Air Temperatures – The following maximum temperatures (F) were recorded across the state of Hawaii Tuesday:
85 Lihue, Kauai
89 Honolulu, Oahu
89 Kahului, Maui
85 Kailua Kona
80 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 810pm Tuesday evening (HST):
Kailua Kona – 80
Hilo, Hawaii - 73
Haleakala Summit – 48 (near 10,000 feet on Maui)
Mauna Kea Summit – 39 (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 picking up, remaining active through the rest of
this work week…then a bit lighter going into the weekend
There will be some passing showers along the windward sides,
mostly at night…a few elsewhere around the state
This looping satellite image shows lots of high cirrus clouds
moving by to our southeast, and over the Big Island at times
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 Tuesday evening
24 Port Allen, Kauai – NE
25 Makua Range, Oahu – NE
27 Molokai – NE
31 Lanai – NE
32 Kahoolawe – NE
36 Kahului, Maui – NE
30 South Point, Big Island – NE
Here are the latest 24-hour precipitation totals (inches) for each of the islands…as of Tuesday evening (545pm totals):
0.53 Mount Waialeale, Kauai
0.16 Kamananui Stream, Oahu
0.28 Puu Kukui, Maui
0.74 Waiakea Uka, 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 ~~~
The trade winds will remain active…increasing some later today. 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 northeast and northwest of the state. The models suggest that the trade winds will remain active, with no definite end in sight through the next week at least.
Satellite imagery shows high cirrus clouds over parts of the Big Island…at the time of this writing. Looking at this larger looping satellite image, it shows low level clouds riding along in the trade wind flow from east to west, under these high clouds. The high clouds over Hawaii will dim and filter our Hawaiian sunshine at times, at least over the eastern islands locally. Here’s the looping radar, showing passing showers, which increased as usual last night, but should diminish during the day…and then likely increase again some tonight into Wednesday morning along our windward sides.
Favorably inclined weather conditions, with little change through the weekend. As is often the case, most showers that grace our shores and slopes will occur during the night and early morning hours. There are those typical patches of showery clouds upstream, which will bring moisture our way periodically through the week. The trade winds will be strong enough to carry a few passing showers over to the leeward sides at times too. There’s a chance that our trade winds may ease up a little this weekend, as whatever is left of tropical cyclone Fausto, moves closer to our area later Sunday or early next week. I’ll be back many times during the day with more updates on all of the above, I hope you have a great Tuesday wherever you’re spending it! Aloha for now…Glenn.
Former tropical cyclone Fausto..is now falling apart. This system will fail to push into our central Pacific, as it dissipates far to the east-southeast. The National Hurricane Center has discontinued advisories on fading system. Here’s the NHC graphical track map, a satellite image.
Here on Maui, at the 3,100 foot elevation, at my upper Kula, Maui weather tower, the air temperature was a 56.5 degrees at 550am on this Tuesday morning. Skies are mostly clear, with just the typical capping cloud over the West Maui Mountains.
We’re into the early afternoon now 125pm, under partly cloudy skies, very light winds…and an air temperature of 77.5 degrees.
It’s now early evening at 725pm, under partly cloudy skies, near calm winds…and an air temperature of 72 degrees. It was yet another classic summer day, with all the ingredients to make it near perfect. As for Fausto, the latest satellite images show a rather ragged storm, having lost some of its tight organization…as it spreads out some. TS Fausto may regroup some Wednesday, although by Thursday into Friday, it will begin flagging again. I’m still not worrying about this, what will be the first tropical cyclone to enter the central Pacific, as I think shortly thereafter it will dissipate in fairly short order. By the way, when it enters our central Pacific sometime Friday…it will still be 1000 miles to our east-southeast.
World-wide tropical cyclone activity:
Atlantic Ocean: There are no active tropical cyclones expected through the next 2 days
Here’s a satellite image of the Atlantic Ocean
Caribbean Sea: There are no active tropical cyclones expected through the next 2 days
Gulf of Mexico: There are no active tropical cyclones expected through the next 2 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: Remnants of tropical cyclone Fausto are dissipating far to Hawaii’s east-southeast, in the northeastern Pacific. Here’s the NHC graphical track map…and a satellite image – Final Advisory
Meanwhile, there’s disorganized cloudiness and showers located several hundred miles
southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula are
associated with a trough of low pressure. Development, if any, of
this system should be slow to occur during the next day or so while
it moves west-northwestward at 10 to 15 mph. After that time,
strong upper-level winds are expected to preclude any development.
Here’s what the computer models are showing.
* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…10 percent
* Formation chance through 5 days…low…10 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: Tropical storm 08W (Neoguri) remains active, and will continue weakening over the next several days…as it prepares to move over southern Japan. Here’s the JTWC graphical track map…along with a satellite 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: Condors vs. the NRA - Recently scientists from the Zoological Society of London and Yale University assessed the world’s 9,993 bird species according to their evolutionary distinctiveness and global extinction risk.
At number three on the list is the Critically Endangered California condor (Gymnogyps californianus) – weighing as much as 25 pounds, standing over four foot tall, with a wingspan of almost 10 feet, it is the largest land bird in North America.
Riding on wind currents to heights of 15,000 feet and travelling up to 150 miles a day in search of food, these majestic birds once flew by the thousands above the California land mass and far beyond.
The condor flies again
Sadly, condor numbers dropped so drastically that in 1987 the last living wild condor was taken into captivity and put into a breeding program to save the species.
Now only 238 free-ranging condors – all descendants of captive breeding in the Condor Recovery Program initiated in the early 1980s -inhabit the skies above California, Arizona, Utah, and Baja California. A further 195 are in zoos, captive breeding programs, or being held for release or medical treatment.
This is a far cry from sustainable population numbers but it is also far better than the numbers in April 1987 through 1991 when the North American skies were empty of condors.
Although one of the very first species listed under the Endangered Species Protection Act of 1966, condor populations plummeted for decades. How did things go so wrong?
Humans took a heavy toll: habitat loss and destruction, hunting, egg and specimen collecting, the capturing of live birds, ingestion of DDE (a breakdown form of the pesticide DDT), accidental ingestion of lead from spent ammunition and other assaults, decimated the species’ numbers to the point of near extinction.
A third of condors suffer from lead poisoning
Today, most of these problems have been ameliorated. But one huge hazard remains: the leading cause of mortality to condor populations and the number one threat to condor recovery is still lead poisoning from spent ammunition.
A 2012 study by the University of California at Santa Cruz by Myra Kinkelstein and others found that “condors in California remain chronically exposed to harmful levels of lead.”
“30% of the annual blood samples collected from condors indicate lead exposure that causes significant sub-clinical health effects … Furthermore, each year, ~20% of free-flying birds have blood lead levels that indicate the need for clinical intervention to avert morbidity and mortality.”