Air Temperatures – The following maximum temperatures (F) were recorded across the state of Hawaii Friday:
83 Lihue, Kauai
84 Honolulu, Oahu
87 Kahului, Maui
84 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 543pm Friday evening:
Port Allen, Kauai – 82
Hilo, Hawaii – 73
Haleakala Summit – 55 (near 10,000 feet on Maui)
Mauna Kea Summit – 46 (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.
Small Craft Wind Advisory for parts of Maui County
and the Big Island
Trade winds, with off and on passing windward
showers…some in the leeward sections too
The following numbers represent the most recent top wind gusts (mph), along with directions as of Friday evening:
27 Port Allen, Kauai – NE
42 Kuaokala, Oahu – NNE
30 Molokai – NE
31 Lanai – NE
38 Kahoolawe – ENE
29 Kapalua, Maui – NE
29 Pali 2, Big Island – NE
Here are the latest 24-hour precipitation totals (inches) for each of the islands as of Friday evening:
1.74 Mount Waialeale, Kauai
2.01 Oahu Forest NWR, Oahu
1.46 Puu Kukui, Maui
0.79 Kawainui Stream, 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 ~~~
Trade winds strengthening into this weekend…then lighter again next week. Here’s a weather chart showing a near 1029 millibar high pressure system located to the northeast of our islands…with a second less strong high pressure cell to the northwest. As we get into the weekend our trade winds will strengthen a notch. Looking further ahead, our trades will ease up again during the new week ahead.
Trade wind weather pattern will prevail, with off and on windward showers. Satellite imagery shows high cirrus clouds east through south and southwest of the Big Island. Here’s a larger satellite picture showing the extend of these high cirrus. At lower levels, there’s patches of cumulus clouds surrounding the islands. Here’s the looping radar image, showing these showers passing by along our windward coasts and slopes, and over the offshore waters as well. There doesn’t appear to be any sign of heavy showers however, although quite a few light to moderately heavy showers are active. I’ll be back with more updates during the day, I hope you have a great Friday wherever you’re spending it! Aloha for now…Glenn.
World-wide tropical cyclone activity:
Atlantic Ocean: There are no active tropical cyclones
TROPICAL CYCLONE FORMATION IS NOT EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS
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
SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ASSOCIATED WITH AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE LOCATED ABOUT 375 MILES SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF ACAPULCO MEXICO ARE GRADUALLY BECOMING BETTER ORGANIZED. UPPER-LEVEL WINDS ARE FORECAST TO BECOME CONDUCIVE FOR ADDITIONAL DEVELOPMENT OVER THE WEEKEND…AND A TROPICAL DEPRESSION COULD FORM DURING THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS AS THE SYSTEM MOVES WEST-NORTHWESTWARD AT ABOUT 10 MPH. THIS SYSTEM HAS A HIGH CHANCE…60 PERCENT…OF BECOMING A TROPICAL CYCLONE DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS.
AN ELONGATED AREA OF LOW PRESSURE CENTERED ABOUT 750 MILES SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF THE SOUTHERN TIP OF BAJA CALIFORNIA IS PRODUCING A LARGE AREA OF CLOUDINESS AND SHOWERS. SLOW DEVELOPMENT OF THIS LOW IS POSSIBLE WHILE IT MOVES TO THE NORTHWEST OR NORTH AT 5 TO 10 MPH. THIS SYSTEM HAS A MEDIUM CHANCE…30 PERCENT…OF BECOMING A TROPICAL CYCLONE DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS.
Elsewhere, 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 Sunday night
Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 05W (Bebinca) remains active in the South China Sea, located about 229 NM southwest of Hong Kong. Here’s the JTWC graphical track map…along with the satellite image showing TS 05W.
South Pacific Ocean: There are no active tropical cyclones
North and South Indian Oceans: There are no active tropical cyclones
Interesting: The fruits and vegetables we buy in the grocery store are actually still alive and according to new research from Rice University and the University of California at Davis, produce may be healthier for us depending on the time of day. “Vegetables and fruits don’t die the moment they are harvested,” said Rice biologist Janet Braam, lead researcher of the study.
Once picked, produce can continue to metabolize and survive independently for some time. Even when they are cut, their cells remain active and alive. “They respond to their environment for days, and we found we could use light to coax them to make more cancer-fighting antioxidants at certain times of day,” says Braam who is also a professor and chair of Rice’s Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology.
Braam’s team shows that post-harvest vegetables and fruits can continue to perceive light and, as a result, their biological clocks keep on ticking. This is an advantage to the plants because it allows them to alter levels of important chemicals that protect them from being eaten by insects and other herbivores, the researchers found. This includes the process of ripening as these fruits and vegetables will often wait to ripen until their seeds are mature enough to germinate.
The research also shows that when it comes to human consumption, post-harvest fruits and vegetables may contain higher levels of phytochemicals at different times, which have have anti-cancer effects.
Braam’s team simulated day-night cycles of light and dark to control the internal clocks of fruits and vegetables, including cabbage, carrots, squash and blueberries.
“Vegetables and fruits, even after harvest, can respond to light signals and consequently change their biology in ways that may affect health value and insect resistance,” says Braam. “Perhaps we should be storing our vegetables and fruits under light-dark cycles and timing when to cook and eat them to enhance their health value.”
While the science indicates we may want to consider our foods’ daily schedules when deciding what time to eat them, this may not be convenient to the average family. However, “It may be of interest to harvest crops and freeze or otherwise preserve them at specific times of day, when nutrients and valuable phytochemicals are at their peak,” Braam says.