Air Temperatures – The following maximum temperatures were recorded across the state of Hawaii Sunday:
84 Lihue, Kauai
83 Honolulu, Oahu
86 Kahului, Maui
85 Kona, Hawaii
83 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 730pm Sunday evening:
Kailua Kona – 83
Hilo, Hawaii – 76
Haleakala Summit – 50 (near 10,000 feet on Maui)
Mauna Kea Summit – 43 (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.
Mountains on Kauai from Hanalei…photo credit: Mark Johnson
Small Craft Wind Advisory…coastal and channel waters around
parts of Maui County and the Big Island
Locally strong and gusty trade winds…some passing windward
showers, a few leeward sections
Celebrating Fathers Day!
The following numbers represent the most recent top wind gusts (mph), along with directions as of Sunday evening:
24 Port Allen, Kauai – NE
37 Kuaokala, Oahu – NE
31 Molokai – NE
35 Lanai – NE
35 Kahoolawe – NE
32 Kahului, Maui – NE
28 South Point, Big Island – NE
Here are the latest 24-hour precipitation totals (inches) for each of the islands as of Sunday evening:
1.49 Mount Waialeale, Kauai
0.49 Pupukea Road, Oahu
0.83 Puu Kukui, Maui
0.33 Island Dairy, 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 ~~~
Slightly less strong and gusty trade winds…although remaining active into the new week ahead. Here’s a weather chart showing a couple of near 1025 millibar high pressure systems located to the north and northeast of our islands. These high pressure cells are responsible for providing trade winds across our area. There’s a good chance that these breezy trade winds will remain in place across our islands through June…with day to day variations in strength.
A trade wind weather pattern will prevail, with a few windward showers. Satellite imagery shows high cirrus clouds offshore to the south and southeast of the Big Island, and to the west of Kauai. At lower levels, there’s cumulus and stratocumulus to the north through east of the islands…being carried in our direction on the trades. These moisture bearing clouds will be forced up the windward sides of the islands, dropping a few showers as they arrive. Here’s the looping radar image, showing a few of these showers passing by along our windward coasts and slopes, and over the offshore waters as well.
Saturday morning I drove over to Makawao to pick up a friend that’s here visiting from Marin County, California. We then drove up the Haleakala Crater to take a good hike (from the 8,000 foot level) up into the Haleakala Crater a distance…down the switch back trail. The weather was generally good, with clouds and fog, and even a bit of mist engulfing us at times…interspersed with sunny weather too. We had a great time communing with nature, talking, and getting a good long walk in too. My neighbors just invited me to see a film down at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, after having a dinner there before the film. So, I’m really getting out there more these days, which is fun. We all decided (five of us) to drive over to Kihei after the film, to go dancing at a couple of dive bars. This was was very fun, although I didn’t get home until after 1am this morning.
This morning, Sunday, I had a quick breakfast, and then hopped into the car with my neighbors again, for a drive over to the West Maui Mountains. We hiked up the Waihee Ridge Trail, which is a 5 mile round trip hike. It ascends through lush Kukui, Guava, Ohia and Ferns. The trail starts at around 1,000 feet, and climbs to the peak at 2,563 feet…so its steep in places. It provided great views, as the low clouds didn’t descend on the peak of this trail, looking back over Wailuku town and the central valley. I’ll be back early Monday morning with your next new weather narrative, I hope you have a great Sunday night wherever you’re spending it! Happy Father’s Day to all you Dad’s out there! Aloha for now…Glenn
Friday evening Film: my neighbors and I went to see a film outside in Wailea Friday evening. It was called I Give It a Year, starring Rose Byrne, Rafe Spall, and Alex Macqueen…among others. The synopsis: finally, instead of a rom-com we are given an UN-rom-com. The characters marry at the beginning, not the end. Then they gradually and hilariously discover that, though the relationship is hot, they just don’t get along.
He (Rafe Spall, last seen in Life of Pi) is a sloppy struggling novelist. She (Rose Byrne, an even better comedienne since her role in Bridesmaids), an ambitious ad-exec, can’t get the lyrics right to her favorite popular songs. She thinks “Sweet Dreams” has the line “I traveled the world in generic jeans.” But his habits drive her to say, “I’m trying to decide if I think that’s endearing or if I want to bludgeon you to death with a shovel.”
This film is being touted, rightly, as the funniest British comedy of the year. The surprise of it comes from the pairing of the producers of Bridget Jones’s Diary and Nottinghill with writer/director Dan Mazer, who created Bruno and Borat. The addition of such immense comic talents as Anna Faris and Minnie Driver makes the laughs as vivid as your memory of the most misguided relationship you ever chose.
Cynicism does not rule in the end, however. The chemistry of attraction persists, and the resolution of this comedy is beautifully played with an utterly sincere climax. Here’s the trailer for this film, which turned out to be not an exceptionally great film…although was definitely entertaining and funny. I was with my neighbors, and I think we all found it to be a good film. I found myself laughing many times, not so much belly laughs, but rather lots of good chuckles rippled through the crowds watching the film. This was part of the Celestial Cinema series, which shows many good new films over a week’s period here on Maui. As for a grade, it was generally agreed that a B was an appropriate rating. It was full of British humor, you know that dry kind that we Americans find delightful in most cases. It was dialogue that was real with an edge, the kind you can hardly believe is being said, but it is!
World-wide tropical cyclone activity:
Atlantic Ocean/Caribbean Sea: There are no active tropical cyclones
A LARGE AREA OF CLOUDINESS AND THUNDERSTORMS EXTENDING FROM EASTERN HONDURAS NORTHEASTWARD OVER THE NORTHWESTERN CARIBBEAN SEA ARE ASSOCIATED WITH A TROPICAL WAVE. ALTHOUGH THERE ARE CURRENTLY NO SIGNS OF A SURFACE CIRCULATION…SOME DEVELOPMENT OF THIS SYSTEM IS POSSIBLE OVER THE NORTHWEST CARIBBEAN SEA BEFORE IT MOVES INLAND OVER BELIZE AND THE YUCATAN PENINSULA LATER TODAY. THIS DISTURBANCE HAS A MEDIUM CHANCE…30 PERCENT…OF BECOMING A TROPICAL CYCLONE DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS. REGARDLESS OF DEVELOPMENT…HEAVY RAINS AND GUSTY WINDS ARE LIKELY OVER PORTIONS OF HONDURAS…THE BAY ISLANDS…GUATEMALA…BELIZE…AND THE YUCATAN PENINSULA DURING THE NEXT DAY OR SO.
ELSEWHERE…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 Tuesday night
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, in the Philippine Sea, with a high chance of developing into a tropical cyclone within 24 hours…along with a second area in the southwest Pacific, with a medium chance of developing.
South Pacific Ocean: There are no active tropical cyclones
North and South Indian Oceans: There are no active tropical cyclones
Interesting: The United Nations climate change body said it has made concrete progress towards a new universal agreement on climate change during its latest round of talks which wrapped up this week in Germany. “This has been an important meeting because Governments are moving faster now from the stage of exploring options to designing and implementing solutions,” said Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
During the two-week talks in Bonn, participants focused on how to transform the world’s energy systems quickly enough towards low-carbon, including renewable energy, energy efficiency and the consideration of carbon capture and storage.
With the longer-term goal of a universal UN treaty on climate change by 2015 which would enter force by 2020, this latest round of talks pave the way for ministerial-level UN Climate Change Conference (COP-19) in Warsaw, Poland, starting on 12 November.
“Over the past 12 months, solid foundations have been laid under the process both toward the 2015 agreement and in raising pre-2020 ambition,” the co-chairs of a working group tasked to design a new agreement and to raise near-term global ambition to deal with climate change, Jayant Moreshver Mauskar and Harald Dovland said in a joint statement.
“As a result of the constructive and flexible engagement amongst Governments, nations now have a clearer idea of how to move to achieve demonstrable progress at the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference in Poland and beyond,” they said.
In Bonn, Governments also examined key elements for such a shift, including reducing investment risk for investors, public-private partnerships, a long-term, legally binding agreement and strong domestic institutions to deal effectively with finance in countries which receive support.