Air Temperatures – The following maximum temperatures were recorded across the state of Hawaii Sunday:
78 Lihue, Kauai
76 Honolulu, Oahu
85 Kahului, Maui
84 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 630pm Sunday evening:
Kailua Kona – 79
Kapalua, Maui – 72
Haleakala Summit – 45 (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.
A cold front will keep locally showery weather in place over Maui County today
The following numbers represent the most recent top wind gusts (mph), along with directions as of Sunday evening:
27 Mana, Kauai – NNW
30 Kuaokala, Oahu – SE
24 Molokai – SE
20 Kahoolawe – SE
27 Kahului, Maui – SW
23 Kona airport, Big Island – SSW
Here are the latest 24-hour precipitation totals (inches) for each of the islands as of Sunday evening:
2.77 Wainiha, Kauai
1.73 Moanalua RG, Oahu
1.77 Kaupo Gap, Maui
0.85 Pohakuloa Keamuku, 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 winds will blow from the southwest to southeast directions, ahead of a cold front moving through the central islands…north to northeast breezes in its wake. Here’s a weather chart showing many high pressure centers to the west, north, and east…well offshore. At the same time, we find a cold front over or near Oahu, which will move further into the state tonight into Monday. Our winds will be light and variable, with a tendency to the southwest and southeast ahead of this front boundary…then light north to northeasterly in the wake of the front. It appears that the trade winds won’t play a part in our local weather picture until later in the upcoming new work week.
Satellite imagery shows partly to mostly cloudy skies over the island chain, along with the ragged cold front somewhere near Oahu, along with towering cumulus or thunderstorms offshore…to the northeast of of the state. We’ll find more than the normal amount of clouds over and around the islands tonight into Monday, prompted by the cold front…and lots of low level moisture in our area. Here’s the looping radar image, showing quite a few showers over and around the islands this afternoon…especially around the island of Oahu and Maui County at the time of this writing. The cold front will push down into the island chain, which will bring showers from that moisture source. There’s a good chance that some of the showers around the state may continue being locally quite heavy, especially this evening into the night.
This unusually late season cold front will bring showers…as it migrates down to Maui County and the Big Island. The cold front reached Kauai, bringing locally generous showers, some of which were moderate to locally heavy. Oahu found some moderately heavy showers falling today as well, with the leading edge of this front expected to reach Maui County this evening. As this front moves through the state, we’ll see north to northeast breezes filling in behind it…with locally gusty Kona winds ahead of it. Looking further ahead, the models continue showing yet another cold front riding down towards the island chain around Wednesday. This suggests that we won’t see our normal trade winds, until around Thursday or Friday.
Here on Maui [520pm Sunday, HST]: The vog is thick, along with considerable low, rain bearing clouds here on the valley isle, as we move into the evening hours. Looking at this looping radar image, we can see what I mean, while Oahu is getting into the action again now too…as is the Kohala District on the Big Island. I was just out on my weather deck playing ping pong, and watching the rainy clouds working their way of these slopes of the Haleakala Crater. Glancing around, the ping pong table is wet now, so that’s the end of my pong practice. As the light rain arrived, it drove the temperature here in Kula, down to 67.1F degrees…from the lower 70’s. Meanwhile, the Kahului airport was 75 at the same time, with light rain falling there too, light rain over on the upper west side too. I hope you have a great Sunday wherever you’re spending it! Aloha, Glenn
Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower
Friday evening film: I went to see the new action/adventure film called Pain & Gain, starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackle, Rob Corddry, Ed Harris, and Bar Paly…among others. The synopsis: From acclaimed director Michael Bay comes “Pain and Gain,” a new action comedy. Based on the unbelievable true story of a group of personal trainers in 1990s Miami who, in pursuit of the American Dream, get caught up in a criminal enterprise that goes horribly wrong. According to one website, 47% of the critics liked this film, while 60% of the audience liked it. This dark comedy was crazy, taking twists and turns that were just so ridiculous, that they were rather hilarious in a sick sort of way. There were people walking out of the theater towards the end of the film, as it just kept getting weirder and weirder. I was committed to seeing this film through, and as it turned out, I actually enjoyed it. I’m giving this film a B to B+ for entertainment value, although please don’t tell anyone that I saw this film…please. Just in case you have an interest in seeing the trailer, just click on the link.
Saturday evening film: I drove down to Kahului again, with my neighbor, meeting his daughter and her boyfriend, to see yet another film. This time around it was one called The Company You Keep, starring Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Shia LaBeouf, Brit Marling, Susan Sarandon, Richard Jenkins, Julie Christie, Howard Terrance, Stanley Tucci, Anna Kendrick…among many others. The synopsis: a man is forced to leave his carefully constructed life and go underground when a journalist uncovers his past as a radical activist in the Weather Underground. The critics this time are giving this film a 54% liking rate, while the audience is giving only a 50%. The film is of the mystery and suspense kind, and runs 2 hours and 5 minutes. I liked the trailer for the most part, take a look and see what you think. All four of us like this film, with the grades ranging between a solid A, two A-, and a solid B. I mean, how could you not love this film, considering the cast members of this star-studded drama. I thought just about everyone in this film was charismatic, although especially Robert Redford and Shia LaBeouf. This was a greatly weighty film about the troubles the United States was having with the Vietnam war, way back when.
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