Air Temperatures – The following maximum temperatures (F) were recorded across the state of Hawaii Monday:
82 Lihue, Kauai
86 Honolulu, Oahu
91 Kahului, Maui – record high temperature for the date 92…back in 1953
86 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 810pm Monday evening:
Kailua Kona – 79
Hilo, Hawaii – 73
Haleakala Summit – 50 (near 10,000 feet on Maui)
Mauna Kea Summit – 37 (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…Alenuihaha Channel
between Maui and the Big Island
Trades continuing…increasing a bit later Tuesday
Passing windward showers at times…a few leeward
The following numbers represent the most recent top wind gusts (mph), along with directions as of Monday evening:
17 Waimea Heights, Kauai – ESE
25 Kahuku Trng, Oahu – ESE
29 Molokai – E
29 Lanai – NE
30 Kahoolawe – E
25 Kahului, Maui – NE
25 Upolu airport, Big Island – NE
Here are the latest 24-hour precipitation totals (inches) for each of the islands as of Monday evening:
0.60 Mount Waialeale, Kauai
0.69 Poamoho RG 1, Oahu
0.60 Puu Kukui, Maui
0.53 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 ~~~
Moderately strong trades into Friday…then becoming softer during the weekend. Here’s a weather chart showing a large and strong near 1036 millibar high pressure system located far to the northeast of the islands. At the same time there’s an area of low pressure system located to north-northwest, with a cold front extending southwest…to the northwest of Hawaii. Our trades, while veering a bit to the south of east in direction, will remain moderately strong Tuesday. These trades will become a little stronger as we move through the rest of this work week…then dropping off by the second half of the upcoming weekend.
This trade wind weather pattern will prevail, with windward showers at times. Satellite imagery shows patchy low level clouds surrounding the islands, and over the islands in places too. There’s some high cirrus clouds offshore to our southwest and west, and to the northeast of the Maui County and the Big Island. Here’s the looping radar image, showing light to moderately heavy showers passing by over the offshore waters, and over the islands in places too…especially near Kauai. The models are showing an usual easing of our trade winds by later this weekend, along with an increase in tropical moisture arriving along our windward sides then too, most notably over the eastern islands of Maui and the Big Island. I’ll be back to sign off for my vacation in the morning, I hope you have a great Monday night wherever you’re spending it! Aloha for now…Glenn.
Note: I’ll be heading out to southern California tomorrow, to visit my family in Long Beach for a week. Thereafter, I’ll fly up to Portland, Oregon, meeting my good friend Bob, 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 stop overnight in Sonoma County one night, and then on to Marin County for a couple 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.
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 link for the NHC covering the eastern Pacific Ocean
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 Wednesday night
Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 08W remains active in the Philippine Sea, located approximately 207 NM east-northeast of Manila. Here’s the JTWC graphical track map, along with a NOAA satellite image.
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 Bureau of Land Management has been tracking range conditions as the current drought lingers on. Drought conditions across the West have impacted rangelands, leaving little water and forage for animals and livestock, prompting the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to undertake targeted actions, such as providing supplemental water and food for wild horses; reducing grazing; and enacting fire restrictions.
Hot, dry conditions continue to persist west of the Mississippi River, with at least 15 states experiencing drought. For example, 93 percent of rangeland and pastures are rated poor or very poor in New Mexico; 59 percent in Colorado; 35 percent in Wyoming; and 17 percent in Utah. Similar conditions exist in Nevada, where more than 60 percent of the state has been in severe or extreme drought conditions since the beginning of 2013.
“Since last fall and winter, we have been working with grazers across the West in anticipation of tough conditions related to drought. In southwestern Montana, for example, the BLM worked with permitted ranchers to graze no more than 70 percent of their alloted forage on BLM-managed lands,” said BLM Principal Deputy Director Neil Kornze. “As drought conditions continue, wild horses, livestock, and wildlife that rely on rangeland forage and water will face extremely challenging conditions that may leave them in very poor condition. We are taking action to address these situations as quickly and as effectively as we can, but our options are increasingly limited by conditions on the land.”
In Nevada, all BLM Districts have been hauling water to wild horses. There, the BLM is trucking 5,000 gallons of water per day, five days a week to four separate locations throughout the Winnemucca District at a cost of $1,000 per day.
In the next few days, a USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service veterinarian will join BLM specialists in assessing horses in Lincoln County, Nev., after BLM employees noted that horses were not drinking water from trucked-in troughs and were not eating supplemental hay. This raised concerns about the health of the animals.
Over the past week in Nevada, average temperatures have been 10 degrees above normal, hovering around 100 degrees. The state has recently had only 0.1 to 0.5 inches of rain, resulting in sparse, poor-quality forage. In addition, scarce water sources have put pressure on all users, including wild horses, livestock, and wildlife; causing long-lasting damage to plants, stream channels, spring areas, and water quality.