Air Temperatures – The following maximum temperatures (F) were recorded across the state of Hawaii Wednesday:
78 Lihue, Kauai
83 Honolulu, Oahu
83 Kahului, Maui
82 Kailua Kona
80 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 830pm Wednesday evening:
Kailua Kona – 78
Hana, Maui – 70
Haleakala Summit – 41 (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.
A few showers will fall, although not many…with
most areas remaining pleasant through Thursday
A prolonged trade wind weather pattern will
continue through this work week, with the
trades in the moderately strong realms
for the most part…locally a bit stronger
A cold front is expected to arrive later Friday
into Saturday – which will bring strong and
gusty trade winds, with showers…especially
along our windward coasts and slopes –
although not exclusively
Small Craft Wind Advisory…Alenuihaha
Channel – between Maui and the Big Island
High Wind Warning…Big Island summits
The following numbers represent the most recent top wind gusts (mph), along with directions…as of Wednesday evening:
15 Poipu, Kauai – NE
29 Kuaokala, Oahu – N
25 Molokai – NE
33 Lanai – NE
25 Kahoolawe – NE
27 Kapalua, Maui – NE
36 Kohala Ranch, Big Island – NNE
Here are the latest 24-hour precipitation totals (inches) for each of the islands…as of Wednesday evening (545pm totals):
0.01 Waiakoali, Kauai
0.02 Wilson Tunnel, Oahu
0.21 Puu Kukui, Maui
0.15 Kawainui Stream, 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 ~~~
Locally gusty trade winds through Friday, becoming stronger this weekend…continuing into next week. 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 see a couple of storm low pressure systems far north and northwest of the state, with an associated cold front near the International Dateline to our northwest and west. Meanwhile, we see a high pressure system far to our northeast…with a ridge of high pressure located far to our west and northwest. Finally, there’s surface troughs of low pressure over the ocean to the east of the Big Island.. and north of Kauai. Our winds will be trade winds through the rest of this week, locally quite qusty. They will maintain more or less moderately strong levels through Friday, and then strengthen significantly Saturday into early next week.
Satellite imagery shows clear skies, with clouds scattered here and there in places…mostly along the windward sides and around the mountains. Here’s a looping radar image, showing generally light showers moving across the island chain…on the northeast trade wind flow. Elsewhere around the state, skies are generally clear to partly cloudy. Looking at this larger satellite image, which is in the looping mode, we can see an impressive area of bright white higher level clouds, with embedded heavy showers, or even thunderstorms over the ocean well to our east through southeast.
Generally fine weather with limited windward shower activity, and sunnier and drier conditions along our leeward beaches into Thursday. Looking further ahead, we’ll see another frontal cloud band arrive late Friday into Saturday. This front will usher in strong and gusty trade winds, and a period of showers…especially along our windward sides. The latest models suggest that these blustery trades will continue well into next week…although mellow-out some by later next Tuesday into mid-week. I’ll be back again early Thursday morning with your next new weather narrative from paradise, I hope you have a great Wednesday 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 55.8 degrees at 607am on this Wednesday morning. It’s just now getting slightly light outside, and is looking mostly clear as far as I can tell, setting the stage for another beautiful day here in the Aloha State.
~~~ It’s now 8am HST, with another mostly sunny morning on our hands! There are shallow low clouds banked up along our windward sides, and over the West Maui Mountains…otherwise nothing but warm sunshine beaming down. I’m not sure what a better looking day would be like, as its just incredible. There’s no wind here in Kula, although the trade winds are blowing stronger elsewhere around the state…at least in places.
~~~ We’re edging into the late morning time frame, here at 1050am, with clear to partly cloudy skies overhead. Looking over towards the windward sides, I can see clouds being carried ashore by the trade winds…some of which are moving through the Central Valley. The air temperature at my place is a nice 69.4 degrees, while down at the Kahului airport at the same time, it was a warmer 79 degrees. It’s this 10 degrees difference, or more, that I appreciate about living here in the upcountry area.
~~~ We’ve pushed into the early afternoon hours, now at 1pm, under clear to partly cloudy skies, light breezes here in Kula, with an air temperature of 72.1 degrees. It continues to be a nice sunny day in most areas here on Maui, although with breezy trade winds blowing locally. There were a few light showers earlier today, although they didn’t amount to much…as our relatively dry weather conditions continue. I anticipate fair weather to grace the island chain through the rest of the day. Looking around the island, in all directions from up here, it looks a lot like a classic summer day. The one thing that’s different however, is the pretty big surf I can see breaking down on the north shore…which is usually missing during the summer months.
~~~ It’s now 545pm, as we head towards the sunset hour. Our weather here on Maui is really nice, with pleasant temperatures, albeit on the windy side here and there. Clouds are scattered around, with a few showers falling along our windward sides, and even down in the Central Valley at the moment. As temperatures cool tonight, those windward biased showers may become slightly more active, although our leeward sides will continue to be dry. Thursday looks quite like it will be a repeat of today, which not many will complain about…especially those folks who were able to add a layer of tan today, along our beaches!
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 Pacific Ocean: There are no active tropical cyclones
South Pacific Ocean: Tropical Cyclone 18P (Luis) remains active in the southwest Pacific. Here’s the JTWC graphical track map, and a NOAA satellite image.
North and South Indian Oceans: There are no active tropical cyclones
Here’s a link to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC)
Interesting: Renewable energy helps Scotland become one of the world’s wealthiest nations – Scotland’s control over a quarter of Europe’s offshore wind and marine energy has helped it become one of the world’s wealthiest nations, according to new analysis released today.
The new figures from the Scottish Government show that Scotland with its broad base of economic strengths would be ranked as the 14th wealthiest nation per head within the OECD, the grouping of the world’s richest countries.
The updated research shows that including North Sea output, Scotland’s GDP per capita in 2012 was 11 per cent above that of the UK which is ranked 18th out of the 34 OECD countries. Both Scotland and the UK maintain their rankings compared to updated international comparisons for 2011.
The rankings are dominated by small independent countries with 7 of the top ten nations in the OECD in 2012 having populations of less than 10 million people.
The research complements work by the Financial Times which ranked Scotland as the 19th wealthiest nation in the world, compared to the UK in 23rd place and comes after ratings agency Standard and Poor’s confirmed an independent Scotland would qualify for its “highest economic assessment”.
Scotland’s Finance Secretary John Swinney confirmed the figures in a speech to Edinburgh University on the economic opportunities of independence.
He said: “There is no doubt that Scotland can more than afford to be a successful independent nation. With our vast natural resources, skilled work force and broad-based industrial strengths, Scotland performs strongly against international competitors.
“This analysis shows that an independent Scotland would be the 14th wealthiest nation per head within the OECD compared to that of the UK which is ranked 18th and with the powers of independence we would be able to harness that wealth for the benefit of people in Scotland.
Seven of the top 10 countries in the OECD have populations of less than 10 million people, demonstrating what can be achieved by small independent countries with the powers to manage their own economies.
Scotland has five of the world’s top 200 universities, a booming food and drink industry worth over £13bn a year, a huge market for tourism, 25% of Europe’s offshore wind and tidal energy and growing potential in areas like life science, low carbon manufacturing and in our rural and island economies.”