Air Temperatures – The following maximum temperatures (F) were recorded across the state of Hawaii Tuesday:
87 Lihue, Kauai
85 Honolulu, Oahu
89 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 630pm Tuesday afternoon:
Kailua Kona – 82
Hana airport, Maui – 75
Haleakala Summit – M (near 10,000 feet on Maui)
Mauna Kea Summit – 45 (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.
Our trade winds will remain active, with more than the
normal amount of passing windward showers…
especially over Kauai tonight
The following numbers represent the most recent top wind gusts (mph), along with directions as of Tuesday evening:
27 Lihue, Kauai – ENE
29 Kahuku Trng, Oahu – SE
24 Molokai – ENE
27 Lanai – NE
33 Kahoolawe – NE
28 Lipoa, Maui – SE
31 Kamuela airport, Big Island – NE
Here are the latest 24-hour precipitation totals (inches) for each of the islands as of Tuesday evening:
1.23 Mount Waialeale, Kauai
0.69 Manoa Lyon Arboretum, Oahu
0.35 Kula 1, Maui
0.27 Saddle Quarry, 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 be moderately strong through mid-week…then become light to moderately strong during the second half of the week. Here’s a weather chart showing a near 1030 millibar high pressure center to the north-northeast of the state. The forecast has our trades continuing, although as low pressure edges closer after mid-week into the weekend…our trades will slip just a little in strength.
There will be windward showers, especially on Kauai tonight…stretching over into the leeward sides locally. Satellite imagery shows low level clouds upstream of the islands…to the northeast and east. These clouds will bring showers along our windward coasts and slopes at times. At the same time, we see high cirrus clouds to the northwest, west and southwest. It looks like there may be some thunderstorms over the ocean well to the west of Kauai too. Here’s the looping radar image, showing showers moving by, mostly over the offshore waters…although arriving over the windward coasts and slopes with good frequency. There may be some locally heavier showers around Kauai tonight, be careful while out driving on that island.
In sum: moderately strong winds will prevail, with fairly minor daily fluctuations going forward…with more than the ordinary windward rainfall falling locally tonight into early Wednesday morning. The trade winds will continue blowing, although will become slightly lighter at times through the week. As a cold front approaches the state from the northwest later this week, it will help in this slight reduction in trade wind speeds. The models are suggesting that rainfall won’t be an issue in our Hawaiian Island weather picture from mid-week into the weekend, that is after the more than ordinary shower activity tonight…especially over Kauai. ~~~ I’ll be back with your next new weather narrative early Wednesday morning, I hope you have a great Tuesday night wherever you’re spending it! Aloha for now…Glenn.
World-wide tropical cyclone activity:
Atlantic Ocean: There are no active tropical cyclones
Here’s a satellite image of the Atlantic Ocean
Caribbean Sea: There are no active tropical cyclones
Gulf of Mexico: There are no active tropical cyclones
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 WEAK LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM EMBEDDED WITHIN AN ELONGATED SURFACE TROUGH IS LOCATED JUST OFF THE COAST OF SOUTHERN AND SOUTHWESTERN MEXICO. ONLY SLOW DEVELOPMENT OF THE LOW IS EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS DUE TO INTERACTION WITH THE HIGH TERRAIN OF MEXICO...BUT ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO BECOME MORE FAVORABLE FOR SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENT BY LATE WEEK AND OVER THE WEEKEND. THIS SYSTEM HAS A LOW CHANCE...20 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. REGARDLESS OF DEVELOPMENT...LOCALLY HEAVY RAINS ARE POSSIBLE OVER PORTIONS OF SOUTHERN AND SOUTHWESTERN MEXICO DURING THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS.
Here’s a satellite image showing this area just off the south south coast of Mexico.
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: Shaken in Pakistan – The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reports that a 7.7 magnitude earthquake has shaken the southwestern portion of Pakistan. The earthquake struck the area at 16:29 local time Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at a depth of 15 miles under Pakistan’s geographically largest but least populated province of Balochistan. The earth shook for about 2 minutes. The city nearest to the epicenter is Karachi, Pakistan with a population of 11.6 million people. The USGS reports that the earthquake is a result of an “olique-strike-slip motion at shallow crustal depths”.
Fatality reports are still coming in but initial reports are putting the death toll at 30 and the roofs of more than 30% of the homes in the district of Awaran have collapsed. The death count is expected to increase as search and rescue operations continue. Damage is anticipated to be extensive.
Underpinning this area are at least four tectonic plates: Arabia, Eurasia, India and Africa. Scientists believe that this particular quake is “consistent with a rupture within the Eurasia plate above the Makran subduction zone”. This particular section of the Eurasia plate has not seen any recent damaging earthquakes, although the entire area is relatively speaking quite seismically active. Generally, tectonic activity in this region is due to tectonic plate collisions of the India and Eurasia plates as the India plate moves northwards towards the Eurasia plate.
Tremors have been felt as far away as New Delhi, India. Aftershocks of up to 5 magnitude on the Richter scale are anticipated.