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.
A real-time wind profiler of the central Pacific.
Here’s the latest weather map, showing the Hawaiian Islands, and the rest of the North Pacific Ocean
Here’s the looping radar image for Hawaii
Glenn will be on vacation in California until November 18th
In his absence, you can get the latest weather information for
everywhere in the state, by clicking on the island forecasts
links…on the upper left hand margin of this page, below where
it reads Glenn’s Daily Weather Narrative
Glenn will provide a travelogue of his activities around
California…these writings will appear below:
~~~ Hawaii Weather Narrative ~~~
October 15-21st – In actuality my vacation began October 15th, although with hurricane Ana bearing down on the state…I couldn’t bear to stop my reports. So, I flew to San Francisco that evening, and took the Marin Airporter to my friend Linda’s place in Corte Madera. I covered Ana night and day, setting my alarm at 2am each night, to get up and access the latest information. It was a different way to begin my autumn vacation, although I felt moved to do it that way…under the circumstances.
October 22nd - I’m now down in Long Beach, at my Mom’s house, and have decided to call off my coverage of what’s now tropical storm Ana, well to the west of Kauai…as she continues to move away. My brother Steve flew in from Texas yesterday, and he’ll be here through the next week. My sister Judy has a day off from work today, so she’s going to come over and spend the day with us as well. As the oldest brother, and now that my Dad has passed away, I’ve called a James Family meeting…just to see how everyone’s doing. I’ll catch up with you again soon, Aloha…Glenn
October 23-24th – Here in Long Beach, the weather remains about as good as it could be. High temperatures are running from the upper 70’s to the lower 80’s during the days…with minimums in the lower 60’s. Skies have been totally clear with just a few minor cirrus streaks moving overhead at times. I’ve been walking with my Mom each morning for about 30 minutes, coming back to enjoy breakfast with her and my brother. My sister and her husband spent a good part of the day with us yesterday afternoon. I cooked a special dinner for everyone, which fortunately turned out really nice. The World Series (baseball) is happening now, so we end up in front of the TV each evening. A weak cold front is expected to move through our area this weekend, which will cool temperatures off quite a bit…which is fine with me. My brother is playing golf this afternoon, so my Mom and I will likely putter around in her garden. I will check back with you soon, for another chapter on being with the family. Be well, Aloha…Glenn.
October 25-26 – Hi again everyone, it’s Saturday morning, and I have a big day coming up. As I’ve been doing the last few years, I’m coordinating a 6th grade class reunion luncheon. This will include the teacher, Mr. Andy Seymour, along with several of his first students…from way back in the 1950’s. By the way, Mr. Seymour was the head lifeguard in Seal Beach, which made him such a hero to all of us little kids! We’ll all meet at a nice restaurant on the beach, and spend several hours together, talking and enjoying a nice meal together.
Then, I’ve been invited to join an old friend, Jack Keck, who I attended elementary, junior high…and high school with here in Long Beach. He and his family live in Oceanside, down towards San Diego from here, and have purchased a great 17 acre ranch as a second property. Jack has invited me to spend a couple of days with him there, taking the opportunity to catch up, and just hang out together. He’s promised some excellent Mexican food, good drinks, and I’ll bring several balls to play catch with. He and I were on the same Little League team, and perhaps we’ll watch the World Series tonight and tomorrow night too. I think the next several days will be very interesting, and I look forward to sharing some of the high points with you when I get back here to my Mom’s on Monday. Aloha…Glenn.
October 27-28 – Hi again, I’ve had a good couple of days since I last wrote. Two days ago I had my 6th grade class reunion, which included having my 6th grade teacher! There were six of us in attendance, and we talked steadily for three hours, while having a nice lunch together. There were many fond memories shared, and we all took pictures afterwards.
I had rented a car, and after our lunch, I drove almost two hours south towards San Diego. I had those plans on meeting with my friend Jack, who couldn’t make our reunion lunch…although he did attend the last two. At any rate, I met him at his home in Escondido, which is inland just north of San Diego. We visited for a while with his wife, before taking off for the 35 minute drive to his ranch. I was delighted with his 17 acre place, and we immediately settled into popping a beer, and making dinner together. We then plopped down in two comfortable chairs in front of his big screen TV…to watch the World Series.
I had a very comfortable room in his rustic 3 bedroom adobe house, with 3 fireplaces. He made every adobe brick that he built the house with! The next morning, he made us eggs and potatoes, and we ate that with [what he called rocket fuel]…which was dark roasted coffee. Since he and I had played baseball together as kids, we played catch out in the front of his place many times. It’s so relaxing to throw the ball back and forth, while talking, stopping at times to enjoy the wonderful scenery surrounding his place. We ended up driving into Escondido again that day briefly, hooking-up with his wife Anne for more chatting, she’s a lovely lady.
We drove back out to the country, after stopping at the store for a few more supplies. He lives way out there, and a good part of the road is dirt towards the end. We took a nice walk around his property, and he told me that he see’s bobcats, and lots of deer, with an occasional mountain lion sighting. We watched the World Series again that evening over dinner, which turned out to be a great game. I haven’t owned a TV of my own for well over a decade, so I really enjoy seeing good sports once in a while at a friends house while vacationing. Jack is a very nice person, really generous…and it reminded me what I liked about him all those years back!
The next morning we had a quick breakfast, coffee, and I packed my stuff up into his truck. We drove back to his town house, visited with Anne a few more minutes, and then I hopped into my rental car for the drive back to my Mom’s in Long Beach. Jack graciously invited me back later this coming winter or early next spring for another visit, and promised to have at least one of his fireplaces going, which I would very much enjoy…as I love sitting in front of a fire!
When I got home, my Niece Jennifer arrived, and she spent the rest of the day with my Mom and Brother and I. We had lunch, and then drove down to Seal Beach, for a walk out on the pier, and then down main street, looking at all the many shops. We came back and sat out in the patio, enjoying each others company, and having a glass of wine at sunset. Jen left for her drive back home, and the three of us settled into an evening of watching a game in the National Football League. My Brother Steve had to head back to Texas early this morning, so he was up and gone, picked up by a airport shuttle well before sunrise. My Mom and I are on our own now through Halloween afternoon. I’ll catch up with you again soon, I trust everyone is doing well and fine! Aloha…Glenn.
World-wide tropical cyclone activity:
>>> Atlantic Ocean:
Here’s a satellite image of the Atlantic Ocean
>>> Caribbean Sea:
>>> Gulf of Mexico:
Here’s a satellite image of the Caribbean Sea…and the Gulf of Mexico.
>>> Eastern Pacific:
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:
Here’s a link to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC)
>>> Northwest Pacific Ocean:
>>> South Pacific Ocean:
>>> North and South Indian Oceans:
Here’s a link to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC)
Interesting: Ocean Plays Important Role in Past Climate Change - Most of the concerns about climate change have focused on the amount of greenhouse gases that have been released into the atmosphere.
But in a new study published in Science, a group of Rutgers researchers have found that circulation of the ocean plays an equally important role in regulating the earth’s climate.
In their study, the researchers say the major cooling of Earth and continental ice build-up in the Northern Hemisphere 2.7 million years ago coincided with a shift in the circulation of the ocean – which pulls in heat and carbon dioxide in the Atlantic and moves them through the deep ocean from north to south until it’s released in the Pacific.
The ocean conveyor system, Rutgers scientists believe, changed at the same time as a major expansion in the volume of the glaciers in the northern hemisphere as well as a substantial fall in sea levels. It was the Antarctic ice, they argue, that cut off heat exchange at the ocean’s surface and forced it into deep water. They believe this caused global climate change at that time, not carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
“We argue that it was the establishment of the modern deep ocean circulation – the ocean conveyor – about 2.7 million years ago, and not a major change in carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere that triggered an expansion of the ice sheets in the northern hemisphere,” says Stella Woodard, lead author and a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences. Their findings, based on ocean sediment core samples between 2.5 million to 3.3 million years old, provide scientists with a deeper understanding of the mechanisms of climate change today.
The study shows that changes in heat distribution between the ocean basins is important for understanding future climate change. However, scientists can’t predict precisely what effect the carbon dioxide currently being pulled into the ocean from the atmosphere will have on climate. Still, they argue that since more carbon dioxide has been released in the past 200 years than any recent period in geological history, interactions between carbon dioxide, temperature changes and precipitation, and ocean circulation will result in profound changes.
Scientists believe that the different pattern of deep ocean circulation was responsible for the elevated temperatures 3 million years ago when the carbon dioxide level in the atmosphere was arguably what it is now and the temperature was 4 degree Fahrenheit higher. They say the formation of the ocean conveyor cooled the earth and created the climate we live in now.