Air Temperatures The following maximum temperatures (F) were recorded across the state of Hawaii Tuesday:

85  Lihue, Kauai
90  Honolulu, Oahu - record high temperature – 91…back in 1986 and 1988
86  Molokai
89  Kahului, Maui
88  Kailua Kona
84  Hilo, Hawaii

Here are the latest 24-hour precipitation totals (inches) for each of the islands:


3.92  Mount Waialeale, Kauai
1.03  Poamoho RG 1, Oahu
0.01  Molokai
0.00  Lanai
0.00  Kahoolawe
1.19  Kula 1, Maui
1.36  Puu Waawaa, Big Island


Hawaii’s MountainsHere’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.



Aloha Paragraphs


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Our trade winds will continue blowing well into the future


Improving weather…although with showers still around
locally 


Small Craft Wind Advisory…coasts and
channels from Molokai to the Big Island





~~~ Hawaii Weather Narrative ~~~



Our trade winds will remain active…blowing generally in the moderately strong range. 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 to the north of the state. At the same time, we have a surface trough of low pressure moving away to the west of the islands. The forecast calls for the trade winds to remain active through the next week.

Satellite imagery shows a mix of high, middle, and low level clouds…along with thunderstorms over the ocean to the north. Looking at this larger looping satellite image, it shows blossoming thunderstorms over the ocean to the north, and high clouds streaming overhead from the southwest. Here’s the looping radar, showing passing showers moving across our windward areas,  falling mostly in the light to moderately heavy range, along with some heavier showers in the upslope areas…especially in Kona at the moment.  Most of the state will see fewer showers…with a drying trend Wednesday onwards.

The wet conditions of late are almost over…with improved weather expected into the weekend.  It will take until mid-week  before these showery weather conditions completely move to the west of Hawaii. However, now that the NWS forecast office in Honolulu has dropped the flash flood watch everywhere in the state, that’s a very good sign of improvement. It will likely take until Wednesday before more typical trade wind weather pattern returns completely…lasting through the rest of this week. It will still be quite muggy today, although even that will give way to more comfortable conditions soon. Finally, the models continue showing the chance of more tropical showers arriving later this coming weekend into early next week…although most of them should pass by south of Hawaii. I’ll be back with your next new weather narrative early Wednesday morning. Aloha for now…Glenn.


World-wide tropical cyclone activity:


Atlantic Ocean: Tropical depression 02L is now active in the Atlantic…here’s a NHC graphical track map, and a satellite image. Here’s what the hurricane models are showing for this weak tropical system.


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

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

1.Showers and thunderstorms associated with an area of low pressure located about 1300 miles southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula continue to show signs of organization. Environmental conditions appear conducive for additional development and this system is expected to become a tropical depression during the next few days while it moves westward or west-northwestward at 10 to 15 mph.

* Formation chance through 48 hours…high…70 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days…high…80 percent.

Here’s a satellite image of this area being referred to as Invest 91E
- along with the hurricane models

2.) A tropical wave located about 1700 miles east-southeast of the Big Island of Hawaii is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Some development of this system is possible during the next few days while it moves westward into the central Pacific.

* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…near 20 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days…medium…50 percent.

3.) An area of low pressure is forecast to form several hundred miles south of the coast of Mexico in a few days. Some development of this system is expected over the weekend while it moves generally west-northwestward.

* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days…medium…50 percent.

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Another area of low pressure could form during the next couple of days several hundred miles southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula. Some gradual development of this system is possible by the weekend while it moves generally westward.

* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days…low…20 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:
There are no active tropical cyclones


Here’s a link to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC)


Northwest Pacific Ocean:
Typhoon 10W (Matmo) is active in the Taiwan Strait heading towards the China coast, here’s the JTWC graphical track map…along with a satellite imageanimated image


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: Devil Rays are deep divers! - Thought to dwell mostly near the ocean’s surface, Chilean devil rays (Mobula tarapacana) are most often seen gliding through shallow, warm waters. But a new study by scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and international colleagues reveals that these large and majestic creatures are actually among the deepest-diving ocean animals.

“So little is known about these rays,” said Simon Thorrold, a biologist at WHOI and one of the authors of the paper, published July 1, 2014, in the journal Nature Communications. “We thought they probably traveled long distances horizontally, but we had no idea that they were diving so deep. That was truly a surprise.”

Researchers utilized pop-up satellite archival transmitting tags to record the movement patterns of 15 Chilean devil rays in the central North Atlantic Ocean during 2011 and 2012. The tags, which stay on the animals for up to 9 months, also measure water temperature, depth, and light levels of the waters. Once the tags pop off, they float to the surface and beam data via the ARGO satellite system back to computers on shore.

“Data from the tags gives us a three-dimensional view of the movements of these animals, and a window into how they’re living in their ocean habitat—where they go, when, and why,” Thorrold added.

Devil rays, which can grow as large as 13 feet across, are ocean nomads traveling large areas of the ocean. Dive data from the tags showed individuals also routinely descended at speeds up to 13.4 miles per hour to depths of almost 2,000 meters (1.24 miles) in water temperatures less than 39.2 degrees Fahrenheit.

The deep dives generally followed two distinct patterns. The most common involved descent to the maximum depth followed by a slower, stepwise return to the surface with a total dive time of 60 to 90 minutes. The tagged rays generally only made one such dive during a 24-hour period. In the second dive pattern, individuals descended and then remained at depths of up to 3,280 feet for as long as 11 hours.

Chilean devil rays (Mobula tarapacana) are actually among the deepest-diving ocean animals.