Air Temperatures – The following maximum temperatures (F) were recorded across the state of Hawaii Wednesday:
83 Lihue, Kauai
87 Honolulu, Oahu
86 Kahului, Maui
87 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 Wednesday evening:
Kaneohe, Oahu – 81
Hana airport, Maui – 72
Haleakala Summit – 48 (near 10,000 feet on Maui)
Mauna Kea Summit – 46 (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…becoming lighter this
weekend – prompting locally muggy conditions that
will feel very warm during the days
There will be passing showers along the windward
sides…a few elsewhere
Looping satellite image…showing lots of moisture
being carried along by the trade winds
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 Wednesday evening:
27 Port Allen, Kauai – ENE
31 Oahu Forest NWR, Oahu – NNE
31 Molokai – NE
35 Lanai – NE
30 Kahoolawe – NE
33 Kahului, Maui – NE
39 Pali 2, Big Island – NNE
Here are the latest 24-hour precipitation totals (inches) for each of the islands…as of Wednesday evening (545pm totals):
1.51 Mount Waialeale, Kauai
0.60 Waihee Pump, Oahu
1.38 Puu Kukui, Maui
0.34 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, although they will become much softer into the weekend. 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, located to the north-northwest and northeast of the state. The trade winds will become lighter Friday into the weekend. The models suggest that this temporary weakening of the trades will rebound next week.
Satellite imagery shows low clouds around the islands…being carried our way on the gusty trade winds. Looking at this larger looping satellite image, shows those low level clouds riding along in the trade wind flow…coming in from the east. There are high cirrus clouds well offshore in most directions…although they’re diminishing before arriving over our area. Here’s a looping radar image, showing passing showers arriving over our islands quite frequently. The windward sides are receiving most of these showers, at least in places, although the leeward sides are collecting a few on the smaller islands too.
This trade wind weather pattern will continue…giving way to a convective pattern this weekend into early next week. There are moisture areas which continue taking aim on our islands, bringing more than the ordinary amount of precipitation our way at the moment. These showers are generally light to moderately heavy. The leeward beaches will have fewer showers, although will see some here and there on the smaller islands. 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. The normal trade winds will return next week, probably lasting through the following seven days thereafter. I’ll be back again early Thursday morning with your next new weather narrative, 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 a relatively warm 60.8 degrees at 550am on this Wednesday morning. Skies are quite clear, with just partly cloudy conditions over our leeward sides and through the central valley…while the windward sides are mostly clear. As is often the case, we find a very nice beginning to another good looking early summer day. Update at 830am, the winds have come up, it’s gotten cloudier, and showers have moved into the windward sides…with an air temperature of 70.3 here in Kula.
It’s now 1250pm in the early afternoon, under mostly cloudy skies, light breezes, no rain…and an air temperature of 75.2 degrees. I can see lots of clouds around today, not only over and around the mountains, but also down to the beaches…along along the windward sides. This satellite image shows all these clouds, with more to come to our east and northeast. On the other hand, this looping radar image shows that despite all these clouds, showers aren’t particularly widespread or by any means intense. They are of big benefit this time of year, as all the islands could use the moisture. It looks like the Big Island and Kauai are seeing the least of this water, while the central islands are receiving the most…at the time of this writing.
We’re into the early evening now at 540pm, under cloudy skies, light breezes, and an air temperature of 73.4 degrees. Today took on the appearance of a winter or early spring day, rather than the summertime reality we’re into now. Certainly the air temperatures were warmer, although it just looked wintery…with all the clouds around. As for rainfall from those clouds, none has shown up here at my place, despite the current darker cloud bases at the moment. I had to look out at my weather deck to see if any spotty showers had arrived, not yet…although it seems like we are on the verge.
World-wide tropical cyclone activity:
Atlantic Ocean: There are no active tropical cyclones
An area of low pressure could form off of the southeastern coast of
the United States by late this weekend or early next week. Some
development of this system is possible if it remains over water
while it drifts southward or southwestward.
* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days…low…20 percent.
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 cloudiness and disorganized showers and thunderstorms extends for several hundred miles offshore of the coast of southern Mexico and Central America. An area of low pressure is expected to form in a couple of days within this region of disturbed weather south of the coast of Mexico, and conditions appear favorable for this system to become a tropical cyclone by late this weekend or early next week while it moves west-northwestward.
* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days…high…60 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.