Air Temperatures – The following maximum temperatures (F) were recorded across the state of Hawaii Thursday:
85 Lihue, Kauai
89 Honolulu, Oahu
88 Kahului, Maui
88 Kailua Kona
85 Hilo, Hawaii
Here are the latest 24-hour precipitation totals (inches) for each of the islands, as of Thursday evening:
0.40 Kilohana, Kauai
0.37 Oahu Forest NWR, Oahu
0.14 Molokai airport, Molokai
0.31 Ulupalakua, Maui
1.06 Kapapala Ranch, Big Island
The following numbers represent the strongest wind gusts (mph)…as of Thursday evening:
23 Port Allen, Kauai
24 Waianae Valley, Oahu
24 Kapalua, Maui
25 PTA Keamuku, 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.
Satellite imagery shows Post-tropical cyclone Marie well northeast of Hawaii…
with the faint remainder of former tropical cyclone Lowell just to the
west of Marie
Here’s a real time wind profiler showing a couple of counter-clockwise rotating
low pressure systems…with the biggest spin being now retired Marie
Lighter trade winds, windward showers locally at times…along with
afternoon upcountry clouds and showers here and there through
the weekend into early next week
High Surf Advisory…south and east shores of all the islands
~~~ Hawaii Weather Narrative ~~~
Lighter winds through the rest of this week…with daytime sea breezes along the leeward beaches. 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. We have former tropical cyclone Lowell, now just a low pressure system to the north-northeast of Hawaii…moving westward. This low, in addition to post-tropical cyclone Marie, following close behind to the east, will weaken our trade wind flow. We’ll see daytime sea breezes through the remainder of the week, bringing muggy conditions to the state. The more customary trade winds will rebound again during the first half of next week.
Satellite imagery shows clear skies with scattered clouds over and around the islands. Looking at this larger looping satellite image, it shows clear to partly cloudy conditions over most of the state…while there are active thunderstorms far offshore to the southwest. We can see the clouds associated with former tropical cyclone Marie far northeast as well. There’s low clouds being carried our way, which will drop just a few showers locally…mostly along our windward sides during the night and early morning hours. The lighter winds however will also cause afternoon clouds and some showers over our leeward upcountry areas at times locally. Here’s the looping radar, showing a few showers moving across our island chain, which will continue in an off and on manner…although not many for the time being.
The computer models are keeping the threat of tropical cyclones well away from Hawaii…through the next week. As we move through the next several days, the remnant circulation of former tropical cyclone Lowell will move into the area well north of Hawaii. In addition, now retired Marie will follow in the wake of retired Lowell. These former tropical cyclones will interrupt our trade wind flow, with clear mornings giving way to afternoon clouds and showers over the upcountry slopes, and interior sections into the weekend and beyond. Finally, please be careful when going into the ocean for a while longer, especially along the south and east facing shores, where high surf conditions exist. I’ll be back with more updates on all of the above and below, I hope you have a great Thursday night wherever you happen to be spending it! Aloha for now…Glenn.
World-wide tropical cyclone activity:
Atlantic Ocean: Post-tropical cyclone 04L (Cristobal) remains active in the northern Atlantic Ocean, located about 300 miles east-southeast of Cape Race, Newfoundland – wind speeds 55 mph. Here’s the NHC graphical track map…along with a satellite image – here’s what the computer models are showing about this post-tropical cyclone.
1.) A tropical wave near the west coast of Africa is producing minimal shower activity. Environmental conditions are expected to remain unfavorable for development of this system during the next several days while it moves westward near 15 mph across the eastern and central tropical Atlantic. * Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent. * Formation chance through 5 days...low...10 percent.
Here’s a satellite image of the Atlantic Ocean
Caribbean Sea: There are no active tropical cyclones
1.) Disorganized cloudiness and thunderstorms over the central Caribbean Sea are associated with a tropical wave. Upper-level winds are expected to remain unfavorable for development during the next day or so. However, environmental conditions could become more conducive for some development when the system moves over the northwestern Caribbean Sea Saturday night or Sunday, and into the southwestern Gulf of Mexico Sunday night or Monday.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent * Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent
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)
Eastern Pacific: Post-tropical cyclone 13E (Marie) is dissipating in the northeast Pacific, located about 985 miles west-southwest of San Diego, California – wind speeds 40 mph. Here’s the NHC graphical track map…along with a satellite image – here’s what the computer models are showing about this post-tropical cyclone.
Here’s a wide satellite image that covers the entire area between Mexico, out through the central Pacific…to the International Dateline.
Central Pacific: There are no active tropical cyclones
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: A Fukushima-Sized Problem – A newly-exposed report by Diablo Canyon’s lead nuclear inspector shows that the twin reactors are unsafe, writes Karl Grossman. An earthquake on nearby geological faults could trigger a Fukushima-scale accident causing 10,000 early fatalities. The owner’s response? Apply to extend the site’s operation for another 20 years.
As aftershocks of the 6.0 Napa earthquake that occurred Sunday in California continued, the Associated Press revealed a secret government report pointing to major earthquake vulnerabilities at the Diablo Canyon nuclear plants which are a little more than 200 miles away and sitting amid a webwork of earthquake faults.
It’s apparent to any visitor to the stretch of California where the two Diablo Canyon plants are sited that it is geologically hot. A major tourist feature of the area: hot spas.
“Welcome to the Avila Hot Springs”, declares the website of one, noting how “historic Avila Hot Springs” was “discovered in 1907 by at the time unlucky oil drillers and established” as a “popular visitor-serving natural artesian mineral hot springs.”
Nevertheless, Pacific Gas & Electric had no problem in 1965 picking the area along the California coast, north of Avila Beach, as a location for two nuclear plants.
It was known that the San Andreas Fault was inland 45 miles away. But in 1971, with construction already under way, oil company geologists discovered another earthquake fault – the Hosgri Fault, just three miles out in the Pacific from the plant site and linked to the San Andreas Fault.
In 2008 yet another fault was discovered, the Shoreline Fault – just 650 yards from the Diablo Canyon plants.
The Shoreline Fault, and concerns about the vulnerability of nuclear plants to earthquakes in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi disaster, are integral to a 42-page report written by Dr. Michael Peck.
For further information please refer to The Ecologist