of May, although we haven’t seen that happening this year. It’s just a matter of time before these trade winds will bust through this barrier [as the low to our north dissipates and moves away towards the west], and probably blow through most of the rest of this month. At any rate, as for the weather on Wednesday it will be similar to what we saw today. There are some high cirrus clouds around this evening as well, which will light up a nice pink in places. The daytime heating of the islands will prompt sea breezes, and more of those afternoon clouds Wednesday. These clouds will become thick enough, especially around the mountains, that a few more showers are likely. Things will clear out again tonight, or at least partially, with another slightly cool beginning to the day Wednesday. I’ll be back with a new weather narrative early Wednesday morning, I hope you have a great Tuesday night wherever you’re spending it. Aloha for now…Glenn.
Here in Kula, Maui at 6pm, partly cloudy with a light shower, big drops, light breezes…67.6F degrees
World-wide tropical cyclone activity:
Atlantic Ocean/Caribbean Sea: There are no active tropical cyclones / Here’s a link to the National Hurricane Center in Miami…which covers tropical cyclone activity in the Atlantic, Caribbean Sea…and the Gulf of Mexico. The hurricane season in the Atlantic, Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico all begin as of June 1.
Gulf of Mexico: There are no active tropical cyclones
Eastern Pacific Ocean: There are no active tropical cyclones / TROPICAL CYCLONE FORMATION IS NOT EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS.
Here’s a wide satellite image that covers the entire area between Mexico, out through the central Pacific…to the International Dateline.
Central Pacific Ocean: There are no active tropical cyclones / Here’s a link to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC)…covering our central Pacific. The hurricane season in this part of the Pacific begins as of June 1st.
Western Pacific Ocean: There are no active tropical cyclones / Here’s a link to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC), which covers tropical cyclone activity in the western Pacific, and the North and South Indian Ocean…and adjacent Seas.
South Pacific Ocean: There are no active tropical cyclones
North and South Indian Oceans: There are no active tropical cyclones