Air Temperatures – The following maximum temperatures (F) were recorded across the state of Hawaii Saturday:
83 Lihue, Kauai
87 Honolulu, Oahu
89 Kahului, Maui
85 Kona, Hawaii
84 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 830pm Saturday evening:
Kailua Kona – 79
Lihue, Kauai – 75
Haleakala Summit – 48 (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.
Gusty trades…gradually easing up over the next several days
Passing windward showers at times…generally dry leeward
The following numbers represent the most recent top wind gusts (mph), along with directions as of Saturday evening:
29 Port Allen, Kauai – ENE
37 Kuaokala, Oahu – NE
32 Molokai – NE
30 Lanai – NE
32 Kahoolawe – ESE
31 Kahului, Maui – NE
28 Upolu airport, Big Island – NE
Here are the latest 24-hour precipitation totals (inches) for each of the islands as of Saturday evening:
0.77 Mount Waialeale, Kauai
0.25 Poamoho RG 1, Oahu
0.15 Puu Kukui, Maui
0.16 Piihonua, 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 ~~~
Active trade winds, gradually lighter through Tuesday…increasing by Wednesday onwards. Here’s a weather chart showing a near 1030 millibar high pressure system located far to the northeast of the islands…moving away towards the north. At the same time there’s a low pressure system located to north-northwest, with a cold front extending south and southwest…to the northwest of Hawaii. The trade winds will remain active, with those strongest gusts up to 30+ mph in those windiest places. These trades may drop down into the light to moderately strong range Sunday through Monday or even Tuesday. There are now no active marine advisories over Hawaii’s coastal or channel waters. These trades will likely spring back into the moderately strong category by the middle of the upcoming new work week.
This trade wind weather pattern will prevail, with windward showers at times. Satellite imagery shows patchy low level clouds mostly out to our east and northeast. There’s a minor bit of high cirrus clouds offshore to our south. Here’s the looping radar image, showing generally light showers passing by over the offshore waters, and over the islands here and there too. The windward sides of our islands will catch the majority of these showers, with the leeward sections remaining generally dry. The bulk of these windward showers will arrive during the night and early morning hours. I’ll be back with your next new weather narrative Sunday morning, I hope you have a great Saturday night wherever you’re spending it! Aloha for now…Glenn.
Note: I’ll be heading out to southern California this coming Tuesday, to visit my family in Long Beach for a week. Thereafter, I’ll fly up to Portland, Oregon, meeting a friend, before we drive over to Bend, Oregon. We’ll be there for almost a week, before driving over to the Mendocino coast for four days. As we drive south from there, we’ll likely stop overnight in Sonoma County, and then on to Marin County for several more days. I’ll be gone from the 16th of this month, until the 6th of August. I’ll have more to say about all this, although wanted to give you a heads up before I leave. By the way, all of the latest weather forecasts, for all areas in the state of Hawaii, will continue to be available on this website, more about that too.
Friday evening film: Somehow I just couldn’t let the Superman movie, Man of Steel, come and go at our local theater in Kahului…without getting down to see it! I mean, I grew up on good old Superman comics, and films, and everything else about this guy for crying out loud. The synopsis: A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind. It stars Henry Cavil, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Russell Crowe…among many others. The critics don’t seem so thrilled by this film, although it seems to be garnering generally B grades from what I can tell. Here’s the trailer for this film, which should be viewable for most folks, nothing too intimidating about it…although its a bit loud towards the end. ~~~ Well, I enjoyed it very much, with all the special effects and all. It was a bit far fetched at times, well, a lot of the time, but that was part of what I liked. In short, this film delivers on the promise of its title…and then some! Not science fiction at its very best, although this film succeeds in making an epic summer blockbuster! Oh, as far as a grade from this Maui weatherman, I’ll give it a B+.
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.
Here’s the link to the National Hurricane Center (NHC)
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 morning
Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 07W (Soulik) remains active, and is located approximately 165 NM northwest of Taipei, Taiwan. Here is the latest Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) graphical track map, along with a NOAA satellite image for this rapidly weakening tropical storm. – Final Warning
South Pacific Ocean: There are no active tropical cyclones
North and South Indian Oceans: There are no active tropical cyclones
Here’s a link to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC)
Interesting: The African population could increase fourfold by 2100, making poverty and hunger issues more severe. In advance of World Population Day, United Nations demographers have once again revised official projections — upward. This meticulous band of number crunchers doesn’t mean to be alarmist, but its statistics can be startling:
– Nigeria, the West African nation slightly larger than Texas, is on track to surpass the United States as the world’s third-most populous country by 2050. The size of its population may rival that of China by the end of the century, unless something dramatic happens.
– The number of people living on the African continent is set to nearly quadruple by the end of the century, rather than tripling, as previously projected.
– The world’s population is on track to reach 9.6 billion by midcentury and nearly 11 billion by 2100, which is 700 million more than was projected two years ago.
The reason for the higher figures? A slew of recent household surveys in African countries revealed the average number of children per woman was higher than previously estimated, said Francois Pelletier, chief of the U.N.’s population estimates and projections section.