Air Temperatures – The following maximum temperatures (F) were recorded across the state of Hawaii Thursday:
84 Lihue, Kauai
88 Honolulu, Oahu
91 Kahului, Maui - record highest temperature for Thursday was 94 back in…1951
87 Kailua Kona
85 Hilo, Hawaii
Here are the latest 24-hour precipitation totals (inches) for each of the islands, as of Friday morning:
0.72 Mount Waialeale, Kauai
1.08 Poamoho RG 1, Oahu
0.19 Puu Alii, Molokai
0.34 Puu Kukui, Maui
0.43 Kainaliu, Big Island
The following numbers represent the strongest wind gusts (mph)…as of Friday morning:
20 Puu Lua, Kauai
39 Oahu Forest NWR, Oahu
23 Kapalua, Maui
35 Pali 2, 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 image showing hurricane Karina to the east-southeast, and
much larger tropical storm Lowell further east, as well as tropical storm
Marie closer to Mexico…along with a tropical disturbance to the southeast
of our islands
Here’s a real time wind profiler showing hurricane Karina to the
east-southeast, along with tropical storm Lowell further east, and tropical
storm Marie even further east…the area to the southeast of our islands…
has a low chance of developing
Moderately strong trade winds…a few windward showers locally
High Surf Advisory…South facing shores of all islands – and a Small
Craft Wind Advisory…over the windiest coasts and channels areound
Maui County and the Big Island
~~~ Hawaii Weather Narrative ~~~
Ongoing trade winds continuing through the weekend….into next week. 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 a moderately strong, near 1029 millibar high pressure system located far to the northeast of the state. At the same time, there’s a tropical disturbance to the southeast of Hawaii…along with three tropical storms in the eastern Pacific. Our trade winds will remain moderately strong…with some higher gusts. These long lasting trades will continue into the new week ahead.
Satellite imagery shows scattered clouds over and around the islands...being carried along in the moderately strong trade wind flow. Looking at this larger looping satellite image, it shows clear to partly cloudy conditions over most of the state, with some cloudy areas as well…while there are active thunderstorms far to the southwest, south, and southeast. We see the counterclockwise rotating hurricane Karina in the picture as well…far to the east-southeast. There’s low clouds being carried our way, which will drop showers locally…mostly along our windward sides during the night and early morning hours. Here’s the looping radar, showing some showers moving across our island chain, which will remain the case through the foreseeable future.
Meanwhile, the tropical ocean far to our east and east-southeast remains very active…in relation to tropical cyclones. At the moment, we have an area of disturbed weather, with a low chance of developing into a tropical depression, located to the southeast of our islands. That being said, the models are keeping tropical systems well away from the Hawaiian Islands through the next week. In contrast to our rather quiet reality here in the central Pacific, the eastern Pacific has three active tropical cyclones churning the waters now. Here’s a good NASA satellite image of these three tropical storms. I’ll return today with many more updates on all of the above and below, I hope you have a great Friday 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.) Shower and thunderstorm activity has increased during the past few hours in association with a small area of low pressure located just north of the Mona Passage between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Satellite wind data and preliminary reports from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that the circulation associated with the low is poorly defined. Some additional development of this system is possible today, but environmental conditions are expected to be more conducive for the development of a tropical depression or tropical storm when the disturbance moves near or over the southeastern Bahamas on Saturday.
Regardless of whether the system becomes a tropical cyclone, gusty winds and heavy rainfall are expected across Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands today, and over portions of Hispaniola and the southeastern and central Bahamas tonight and Saturday. Interests in the southeastern and central Bahamas should monitor the progress of this disturbance, as tropical storm watches or warnings could be required with short notice.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...high...70 percent * Formation chance through 5 day...high...80 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 11E (Karina) remains active in the northeast Pacific, located about 1340 miles east of Hilo, Hawaii – wind speeds 75 mph. Here’s the NHC graphical track map…along with a satellite image – here’s what the computer models are showing about this storm.
Tropical storm 12E (Lowell) remains active in the northeast Pacific, located about 905 miles west of the southern tip of Baja California – wind speeds 60 mph. Here’s the NHC graphical track map…along with a satellite image - here’s what the computer models are showing about this hurricane.
Tropical storm 13E (Marie) is now active in the northeast Pacific, located about 325 miles south of Zihuatanejo, Mexico – wind speeds 50 mph. Here’s the NHC graphical track map…along with a satellite image
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
1.) Low pressure centered about 650 miles southeast of Hilo, Hawaii, is nearly stationary. Isolated thunderstorms are associated with the low, but are showing little sign of organization. Conditions are conducive for only limited development over the next two days.
* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…10 percent
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: University of Illinois studying bee venom as cancer treatment - Another reason to love bees: they might be able to help us fight cancer.
While venom isn’t usually known as a friendly thing, new research shows that venom from bees, snakes and scorpions could potentially be used to fight certain forms of cancer. While you wouldn’t go and inject someone with a dose of venom, which could have lethal effects, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that if they isolated specific proteins in the venom, these could be used in a safe way to block tumor growth.
“We have safely used venom toxins in tiny nanometer-sized particles to treat breast cancer and melanoma cells in the laboratory,” study author Dipanjan Pan of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, said in a statement. “These particles, which are camouflaged from the immune system, take the toxin directly to the cancer cells, sparing normal tissue.”
Previous studies have shown the potential power of venom, but because of the potentially very dangerous side effects of venom injection – damage to nerve cells, for example – hat power couldn’t be properly harnessed. That’s what makes this new research so exciting.
The toxins in question are peptide toxins. The researchers made a synthetic version in the lab, then injected it into the tiny nanoparticles. “The peptide toxins we made are so tightly packed within the nanoparticle that they don’t leach out when exposed to the bloodstream and cause side effects,” Pan said.