Air Temperatures – The following maximum temperatures (F) were recorded across the state of Hawaii Tuesday:
83 Lihue, Kauai
84 Honolulu, Oahu
88 Kahului, Maui
85 Kailua Kona
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 743pm Tuesday evening:
Kahului, Maui – 79
Hilo, Hawaii - 74
Haleakala Summit – 54 (near 10,000 feet on Maui)
Mauna Kea Summit – 43 (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.
Windward east Maui
Light to moderate winds, continuing over the next several days…
making for rather muggy conditions near sea level
A few showers will occur during the afternoon hours over the
interior sections, with a few showers falling here and there
elsewhere…a few may be locally heavy at times
The following numbers represent the most recent top wind gusts (mph), along with directions…as of Tuesday evening:
23 Port Allen, Kauai – SE
22 Kahuku Trng, Oahu – SE
25 Molokai – ENE
29 Lanai – NE
25 Kahoolawe – NE
27 Kahului, Maui – NE
27 South Point, Big Island – NE
Here are the latest 24-hour precipitation totals (inches) for each of the islands…as of Tuesday evening (545pm totals):
0.63 Mount Waialeale, Kauai
1.51 Poamoho RG 1, Oahu
0.13 Kula Branch Station, Maui
0.31 Kainaliu, 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 to moderately strong southeast to east-southeast breezes continuing. Here’s the latest weather map, showing the Hawaiian Islands, and the rest of the North Pacific Ocean, along with a real-time wind profile of the central Pacific…focused on the Hawaiian Islands. ~~~ We see a moderately strong, near 1030 millibar high pressure system to the northeast of our islands. It has a trailing ridge of high pressure located very near or over Kauai. At the same time, we see low pressure systems to our northwest and west-northwest, with associated cold fronts…northwest of the state as well. Our local winds will remain light, although with moderately strong gusts locally, from the southeast in most areas for the time being. The longer range outlook calls for the return of our normal trade winds by early next week or so.
Satellite imagery shows just a few lower level clouds, with mostly clear skies in many areas…especially the beaches. Looking at this larger satellite image, we see high cirrus clouds to our south…and with thunderstorms well offshore to the northwest. There are also stable looking lower level clouds moving over us on the southeasterly breezes, although not many. Here’s a looping radar image, showing generally light showers, most of which are falling over the ocean offshore of the islands. The most noticeable showers are reaching both Oahu and the Big Island…carried our way on these southeasterly breezes. The overlying atmosphere remains dry and stable however, which is limiting shower activity for the most part…with just a few slightly more generous showers falling locally.
Our ongoing placid weather pattern continues, with little change expected over the next several days at least. This is a modified convective weather pattern, with clear to partly cloudy mornings, giving way to afternoon clouds over the slopes…and a few showers. There’s still that chance that a few of these afternoon upcountry showers may become locally generous. Meanwhile, the latest model output continues to show a late season cold front approaching the islands Friday into the weekend. This in turn will help keep our light breezes in place…as well as bring a possible increase in showers to some parts of the state. We should find a return to more normal trade winds early next week, which fits climatology much better than what we’re seeing this week. 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 57 degrees at 610am on this Tuesday morning. Skies were generally clear to partly cloudy, and still a bit hazy too, although quite lightly so here in my area. This weather pattern is rather unusual for so late in the spring season, as we would typically expect steady trade winds to prevail during the month of May. As you may have noted above, we also have this late season cold front to our northwest, which the models are bringing in over Kauai and perhaps Oahu this weekend. This too is on the unusual side, and may or may not happen.
It’s now 1230pm, under cloudy skies, light breezes, and an air temperature of 73.6 degrees. Turning around in my chair I see somewhat hazy conditions between here and the West Maui Mountains. The clouds overhead continue to deepen, and get darker, although I haven’t seen any drops just yet. As was the case yesterday, I’m looking for a few showers later this afternoon. Looking at this satellite image, it’s amazingly clear over the nearby ocean, although clouds are definitely beginning to collect over and around the mountains locally. The beaches will continue to be really nice for sun bathing, and for getting into our warmer ocean now. Update at 1pm, we now have a steady light shower, while I can still see mostly sunny skies down the mountain over the beaches.
It’s now early evening, at 555pm, under cloudy skies, and after a light shower just a few minutes ago. There’s the usual light haze that is common during southeast wind conditions, and the usual sunshine that continues beaming down…along our coasts. The air temperature up here in Kula is 70 degrees, along with calm winds. If you have a chance you might find the results of the latest National Climate Assessment (just below) interesting. It has the report broken down regionally, so you can see how these climates changes will manifest in your area of the United States.
Important Climate Change information for the Hawaiian Islands / Climate Change for the United States – This National Climate Assessment released today…summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. A team of more than 300 experts guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee produced the report, which was extensively reviewed by the public and experts, including federal agencies and a panel of the National Academy of Sciences.
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: 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: U.S. Federal Government Amps Up E-Waste Reuse and Recycling – The U.S. federal government is the nation’s largest consumer and disposer of electronics. Considering the number of federal employees—about 2.7 million at last count, not including the military or courts—U.S. government employees contribute a massive portion to the approximate 2.4 million tons of electronic waste, or e-waste, that is discarded annually. Not only are those monitors, printers, cell phones and all those peripherals leeching chemicals into soil and water supplies, government (as well as companies) leave money on the table thanks to all of those rare earth minerals allowing them to function in the first place.
Now the feds say they will become even more aggressive managing the recycling, reuse and eventual disposal of electronic goods. The General Services Administration (GSA), which in layman’s terms is the buyer of all the gadgets federal government employees need, has proposed a new rule that aims to make the federal government a more responsible e-waste steward.
What does this rule propose? First of all, dispensing e-waste by incineration or into landfills is no longer acceptable. Reuse, says the GSA, will be the mantra if this new rule is passed. Agencies will have to make every effort to offer unwanted electronic equipment to other federal government offices. Failing that, such products would then be donated to local and state governments, schools, or non-profits. And in a move that will hardly make a dent in the federal government’s debt but would still be a welcome gesture by those irritated by government inefficiency and waste, government agencies would also be allowed to sell equipment. As for what happens to the electronics that leave federal government offices, the GSA says the purchasers will be “encouraged” to follow the feds’ reuse and recycling procedures—which some e-waste mavens will say is a case of wishful thinking.
Electronics the federal government is unable to offer for reuse will then be sent to recyclers. The GSA will only allow unwanted goods to be sent to companies certified by R2 and e-Stewards: which incidentally are the only two organizations certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In order to shed some transparency on the process, the GSA claims it will develop policies mandating government agencies to submit data for all unwanted and discarded electronic goods, and will release that information publicly on Data.gov.