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

86  Lihue, Kauai
92  Honolulu, Oahu - record high temperature for Wednesday was 93 degrees…back in 2005
89  Molokai
93  Kahului, Maui - tied the record high temperature for Wednesday was 94…back in 2005
87  Kailua Kona
85  Hilo, Hawaii

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

1.72  Mount Waialeale, Kauai
0.38  Palehua, Oahu
0.09  Molokai AP, Molokai
0.00  Lanai
0.00  Kahoolawe
0.60  Pukalani, Maui
0.82  Kohala Ranch, Big Island

The following numbers represent the strongest wind gusts (mph)…as of Wednesday evening:

17  Port Allen, Kauai

27  Oahu Forest NWR, Oahu
27  Molokai
35  Lanai
30  Kahoolawe
12  Lipoa, Maui

25  Upolu AP, 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

Satellite imagery shows hurricane Norbert far to the east, along
former tropical cyclone Marie well northeast of Hawaii

the lower picture shows a closer view of Hawaii

Here’s a real time wind profiler showing a couple of counter-clockwise
rotating low pressure systems…with the biggest spin being Norbert far
east towards Mexico

Light to moderate trade winds with afternoon upcountry clouds and
showers here and there…along with some windward showers locally

~~~ Hawaii Weather Narrative

The trade winds will remain active through the rest of the week into next week…light to moderately strong in general. 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 find a moderately strong high pressure system far to our northeast. At the same time, there’s a low pressure system, a former tropical cyclone to the northeast of Hawaii. There’s also other low pressure systems far to the northwest of Hawaii. We’ll see daytime sea breezes gradually giving way to light to moderately strong trade winds going forward...locally stronger in gusts.

Satellite imagery shows clear to partly cloudy skies over the islands…with cloudy areas over the islands locally. Looking at this larger looping satellite image, it shows areas of thunderstorms well offshore to the southwest through southeast of Hawaii. The light winds locally, will prompt afternoon clouds and showers over our leeward upcountry locally. As the trade wind flow firms over the next few days, the windward sides will begin to collect some incoming showers. Here’s the looping radar, showing some showers moving across our island chain, which will continue in an off and on manner, becoming somewhat  less active later today into Thursday. We may see an increase in showers Friday through the weekend, and perhaps into early next week, as some of the moisture from now retired tropical cyclone Marie arrives in our area. I’ll be back with more updates on all of the above and below, I hope you have a great Wednesday night wherever you happen to be spending it! Aloha for now…Glenn.

Here’s a weather product that I produced for the Pacific Disaster Center this morning.

World-wide tropical cyclone activity:

Atlantic Ocean:
There are no active tropical cyclones

1.)  A tropical wave, accompanied by a broad low pressure system, is located a few hundred miles east-southeast of the Cape Verde Islands. Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for some development of this disturbance through early next week while it moves westward at about 15 mph.

* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…10 percent
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium…40 percent

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)

Eastern Pacific:
Hurricane 14E (Norbert) remains active in the northeast Pacific, located about 155 miles south-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California…with sustained winds of near 85 mph. Here’s a graphical track map…along with a satellite image. Here’s what the computer models are showing for this category 1 hurricane.

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: How did humans domesticate wild rabbits? – Until recently, little has been known about what genetic changes transform wild animals into domesticated ones. An international team of scientists, one of whom is a University of Montana assistant professor, has made a breakthrough by showing that genes controlling the development of the brain and the nervous system were particularly important for rabbit domestication.

The study was published Aug. 28 in Science and gives answers to many genetic questions.

The domestication of animals and plants, a prerequisite for the development of agriculture, is one of the most important technological revolutions during human history. Domestication of animals started as early as 9,000 to 15,000 years ago and initially involved dogs, cattle, sheep, goats and pigs.

The rabbit was domesticated much later, about 1,400 years ago, at monasteries in southern France. It has been claimed that rabbits were domesticated because the Catholic Church had declared that young rabbits were not considered meat, but fish, and could therefore be eaten during Lent. When domestication occurred, the wild ancestor, the European rabbit, was confined to the Iberian Peninsula and southern France.

“The domestication of rabbits depended upon small genetic changes in many genes rather than more radical mutations in a few genes,” explained Jeffrey Good, UM assistant professor and a co-author on the study. “This pattern contrasts with the large-effect genetic changes that are typically associated with striking differences in the size or appearance of diverse domestic dog breeds, for example. These results are exciting because they shed light on what types of genetic modifications are likely to be important during the early stages of domestication.”