Air Temperatures – The following maximum temperatures (F) were recorded across the state of Hawaii Friday:
84 Lihue, Kauai
88 Honolulu, Oahu
90 Kahului, Maui
87 Kona, Hawaii
81 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 943pm Friday evening:
Kailua Kona – 81
Hana airport, Maui – 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.
Moderately strong trades continuing…locally stronger at times
Increasing clouds on the Big Island and Maui, leading to
showers…some of which will be locally heavy – moving
over the rest of the state tonight into Saturday
The following numbers represent the most recent top wind gusts (mph), along with directions as of Friday evening:
23 Port Allen, Kauai – NE
33 Kuaokala, Oahu – NE
29 Molokai – E
38 Lanai – NE
28 Kahoolawe – NE
29 Lipoa, Maui – NE
30 PTA Keamuku, Big Island – NE
Here are the latest 24-hour precipitation totals (inches) for each of the islands as of Friday evening:
0.29 Kilohana, Kauai
0.28 Oahu Forest NWR, Oahu
1.20 Puu Kukui, Maui
0.49 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 ~~~
Moderately strong trade winds…somewhat stronger at times locally Here’s a weather chart showing high pressure systems located to the northwest and north-northeast of the islands. At the same time, there are areas of low pressure located to southeast of the islands…including tropical storm Henrietta. As former tropical cyclone Gil, and current tropical cyclone Henrietta move by to our south…the trade winds may become a little stronger this weekend into Monday.
Showers into Saturday, some locally heavy…mostly along the windward coasts and slopes. Satellite imagery shows the showers associated with former Gil’s showers moving through the state. Here’s the looping radar image, showing light to moderate showers falling along the windward sides from Oahu through Maui County and the Big Island…spreading westward towards Kauai. These showers will become quite generous…with the chance of an occasional thunderstorm tonight into Saturday. These showers will migrate through the island chain through Saturday. This tropical air will bring muggy conditions to the islands as well, especially near sea level. Here’s a looping satellite image that shows this tropical moisture edging in from the east.
Here’s an IR satellite image of tropical storm Henriette
Tropical cyclone Henriette will slide by to the south of the state, with variable clouds, the northern fringe of this storm…being carried into the state Sunday and Monday. Looking beyond this weekend, as we push into the new work week ahead…drier, and less sultry trade wind weather will return by Tuesday or so. 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 many times during the day with more updates on our local weather conditions, including the latest information on tropical storm Henriette, which is now in our central Pacific. The bottom line here, in reference to our local weather, is that there’s nothing to worry about at this time, other than some locally heavy showers and a possible thunderstorm. 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’ll let you know what I thought Saturday morning of course.
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 ASSOCIATED WITH AN AREA OF DISTURBED WEATHER LOCATED ABOUT 1000 MILES SOUTHWEST OF THE SOUTHERN TIP OF BAJA CALIFORNIA HAS CHANGED LITTLE IN ORGANIZATION OVER THE PAST FEW HOURS. ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO BECOME MORE CONDUCIVE FOR SOME DEVELOPMENT OF THIS SYSTEM OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS WHILE IT MOVES WESTWARD AT 10 TO 15 MPH. THIS SYSTEM HAS A MEDIUM CHANCE...30 PERCENT...OF BECOMING A TROPICAL CYCLONE DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS AND A HIGH CHANCE...60 PERCENT...OF BECOMING A TROPICAL CYCLONE DURING THE NEXT 5 DAYS. A TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE LOCATED ABOUT 1550 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF THE BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII IS PRODUCING LIMITED SHOWER ACTIVITY. ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO BE ONLY MARGINALLY FAVORABLE FOR DEVELOPMENT OF THIS SYSTEM OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS AS IT MOVES WESTWARD AT AROUND 10 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.
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 cyclone 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.