Air Temperatures – The following maximum temperatures were recorded across the state of Hawaii Thursday:
83 Lihue, Kauai
85 Honolulu, Oahu
88 Kahului, Maui
86 Kona, Hawaii
82 Hilo, Hawaii
Air Temperatures ranged between these warmest and coolest spots near sea level – and on the highest mountain tops on Maui and the Big Island…as of 810pm Thursday evening:
Kailua Kona – 80
Hilo, Hawaii – 72
Haleakala Summit – 45 (near 10,000 feet on Maui)
Mauna Kea Summit – 39 (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.
Leeward Oahu…Diamond Head
Small Craft Wind Advisory…coastal and channel waters
High Surf Advisory east shores…this morning
through Friday evening
Locally strong and gusty trade winds…passing windward
showers at times, a few leeward sections
The following numbers represent the most recent top wind gusts (mph), along with directions as of Thursday evening:
29 Port Allen, Kauai – NE
43 Kuaokala, Oahu – NE
35 Molokai – NE
35 Lanai – NE
42 Kahoolawe – E
39 Kahului, Maui – NE
36 Pali 2, Big Island – NE
Here are the latest 24-hour precipitation totals (inches) for each of the islands as of Thursday evening:
1.22 Mount Waialeale, Kauai
0.37 Manoa Lyon Arboretum, Oahu
0.50 Puu Kukui, Maui
0.78 Waiakea Uka, 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 ~~~
Locally strong and gusty trade winds statewide. Here’s a weather chart showing near 1035 millibar high pressure systems located to the north and northeast of our islands…soon to be merger. These high pressure cells are responsible for providing gusty trade winds across our area for the time being. There’s a good chance that these breezy trade winds will remain in force across the islands through the rest of June…with day to day variations in strength.
A trade wind weather pattern will prevail, with windward showers at times…a few stretching over into the leeward sections on the smaller islands. Satellite imagery shows high cirrus clouds to the south and southwest of Hawaii. At lower levels, there’s cumulus and stratocumulus to the north through east of the islands…being carried in our direction on the gusty trades. These moisture bearing clouds will be forced up the windward sides of the islands, dropping showers in the process, mostly during the night and early morning hours. Here’s the looping radar image, showing some showers arriving along our windward coasts and slopes, and over the offshore waters as well. The leeward sides will find a few stray showers during the night and early morning hours…on the smaller islands. Finally, the high surf conditions will continue into Friday, as the waves remain large and rough on the east facing shores of all the islands…gradually lowering this weekend.
Here at my Kula weather tower on Maui, it was partly cloudy after a quick little shower and calm…the air temperature was 70.3F degrees – at 730pm this evening. I’ll be back early Friday morning with your next new weather narrative, I hope you have a great Thursday 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
TROPICAL CYCLONE FORMATION IS NOT EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS.
Gulf of Mexico: There are no active tropical cyclones
TROPICAL CYCLONE FORMATION IS NOT EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS
Eastern Pacific: 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.
No Tropical cyclones are expected through Saturday evening
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. This satellite image shows an area of disturbed weather with a medium chance of developing into a tropical cyclone within 24 hours.
South Pacific Ocean: There are no active tropical cyclones
North and South Indian Oceans: There are no active tropical cyclones
Interesting: On May 31st, a landslide ruptured an oil pipeline in Ecuadorean Amazon, sending around 11,000 barrels of oil ( 420,000 gallons) into the Coca River. The oil pollution has since moved into the larger Napo River, which borders Yasuni National Park, and is currently heading downstream into Peru and Brazil. The spill has occurred in a region that is notorious for heavy oil production and decades of contamination, in addition to resistance and lawsuits by indigenous groups. The pipeline operator, Petroecuador, has promised a swift cleanup and hired the U.S. company Clean Caribbean & Americas to that end. In addition to possible environmental damage, the oil spill temporarily contaminated drinking water for the 80,000 residents of Puerto Francisco de Orellana (or Coca), Ecuador, an oil town on the edge of the Napo River.
As the oil reached the Peruvian Amazon in Loreto, the President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, apologized “for the problems we have caused.”
Decades of oil contamination in the region has also spawned a major lawsuit against Chevron by local tribes. Locals say that billions of gallons of oil were improperly disposed of from 1964 to 1992 in the forest by Texaco, which Chevron took over in 2001. Two years ago, an Ecuadorean court order Chevron to pay a record $18 billion in damages, but the company continues to contest the verdict.
The current oil spill occurred in arguably the world’s most biodiverse region. In fact, Yasuni National Park—parts of which are overrun by oil production—is often cited by scientists as having more species per hectare than anywhere else on Earth. For example, one study counted 655 tree species in a single hectare of Yasuni—more tree species than are found in all of the U.S. and Canada.
Yasuni National Park is also home to the innovative but controversial Yasuni-ITT Initiative, which would keep a remote area of the park (comprising around 200,00 hectares) free from oil development. In return, Ecuador has asked for around $3.6 billion in a UN-run trust fund (about half of what the oil beneath the ITT blocs is worth). But the nation has had a difficult time raising the revenue: around $300 million (about 8 percent) of the funds had been raised by late last year.
Oil and gas drilling development is spreading into new areas across the Amazon rainforest. A report last year found that 14 percent (over a million square kilometers) of the total Amazon rainforest had been split into oil and gas concessions.