Air Temperatures – The following maximum temperatures (F) were recorded across the state of Hawaii Tuesday:
83 Lihue, Kauai
88 Honolulu, Oahu
89 Kahului, Maui
84 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:
Kailua Kona – 81
Hilo, Hawaii - 75
Haleakala Summit – 43 (near 10,000 feet on Maui)
Mauna Kea Summit – 37 (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 this week…
becoming lighter this weekend – prompting
locally muggy conditions that will feel very
warm in places
There will be passing showers along the
windward sides, a few elsewhere – more
than usual into Wednesday morning
Small Craft Wind Advisory...windiest coasts
and channels around Maui County and the
The following numbers represent the strongest wind gusts (mph), along with directions…as of Tuesday evening:
23 Port Allen, Kauai – NE
27 Oahu Forest NWR, Oahu – N
23 Molokai – ENE
21 Lanai – NE
33 Kahoolawe – NE
24 Kahului, Maui – NE
25 Upolu airport, Big Island – NE
Here are the latest 24-hour precipitation totals (inches) for each of the islands…as of Tuesday evening (545pm totals):
1.04 Mount Waialeale, Kauai
0.32 Oahu Forest NWR, Oahu
0.14 Puu Kukui, Maui
0.54 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 ~~~
Our trade winds will remain active 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 1026 millibars, located to the north and northeast of the state. There will be no interruption in our trade wind flow during the foreseeable future...although they will become lighter Friday into the weekend. There’s a trough of low pressure that’s moving through the state tonight, from east to west, that’s holding down the local wind speeds a bit locally.
Satellite imagery shows low clouds around the islands…carrying some showers our way. Looking at this larger looping satellite image, shows low level clouds riding along in the trade wind flow…coming in from the east. Here’s a looping radar image, showing passing showers, over a few parts of the islands at the time of this writing. The windward sides will be on the receiving end of most of these showers, although the leeward sides will collect a few showers on the smaller islands too. These showery clouds will move through, with fewer clouds and less showers in their wake Wednesday.
This trade wind weather pattern will continue…although with the trades weakening this coming weekend. We have a trough of low pressure moving through the island chain, bringing some clouds with it. This zone of low pressure is helping to enhance some of the showers that are falling locally, and making them more numerous than usual locally. There are a few moisture areas that are taking aim on our islands, the next of which will arrive tonight….first over the Big Island and Maui. The leeward beaches will have fewer showers, although will see some here and there. The easing of the trade winds this weekend will bring an increase in afternoon clouds and showers over our leeward slopes, with some showers falling from them locally. I’ll be back early Wednesday morning with your next new weather narrative early Wednesday morning, 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 cool 54.1 degrees at 550am on this Tuesday morning. Skies are quite clear, with just partly cloudy conditions around the edges. It’s a very nice beginning to another good looking early summer day. Update at 1055am, there’s a showery cloud band that will be arriving along our windward side of the island. A friend down in Spreckelsville just sent me a picture of it. It’s getting cloudier now, with light winds, and an air temperature of 77.9 degrees.
We’re into the early afternoon hours now at 110pm, under cloudy skies, light breezes…and an air temperature of 73.9 degrees. What a difference this afternoon is, compared to yesterday! Yesterday it was sunny and hot, while today is cloudy and cooler than normal. Looking at the clouds at the moment, it seems that they could cut loose with a few showers at any time. Meanwhile, looking down towards the ocean on the north and south shores, it still looks sunny and not at all like showers in contrast. Update, at 220pm, its cloudy, cool, lightly raining…with an air temperature of 71.4 degrees. Yesterday at this time it was easily 10 degrees hotter. Update at 310pm, under cloudy skies, light to moderately heavy showers, near calm winds…and 70.8 degrees. Interestingly enough, at the same time, down in Kahululi, it was mostly sunny with an air temperature of 88 degrees!
What a difference a day makes! It’s now 540pm, under cloudy skies, light winds, and an air temperature of 73.6 degrees. Yesterday was so hot and sunny up here, and today was much cooler and wet at times too. At this time yesterday, or a bit earlier in the afternoon, the temperature here in Kula topped out right around 86 degrees. Today’s high temperature never left the 70’s, and was mostly in the 70-75 degree range…much more comfortable for me personally. I anticipate that Wednesday will be sunnier, warmer, and less wet, at least up here at my place. The sea level locations today remained on the sunny side for the most part, and had high temperatures similar to yesterday.
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
An area of low pressure is expected to form to the south of the coast of Mexico in a couple of days, and conditions appear favorable for some development of this system by the weekend while it moves west-northwestward.
* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days…medium…50 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: For healthy oceans, end illegal fishing - Last week, Secretary of State John Kerry brought together some of the world’s leading thinkers to chart a path for securing the future of our planet’s oceans and the communities and economies they support. Leaders from more than 80 countries delved into the most pressing issues facing our oceans, including marine pollution, climate change and unsustainable fisheries.
While the discussions were vibrant, one of the biggest announcements was made by President Barack Obama as he announced a new initiative to address illegal fishing. Through a government-led strategy, federal agencies — along with industry, NGOs and other key stakeholders — will work together to build a framework that ensures seafood products can be traced from “bait to plate.” This is a critical step by the U.S. to combat illegally caught fish from reaching U.S. markets and ending up on dinner tables and on store shelves across the country.
One common theme that was presented throughout the “Our Ocean” conference was the role of cooperation and the need to work together, across governments, industry and with NGOs to address this shared problem.
To this end, some industry leaders are already rising to meet this challenge. Companies working with the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation, for example, have all made public commitments to combat illegal fishing by establishing best practices for monitoring, control and surveillance in tuna fisheries. ISSF requires that all participating processors, traders, and importers refrain from transactions with vessels that are not flagged to a country that is participating in the Regional Fishery Management Organization, do not have a unique, permanent identification number issued by the International Maritime Organization, or that are not on an authorized vessel list from a Regional Fishery Management Organization. These companies are voluntarily taking this conservation measure to a critical next step by withdrawing their tuna from the marketplace upon the discovery that the tuna originated with an IUU-listed vessel.