Air Temperatures – The following maximum temperatures (F) were recorded across the state of Hawaii Sunday:
82 Lihue, Kauai
86 Honolulu, Oahu
87 Kahului, Maui
86 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 Sunday evening:
Kailua Kona – 81
Hana airport, Maui - 70
Haleakala Summit – 39 (near 10,000 feet on Maui)
Mauna Kea Summit – 36 (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.
Trade wind weather pattern will continue…through the
next week at least
Windward showers arriving in an off and on manner –
fewer elsewhere across the state
Small Craft Wind Advisory…over the windiest coasts
and channels around Maui County and the Big Island
The following numbers represent the strongest wind gusts (mph), along with directions…as of Sunday evening:
25 Port Allen, Kauai – NE
33 Kuaokala, Oahu – NE
29 Molokai – NE
33 Lanai – NE
32 Kahoolawe – NE
33 Kahului, Maui – NE
32 Pali 2, Big Island – NE
Here are the latest 24-hour precipitation totals (inches) for each of the islands…as of Sunday evening (545pm totals):
0.54 Mount Waialeale, Kauai
0.17 Maunawili, Oahu
0.25 Puu Kukui, Maui
0.44 Kealakekua, 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 ~~~
Gusty trade winds will prevail well into the future. 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 have a large, moderately strong near 1032 millibar high pressure system located far to the north-northeast. This high pressure cell has an associated ridge extending southwest…to the northwest and west of the state. Our local winds will remain gusty, with only minor daily variations in speed and direction through the next few days Those places with the most direct exposure to this wind flow will top 30-35 mph in gusts during the days…lighter at night.
Satellite imagery shows scattered low clouds surrounding the islands…offshore for the most part. Looking at this larger looping satellite image, we see areas of high level clouds to our south…with a few minor wisps moving across the Big Island locally. In addition, there’s an area of thunderstorms well to the west of Hawaii, associated with a deep upper level low pressure system. Meanwhile, the lower level clouds are riding along in the trade wind flow…impacting our windward sides at times locally. These low clouds will bring some showers with them during the cooler hours of the night for the most part, and then diminish some during the warmer daytime hours. Here’s a looping radar image, showing a few showers falling across the state, especially over the central islands down through the Big Island…at the time of this writing.
We continue to be involved in a well established trade wind weather pattern…as we push through these last few days of our late spring season. I don’t see any surprises on the upcoming horizon, at least in terms of our generally pleasant weather conditions through the next couple of days. However, the models continue showing what could be a subtle change arriving Tuesday into Wednesday. These forecasts point out an area of low pressure slipping down over the state, which may cause a brief period of enhanced showers along our windward sides for the most part. I’ll keep you briefed-up on what the models are saying as we go forward from here. Otherwise, our weather will be fine, with the current gusty trades and passing windward showers at times. I’ll be back again early Monday morning with your next new weather narrative, I hope you have a great Sunday night wherever you’re spending it! Aloha for now…Glenn.
Father’s Day is here, and I’d like to wish all you Dad’s out there a great day! My own Dad, whose name is Edward, passed away a few years ago. Nonetheless, he still seems alive and well…at least in my memory. I have several of his pictures out on my desk this morning, a couple of which include my Mom of course. Here’s remembering you Dad, I still love you!
Here on Maui, at the 3,100 foot elevation, at my upper Kula, Maui weather tower, the air temperature was 55.2 degrees at 555am on this Sunday morning. Skies are clear overhead, with the usual windward biased clouds, leaving the leeward beaches in very good shape on this important day.
We’re into early afternoon now at 1235pm, under partly cloudy skies, light breezes…and an air temperature of 76.6 degrees.
We’re into the early evening hours at 540pm on this Father’s Day holiday, under partly to mostly cloudy skies, light winds…and an air temperature of 73.8 degrees. Update at 610pm, it just began to light rain, while the air temperature has dropped quickly to 70.3 degrees in a matter of minutes…and on down to 69.8 degrees at 625pm.
Friday Evening Film: This isn’t a film that I’d much been looking forward to seeing. Although, after having seen all of the other current films playing, at least the ones that I was attracted to, this one was the only one left that looked reasonably entertaining. It’s called Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie, Sharito Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Stauton, and Juno Temple…among many others.
Here’s the synopsis: “Maleficent” explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty” and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.
As for ratings, the critics are giving it a moderately good 51% liking, while the audiences are upping that to 76%. The trailer is pretty good, in fact, that’s largely why I’m seeing it. Then, of course, there’s Angelina Jolie, who has a face that’s difficult to see too much…if you know what I mean. This was a good film, and I was glad that I ended up seeing it. It wasn’t my favorite of the year by any means, although it was captivating enough to be pleasant. I generally stay away from Disney films, although I felt they did a good job here. The scenery for this film was stunning, as were the costumes and general design…along with the many great flying shots! As for a grade, I liked it enough for a soft B+ rating.
World-wide tropical cyclone activity:
Atlantic Ocean: There are no active tropical cyclones expected through the next 5 days
Here’s a satellite image of the Atlantic Ocean
Caribbean Sea: There are no active tropical cyclones expected through the next 5 days
Gulf of Mexico: There are no active tropical cyclones expected through the next 5 days
Here’s a satellite image of the Caribbean Sea…and the Gulf of Mexico.
Here’s the link to the National Hurricane Center (NHC)
North Eastern Pacific: Tropical cyclone 03E (Cristina) is now dissipating, here’s a NHC graphical track map…and a satellite image of this former tropical cyclone - Final Advisory
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: No tropical cyclones are expected through Wednesday morning
Here’s a link to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC)
Northwest 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: NASA Prepares To Launch First Satellite Dedicated To Measuring CO2 Levels – NASA’s first spacecraft dedicated to measuring carbon dioxide levels in Earth’s atmosphere is in final preparations for a July 1 launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) mission will provide a more complete, global picture of the human and natural sources of carbon dioxide, as well as their “sinks,” the natural ocean and land processes by which carbon dioxide is pulled out of Earth’s atmosphere and stored.
Carbon dioxide, a critical component of Earth’s carbon cycle, is the leading human-produced greenhouse gas driving changes in Earth’s climate.
“Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere plays a critical role in our planet’s energy balance and is a key factor in understanding how our climate is changing,” said Michael Freilich, director of NASA’s Earth Science Division in Washington. “With the OCO-2 mission, NASA will be contributing an important new source of global observations to the scientific challenge of better understanding our Earth and its future.”
OCO-2 will launch on a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket and maneuver into a 438-mile (705-kilometer) altitude, near-polar orbit. It will become the lead satellite in a constellation of five other international Earth monitoring satellites that circle Earth once every 99 minutes and cross the equator each day near 1:36 p.m. local time, making a wide range of nearly simultaneous Earth observations. OCO-2 is designed to operate for at least two years.
The spacecraft will sample the global geographic distribution of the sources and sinks of carbon dioxide and allow scientists to study their changes over time more completely than can be done with any existing data .
Since 2009, Earth scientists have been preparing for OCO-2 by taking advantage of observations from the Japanese GOSAT satellite. OCO-2 replaces a nearly identical NASA spacecraft lost because of a rocket launch mishap in February 2009.
At approximately 400 parts per million, atmospheric carbon dioxide is now at its highest level in at least the past 800,000 years. The burning of fossil fuels and other human activities are currently adding nearly 40 billion tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere each year, producing an unprecedented build-up in this greenhouse gas.