Air Temperatures – The following maximum temperatures (F) were recorded across the state of Hawaii Wednesday:
82 Lihue, Kauai
86 Honolulu, Oahu
87 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 830pm Wednesday evening:
Kailua Kona -79
Hana airport, Maui – 70
Haleakala Summit – 45 (near 10,000 feet on Maui)
Mauna Kea Summit – 34 (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.
Punaluu Black Sand Beach…on the Big Island
Strengthening trade winds this week into next week
locally strong and gusty
A few windward showers arriving in an off and on
Small Craft Wind Advisory…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 Wednesday evening:
21 Port Allen, Kauai – NE
40 Oahu Forest NWR, Oahu – NNE
28 Molokai – NE
35 Lanai – NE
31 Kahoolawe – NE
29 Kaupo Gap, Maui – NE
32 Pali 2, Big Island – NW
Here are the latest 24-hour precipitation totals (inches) for each of the islands…as of Wednesday evening (545pm totals):
0.66 Mount Waialeale, Kauai
0.12 Nuuanu Upper, Oahu
0.18 Puu Kukui, Maui
0.71 Glenwood, 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 ~~~
No let up expected in our late spring trade wind weather pattern. 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 moderately strong high pressure system located far to our northeast…with its associated ridge extending southwest to the northeast of the state. There’s a second high pressure cell to the north, which has another ridge trailing it to the southwest. At the same time, we have the tail-end of a cold front/trough located well north of Kauai. Our winds will settle into a long lasting trade wind flow, with no interruptions expected well into the future.
Satellite imagery shows hardly any lower level clouds over our area…with some mostly thin high clouds. Looking at this larger satellite image, we see a large area of high clouds being moved along on the upper level winds to our southwest and west, along with a counterclockwise rotating upper level low pressure system far to the west-northwest. Some of these high clouds will move over the state today, first on Kauai and Oahu…and then elsewhere. Here’s a looping radar image, showing mostly light showers being carried along in our trade wind flow, although not many at the time of this writing. It appears that drier air is moving into our area from the east, which will tend to keep our shower activity rather limited, focused mostly along the windward sides at night.
We’re involved in a classic, late spring trade wind weather pattern…with no obvious interruptions on the horizon. The windward sides, as the trade winds remain somewhat stronger than usual, will bring just a few showers our way. Our weather will follow climatology quite closely through the next week at least, which means the trade winds will be our major player…along with those few off and on passing windward biased showers. The leeward sides will bask in very warm sunshine during the days, with fair warm nights prevailing. 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 57 degrees at 550am on this Wednesday morning. Skies are mostly clear everywhere here on Maui. There are the usual cumulus clouds riding along in the trade wind flow…over on the windward sides. The leeward sides of Wailea/Kihei and Lahaina look cloud free in contrast. It’s yet another near perfect day in paradise!
We’ve now pushed into the early afternoon hours, at 1235pm, under mostly sunny skies, a light trade wind breeze…and an air temperature of 78.6 degrees. The wind is quite light here in Kula, although I notice that there was a gust of 42 mph down across the small island of Lanai…which is what I consider robust. All the islands, at least in places, are experiencing winds gusting well up into the 30+ mph range this afternoon. Otherwise, it’s dry and sunny, with very warm air temperatures being reported down near the beaches.
It’s now 625pm under mostly cloudy skies, much of which are the thickening high cirrus clouds…with an air temperature of 72.7 degrees. These higher level clouds could make for a nice colorful sunset this evening, we’ll see. Here’s a good satellite image of these cirrus, which may become even thicker tonight into Thursday…filtering our sunshine. Update at 715pm, the sunset didn’t happen, as the high clouds were too thick, and there’s a band of showery looking clouds impacting our windward sides.
World-wide tropical cyclone activity:
Atlantic Ocean: There are no active tropical cyclones
Here’s a satellite image of the Atlantic Ocean
Caribbean Sea: There are no active tropical cyclones
Gulf of Mexico: There are no active tropical cyclones
Showers and thunderstorms have recently increased near a low
pressure area over the southern Bay of Campeche. Despite strong
upper-level winds, some further development of this system is
possible over the next day or two if the low remains offshore of
eastern Mexico. An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is
scheduled to investigate this system this afternoon, if necessary.
This disturbance has the potential to produce extremely heavy rains
and life-threatening flash floods and mud slides over portions of
southeastern Mexico during the next few days.
* Formation chance through 48 hours…medium…30 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days…medium…30 percent.
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: No tropical cyclones are expected through the next 5 days
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 Saturday morning
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: Climate change and nutrition – Researchers now say in a revealing Nature paper that the most significant health threat from climate change has started to happen.
Crops that provide a large share of the global population with most of their dietary zinc and iron will have significantly reduced concentrations of those nutrients at the elevated levels of atmospheric CO2 anticipated by around 2050, according to research by Israeli scientists published in Nature this month.
Given that an estimated two billion people suffer from zinc and iron deficiencies, resulting in a loss of 63 million life years annually from malnutrition, the reduction in these nutrients represents the most significant health threat ever shown to be associated with climate change, they report.
Humanity is conducting a global experiment by rapidly altering the environmental conditions on the only habitable planet we know. As this experiment unfolds, there will undoubtedly be many surprises. Finding out that rising CO2 threatens human nutrition is one such surprise.