Air Temperatures – The following maximum temperatures (F) were recorded across the state of Hawaii Sunday:
81 Lihue, Kauai
87 Honolulu, Oahu
85 Kahului, Maui
84 Kailua Kona
81 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
Hilo, Hawaii – 72
Haleakala Summit – 39 (near 10,000 feet on Maui)
Mauna Kea Summit – 41 (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 winds will continue through the new week ahead
There will be some passing showers generally along
the windward sides…a few elsewhere
The following numbers represent the strongest wind gusts (mph), along with directions…as of Sunday evening:
20 Port Allen – NE
24 Oahu Forest NWR, Oahu -NNE
20 Molokai – ENE
32 Lanai – NE
22 Kahoolawe – NE
14 Lipoa, Maui – NE
23 Pali 2, Big Island – NNE
Here are the latest 24-hour precipitation totals (inches) for each of the islands…as of Sunday evening (545pm totals):
0.48 Kilohana, Kauai
0.39 Poamoho RG 1, Oahu
0.29 Ulupalakua, Maui
0.85 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 ~~~
Our trade winds will be gradually increasing over the next few days. 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 moderately strong high pressure systems, coming in at near 1023 millibars, located to the north-northwest and northeast of the state. A slight reduction in wind speeds will take place through Monday, which will rebound thereafter…continuing well into the future.
Satellite imagery shows scattered clouds around the islands…although many areas are cloud free. Looking at this larger looping satellite image, we see areas of high level clouds to our south, west and east as well. Meanwhile, there are lower level clouds riding along in the trade wind flow…coming in from the east. Here’s a looping radar image, showing passing showers…which will bring some passing shower activity to our windward sides tonight into early Monday morning. Typically these showers will decrease some during the daytime hours, making way for another nice looking day as we begin our new work week.
This trade wind weather pattern will continue well into the foreseeable future. There will be some showers reaching the windward sides of our islands, with just a few being carried over into the leeward sides…mostly at night. We have a trough of low pressure getting somewhat closer to the state now, located not far to our east. This low pressure may enhance some of the showers that fall locally…especially along the Kona slopes during the afternoon hours locally. The leeward beaches, as is often the case under these conditions, will continue to have very nice weather. 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.
Here on Maui, at the 3,100 foot elevation, at my upper Kula, Maui weather tower, the air temperature was 54.7 degrees at 555am on this Sunday morning. Skies are mostly clear, with a few lower level clouds, although not many…along with some thin high and middle level clouds. These lit up a faint pink early this morning, just as they did yesterday morning. It’s another gorgeous summer day, likely very much like Saturday, and a lot like what Monday will look like.
We’re a little into Sunday afternoon at 1220pm, under sunny skies, off and on gusty breezes…and an air temperature of 78.1 degrees. Looking around the rest of the island from up here in Kula, I see predominately sunny skies, even over along the windward sides. It’s another one of those near perfect days here in paradise.
It’s now 555pm, under still mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies, light breezes…and an air temperature of 77.4 degrees. A lovely sunset, so mellow here in upcountry Maui…really nice!
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: There are no active tropical cyclones
Disorganized showers and thunderstorms continue in association with an area of low pressure located a few hundred miles south-southeast of the southern tip of the Baja California penisula. Environmental conditions are marginally conducive for development of this system during the next day or so, but are expected to become less favorable thereafter while the system slows down and turns northwestward.
* Formation chance through 48 hours…medium…30 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days…medium…30 percent.
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 the next two days
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: Update: the future of EV’s in China – China has ambitious goals for developing and deploying electric vehicles (EV). The stated intention is to “leapfrog” the auto industries of other countries and seize the emerging EV market. Since 2009, policies have included generous subsidies for consumers in certain locations, as well as strong pressure on local governments to purchase EVs. Yet four years into the program, progress has fallen far short of the intended targets. China has only about 40,000 EVs on the road, of which roughly 80% are public fleet vehicles such as buses and sanitation vehicles. China’s EV industry faces the same challenges as companies in the West: a) high battery costs; b) inadequate range between charges; and c) no obvious infrastructure model for vehicle.
China’s EV industry faces the same challenges as companies in the West: a) high battery costs; b) inadequate range between charges; and c) no obvious infrastructure model for vehicle charging.
In addition, China’s industry is constrained by four domestic barriers.
China’s fragmented automobile industry lacks the capacity to acquire or develop world-class EV technologies. To date, attempts to induce foreign companies to transfer technologies via joint ventures have been largely unsuccessful.
Trade barriers prevent foreign firms from producing or selling EVs in China. Not only are imported cars ineligible for subsidies, there are also stringent IP transfer requirements for domestic sales of foreign-branded EVs and other “new energy vehicles.” Equally important as the international barriers, trade barriers at the city- and province-level prevent an efficient allocation of the EV manufacturing and supply chain within China.