Air Temperatures – The following maximum temperatures (F) were recorded across the state of Hawaii Tuesday:
85 Lihue, Kauai
88 Honolulu, Oahu
91 Kahului, Maui - record highest on this date…91 back in 1950 (tied the record!)
87 Kailua Kona
88 Hilo, Hawaii
Here are the latest 24-hour precipitation totals (inches) for each of the islands, as of Tuesday afternoon:
0.05 Mount Waialeale, Kauai
0.44 Mililani, Oahu
0.05 Makapulapai, Molokai
0.01 Puu Kukui, Maui
0.09 Kawainui Stream, Big Island
The following numbers represent the strongest wind gusts (mph)…as of Tuesday afternoon:
17 Waimea Heights, Kauai
25 Oahu Forest NWR, Oahu
15 Kaupo Gap, Maui
25 South Point, 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.
Tropical storm Ana continues moving away…west of Kauai
~~~ Hawaii Weather Narrative ~~~
Our local winds will become lighter from the southeast, with stronger trade winds expected Thursday and Friday…veering back to the southeast by the weekend. Here’s the latest weather map, showing the Hawaiian Islands, and the rest of the North Pacific Ocean, along with a real-time wind profiler of the central Pacific. We find a high pressure system to the northeast. A remnant cold front to our north and northeast is pushing a ridge of high pressure down closer to the state now, thus the lighter wind flow expected through the next several days. Meanwhile, tropical storm Ana is located over the ocean well to the west of Kauai. As Ana continues to move further away, our wind directions will shift to the southeast…followed by trade winds increasing Thursday and Friday. A slightly more active cold front will push the ridge back down over us this weekend…veering our winds towards the southeast again.
Satellite imagery shows most of the islands mostly clear to partly cloudy. Looking at this larger looping satellite image, it shows still prominent tropical storm 02C (Ana) to our west…having a counter-clockwise spin. Meanwhile, this looping radar image shows a few showers falling over the ocean to our north…with a few reaching the islands locally. Weather will remain quite nice today, although with increasing windward biased showers tonight into Wednesday. I’ll be back with updates on all of the above and below, I hope you have a great Tuesday wherever you happen to be spending it! Aloha for now…Glenn.
~~~ Tropical Storm Ana continues to weaken, as it moves over cooler seas…and increased wind shear aloft. The Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC) official forecast track has Ana spinning by to the west of the islands, leaving an area of showers over the ocean in its wake. The strongest winds are well offshore, sustained to near 40 mph near the center…with higher gusts. A turn towards the north and then northeast will take the center of Ana further and further from our islands. The major threat of Ana has definitely passed, as weather conditions normalize here in Hawaii. Rainfall totals for what was Hurricane Ana as it moved through our area.
World-wide tropical cyclone activity:
>>> Atlantic Ocean: There are no active tropical cyclones
A large non-tropical low is located over the far eastern Atlantic Ocean a few hundred miles south of the Azores. This system is producing winds of gale-force and could acquire some subtropical characteristics during the next day or so while it moves west- southwestward at about 15 mph. Upper-level winds are forecast to become less conducive for subtropical or tropical cyclone formation by Thursday and development after that time is not likely.
* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…10 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
An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft did find a small well- defined low in the southern Bay of Campeche. However, the thunderstorms associated with the low are still not organized enough for this system to be considered a tropical cyclone. Upper-level winds could become more conducive for further development by tomorrow, and this system has the potential to become a tropical cyclone before it moves inland over the Mexican state of Campeche late Wednesday or early Thursday. Later in the week, tropical cyclone formation appears unlikely due to interaction with a cold front while the system is over the northwestern Caribbean Sea. Interests in Campeche and elsewhere in the Yucatan Peninsula should monitor the progress of this system as tropical storm warnings could need to be issued with short notice.
* Formation chance through 48 hours…medium…50 percent
* Formation chance through 5 days…high…50 percent
>>> Gulf of Mexico: There are no active tropical cyclones
Here’s a satellite image of the Caribbean Sea…and the Gulf of Mexico.
>>> 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.
Here’s the link to the National Hurricane Center (NHC)
>>> Central Pacific: Tropical Storm 02C (Ana) remains active, located approximately 440 miles west of Lihue, Kauai…with sustained winds of near 40 mph…with higher gusts. Here’s a graphical track map…along with a satellite image – and what the computer models are showing
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: Can the corridors under high-tension lines be important opportunities for conservation? – Often mowed and doused with herbicides, power transmission lines have long been a bane for environmentalists. But that’s changing, as some utilities are starting to manage these areas as potentially valuable corridors for threatened wildlife.
Nobody loves electrical power transmission lines. They typically bulldoze across the countryside like a clearcut, 150 feet wide and scores or hundreds integrated vegetation management in right-of-way scores or hundreds of miles long, in a straight line that defies everything we know about nature. They’re commonly criticized for fragmenting forests and other natural habitats and for causing collisions and electrocutions for some birds. Power lines also have raised the specter, in the minds of anxious neighbors, of illnesses induced by electromagnetic fields.
So it’s a little startling to hear wildlife biologists proposing that properly managed transmission lines, and even natural gas and oil pipeline rights-of-way, could be the last best hope for many birds, pollinators, and other species that are otherwise dramatically declining.
The open, scrubby habitat under some transmission lines is already the best place to hunt for wild bees, says Sam Droege of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Maryland, and that potential habitat will inevitably become more important as the United States becomes more urbanized. He thinks utility rights-of-way – currently adding up in the U.S. to about nine million acres for power transmission lines, and another 12 million for pipelines – could eventually serve as a network of conservation reserves roughly one third the area of the national park system.
Remarkably, some power companies agree. Three utilities – New York Power Authority, Arizona Public Service, and Vermont Electric Power Company – have already completed a certification program from the Right of Way Stewardship Council, a new group established to set standards for right-of-way management, with the aim of encouraging low-growth vegetation and thus, incidentally, promoting native wildlife. Three more utilities, all from Western states, are currently seeking certification.