Air Temperatures – The following maximum temperatures (F) were recorded across the state of Hawaii Friday:
85 Lihue, Kauai
90 Honolulu, Oahu - record highest temperature for Friday was 92…back in 1979, 1984, 1987, 1990, 1997
89 Kahului, Maui
86 Kailua Kona
86 Hilo, Hawaii
Here are the latest 24-hour precipitation totals (inches) for each of the islands, as of Friday evening:
0.35 Puu Lua, Kauai
0.33 Luluku, Oahu
0.31 Molokai airport, Molokai
0.53 Ulupalakua, Maui
0.64 South Point, Big Island
The following numbers represent the strongest wind gusts (mph)…as of Friday evening:
17 Port Allen, Kauai
24 Makua Range, Oahu
25 Kapalua, Maui
24 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 -
no threat to the Hawaiian Islands
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 winds, windward showers locally at times…along with afternoon
upcountry clouds and showers here and there through the weekend into
the new week ahead – sultry
High Surf Advisory…south shores of all the islands
~~~ Hawaii Weather Narrative ~~~
Lighter winds through the holiday weekend into the new 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 cyclones, now just a low pressure systems to the north and northeast of Hawaii…moving westward. These low pressure systems will help to weaken our trade wind flow. We’ll see daytime sea breezes through the remainder of the week, into the first couple of days of the new week ahead, bringing muggy conditions to the state. The more customary trade winds will rebound again around the middle of next week.
Satellite imagery shows clear to partly cloudy skies…with 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, with some cloudy areas too. Meanwhile, there’s a major area active thunderstorms far offshore to the south and southwest. We can see the clouds associated with former tropical cyclones far north and northeast as well. There’s low clouds being carried our way, which will drop a few showers locally…mostly along our windward sides at night. The lighter winds however will also cause afternoon clouds and some showers over our leeward upcountry areas at times locally too. Here’s the looping radar, showing a few showers moving across our island chain, which will continue in an off and on manner…a few of which will be moderately heavy at times.
The computer models are keeping the threat of tropical systems well away from Hawaii…through the next week. As we move through the next several days, the remnant circulations of former tropical cyclones Lowell and Marie…will move into the area well north and northeast of Hawaii. 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. These lighter winds will cause rather muggy conditions to prevail during the days, especially near sea level locations. I’ll be back with more updates on all of the above and below, I hope you have a great Friday night wherever you happen to be spending it! Aloha for now…Glenn.
~~~ Here’s some incredibly huge waves breaking at a surf spot called Teahupoo…in Tahiti! Full Screen is best – turn the volume up a little too
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
1.) Disorganized shower and thunderstorm activity continues in association with a tropical wave over the western Caribbean Sea. Upper-level winds are expected to become more conducive during the next couple of days, but land interaction will likely limit significant development while the disturbance moves across the Yucatan peninsula Sunday and Sunday night. Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for some gradual development once the system moves into the southwestern Gulf of Mexico by Monday.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent * Formation chance through 5 days...medium...40 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: There are no active tropical cyclones
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: Water scarcity is not a problem just for the developing world – In California, legislators are currently proposing a $7.5 billion emergency water plan to their voters; and U.S. federal officials last year warned residents of Arizona and Nevada that they could face cuts in Colorado River water deliveries in 2016.
Irrigation techniques, industrial and residential habits combined with climate change lie at the root of the problem. But despite what appears to be an insurmountable problem, according to researchers from McGill and Utrecht University it is possible to turn the situation around and significantly reduce water scarcity in just over 35 years.
In a new paper published in Nature Geoscience, the researchers outline strategies in six key areas that they believe can be combined in different ways in different parts of the world in order to effectively reduce water stress. (Water stress occurs in an area where more than 40 percent of the available water from rivers is unavailable because it is already being used — a situation that currently affects about a third of the global population, and may affect as many as half the people in the world by the end of the century if the current pattern of water use continues).
The researchers separate six key strategy areas for reducing water stress into “hard path” measures, involving building more reservoirs and increasing desalination efforts of sea water, and “soft path” measures that focus on reducing water demand rather than increasing water supply thanks to community-scale efforts and decision-making, combining efficient technology and environmental protection. The researchers believe that while there are some economic, cultural and social factors that may make certain of the “soft path” measures such as population control difficult, the “soft path” measures offer the more realistic path forward in terms of reducing water stress.
“There is no single silver bullet to deal with the problem around the world,” says Prof. Tom Gleeson, of McGill’s Department of Civil Engineering and one of the authors of the paper. “But, by looking at the problem on a global scale, we have calculated that if four of these strategies are applied at the same time we could actually stabilize the number of people in the world who are facing water stress rather than continue to allow their numbers to grow, which is what will happen if we continue with business as usual.”