Air Temperatures – The following maximum temperatures (F) were recorded across the state of Hawaii Tuesday:
80 Lihue, Kauai
81 Honolulu, Oahu
81 Kahului, Maui
82 Kona, Hawaii
77 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 Tuesday evening:
Kailua Kona – 78
Hilo, Hawaii - 73
Haleakala Summit – 45 (near 10,000 feet on Maui)
Mauna Kea Summit – 34 (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.
Locally gusty winds…otherwise light southeasterly
breezes elsewhere – voggy in places
Off and on light showers…a few locally heavier – drier
weather in general next week
The following numbers represent the most recent top wind gusts (mph), along with directions…as of Tuesday evening:
12 Puu Opae, Kauai – SSW
22 Makua Range, Oahu – SW
13 Molokai – SE
09 Lanai – S
15 Kahoolawe – NW
10 Lipoa, Maui – NE
18 PTA West, Big Island – NW
Here are the latest 24-hour precipitation totals (inches) for each of the islands…as of Tuesday evening (545pm totals):
0.74 Lihue airport, Kauai
0.50 St. Stephens, Oahu
0.53 Kula Branch Station, Maui
2.79 Kaupulehu, 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 in most areas…from the southeast. Here’s the latest weather map, showing the Hawaiian Islands, and the rest of the North Pacific Ocean. Here’s a real-time wind profile of the central Pacific…centered on the Hawaiian Islands. ~~~ We find troughs of low pressure to the northwest of the islands, with another trough over the Big Island. At the same time, we see high pressure systems well offshore to the northeast and north of Hawaii…with their associated ridges. Winds will generally blow on the light side from the southeast. It may take until this weekend before the trade winds return, continuing on into early next week.
Satellite imagery continues to show considerable clouds over the eastern islands…with some clearing over Kauai and Oahu. Most of this cloudiness, or at least a large part, consists of high and middle level clouds. This rather extensive field of clouds over the eastern islands, and to the east of there, is trying to migrate a bit further eastward…although with some hesitation. Here’s the looping radar image, showing light to moderate showers over and around the state…affecting generally the eastern islands. Looking at this larger satellite image, which is in the looping mode, we can see this rather dense area of multi-layered clouds gradually shifting east and northeastward.
There’s still an area of low pressure several hundreds miles to the northwest of the state…with another now over the Big Island too. These troughs of low pressure will continue to bring clouds and generally light to moderately heavy showers to our eastern islands for the time being. This unsettled weather pattern will continue to make the local atmosphere cloudy and locally showery, although not as much as over the last several days. There’s a slight chance that we could see a few more downpours, with a very slight chance of a thundershower. We may not have seen the end of this trough’s influence, as the models carry this trough to the west over the state in a few days…although with less intense weather than lately. I’ll be back early Wednesday morning with your next new weather narrative, I hope you have a great Tuesday night wherever you’re spending it! Aloha for now…Glenn.
Here on Maui, at the 3,100 foot elevation, at my upper Kula, Maui weather tower, the air temperature was a relatively warm 63.1F degrees at 545am on this Tuesday morning. It has been lightly raining most of the night, and just now is starting to lighten up, although with still lots of drips coming off the eaves. It’s still dark of course, so I can’t see any particulars out there, although I can tell there is no wind to speak of. I’ll be back with a visual after the it gets lighter in an hour or so. It’s now 655am, with cloudy skies, and still light rain falling, an air temperature of 62.8 degrees, a bit of fog around the edges…and what looks to be at least some minor volcanic haze still in our atmosphere. We’ve progressed to 815am now, and there are actually some small blue patches in our local Maui skies, not many…although there they are!
~~~ I guess we could say, easy come easy go…as it’s cloudy and lightly raining again at 1050am. It was looking promising earlier this morning, with some blue skies showing through the overcast layers, although at this point, it looks like its going to be wet here in Kula through the rest of this morning…at least. This looping radar image shows an area of light to moderate showers moving in my direction.
~~~ We’ve moved into the early afternoon hours, with partly to mostly cloudy skies over Maui at 1230pm. The air temperature has warmed to 69.1 degrees, with just gentle breezes. The showers have ended, at least temporarily, although it doesn’t appear to be all over just yet. It’s almost starting to feel normal to have clouds and off and on passing showers!
~~~ It’s now later in the afternoon at 420pm, with cloudy skies and an air temperature of 68.4 degrees. A light shower just passed by, although seems to already be over as I look out on my weather deck. Glancing down into the Central Valley however, I can see sunshine beaming down.
~~~ Here it is early evening, at 540pm, and its raining…its been one of those classic and on and off again showery days. The air temperature is a cool 66 degrees, with no breeze…as the light rain is coming straight down. It was the kind of day, at least here in upcountry Kula, that made it easy to stay inside. I was able to sneak in two walks in however, which left me feeling pretty good in my body. I’m not one that likes to sit down all day in front of a computer, although I often do just that. I’m the sole person who keeps this website going, unlike the NWS forecast office in Honolulu, which has a large team of folks who work around the clock.
Extra: Humpback Whales in Maui waters…from a Drone – best using full screen / thanks to Nancy Lorenz…of Sebastopol, California
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 15S (Guito) remains active in the South Indian Ocean. Here’s the JTWC graphical track map…along with a NOAA satellite image.
Here’s a link to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC)
Interesting: Protect the deep ocean now – The deep ocean, the largest domain for life on earth, is also its least explored environment. Humans are now encroaching more vigorously than ever into the ocean’s deep regions, exploiting the deep’s resources and placing its wealth of vibrant habitats and natural services for the planet at risk.
Lisa Levin, a biological oceanographer at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, believes the vital functions provided by the deep sea—from carbon sequestration to nurturing fish stocks—are key to the health of the planet. As humans ramp up exploitation of deep-sea fish, energy, minerals, and genetic resources, a new “stewardship mentality” across countries, economic sectors, and disciplines is required, Levin says, for the future health and integrity of the deep ocean.
As the human population has more than doubled in the past 50 years, demand for food, energy, and raw materials from the sea has risen with it.
“At the same time, human society has undergone tremendous changes and we rarely, if ever, think about these affecting our ocean, let alone the deep ocean,” said Levin, who has conducted research on the deep sea for more than 30 years. “But the truth is that the types of industrialization that reigned in the last century on land are now becoming a reality in the deep ocean.”
“As we exhaust many coastal stocks, commercial fishers have turned towards deeper waters,” said Levin.
Beyond marine life depletion, the deep sea also is being threatened by the search for new sources for energy and precious materials. Oil and gas exploration now routinely targets seabeds in more than a thousand meters of water depth. Demand for modern technology devices—from cell phones to hybrid car batteries—has fueled a push by the mining sector to deep waters in search of new sources of metals and other materials.