Air Temperatures – The following maximum temperatures (F) were recorded across the state of Hawaii Monday:
85 Lihue, Kauai
89 Honolulu, Oahu
90 Kahului, Maui - highest temperature on this date (Monday) 94 degrees back in 1951, 1995, 1996
86 Kona, Hawaii
87 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 743pm Monday evening:
Kailua Kona – 82
Kahului, Maui – 77
Haleakala Summit – 43 (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…windiest coasts and channels
Maui County and the Big Island
Wind Advisory…Big Island
Our trade winds will strengthen into Tuesday…
with passing windward showers at times
The following numbers represent the most recent top wind gusts (mph), along with directions as of Monday evening:
29 Port Allen, Kauai – NE
37 Kuaokala, Oahu – NE
25 Molokai – ENE
36 Lanai – NE
36 Kahoolawe – NE
37 Kahului, Maui – NE
40 PTA Range 17, Big Island – SE
Here are the latest 24-hour precipitation totals (inches) for each of the islands as of Monday evening:
0.10 Mount Waialeale, Kauai
0.07 Bellows, Oahu
0.25 Kaupo Gap, Maui
0.75 Honaunau, 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 ~~~
The trade winds will continue…increasing some over the next few days. Here’s a weather chart showing a large near 1029 millibar high pressure center to the north of the state. At the same time, there’s a low pressure system, and cold fronts, and associated cold fronts to the northwest of our islands. The trade winds are forecast to last well into the future, increasing in strength into the mid-week time frame.
There will be windward showers at times…a few elsewhere. Satellite imagery shows lots of low and high clouds around the state…along with a few clear areas too. This will provide partly cloudy skies in general, with some pockets of cloudy conditions here and there. Here’s the looping radar image, showing a few light to moderately heavy showers moving across the windward sides of the islands locally, carried along in the trade wind flow.
We’re involved in a well established…late summer trade wind weather pattern. The trade winds will keep blowing across our part of the tropical Pacific, increasing a notch over the next few days. These trades are rather robust now, having reached or topped 40 mph in gusts the last couple of days…with more of this coming up. These trades will do a good job of bringing showery clouds our way at times, landing for the most part along our windward sides during the night and early morning hours. There’s some nice high level cirrus clouds overhead as well, which will provide nice sunset and sunrise colors while they’re in our area. I’ll be back early Tuesday morning with your next new weather narrative, I hope you have a great Monday night wherever you’re spending it! Aloha for now…Glenn.
World-wide tropical cyclone activity:
Caribbean Sea: There are no active tropical cyclones
A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM CENTERED NEAR THE COAST OF BELIZE IS PRODUCING
A LARGE AREA OF DISORGANIZED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS OVER THE
NORTHWESTERN CARIBBEAN SEA. THE LOW IS FORECAST TO MOVE WEST-
NORTHWESTWARD ACROSS BELIZE AND THE YUCATAN PENINSULA TODAY AND
EMERGE OVER THE BAY OF CAMPECHE BY TONIGHT. UPPER-LEVEL WINDS ARE
EXPECTED TO BECOME A LITTLE MORE FAVORABLE IN A DAY OR TWO…AND
THIS SYSTEM HAS A LOW CHANCE…20 PERCENT…OF BECOMING A TROPICAL
CYCLONE DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS. THE LOW IS LIKELY TO BECOME
NEARLY STATIONARY OVER THE SOUTHWESTERN GULF OF MEXICO LATER IN THE
WEEK…AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS SHOULD BE GENERALLY CONDUCIVE
FOR SOME SLOW DEVELOPMENT DURING THAT TIME. THIS SYSTEM HAS A
MEDIUM CHANCE…40 PERCENT…OF BECOMING A TROPICAL CYCLONE DURING
THE NEXT 5 DAYS.
Here’s a satellite image of the Caribbean Sea…and the Gulf of Mexico.
Here’s the link to the National Hurricane Center (NHC)
Eastern Pacific: There are no active tropical cyclones
A TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE...ASSOCIATED WITH THE REMNANTS OF MANUEL... IS LOCATED NEAR THE WEST-CENTRAL COAST OF MEXICO. ALTHOUGH SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS HAVE INCREASED A LITTLE NEAR THE TROUGH...THERE ARE CURRENTLY NO SIGNS OF A CLOSED SURFACE WIND CIRCULATION. ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS APPEAR MARGINALLY CONDUCIVE FOR SOME DEVELOPMENT OF THIS DISTURBANCE WHILE IT MOVES SLOWLY NORTHWESTWARD AT ABOUT 5 MPH...AND BECOMES NEARLY STATIONARY CLOSE TO THE SOUTHERN TIP OF THE BAJA CALIFORNIA PENINSULA IN A COUPLE OF DAYS. THIS SYSTEM HAS A LOW CHANCE...20 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 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)
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: Start-up promises to revolutionize shrimp farming - A UK start-up says it has developed a low-cost, ecological alternative to traditional shrimp farming by using bacteria as both a water filter and food for its shrimp.
IKEA-like portable units using microbes and solar power to cheaply grow shrimp indoors could transform the booming aquaculture sector and prevent further environmental degradation, according to its inventors.
If made available to farmers in developing countries, the technology could help tackle malnourishment while reducing environmental degradation, and all at a lower cost than current shrimp production, they say.
Founded by biochemical engineering students from University College London, the start-up Marizca is producing whiteleg shrimp in central London in its first trial operations.
Global production of farmed shrimp has been growing at about ten per cent a year, according to conservation charity the World Wildlife Fund, and farmed shrimp now accounts for about 55 per cent of global shrimp production.
But the industry has been criticized over the past decade for environmentally damaging practices, that that lead to the destruction of mangrove forests and pollution caused by effluent from shrimp ponds.
Marizca co-founder Leonardo Rios says the firm’s indoor units will avoid the problems caused by creating outdoor shrimp farms in fragile environments.
While such indoor facilities are normally expensive to run, Rios says the use of water-purifying bacteria in their units means less water and energy is needed. Also, the microorganisms meet up to 30 per cent of the shrimp’s food needs.
“The bacteria eat the shrimp waste and, at the same time, the shrimp eat the bacteria when they have reached a certain size,” he says. “It makes producing shrimp a lot cheaper.”
Using microorganisms in aquaculture — a technology called biofloc — is not new.
Several such operations exist worldwide, but so far they have had limited reach, according to Michael Phillips, a researcher at WorldFish, a non-profit aquaculture research center.
“Biofloc is not yet widely applied because the technology is not yet perfected or even widely available,” he says.
What is new about Marizca’s biofloc technology is the use of a “unique” starch source, according to Rios. He says the starch helps create prolific microorganism growth.
Current interest in biofloc stems from a research drive to find an alternative food source for farmed shrimp. According to Phillips, most shrimp farms rely on industrial feed made partly from fish meal, a practice that many see as unsustainable.