Air Temperatures – The following maximum temperatures (F) were recorded across the state of Hawaii Friday:
M Lihue, Kauai
78 Honolulu, Oahu
83 Kahului, Maui
82 Kona, Hawaii
82 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 – 77
Poipu, Kauai – 66
Haleakala Summit – 48 (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.
Lowering surf north and west shores Saturday,
followed by another large to very large swell
Sunday, with a slightly smaller swell Tuesday –
then another very large, dangerous swell
Generally good weather expected through Sunday –
in most areas of the state
A weak cold front will arrive later Sunday into
Monday…bringing a few more showers locally.
Then, as we get into the middle of next week, a much
stronger cold front will arrive, bringing widespread
rain to most of the state – followed by a trade wind
weather pattern into next weekend
High Surf Advisory…north and west shores of all the
High Surf Warning…north and west shores of Kauai,
Oahu and Molokai, and the north shore of Maui
Small Craft Advisory…all coastal and channel waters
The following numbers represent the most recent top wind gusts (mph), along with directions as of Friday evening:
09 Waimea Heights, Kauai – SW
12 Oahu Forest NWR, Oahu – SW
08 Molokai – ENE
09 Lanai – NW
18 Kahoolawe – E
12 Lipoa, Maui – NE
17 PTA West, Big Island – NW
Here are the latest 24-hour precipitation totals (inches) for each of the islands as of Friday evening (545pm totals):
0.18 N Wailua ditch, Kauai
0.52 Poamoho, Oahu
1.08 Kahakuloa, Maui
0.11 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 ~~~
Generally light breezes today through the weekend, then a possible brief return of the trades by Monday. This will be followed by the return of southeast, south and southwesterly winds next week ahead of a strong cold front by Wednesday. Here’s the latest weather map, showing the Hawaiian Islands, and the rest of the North Pacific Ocean. ~~~ We find a weak near 1017 millibar high pressure system to the northeast of the state. At the same time, we see a very deep, near 953 millibar storm low pressure system far to our north, with an associated cold front stalled over the central islands. Finally, there another storm located to the northwest, moving northeast…with a trailing cold front well to the northwest of Kauai.
Satellite imagery shows a fragmenting cold front near Oahu and Kauai, while Maui County and the Big Island remains generally clear…although with interior clouds. Here’s the looping radar image, showing just a few showers falling in the state, even in the area of the weak cold front…although there are a few popping up over the interior sections during the afternoon hours. Looking at this larger satellite image, which is in the looping mode, we can see the frontal cloud band, now over the islands. falling apart…along with the next cold front approaching well to the northwest of the state.
This recent feeble cold front, that worked its way into our island chain…is the first of three. The second one, now showing up on satellite imagery, is slated to arrive later this weekend into early next week. Then, the models show yet another cold front, this one is expected to be considerably stronger, and arrive by the middle of next week. Meanwhile, with all the gale and storm low pressure systems now active in our north Pacific, we’ll see large and very large high surf events continuing during the next week. These will require great caution when getting near the ocean on our north and west facing shores! These waves will be the largest that we’ve seen since last year, bordering on, if not reaching huge proportions along our north and west shores! ~~~ I’ll be back early Saturday morning with your next new weather narrative. I hope you have a great Friday night wherever you happen to be reading from! Aloha for now…Glenn.
Friday Evening Film: I’m going to see one that looks very interesting, and I’m wondering if it is referencing what the future will be like!? At any rate, this film is called Her, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, and Scarlett Johansson…among others. The Synopsis: Set in the Los Angeles of the slight future, “Her” follows Theodore Twombly, a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet “Samantha,” a bright, female voice, who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other. From the unique perspective of Oscar-nominated filmmaker Spike Jonze comes an original love story that explores the evolving nature—and the risks—of intimacy in the modern world.
This film looks good, and the critics are being very supportive, with it coming in at an impressive 93 out of a 100 rating. As I was saying here last week, these ratings don’t always hold up completely, although I think this one will. I heard an interesting piece on this film today, on National Public Radio, that made it sound very interesting. I’ll of course let you know what I thought tomorrow morning, and with all these attractive women in this film, how could it be bad? Here’s a trailer, check it out.
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)
North and South Indian Oceans: Tropical Cyclone 09S (Deliwe) is dissipating in the South Indian Ocean, here’s the JTWC graphical track map…and a NOAA satellite image – Final Warning
Here’s a link to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC)
Interesting: Carbon Emissions in U.S. Rise 2 Percent Due to Increase in Coal – Carbon dioxide emissions rose two percent in the U.S. last year, according to preliminary data from the Energy Information Administration. Emissions rose largely due to increased coal consumption, the first such rise in U.S. emissions since 2010. Still, the annual emissions remain well below the peak hit in 2007 when emissions hit 6 billion tons.
The U.S. emitted around 5.38 billion tons of CO2 last year from burning fossil fuels, up from 5.27 billion tons in 2012. The rise in emissions is linked to increased coal consumption during the second half of 2013 when rising natural gas prices made coal more competitive. Coal is the world’s most carbon-intensive fuel source.
The Obama Administration has pledged to the global community to cut emissions 17 percent by 2020 based on 2005 levels.
While the U.S. does not have national legislation to cut carbon dioxide emissions, they are falling due to a slower economy, improved energy efficiency, increased renewable energy sources, and coal power being increasingly substituted with natural gas. Up-coming regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on new and existing energy plants are expected to further rein-in the nation’s coal consumption. Experts say that these new regulations will likely lead to emissions decreasing again.
The U.S. is currently the second largest emitter of carbon dioxide after China, and the world’s biggest historical emitter.