Air Temperatures – The following maximum temperatures (F) were recorded across the state of Hawaii Saturday:
83 Lihue, Kauai
84 Honolulu, Oahu
85 Kahului, Maui
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 1043pm Saturday evening:
Kailua Kona – 81
Hilo, Hawaii – 75
Haleakala Summit – 46 (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.
Small craft wind advisory…parts of Maui County
and the Big Island
Moderately strong trades continuing…locally stronger at times
Partly to mostly cloudy, gradually diminishing showers
The following numbers represent the most recent top wind gusts (mph), along with directions as of Saturday evening:
30 Port Allen, Kauai – NE
32 Kuaokala, Oahu – NE
31 Molokai – E
32 Lanai – NE
37 Kahoolawe – ENE
31 Lipoa, Maui – SE
35 PTA Range 17, Big Island – SE
Here are the latest 24-hour precipitation totals (inches) for each of the islands as of Saturday evening:
1.49 Mount Waialeale, Kauai
7.26 Moanalua RG, Oahu
7.96 Puu Kukui, Maui
3.85 Pihonua, 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 trade winds…somewhat stronger at times locally Here’s a weather chart showing high pressure systems located to the northwest, north-northeast and northeast of the islands. At the same time, there are areas of low pressure located to south and south-southeast..including weakening tropical storm Henrietta. As former tropical cyclone Gil, and current tropical cyclone Henrietta move by to our south…the trade winds will be stronger into Monday.
Showers have been active and locally heavy during the last 24 hours…although will gradually be diminishing moving forward. Satellite imagery shows the showers associated with former tropical cyclone Gil moving through the state…along with some heavy stuff just to the north of the central islands. Here’s the looping radar image, showing light to moderate showers falling…mostly over the offshore waters at the time of this writing. This precipitation seems to be losing its intensity…although there is still a chance of an occasional thunderstorm this evening. These showers will finish migrating through the island chain tonight, with better weather Sunday and Monday….first on the Big Island. This tropical air is bringing unusually warm and humid conditions to the islands as well. Here’s a looping satellite image that shows this beneficial tropical moisture migrating through our islands
Here’s an IR satellite image of tropical storm Henriette, soon to be a tropical depression…with the Big Island just to the north-northwest
Tropical cyclone Henriette will continue to slide by to the south of the state of Hawaii. This long lasting storm, after peaking at the category 2 hurricane rating days ago…will soon weaken to a tropical depression. Looking beyond this weekend, as we push into the new work week ahead…drier, and less sultry trade wind weather will return by Monday onwards. We’ll have to keep our eye peeled to the east and southeast however, as we’ll see more tropical cyclone activity beginning in the eastern Pacific with time. I’ll be back Sunday morning with more updates on our local weather conditions, including the latest information on tropical storm Henriette. The bottom line here, in reference to our local weather, is that there’s nothing to worry about at this time, other than some fading locally heavy showers and a possible thunderstorm tonight. ~~~ This evening my neighbors have invited me to go to a classical music concert at Seabury Hall in Makawao, this will be a different experience, and I’m looking forward to it. I’ll catch up with you again Sunday morning, be well until then! Aloha for now…Glenn.
Friday evening film: There are several decent looking films playing in Kahului now, although I picked one called Red 2. This movie has all kinds of stars, including Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lee Byung-hun, Anthony Hopkins…among many others. The synopsis: Retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. To succeed, they¹ll need to survive an army of relentless assassins, ruthless terrorists and power-crazed government officials, all eager to get their hands on the next-generation weapon. The mission takes Frank and his motley crew to Paris, London and Moscow. Outgunned and out-manned, they have only their cunning wits, their old-school skills, and each other to rely on as they try to save the world‹and stay alive in the process. The critics, and viewers both are giving this film pretty good grades, although not everyone is so impressed. The trailer looks like it will be a typical drama, action and adventure experience. I very much enjoyed this film, despite its corny nature at times, although truth be told…those where entertaining too. The action was near constant during this long 2+ hour film, and I feel confident that if you’re one of those types of people who like this kind of stuff, you will be glad you saw this film! As for a grade, I feel very comfortable giving it a B+ rating – oh alright an A- … what the hell!
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
SHOWER AND THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY REMAINS POORLY ORGANIZED IN ASSOCIATION WITH A BROAD AREA OF LOW PRESSURE CENTERED ABOUT 1000 MILES SOUTHWEST OF THE SOUTHERN TIP OF BAJA CALIFORNIA. HOWEVER... UPPER-LEVEL WINDS ARE FORECAST TO GRADUALLY BECOME MORE CONDUCIVE FOR DEVELOPMENT OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS WHILE THE LOW MOVES WESTWARD AT 10 TO 15 MPH. THIS SYSTEM HAS A LOW CHANCE...20 PERCENT...OF BECOMING A TROPICAL CYCLONE DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS AND A MEDIUM CHANCE...50 PERCENT...OF BECOMING A TROPICAL CYCLONE DURING THE NEXT 5 DAYS. A TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE LOCATED ABOUT 1400 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF THE BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII IS PRODUCING DISORGANIZED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS. DEVELOPMENT...IF ANY...OF THIS SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO BE SLOW TO OCCUR DURING THE NEXT FEW DAYS WHILE IT MOVES WESTWARD AT 10 TO 15 MPH. THIS SYSTEM HAS A LOW CHANCE...10 PERCENT...OF BECOMING A TROPICAL CYCLONE DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS...AND A LOW CHANCE...20 PERCENT...OF BECOMING A TROPICAL CYCLONE DURING THE NEXT 5 DAYS.
Here’s a satellite image showing these two tropical disturbances
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: Tropical storm Henriette remains active, here’s the CPHC graphical track map, along with a satellite image – looping view.
Here’s a link to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC)…covering our central Pacific.
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: Perseid meteor shower peaking Sunday and Monday nights. Dim the lights, grab a blanket and hope for clear skies — an annual magic show, the Perseid meteor shower, can be seen Sunday and Monday nights.
You don’t need tickets to view nature’s free show. And no binoculars are needed, because the flashes may be anywhere in the sky, though they will seem to come from the northeast.
“The crucial issue is that meteors are faint, so you need a location where the sky is dark,” according to Andrew Fraknoi, chairman of the astronomy department at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. “The darker your site, the more you will see.”
Your best views come after midnight — so it is an event most appreciated by night owls. That’s because the Earth turns after midnight to face the shower, so the meteors come more directly at us. And the crescent moon has set, immersing us in darkness.
At its peak, it is possible to see up to sixty shooting stars per hour. The shower actually started in July and will extend for most of August, but with less drama.
The stars are called the sons of Perseus, because they seem to shoot from that constellation, named after the Greek demigod famed for saving Andromeda from a sea monster. They were first recorded 2,000 years ago.
But they’re not really stars — just meteoric dust, no bigger than the size of a dime. They burn as they careen into the Earth’s atmosphere at 7 to 44 miles per second.
“They are cosmic ‘garbage’ left over from a regularly returning comet, called Swift-Tuttle,” after its discoverers, Fraknoi said. Leftovers from the early days of our solar system, the flashes are the last gasp of cosmic material that formed about 5 billion years ago.
To enjoy the event, get away from city lights and coastal fog. State or city parks or other safe, dark sites are your best bet. Dress warmly for nighttime temperatures.
Once you have settled at your observing spot, lie back so the horizon appears at the edge of your peripheral vision, with the stars and sky filling your field of view. Meteors will grab your attention as they streak by.
Be patient — because they are more subtle than fireworks, it may take up to 15 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark. Several minutes might pass without a single flash.
If it’s cloudy, don’t despair: Another meteor shower, the Leonids, will spark the night sky on Nov. 16.