Air Temperatures – The following maximum temperatures (F) were recorded across the state of Hawaii Wednesday:
79 Lihue, Kauai
80 Honolulu, Oahu
82 Kahului, Maui
82 Kona, Hawaii
78 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 Wednesday evening:
Kailua Kona – 77
Hana, Maui – 70
Haleakala Summit – 39 (near 10,000 feet on Maui)
Mauna Kea Summit – 30 (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.
Winds generally light from the southeast…increasing
from the south to southwest Thursday into Friday
An active cold front will prompt pre-frontal showers,
mostly over Kauai and Oahu Thursday…followed by
the fronts showers early Friday into Saturday morning -
cooler weather this weekend.
The forecast calls for showers to fall, some heavy over
the Big Island side of the chain Sunday into early
next week…stay tuned about this.
Happy New Year!
The following numbers represent the most recent top wind gusts (mph), along with directions as of Wednesday evening:
12 Makaha Ridge, Kauai – SSW
13 Oahu Forest NWR, Oahu – WSW
10 Molokai – ESE
12 Lanai – SW
12 Kahoolawe – SW
10 Kaupo Gap, Maui – S
17 South Point, Big Island – ENE
Here are the latest 24-hour precipitation totals (inches) for each of the islands as of Wednesday evening:
0.02 Kilohana, Kauai
0.02 Kahuku Training area, Oahu
0.33 Kaupo Gap, Maui
1.00 Honokaa – 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 ~~~
Our winds will become stronger from the south to southwest Thursday into Friday. Here’s the latest weather map, showing the Hawaiian Islands, and the rest of the Pacific Ocean. ~~~ We find high pressure systems far to the northeast of the state. At the same time, we see a developing storm low pressure system to our northwest, with its associated cold front over the ocean moving towards us now. ~~~ The winds will come in from the southeast for the time being, although increase in strength, from the south and southwest Thursday into Friday. This will occur as this next cold front approaches the Aloha State. We’ll see an increase in volcanic haze (vog) locally over the next couple days, and increased humidity…as the winds swing around through the more southerly directions.
Generally fair weather across most of the state, although with still a few showers around east Maui and the Big Island. Satellite imagery shows clouds over and around most of the islands…although they should evaporate quickly after dark. The most prominent clouds, some thunderstorms, are over the ocean to the northeast of Maui, associated with an upper level low pressure system. This departing low will continue to bring some rainfall to parts of the Big Island and Maui for the time being. The other islands aren’t expecting much in the way of rain, with just a few light showers…increasing some over Kauai and Oahu tomorrow. Here’s the looping radar image, showing showers over parts of the Big Island and Maui, and some over the ocean taking aim on Kauai and Oahu. Looking at this larger satellite image, which is in the looping mode, we can see how showers are trying to move away from the Big Island and Maui, although continue to have a difficult time. We can also see the quickly approaching cold front to the northwest of Kauai.
We’re in for weather changes Thursday, lasting into Friday…with a round of cooler weather (tropically speaking) arrives Friday into the weekend. As we now move into this second half of this week, the forecasts continue showing a cold front approaching the state. It will bring Kona winds (south to southwest) ahead of it, and pre-frontal rainfall to already tonight into Thursday…most of it landing over Kauai and Oahu. The forecast goes on to suggest that the front itself will arrive late Thursday, and work its way down through the island chain through Friday night. The frontal band itself will bring showers to most of the state…followed by relatively cool weather conditions in its wake Saturday through Sunday. The models are pointing out something that doesn’t sound too good, which is the chance that more heavy rainfall may come to the Big Island in the Sunday-Monday time frame. To say that the Big Island has had enough precipitation, is an understatement at this point. Stay tuned on this prospect, it may change, but then again, it might not. ~~~ I’ll be back early Thursday morning with your next new weather narrative, I hope you have a great Wednesday night wherever you happen to be spending it. I wish you all a most happy, healthy, and financially stable year ahead! Aloha for now…Glenn.
World-wide tropical cyclone activity:
Atlantic Ocean: The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th. Here’s the 2013 hurricane season summary
Here’s a satellite image of the Atlantic Ocean
Gulf of Mexico:
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: The Eastern Pacific hurricane season runs from May 15th through November 30th. Here’s the 2013 hurricane season summary
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: The Central Pacific hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th. Here’s the 2013 hurricane season summary
Here’s a link to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC)
Western Pacific Ocean: There are no active tropical cyclones
South Pacific Ocean: There are no active tropical cyclones
North and South Indian Oceans: Tropical Cyclone 06S (Bejisa) remains active in the South Indian Ocean, here’s the JTWC graphical track map…and a NOAA satellite image.
Here’s a link to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC)